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Mini-symposia (as of april 16 2020)

Mini Symposia explores novel experimental topics that fall outside the general conference themes. Each mini symposia is formulated by expert researchers and gathers key contributions on the symposia theme in up to 5 sub-session of up to 6 speakers. All interested authors are entitled to propose a mini-symposia and to submit contributions to the mini symposia for review. 


• Mini-Symposia Proposal Form

• Terms and Conditions 

BE-AM on tour

Ulrich Knaack

Delft University of Technology / Delft, The Netherlands
Technical University of Darmstadt  / Darmstadt, Germany 


Oliver Tessmann

Technical University of Darmstadt                            
Darmstadt, Germany 


Additive manufacturing is boosting in the field of architecture and the build environment – new technologies and new projects are developing fast and we see a new generation designers, engineers and technologists are concerning the scene. This mini-symposium wants to address this scene, would like to understand the current technologies and developments as well as potentials for the future of architecture and the build environment. To come to a discussion and outline for the next generation buildings for the build environment additive manufacturing – The annual BE-AM Symposium goes on tour to join ICSA2022.  

Radical Tectonics: Aiming for absolute sustainability in structures and architecture in a time of climate crisis

Anne Beim

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 
Copenhagen, Denmark     

Urs Meister

University of Liechtenstein
Valuz, Liechtenstein                         

Franca Trubiano

University of Pennsylvania 
Philadelphia, USA                          


Little time remains for us to ponder whether material structures and assemblies are marginally better than others. A radical and uncompromising vision is needed to ensure that significant changes are made to the way we think, design, and build. Needed are new tectonic insights for the physical, life cycle, and emotional context of our buildings and our urban fabric. New tectonic strategies can offer important means for redirecting resources at all levels of society. Indeed, they play a pivotal role when engineers and architects engage in urgent and complex problems such as; the growing scarcity of natural resources, the degradation of the biosphere, the need for zero CO2 emissions, and topographical to our landscapes due to flooding and rising seawater levels. This Mini-Symposium is focused on the concept of  ‘Radical Tectonics’; the drive to attain absolute sustainability. It asks;

  • What can be built when construction materials have the lowest possible(zero) carbon footprint and can be returned to nature without harming the environment?
  • What definition of the tectonic should we strive for when looking at materials, building principles, and architectural design choices that are optimized for maximum sustainability, where lifetime scenarios, reuse, and upcycling become crucial parameters?
  • What are the short- and long-term perspectives for how architects and engineers can contribute to the categorical green transformation of the building industry – here and now?

Radical Tectonics invites papers on material, structural, and architectural ecologies, principles, and technologies that aim for absolute sustainability in a time of climate crisis.


6-8 JULY 2022


Aalborg University
Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology
Rendsburggade 14
9000 Aalborg