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Call for Papers: The 8th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research

Tampere University of Technology, School of Architecture, calls for papers for the 8th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research which will be organised in Tampere between 27th and 29th October, 2016. The symposium provides international keynote lectures, high quality research papers and a relaxed arena of encounter and discussion. Participation without a presentation or a paper is also possible. Languages of the symposium are English, Finnish, and Swedish.

Important dates

Abstract deadline May 15, 2016
Full paper deadline September 11, 2016 (optional)


In an ontological sense, architecture exists in two ways: as experiences and as material constructions. On the one hand, we humans live in a physical world; and on the other hand, we live in a world of experiences. Architecture plays a role in both these spheres of existence. This does not mean, however, dualism but architecture as experiences and as material constructions are two interdependent aspects of the same phenomenon. The experiences are from the built environment and the built environment is developed on the basis of experienced and lived. Man and environment are engaged.

Architecture appears differently in different cultures. Time, place, and general environmental and social factors affect both designing and experiencing of architecture. Today’s architecture is different than architecture one hundred, or even just ten years ago. Architecture is changing all the time.

The aim of the symposium is to discuss architecture and experience in today’s cultural situation that is characterized, for example, by digitalization of our daily life, globalization and multiculturalism, climate change and pollution, as well as a fragmented community with plenty of different lifestyles and subcultures.

We warmly welcome researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban design and planning, geography, social sciences, ecology and other fields related to spatial studies to discuss the issues of architecture and experience by taking account of e.g. the following points (any other points are welcome, too):


  • The relation between digital and traditional design processes and techniques
  • New and old building materials
  • Sustainable architecture (energy efficiency, recycling, cultural sustainability)
  • Global and local in contemporary architecture
  • Aesthetic dimension of contemporary architecture


  • Architecture and embodied existence
  • Architecture and senses
  • Lived space vs. virtual space
  • Urban experience
  • Atmosphere


  • A critique of contemporary building techniques
  • Mold and indoor air quality problems
  • Discussion on compact urbanism
  • Urban production environments
  • Research by design

Final symposium tracks will be selected based on the accepted abstracts.

Participation options

We welcome participants in three categories:

  1. A presentation with a full paper
  2. A presentation without a paper
  3. Participation as an observer only without a presentation or a paper

Languages of presentations and papers are English, Finnish, and Swedish.

Abstracts and papers

Authors are invited to submit their abstract by 15th May 2016 via email to Please title the (word)document “Abstract_authorsurname”, use MSword or other editable format. Abstracts should have the maximum of 300 words, and include the title, a brief description of the proposed work, methods and discussion, and keywords to identify the area of research. Abstracts should be accompanied by the name, affiliation and contact information for each author. The abstract should also indicate whether the author(s) intend to submit a full paper for the symposium publication process by 11th September or only to present the work orally in the symposium.


The organizers will publish all the abstracts in the Book of Abstracts (available at the conference).

After the symposium, the best full papers have the possibility to be published on-line in the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies’ Open Journal System (OJS) -publishing platform. The aim of the publication is to fulfill the criteria of the Finnish Publication Forum to receive recognition at Level 1 (basic)

Symposium registration

Symposium registrations are due not later than May 31, 2016. The symposium fee will be kept as low as possible, with a special price for undergraduate students (Bachelors and Masters). Please follow the symposium web-site for price and payment information.

After May 31, 2016, it is possible to participate as an observer only, at a slightly higher price.
A low-cost one-day pass for local students to listen the paper presentations will be provided.

The organising committee

Professor Olli-Paavo Koponen, Chair
University Lecturer Pekka Passinmäki, Coordinator
Professor Panu Lehtovuori
Professor Ari Hynynen
Professor Juho Rajaniemi
University Lecturer Minna Chudoba
Office Assistant Mari Mutila

Further information

Conference email: