Thursday, October 23, 2014,
USC School of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA.

October 23, 2014
USC School of Architecture
ACADIA (Association of Computer Aided Design in Architecture) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the ACADIA 2014 Design Agency Conference to be held at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles the week of October 23-25, 2014. Co-chaired by Dr. David Jason Gerber (USC School of Architecture), Alvin Huang, AIA (Synthesis Design + Architecture/USC School of Architecture) and Jose Sanchez (Plethora Project/USC School of Architecture), this highly anticipated event will bring an international audience of innovative design educators, researchers, and practitioners together for a week of design focused workshops, lectures, panels, presentations, and exhibitions that will push the boundaries of contemporary design technology and define new paradigms for design thinking. 
The theme of the event is “Design Agency”, a purposeful instigation of work that looks at re-defining the term "Agency" through the lens of computational design strategies such as simulation, fabrication, robotics, and novel integrations from science and the media arts. The conference theme is intended to highlight experimental research and projects that exhibit and explore new paradigms of computing in architecture. “Design Agency” questions the capacity for computation to inform or challenge traditional design processes; computation as design operation - the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power, and/or computation as design instrumentality - the design mechanism through which power is exerted or an end is achieved.
Conference (October 23-25):
Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid headlines an all-star lineup of keynote speakers pushing the boundaries of design including programmer Casey Reas (creator of Processing), game designer Will Wright (creator of SimCity), computational architect Marc Fornes (Principal of TheVeryMany, and structural engineer Greg Otto (Principal of Walter P. Moore).  Additionally, the conference will featured 3 days of presentations of peer-reviewed papers and projects from a global community of  Architects, designers, fabricators, engineers, media artists, technologists, software developers, hackers, researchers, students and educators and others in related fields of inquiry.
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