EDRA45NewOrleans takes place May 28-31, 2014 at the Astor Crowne Plaza in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. Feel free to email the conference co-chairs with any questions that you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EDRA45 is still accepting submissions in the Display Poster and EDRAShorts categories. All proposals must be submitted at http://edra45.abstractcentral.com. The submission deadline for display posters and EDRAShorts is November 22. Click here to download the complete call for proposals.
EDRAShorts are a new presentation option this year, designed to offer informal content to conference attendees on Thursday evening. Each presentation will be a 6-minute visual presentation (slides, video, animation, etc.) that responds to the conference theme of building with change. Submissions should take the form of a 300 word abstract and can include a maximum of 3 supplementary images.
Display Posters should represent in-progress or finished research that lends itself to visual presentation, and/or research-informed design work. In these sessions, the presenter stands near his/her poster or exhibit and discusses its content or design with nearby conference attendees in a one-hour time block designated for such presentations. Poster presentations are an appropriate outlet for professional or student studio design work or visual research. Consider a poster session if your work lends itself best to a visual representation, or if you do not wish to make a formal presentation in front of an audience. Submissions in this category are reviewed based on a 300 word abstract detailing the topic and design methodology.
Please note: we are no longer accepting submissions for oral or paper presentations. Click here to read our FAQ page to help you troubleshoot your submission.
The EDRA Student Conference Scholarship program provides a limited number of scholarships awarded each year, with a maximum award value of $500 to help offset the varying costs of travel from a student’s institution to the conference site. Student Conference Scholarships will first be disbursed in the form of a complimentary student member registration to EDRA45NewOrleans (a value of $175) with any remaining scholarship funds awarded in a check payable in U.S. dollars. Applications are now being accepted online by clicking here.
Student Conference Scholarships are limited to those who are current EDRA Student Members at the time of application (Note: Students can sign up to be EDRA members at the time of application). Additional scholarship guidelines and stipulations are outlined on the scholarship registration form found by clicking here. The deadline for submitting an application is December 13, 2013.
TRACK 01: SHIFTING LATITUDES Track Chair: Brian Davis
Keywords: latitude, migration, phenology, global north-south relations, climate change
TRACK 02: ECOLOGY, RESILIENCE, AND LEGIBILITY Track Chair: Nina-Marie Lister
Keywords: ecology, resilience, complexity, legibility, ecological design
TRACK 03: MAPPING CHANGE Track Chair: Renee Y. Chow
Keywords: modeling, predicting, projecting, representing
TRACK 04: DWELLING WITH CHANGE Track Chairs: Lynne Dearborn, Fang Xu, Eunju Hwang
Keywords: dwelling, multi-dimensionality, contextual changes, design process, neighborhood
TRACK 05: DELICATE ADJUSTMENTS OF THE LOCAL AND THE GLOBAL Track Chairs: Michael McClure and Ursula Emery McClure
Keywords: localization and globalization, resiliency, simultaneity, adjustability
TRACK 06: MULTIDISCIPLINARY EXCHANGE BY DESIGN Track Chairs: Thomas Colbert, Jonathan Tate, Ann Yoachim
Keywords: multi-disciplinary, design research team structure, new institutions and practices
TRACK 07: DEMOCRATIC DESIGN PRAXIS WITH COMMUNITY Track Chairs: Mallika Bose, Paula Horrigan, Rula Awwad-Rafferty
Keywords: democratic design/planning, community engaged pedagogy, participatory action research, transdisciplinary practices
TRACK 08: ECOLOGIES OF THE URBAN MARGIN Track Chairs: Natalia Echeverri and Ivan Valin
Keywords: urban margin, urbanization and nature, edge ecology, informal settlement
TRACK 09: SACRIFICE AND RESILIENCE, DESIGNING FOR LOSS Track Chair: Catherine Bonier
Keywords: resilience, sacrifice, loss, failure, memory
TRACK 10: THE POLITICS OF LANDSCAPE Track Chair: Christopher Marcinkoski
Keywords: political instruments, urbanism, landscape, design-agency, entrepreneurial-design
TRACK 11: THE FUNCTION OF AESTHETIC EXPERIENCES IN ADAPTATION Track Chair: Kristina Hill
Keywords: aesthetic experience, adaptation, resilience, social behavior, urbanization
TRACK 12: OPEN TRACK Track Chairs: Jeffrey Carney and Kristi Cheramie
Keywords: change as catalyst, adaptation, reflection and speculation
Civilizations flourish along the edges of dynamic environmental systems. Many of our greatest cities are located on rivers, coastlines, or deltas where the confluence of nat¬ural systems provides abundant resources. Historically, the tremendous advantages of these locations enabled industry, commerce, and the culture of diverse inhabitants to thrive, despite the environmental risks of flood and storm. Vernacular building traditions, environmental awareness, and social resilience effectively tempered these substantial risks. However, over the past century we have manipulated and controlled natural systems to an unprecedented extent, maximizing urban stability. At what cost has stability been achieved? As the climate changes, energy becomes scarce, weather grows harder to predict, and sea levels rise, we are experiencing the limitations of this paradigm of control. How can environmental design research prepare us to evolve our inhabited landscape and build with change?
EDRA45: Building with Change will focus on new research methods and design strategies for the human habitation of our dynamic environment. Without sacrificing the principles of safety, comfort, justice, cognition, and choice, how can design lead to innovative ways of accepting, absorbing, and reacting to change? Does change present us with design opportunities? Can building with change, in fact, provide opportunity for even greater environmental, social, and economic health and stability? Conference themes will engage diverse approaches to building with change, from resisting dynamic environmental forces to accepting and accommodating them. Sessions will address a range of research and design methods including cognition and developing awareness of change, anticipatory planning for possible future scenarios, and design inquiry about dwelling in a dynamic landscape.
In 1977 geographer Pierce Lewis described New Orleans, the host city for EDRA45, as, “an inevitable city on an impossible site.” Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the city was widely touted as an epic story of triumph over nature: taming the mighty Mississippi, draining mosquito-infested swamps, and tempering overwhelming humidity allowed a vibrant, diverse society to exist in this unlikely location. But as the region comes to terms with past and future storms and a changing deltaic environment, the city of New Orleans along with communities across the Gulf Coast have now stepped forward as the harbingers of a new era, trading the forceful control of natural systems for strategic resilience, designed flexibility, and increased awareness of change.
EDRA45NewOrleans asks what we can gain by building a more robust relationship between the inhabited and natural environment. As a research community we seek to build a body of knowledge, a combination of design and research that elevates the inhabitable environment to something that is not only beautiful or merely functional but that also adapts to the complex needs of an ever-changing landscape.