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The ASCAAD 2023 theme focuses on Computation, Culture, and Context; a triad that is increasingly informing and reshaping the emerging dynamics of design and construction in the built environment of several regions in the Global South. Socio-cultural spheres, heritage roots, contextual relevance, and art and material culture have historically been the primary sources for design and construction innovation and uniqueness in such regions and contexts. Complex geopolitical events however have resulted in a shift towards a perplexed practice of post-modernist styles or imported Western models of design and production, coupled with some attempts to rebrand modernist and post-modernist approaches through critical regionalism and revolts against orientalist movements.

Technology and computation have always been an active factor and tool in reflecting these practices. Advancements in computational design have in some ways sparked a latent intent to revive the character and heritage of rich civilizations. While this has led to growing interest within communities belonging to such rich history to adopt computational methodologies and practices, it has equally raised questions regarding authenticity, innovation and identity. Many of the recent attempts to shift away from Western-centered orientalist approaches have in reality not been that far, but have often further accentuated the superficial use of geometrical practices and pattern-based approaches in art, architecture, and urban design, characterized by stereotypical schemes in building interiors, fa├žade screens, and spatial configurations.

With lots of potential for growing research in this area at the intersection of computation, culture, and context in architecture, art and design, the need to addressing such a theme has become imminent. This year, the Faculty of Architecture & Design at the University of Petra (UOP), Jordan, will host the 11th ASCAAD international conference in order to primarily question the emerging role of computation within socio-cultural contexts, and to discuss novel ideas and design approaches in this area, with the prospect of developing culturally and contextually conscious approaches in the built environment using state-of-the-art computational design methods and practices, and offering solutions to researchers, architects, designers, artists, educators, and technologists whose positions are at the intersection of avant-garde integration of technology in design on one hand, and rootedness and authenticity of culture and heritage on the other.

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The conference is hosted by the Faculty of Architecture and Design, at University of Petra (UOP), Amman, Jordan. Established in 1991, the Faculty carries a creative message for the distinguished advancement of architecture and design, and in keeping with the latest achievements in human civilization. The Faculty offers 5 Bachelor programs (Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Animation and Multimedia, and Digital Film Design Technology). It also offers two Master Programs (Interior Design, and Sustainable Smart Cities). In 2022, the Faculty achieved the Jordanian Quality Assurance Certificate for 4 years, issued by the Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assurance of Higher Education Institutions. The Faculty hosts a number of facilities, including Learning Resources Lab, Lighting and Acoustics Lab, Silk Screen Lab, Ceramics Lab, Photography Lab, Model Making Workshop, Fine Arts Studio, Carpentry and Metal Workshop, and a large exhibition hall for students' work. Moreover, the Faculty has been engaged in international research projects with UCL, Oxford, Reading, Berlin and Brighton universities, and received the Newton Fund Prize 2020. Also, students from the five departments have constantly won national and international prizes. The Faculty of Architecture and Design collaborates with other faculties in the university, including Faculty of Engineering (Civil Engineering Department), Faculty of Information Technology (Virtual and Augmented Reality Department), and Faculty of Mass Communication. With the development of e-learning, e-library, and high-speed communication facilities, UOP has transformed itself into a smart campus where students and faculty interact with knowledge to develop their state-of-the-art skills with an aim towards enhancing entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity.

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The ASCAAD 2023 conference invites submissions of original research papers that discuss novel ideas pertaining to computation, culture and context. The conference sub-themes include but are not limited to:

1) Digital Heritage and Culture

2) Smart Cities and Buildings

3) Building Informatics and Parametrics

4) Digital Media and Generative Art

5) Virtual Realms and Multiverse Environments

6) Performative-Driven Design and Digital Green

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First call for papers 28 February 2023
Deadline for abstract submission 20 April 2023
Notification of abstract acceptance 21 May 2023
Deadline for full paper submission 13 July 2023
Notification of full paper acceptance 17 August 2023
Submission of final conference papers 7 September 2023
Conference days 7-9 November 2023

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