Form & Modelling studies

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Second announcement and call for Abstracts: EAEA10

Conference Theme:


Composition - Perception - Representation - Education

We hereby wish to inform you concerning the 2011 European Architectural Envisioning Association conference, to be held in Delft, the Netherlands in September 2011. The meeting will take place at the faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology and will be organised by Jack Breen and Martijn Stellingwerff.

Conference dates
September 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th 2011

Conference meetings
September 14th, 15th and 16th 2011

September 17th 2011

Conference Presentations and Workshop
The conference will consist of 2 – 3 days of Paper presentations (in principle in two parallel sessions), keynote lectures and discussions, including one official Conference Dinner. In addition, the plan is to include a hands-on conference Workshop for all of the participants. The results of the conference Workshop will not be included in the Proceedings, but will be included later in a EAEA 2011 conference Website.
The excursion on Saturday will take in a number of Dutch architectural highlights.

The conference intends to target and include regular participants to the EAEA conferences, but the aim is also to extend the existing group of academics and professionals.
For this reason the conference announcement and call for abstracts will be sent to mail-addresses of previous EAEA and eCAADe participants, but also to members of the American DCA – Design Communication Association. An announcement about the forthcoming EAEA conference was made at the 2010 DCA conference, held at the Montana State University, Bozeman, USA.

Important dates
15th December 2010: 1st announcement and call for Abstracts

15th January 2011: 2nd announcement and call for Abstracts

15th March 2011: submission of Abstracts

1st May 2011: announcement of accepted Abstracts, call for Papers

1st July 2011: Submission of Papers and registration

15th August 2011: end of early registration and publication of Proceedings

14th – 17th September: 10th EAEA conference, Delft, the Netherlands

Potential participants will be asked to send in their abstracts by March 15th.
These abstracts will be blind reviewed by peer reviewers. Abstract submitters will be notified about potential acceptance by May 1st and will be required to submit full papers by the 1st of July.
 It is the ambition to have the printed Proceedings available at the beginning of the conference.

Submission of Abstracts
Abstracts should not exceed 500 words in length. (Word format, Arial, 12 points).
The Abstract file should include:
(1) title;
(2) author(s);
(3) affiliation;
(4) abstract (500 words);
(5) keywords;
(6) e-mail address.
Abstracts should be sent via e-mail by March 15th 2011 to m.c.stellingwerff (@) with EAEA2011 in the subject header.

We look forward to your responses and to welcoming you at the 2011 EAEA conference!

Jack Breen

Martijn Stellingwerff

Form & Modelling Studies group,

Faculty of Architecture,

Delft University of Technology,

Delft, the Netherlands



About the E.A.E.A…

From Conference 9 to Conference 10   -   From Endoscopy to Envisioning

The 2009 conference on Architectural Visualization, hosted by the Architecture faculty of the Brandenburg University of Technology at Cottbus, Germany, was the ninth edition in a series of biannual EAEA meetings that started in 1993.
The founding meeting, hosted by the department of Architecture of Tampere University of Technology in Finland, was the first international meeting of experts in the field of architectural endoscopy, coming from fifteen universities. 
The association was intended to become “a platform for communication and exchange of experiences, experimentation, research and collaboration in the field of endoscopy and environmental simulation.”

Initially, the focus of the European Architectural Endoscopy Association lay exclusively upon the visual simulation of the effects of environmental interventions using optical instruments: ‘capturing’ photographic or analogue (video) images using physical scale models, generally using a viewing pipe.

Essentially, the first meeting was a gathering of academic professionals in this field,with the delegates representing institutes with some form of ‘endoscopic’ apparatus.
During the conference the participants took part in a workshop session,using the facilities of the Tampere laboratory.

From the first session onward the exclusive focus on optical endoscopy began to shift, first gradually, then more and more steadily towards other environmental visualization opportunities, notably using digital media.
This clearly proved to be the case during the presentations of the second EAEA conference in 1995, hosted by the department of Spatial Simulation at the Vienna University of Technology. In particular, the interdisciplinary conference workshop – ‘the (in)visible city’ – stimulated the integration and comparison of analogue and emerging digital technologies.
For this workshop initiative participating institutes were sent a study model via the post and asked to prepare environmental simulations using their institute’s facilities. The varied results were presented and evaluated during the conference.

Similarly, an important element of the third meeting, held at the Architecture faculty at Delft University of Technology in 1997, was formed by a creative study initiative: the ‘Imaging Imagination’ workshop. Essentially, conceived as a professional confrontation between ‘Optical’ and ‘Digital’ Endoscopy. 
In this case study, the participants were free to choose between a physical modelling package and a digital file, incorporating texture mapped ‘facades’. Some fifteen visualisation proposals were prepared, brought to the conference and viewed and discussed during a special Imaging Imagination conference session.

Apart from the quality and content of visualization, the aspect of the Modelling as such also became a recurring theme. This was particularly the case during the fourth conference,at the Architecture faculty of the Dresden Technical University of 1999, whereby participants took part in an impromptu hands-on modelling exercise using an interior-scale model.

During the subsequent conferences (the 5thconference at the Institute of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Essen, the 6thconference at the faculty of Architecture at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, the 7thconference at the faculty of Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund and the 8thconference at the Moscow Institute of Architecture) the shift from ‘straightforward’ optical Endoscopy towards new techniques and topical issues became more and more evident. Noteworthy developments included the increasingly adaptable, distinctive and indeed elegant modes of digital representation, but also the use of (digital) photography and film, the opportunities of combined media and graphics, but also the introduction of disciplines such as Experimental Aesthetics and Virtual Archaeology.

This led to recurring discussions concerning the association’s name
To what extent should Endoscopy be considered a fitting ‘identity’ for the increasingly diverse enterprises of architectural imaging and environmental visualization addressed at the meetings? 
Generally, the sentiment tended to be to uphold the established ‘label’ and to keep the EAEA fraternity relatively exclusive and small-scale in comparison to other, more computer-oriented academic and professional platforms.

During the 2009 Cottbus conference, the thematic differentiation of architectural visualisation approaches and interests once again became manifest during the varied presentations, leading to renewed discussions concerning the EAEA’s meaning and role.
In the closing scientific evaluation and planning meeting, a number of decisions were made: firstly, to hold the 10thconference at the new Architecture faculty of the TU Delft, in the Netherlands, but also to mark the occasion with a ‘renewed’ denomination for the association.

What might be an appropriate name that would do justice to the reputation and tradition of (optical and digital) Endoscopy,whilst at the same time giving expression to the steadily unfolding of fields of interest?
Rather than Endoscopy, Envisioning was eventually agreed upon, as it was felt that this fittingly evokes the shared ambitions for a dynamic architectural visualisation practice and the continued exchange of ideas concerning the imaginative conception of future environments.

The EAEA – the European Architectural Envisioning Association.

It is hoped that this small, but significant, name change will broaden the appeal of the association on an international level, amongst academics involved with architectural visualisation in the broadest sense, researchers and teachers, whilst at the same time stimulating the deepening of the intellectual discourse. 

The next step: the 2011 conference of the EAEA in Delft…



10th European Architectural Envisioning Association
conference - Scientific Committee 

Prof. ir. Michiel Riedijk - Delft University of Technology
Ir. Jack Breen – Delft University of Technology
Prof. Dr. Peter Kardos – Slovak University of Technology Bratislava

Prof. Dominik Lengyel – Brandenburg University of Technology

Prof. Dr. Bob Martens – Vienna University of Technolog
Prof. Dr. Ryuzo Ohno – Tokyo Institute of Technology
Dr. ir. Martijn Stellingwerff – Delft University of Technology
Dipl.–Ing. Catherine Toulouse – Brandenburg University of Technology
Prof. Dr. Ralf Weber – Dresden University of Technology
Dr. Barbara Piga - Politecnico di Milano
Dr. Eugenio Morello - Politecnico di Milano