Symposium of Architecture, Technology and Innovation


Technology has always been pivotal in shaping the society. Advances in information technologies and material sciences in the course of the twenty-first century have irreversibly altered not only everyday life of individuals, so that the structural tenets of societies, but also the design, construction and management methods in architectural, engineering and urban practices. Beyond these alterations, recent innovations in emergent technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and/or Machine Learning have started to define unprecedented needs and requirements for the built environments. Moreover, environmental problems like pollution, source limitations, overcrowded cities, climate change, extreme weather conditions and the social crises that they cause on the doorstep require each and every profession to rethink its role in the ever changing conditions of today’s dynamic political and economic agenda, make urgent decisions to adjust itself and take immediate actions. Cutting edge technological developments and innovations have the potential of being both remedy and poison for these environmental, economic and social upheavals.

In order to give insights into the role of technology and innovation in the practice and critical theory of contemporary architecture, Yaşar University Department of Architecture initiates the International Symposium of Architecture, Technology and Innovation (ATI), which is planned to be organized annually from this very first one onwards. The symposium aims to provide scholars a transdisciplinary platform where theoretical, technical and/or practice-based state-of-the-art research findings revolving around a yearly theme in the larger framework of ATI can be discussed reciprocally. 

This year’s Symposium will be held on April 27-30, 2020 at Yaşar University, İzmir under the title of “Smart Buildings, Smart Cities.. Today, smart cities are regarded as ecosystems of various networks designed to make the urban environment smarter, and smart buildings correspond to one of the most indispensable components of this ecosystem. The symposium will bring together academics from different disciplines, focusing on the importance of identifying intelligent systems in the built environment, and aim to lay an academic and scientific basis for discussing the implications as well as the possibilities, requirements and sustainability of current and future potential ecosystems.

The sub-titles of this year’s Symposium were summoned on November 25, 2019:

Deformable Structures,
Computational Design and Production,
Sustainability and Building Design,
Reactive Facades,
BIM Technologies,
Origami Based Structures,
Smart and Bio-Based Materials,
Digital Humanities,
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) Technologies,
Energy Efficient Design, Smart Energy Network,
Smart Transportation and Parking,
Internet of Things Applications,
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning,
GIS, Smart Communities and Urban Mobility,
Big Data and Data analysis.

Abstracts can be sent until January 24, 2020 (Symposium language is in English):

The papers presented to the symposium will be published in the proceedings and the selected papers will be published in the international  journal “Digital Innovation in the Built Environment” as a special issue. For more information about the journal: