Mini-symposia (as of June 11 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.

1:1, tools and programs – structures and construction in architecture education

Mario Rinke

University of Antwerp, Faculty of Design Sciences
Antwerp, Belgium

MARIa Vrontissi

University of Thessaly, Department of Architecture
Volos, Greece  

Teaching structures and construction is a crucial component of architecture education. Different educational traditions, fundamentally different teaching cultures or differences in study programs already account for a variety of concepts for teaching these fundamental technical aspects. Moreover, new digital technologies and comprehensive discussions on the sustainable use of construction materials have substantially driven changes in teaching concepts at different levels at many architecture schools already. Interestingly, on the one hand, there seems to be a need for a teaching equivalent on the technical side for the proclaimed future of digital architecture using digital modelling techniques, optimisation and parametric design studies, or 3D printing. On the other hand, the digital push has simultaneously stimulated the curiosity and necessity to teach material and construction basics as well as structural principles physically in dedicated workshops. Collecting various experiences from all ends of new educational approaches will support the teaching community in making better decisions for their courses and programs and encourage new, experimental projects to rethink teaching methods for technical aspects in architecture education. This mini-symposium, therefore, provides a platform for advancements in structural and constructional courses and reflects the cross-disciplinarity rising in practice and research, and research-driven education. Instead of documenting best-practices and long-established approaches, interested authors are encouraged to share experiences of experimental, unconventional, cross-disciplinary, 'outside the box' teaching. Asking how new means should be used, what else is needed, how a sustainable design thinking can be naturally implemented, and 'where do we go from here?', the mini-symposium focusses on three main areas:

MAKING: Full-scale design & build workshops
SIMULATING: Forces and matter in digital architecture
FRAMING: Implementing structures and construction in an architecture curriculum for today and tomorrow

Advances in wood construction: Technology and architecture

Niels Martin Larsen

Aarhus School of Architecture 
Aarhus, Denmark 

PHILIP TIDWELL                    

Aalto University
Espoo, Finland


McGill University                   
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Today the unique biological, energetic and structural properties of wood are leading to a renewed focus on timber as material for construction. As the imperatives of climate change reconfigure the construction industry, wood has been highlighted for its capacity to sequester carbon dioxide and for its renewability in comparison with other construction materials. In response, the forest products sector – already among the oldest and most technologically developed areas of the building industry – has pushed forward with new strategies for production and assembly. Today 3D scanning, material tracking and automated production can be found from the forest to the factory.

This renewed interest in wood has opened new opportunities for building, but as the vocabulary of timber construction expands from ‘stick’ frames to ‘mass’ assemblies, the implications for architecture remain unclear. The imperatives of industry tend toward standardization, but each wood species possesses unique characteristics. This session calls for projects, research and analysis that exemplify the ways in which wood properties and building technologies can be engaged to clear a path for a viable development of the built environment at the intersection of materials, structures and architecture.


6-8 JULY 2022


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