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TAD Vol. 9, Issue 1: Generative

Deadline: June 15, 2024

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


Editor’s Note: All Topics Welcome at All Times

TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN welcomes all original research in 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.


The upcoming issue of TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN (TAD) seeks submissions that critically investigate the potential of generative systems in the allied design fields. Recent advances in generative artificial intelligence (AI) have demonstrated the ability to create novel works (e.g., texts, images, and sounds) indistinguishable from those of human authors in fractions of a second. The ramifications of these emerging technologies for the allied design fields are profound and present a unique opportunity for the critical appraisal of how the design disciplines might move forward in the face of technological change that strikes at the heart of what it means to be a creative agent. How might generative systems augment and empower human agency, intelligence, and imagination in design? How can they be used to meet the challenges posed by resource scarcity, pollution, and climate change through sustainable design? How can they be applied in transformative ways to improve design education? What processes and policies can be developed to ensure their humane and ethical use? TAD invites manuscripts that critically examine the potential and impacts of generative systems and technologies in design education, research, and practice. 

In design practice and education today, technologies infuse the design process across all stages of project development. Computer-aided design tools allow design problems to be explored in ways that impact human cognition and augment its capabilities. The emergence of generative AI technologies capable of human-like writing and image creation has the potential to supercharge these impacts – opening the door to new modes of knowledge and design creation and a host of new problems. Current generative AI technologies are built on massive amounts of curated data that can infringe on intellectual property and promulgate biases. These generative systems also problematize notions of authorship and responsibility, posing new legal and ethical questions. Therefore, the development and application of these systems in the design disciplines must be carefully considered from various perspectives to foster their humane and ethical use.     

Topics for this submission may include but are not limited to the development, application, and role of generative processes and technologies in the design of the built environment across multiple scales; innovative applications in materials, fabrication, and construction; assessing the impacts of artificial and augmented intelligence on design cognition; innovative applications in design education; processes and methods for the critical curation of data; issues of authorship and intellectual property in the use of generative systems; the development of policies for their ethical use in education, research, and professional contexts; and the critical analysis of their historical, social, cultural, and economic impacts. The editors strongly encourage submissions highlighting contributions of women, minorities, and other people traditionally excluded or underrepresented in the field. 

TAD invites original and innovative research from scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students. Contributions to the issue focus area are encouraged, but TAD will consider all papers that meet the TAD mission statement. The journal accepts submissions on a rolling basis, but for consideration in this issue, manuscripts are due before 11:59 pm Eastern Time on June 15, 2024. All manuscripts are double-blind peer-reviewed. Manuscripts must follow the standards detailed in the TAD Author Guide, available at TADjournal.org.

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