This Conference calls for vision, insight, ideas and theories to re-chart the knowledge of architecture in order to inform the improvement of architectural education and practice in Asia particularly in the themes of:
- Humanity and its challenges
One of the most noble intentions of architecture is to dignify human existence on earth. Humanity, however, currently faces serious challenges due to the local and worldwide conflicts, the propagation and advancement of machine and appliances, and the proliferation of poverty. In their thinking and practice, architects should propose new ways to regain its raison d’etre to support humanity in its dignified state.
- Multitude of cultural complexity
Culture and history are not always closely related with geographical entity. Regions are fluids and overlapping. Nation states loosen their boudaries as people and capitals move from one part of the world to another massively. Vernacularism, tradition and identity as manifested themselves in architecture should be re-defined and re-invented in order to maintain their relevances with current circumstances.
- Digital reality and digital technology
More than a tool to extend our hands, information and communication technology has been developed into extend our ways of conceiving the world and our ways of changing the world. Digital technology becomes digital reality as virtuality is transformed into augmented reality. Form and function—being the fundamentals of architecture—are no longer conceived as in the previous architectural thinking. Fluidity, transience and instability of forms and functions become the norm to cope with uncertainty of the world.
- Environmentally appropriate technology
Environment is in the state of peril due to the massive industrialization and urbanization. This situation causes in increasing consumption of resources and proliferating negative impacts to the environment. Architecture should propose a breakthrough in the formulaition of its knowledge in order to lessen the depletion of nature.
- Uncertainty of urbanism and territoriality
Since 2007 more people live in urban are than in other places. The urban areas where most of us live are not the same kind of place as before. Urbanism and architecture previously relies on the stability of space and other geographic entities. Centers virtually disappear and distributed network is more prevalent than centralized hierarchy. Boundaries are dissolved and spatial entities are alwys in the state of change. Architecture needs a new way of thinking to understand of the ever-changing space and its challenges, problems and opprtunities in order to be able propose improvements.