The preliminary conference schedule is now available online at http://edra45.abstractcentral.com/planner.jsp. Here you will be able to search for authors, view presentation abstracts and create your own personalized itinerary. Check it out!
Registration for EDRA45NewOrleans is now open, with Early Bird rates in effect through March 14. Registration rates vary based on member type and date of registration. Registration rates are as follows:
Early Bird Rate (February 1-March 14, 2014)
Full Conference Registration: EDRA Members: $490 / Non-Members: $665
EDRA Student/Emeritus Members: $225
Student Non Members: $300
Regular Rates (March 15-May 31, 2014)
Full Conference Registration: EDRA Members: $565 / Non-Members: $740
EDRA Student/Emeritus Members: $275
Student Non Members: $350
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One day registration is also available to those individuals who are not serving as the lead presenter or first author of their presentation. Those rates are as follows:
EDRA has secured a block of rooms in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter at the Astor Crowne Plaza, 739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA. To receive the discounted rate of $155/night, please click here and use the code “EDR”, or call 888-696-4806 and ask for the EDRA Annual Conference rate. We also have a limited amount of student rooms available for $99/night. Students wishing to take advantage of this discounted rate can click here and use the code “EDS”, or call 888-696-4806 and ask for the EDRA Student Block group rate. (Please note: all students will be required to show proof of student status upon check in.) The deadline for our room block rate is April 26, 2014. After April 26, reservations are only accepted on space and rate availability. Be sure to mention that you are with the Environmental Design Research Association to receive this discounted EDRA rate. Rooms are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t delay! Once they sell out, we are unable to secure any additional discounted rooms, even if it is prior to the April 26 cutoff.
EDRA is currently accepting applications for the EDRA45NewOrleans Student Volunteer Program through February 28. Student volunteers are required to work 10-12 hours during the conference in exchange for $100 off of registration fees. This is a great opportunity to experience all that an EDRA conference has to offer at a discounted rate. For more information or to apply, please click here. Applicants are evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be received by February 28.
The deadline to submit proposals for EDRA45 has passed. A schedule of accepted presentations will be available in March.
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. Unfortunately, applications are no longer being accepted; the deadline to submit for EDRA45 was December 13.
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.