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The ASCAAD 2024 theme focuses on COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN AND TERRITORIAL RESILIENCE. From a territorial perspective, resilience typically describes the capacity of a specific territory or region to prepare, respond, and positively adapt as it faces hostile situations emerging from crises that are caused by external processes coupled with internal weaknesses, thus resulting in a unique state of vulnerability, yet affording stronger domestic and grounded transformation strategies. Such strategies are based on a holistic understanding of the territory, including its economic, natural and socio-cultural dynamics, and involving local community participation and multidisciplinary integration of governmental and social capacities, towards a sustainable process of resilience building.

The development of strategies and practices for the purpose of building resilient territories and communities typically confronts numerous challenges, especially in the Global South, including limited resources, uncertainty and unpredictable risks and threats such as climate change, economic crises, wars, and natural disasters, in addition to other factors such as mechanisms of citizen participation, coordination efforts, and the complex nature of territories, all which present a convoluted network of intertwined variables that impact the understanding and effective management of the necessary components for building resilient territories.

With the growing interest in computational design methodologies and approaches, the aim of this conference is to actively explore and discuss effective means by which computation can possibly contribute to the sustainable planning and management of resilient territories. Scholars and experts in the area of computational design are invited to propose novel workflows, technologies, methodologies, frameworks, and modes of thinking that are concerned with the dynamic and cyclic process of forecasting, facilitation, and optimization of effective strategies, policies, and decision-making mechanisms that aim at constructing and augmenting grounded and well-informed capacities, projections, and possible scenarios and futures of a given region, population, or territory.


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The 12th ASCAAD International Conference (ASCAAD 2024) will be hosted ON-SITE by the School of Architecture, Planning & Design (SAP + D) at the University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P) in Ben Guerir/Marrakesh, Morocco. UM6P was launched in 2009 by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, as part of the Green City, one of the OCP Group's major urban development projects, which aims to establish itself as a world-class university center with the aim of offering an attractive and ecologically exemplary living environments around a knowledge ecosystem. Given the design and ambition attached to UM6P, the heart of the new city, this project also has a national dimension because the UM6P is called upon to play a major role in the success of the emergent industrial sector of the kingdom, through its contribution in terms of training, research and innovation. The Mohammed VI Green City is part of a LEED ND environmental certification process. The societal and environmental exemplary nature of the Green City is pursued at all stages of development, including urban planning, infrastructure design, and management of urban services. UM6P offers 31 programs, and has around 2,182 students, 250 PhD students, 70 exchange students, and 689 alumni. The School of Architecture, Planning & Design (SAP + D) is a school of innovation in architecture, urban/territorial planning and design through its educational program, action-research and the development of smart solutions to face the African and Moroccan challenges. SAP + D contributes to the resilient, sustainable and smart development of the field of architecture, urbanism and territorial planning at the national and African level by exploring different geographical, socio-cultural, technical and environmental contexts.


topics of interest /

The ASCAAD 2024 conference invites submissions of original research papers to address the following topics including but not limited to:

1) Territorial and Building Parametrics: Adaptation and Optimization for Resilience Performance

• Human-Centric Parametric Modeling & Simulation

• Algorithmic Thinking & Generative Systems

• Optimization for Low Carbon Design

• Sustainable Planning & Energy Management

• Sustainable Planning facing Climate Change Hazards

2) Learning from Resilient Territories

• AI-Based Planning & Forecasting

• Machine Learning in Buildings & Cities

• Behavioral Simulation and Mapping

    • Natural Disaster & Refugee Crisis Mitigation

    • Post-crisis Scenarios and Risk Management

    • Resilience Assessment Indicators

3) Digital Materiality and Fabrication in AEC Industry

• Material Culture & Material-based Computing

• Smart & Resilient Materials

• Low-cost Digital Fabrication & Mass Customization 

• Rapid Fabrication for Resilient Territories

• Emergency Architecture

4) Urban Analytics/Smart Data for Territorial Resilience

• Building Information Modeling/Management

• Photogrammetry, Lasergrammetry and GeoInformatics

 • Big Data in Management & Planning

 • Digital Twins/CIM & Smart Infrastructure

5) Virtual Digital Heritage

• Preservation of Cultural Heritage

• Computational Archaeology

• Heritage BIM

• Conservation of Tangible & Intangible Heritage


6) Mixed Realities

• Cultures of Virtual Environments

• Extended Realities and Gaming

• Hybrid Resilient Places

• User Experience in MR Environments

7) Smart Governance and Urban Planning

• Resilience, Governance and Decision-making Support

• Design Thinking and Co-Design for Smart Urban/Territorial Planning

• Urbanism 2.0


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Call for papers 15 March 2024
Extended Deadline for abstract submission 8 May 2024
Notification of abstract acceptance 25 June 2024
Deadline for full paper submission 15 August 2024
Notification of full paper acceptance 15 September 2024
Submission of Final Conference Papers 1 October 2024
Conference days 22 - 24  October 2024