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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 2024 is pleased to invite proposals from individuals or teams for 3-day intensive in-person workshops. Workshops should engage with the conference theme, “Designing Change: {RE}defined, Engaged & Distributed”. The workshops are a forum for conference participants to learn the latest technologies used in the industry, make new connections, gain knowledge, and develop their existing skills. Workshops introduce participants to new digital design and fabrication techniques, demonstrate the transformative impact of digital design on the built environment and redefine traditional architectural practices. 


Workshops will take place in-person from November 11 – 13  in downtown Calgary. We welcome proposals from researchers, practitioners, and students across diverse disciplines such as architecture, design, urban planning, geography, social sciences, computer science, engineering, and others. Proposals can leverage SAPL facilities and equipment and can provide opportunities to partner and collaborate with local industry, professionals,  entrepreneurs, designers and makers. Workshop outcomes will be presented by workshop leaders and participants at the conference and featured in the ACADIA 2024  exhibition.

Submission and Review Process

  • Fill the submission form linked below by June 3 2024.

  • Applications will undergo a juried review process after the deadline. 

  • Successful proposal will be funded and workshop leaders will receive an honorarium to cover travel and material costs based on costs and capacity.


Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 3 2024

  • Notification of Workshop Acceptance: Aug 1 2024 

  • Workshops run from November 11-13 

We look forward to receiving proposals that promise to enrich and expand our understanding of digital design in architecture and the built environment. Proposals that showcase the application of specific tools towards design and engineering processes with a focus on professional applications are encouraged.

Submission Information

Please follow the link to complete the submission form. Click HERE

  • Instructor Name(s), email, affiliations, bios, websites, CV

  • Links to Previous Teaching Examples/ previous versions of the workshop that have been run in similar settings, including images

  • Workshop Title

  • Workshop Type (technical/seminar/other)

  • Statement of Intent: A paragraph highlighting your proposal's higher-level goals, research significance, and how you are responding to the theme of the conference

  • Workshop Description- a short text describing the methods, required software and outcome of the workshop. Describe any technical constraints; and any ideas about alternative platforms that can be engaged to conduct the workshop (include 5 keywords)

  • Workshop Schedule: Duration and number of hours per day (3-8 recommended) Specify if it is a one day workshop, two days or for the full 3 days. Tool-based half-day workshops will also be considered.  Include a detailed breakdown of each day

  • Workshop participants: Please specify an optimal size for the workshop, intended audience and prerequisites (current students, recent grads, professionals, cross-disciplinary, etc) 

  • List of equipment/Special requirements: Include software + hardware requirements and any other special requirements for participants. 

  • Workshop Materials: Include a proposed bill of materials + sources.

  • Proposed Budget: include an itemized budget with all anticipated costs

  • Indicate any additional top-up funding from grants, sponsorships or other sources for workshop materials, including software licenses, etc.


Available Equipment

The following lab spaces and equipment are available:

  • WASP 3MT LDM/GDM extruder

  • WASP 2040 LDM extruder

  • Various FDM printers

  • 2x ABB IRB 2600

  • Hotwire bow 24/48”

  • PIAB Vacuum grippers

  • 2kW spindle

  • MDPH2 Pellet extruder

  • 2 Universal UR10e (1 mounted on Vention linear rail)

  • Robotiq 2f140 adaptive grippers

  • SAPL computer lab

  • SAPL woodshop including CNC equipment

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