Overview

Specific technologies are continually transferred to architecture from fields such as logistics, psychology and medicine, media and entertainment, warfare, transportation, mining, food and agriculture. Technology transfer includes 'hard' material technologies of manufacturing and construction as well as 'soft technologies' of imaging and information that are taken up in the design process and penetrate the very structure of architectural practice. Such technology transfer is sometimes seen to threaten the supposed internal consistency and specificity of architectural techniques at the same time as it is keenly sought after. Its effect on notions of design intentions and their realization is a key problematic of interest to this conference.

More focused scholarship is also invited on the teaching of techniques for realizing and evaluating buildings. 'Architectural Technology' has become a qualification and specialist area distinct from architecture with, in Europe and North America, a three-year degree. These emerge with professional bodies, and far greater responsibilities than the traditional support role of producing working drawings under the direction of an architect. The emergence of the architectural technologist could be viewed as a response to increasingly complex building and information systems, but it might also be seen as further erosion of the architect's purview. How well are architects and architectural graduates prepared for the proliferation of new technologies of communication, representation, manufacture and construction? What historical events and theoretical arguments have led to technology being a distinct field of knowledge and practice in architectural practice and architectural education?

Scholarship addressing the challenges and potentials of new technologies in construction, manufacturing, design and documentation in architecture and architectural education is called for.