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Designing Change

Host: University of Calgary, School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Date: 14-16 November 2024 I Banff Centre I Banff AB

Acadia Ideation Lab Submissions:

The ideation labs encourage researchers, academics, early career professionals and PhD/MArch students to submit an initial concept, hypothesis, or early-stage research idea that is open to exploration, collaboration, and development. Submissions should be in line with one or more of the conference topics. The aim is to enable researchers to engage with a community of researchers, industry professionals, and potential funders to refine the idea, explore its feasibility, and identify pathways for further research or development.


Submissions will be reviewed by a jury and selected to be presented during the conference. Ideation labs presentations will include a panel of academic and industry experts,conference keynotes and conference attendees  for discussion and feedback.

Ideation Lab proposals can be focused on one of three streams for collaboration:

  • Research Collaboration

  • Startup Collaboration

  • Generative Project Collaboration (problems that might fall outside of the typical research/start-up paradigm, but that have relevance to the ACADIA community)

Submissions for an ideation lab can be structured as a research abstract or as a brief proposal. Please make your submission using the form HERE.

The Ideation Lab form aims to collect the following information for each project:

Title: clearly indicating the essence of your research idea or question.

Background: Brief outline of the current state of research in the specific field and the gap the idea intends to address. The submission should highlight the significance of solving this problem or exploring this idea, including potential societal, technological, or scientific impacts.

Objectives: Main research question or hypothesis to be explored. Clearly defined research or project objectives should be included


Methodology (Proposed Approach): Proposed approach or methods for exploring the research question. This section doesn't have to be detailed or finalised, as the Ideation Lab is a platform for refining these ideas with input from others.


Expected Outcomes including Potential Impact and Applications: Expected research outcomes highlighting how the research could contribute to the field, solve a specific problem, or create new opportunities for technological or social innovation.


Collaboration and Support Needs: Types of expertise, resources fo collaborations you are seeking. Be very specific and you can have more than one, these can include interdisciplinary feedback, technical skills, industry insights, or funding opportunities.


Support Requirements: Initial thoughts on what kind of support, infrastructure, or resources would be necessary to carry out the proposed research from you and from your collaborators. This can include lab space, computational tools, access to data, or mentorship.


The format for the ideation labs aims to encourage a clear and engaging presentation of research ideas, designed to attract potential collaborators and supporters. The focus is on openness to development and refinement, acknowledging that early-stage ideas benefit significantly from collaborative input and interdisciplinary perspectives. Researchers should be open for feedback, collaboration and support.


  • Submission Deadline: JULY 22 2024


Submission Form HERE

Please refer to ACADIA Artificial Intelligence and Collaborative Authorship Policies. Click HERE

We look forward to receiving your contributions that promise to enrich and expand our understanding of digital design in architecture and the built environment, all within the overarching theme of "Designing Change."

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