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Vol. 8, Issue 1

Deadline: June 15, 2023

The upcoming issue of TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN (TAD) seeks submissions that explore and better define the roles of architecture, design, and technology in meeting the challenges facing our communities from current and forecasted changes in climate. Climate change continues to be a major problem facing our communities worldwide. In what way does climate change affect our understanding of the role of architecture and technology within our communities? How can we better define the role of architecture and technology in addressing climate change? How can we prepare for a future with more extreme climate conditions and the associated socioeconomic and political problems? Can architecture take a leadership role in transforming the built environment from part of the problem to part of the solution? How can we change the current value system that rewards aesthetics over performance and environmental impact? Is architectural education providing future architects with the values, knowledge, and skillsets needed to tackle climate change effectively?

Recent reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) continue to emphasize both the role played by the built environment in causing climate change, as well as the considerable potential offered by innovative and forward-looking designs of systems, buildings and cities in achieving the dual objectives of climate change mitigation and adaptation [1] [2] .  Effective responses to climate change are not limited to those addressing the environmental performance of buildings and communities. They must also understand the socio-economic, cultural, and political performances associated with these buildings and communities. These responses also need to extend beyond individual solutions and identify the needed systemic changes in education and practice, which will allow for achieving the large-scale impacts required to effectively meet the current magnitude of the climate challenges we face.

Topics for this issue may include but are not limited to: critical perspectives on the role of architecture and technology in addressing climate change, innovative responses to climate change at the materials, systems, buildings, and city scales; the role of technology in enabling innovative solutions in both mitigation and adaptation; increasing climate resiliency at different scales; innovative pedagogical approaches to integrating climate change into architectural curricula; assessment and optimization of the environmental impacts of the built environment; design-decision-support technologies; regenerative architecture; policies and standards needed to enable more innovative responses and solutions; and effective integration of environmental issues into design processes. The editors strongly encourage submissions highlighting contributions of women, minorities, and others 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, 2023. All manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed. Manuscripts must follow the standards detailed in the TAD Author Guide, available at TADjournal.org.

[1]  IPCC, 2022: Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [P.R. Shukla, et al. (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

[2] IPCC, 2022: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [H.-O. Pörtner, et al. (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

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