Annual Symposium of Architectural Research

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13th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research 2021
21-22 October 2021 at Aalto University, Espoo, Finland


The history of human and non-human architecture is a testimony of diversity. In the pre-modern world, the adaptation to local climates and circumstances and the variety of cultures and communities produced a diversity of architectural creativity - a world we have partially lost. At the same time, we are today more conscious than ever about the history of our species and about the global variety and diversity of cultures, minorities and architecture.

Since the 1970s, numerous scopes and concepts of diversity have influenced charters and principles fostering the design of built environments, as well as the protection and valuation of indigenous cultures and minorities. Contemporary and post-contemporary thinking emphasizes the concept of diversity, and it is related to various post-colonial, intersectional and authorized heritage discourse paradigms, which are all tightly connected to architecture. In architecture and elsewhere in social design and sciences, diversity is an enigmatic and politically loaded concept, which needs continuous academic and public contemplation and dissection.

We invite contributions from all relevant academic fields and practice-based disciplines – especially architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture and urban design and planning – to pursue the concept and theme ‘diversity’ from creative, radical and fresh standpoints. The proposed presentation, posters and papers should reflect the theme of diversity with a theoretical/methodological context and connect research or practice to the state of the art of the relevant discipline(s) of the proposed contribution.
Period20 Oct 202122 Oct 2021
Event typeConference
Conference number13
LocationEspoo, Finland
Degree of RecognitionInternational