EVENT.Published:March 5, 2022.

Call for papers Tectonics

Submissions: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tadjournal

TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN welcomes all original research in the fields of technology, architecture, and design. Submissions may choose to address the focus area identified in this call for papers but are not required to do so. All submissions are reviewed through a double-blind peer-review process with subject experts.

Changing performance criteria and evolving digital technologies contribute to the transformation of design mechanisms and question the logic of construction across all scales. The continuing digitalization of design, fabrication, and construction suggests a changing investigation of architectural tectonics, identifying updated frameworks that define the contemporary role not only of structures and their details but of all processes and supply chains involved. What are the driving and formative forces behind tectonics?

The impact of climate change adds further urgency to an evaluation of design approaches and outcomes, material use, forces at play, technology, and data involved. The concept of tectonics offered a valuable framework for linking craftsmanship and cultural narrative with constructive principles in architecture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Initially based on a largely mechanical world view, embedded in the principles of mass production and standardization of early industrialization, the discourse around tectonics expands in the twenty-first century to (re)consider the role of making and form, involving the impact of digital processes, advanced technologies, techniques, and media, examining new categories of materials, and addressing architecture through the lens of the Anthropocene.

Digital fabrication methods result in revised understandings of materiality and structural textures expected by traditional craftsmanship or industrialized production. These emerging tools lead to specific geometries and narratives – their reading needs to be better understood. The historic understanding of tectonics focused on the articulation of the joint and its related layers. Innovative materials and systems of assembly change the constructive mechanisms and visualization of forces that were formerly suitable for masonry and carpentry. The structure might no longer be the dominant force leading to architectural form and articulation – which other forces are at play and what is their impact?

The Tectonics issue investigates the intersection of structure and construction, together with the emerging research in intelligent buildings, building and material science (biomaterials, composites, assemblies), architectural kinetics, mass customization, and parametrically-driven digital fabrication and simulation. TAD is promoting research that redefines/deconceptualizes ways architecture and construction address  the diverse technological, cultural, economic, and ecological imperatives of our times.

TAD invites original research manuscripts for consideration in the Tectonics issue. Manuscripts that relate to the focus area of “tectonics” are due before 11:59 pm Eastern Time on June 15, 2022. All other contributions can take advantage of TAD’s rolling submissions and be submitted at any time. Manuscript submissions must follow the standards detailed in the TAD Author Guide available at TADjournal.orgTAD receives all manuscript submissions electronically through a ScholarOne Manuscripts portal located at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/TADJournal.


June 15, 2022