Special Sessions (as of February 27 2020)
Special Sessions are sessions exploring novel experimental topics that extend the general conference themes. Each special session is formulated by expert researchers and gathers up to 6 speakers presenting key contributions on the session theme. All interested authors are entitled to propose a special session and to submit contributions to the special sessions for review.
Cellulose-Based Materials in Structures and Architecture
Faculty of Architecture,
Institute of Structural Mechanics and Design
The session will focus on cellulose-based materials and their implementation in architectural structures. Taking into account growing need for the recyclable materials, good thermal insulation, low-cost production and minimalised ecological footprint, the session will crate the opportunity to exchange the knowledge and experiences by both professionals and academics. New structural solutions, energy efficiency, implementation of cellulose based materials in building envelope will be the main topics of the session.
The Future of Bridges: A roadmap towards circular and inclusive bridge design
Department of Architectural Engineering + Technology
Bridges lie at the heart of our civilization bringing growth and prosperity into peoples every days life. However, bridges are more than mere functional assets. A well designed bridge reflects mankind’s creativity and ingenuity and tells us something about our identity. However, our identity is not static. Just as social values are rapidly changing under influence of political polarization and climate crisis, the way that our bridges are commissioned and designed needs to change too.
This special session addresses the call for circular bridge design, as well as the call for an inclusive design process in which users and inhabitants can participate with local knowledge. Therefore, topics for his session can offer a technological approach, addressing new materials and computational methods to achieve better bridges. Or they can focus on the design process and the procurement of our bridges, offering ways to include the public and enhance public support. The goal is to identify a design approach, through all scales of the design, that leads to bridges that are sustainable, future proof and that are valued by society.