The third edition of the International Conference on “Parallelism in Architecture, Engineering & Computing Techniques” and the second edition of the International Conference on “Urban Regeneration and Sustainability” were held together in collaboration with the University of East London in the United Kingdom, and took place virtually from the 7th to the 9th of October 2020, due to the travel restrictions caused by the pandemic.
The conferences addressed all the aspects of the urban environment. Urban regeneration was discussed thoroughly in the conference by rendering it as a process and a strategy that aims at transforming and renovating areas in the hope of upgrading public housing, public and private buildings, infrastructure, and services.
It could also be considered a highly effective way to improve urban performance by targeting countless areas and taking their economic levels and developments into consideration which could affect society either negatively or positively.
IEREK organized this conference to help establish better and more efficient solutions and plans to help solve such rapidly-growing challenges within a countless number of cities around the world by viewing different aspects and solutions offered and discussed throughout the conference.
Among the main topics discussed in the conference:
1- Aspects and Principles of Urban Regeneration
2- Designing and Development of Urban Regeneration
3- Strategies to Improve Urban Performance
4- Overview of Urban Transformation
5- Challenges of Urban Regeneration
The Opening Ceremony started with the online registration and welcoming speeches from the conference Chair and co-chair.
Short welcoming speeches were given by the conference chair Professor Hassan Abdalla, Dean of School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London, UK, and the conference co-chair, Dr. Fulvio Wirz, UEL School of Architecture, and Zaha Hadid Architects Associate, UK.
Following the welcoming speeches, Toka Amer, IEREK representative and Operations Manager at IEREK, Egypt, conducted a presentation about IEREK introducing the company and its activities to the audience.
A plenary session followed introducing the first keynote speaker, Dr. Fulvio Wirz, UEL School of Architecture, and Zaha Hadid Architecture Associate, UK, whose speech was entitled: “The Impact of Modularity in Future Construction.”
After the keynote speech was the First Session of the conference entitled “Parallels in Construction: Materiality and Context.” The session was moderated by Britta Knobel Gupta, Founding partner, Studio Symbiosis Architects, Stuttgart, Germany, and Dr. Fulvio Wirz, UEL School of Architecture, and Partner at Wirz Architects, UK. The session had four presentations before a short break.
Following the short break was the second Keynote Speaker Amit Gupta, Founding partner, Studio Symbiosis Architects & Former Zaha Hadid Associate, UK. whose speech was entitled: “Diagram: Design Processing Tool.”
The Second Session entitled “Design-Led Urban Regeneration and Management” started afterwards and was moderated by Dr. Elisa Magnini, Foresight and innovation specialist at Arup, UK. Ten presentations were discussed during the second session and concluded the first day of the conference.
The second day of the conference started with the speech of the keynote speaker, Dr. Eduardo Mayoral Gonzalez, CTO Senior in City Thinking, Spain, with a speech entitled: “Designing Resilient Cities through an Ecosystemic Approach & Parametric Design.”
After the keynote speech, the Third Session started entitled: “Parallels in Urbanism: Parametric Design, Theory, and Urbanism,” which was moderated by Professor Hassan Abdalla, Dean of School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London, UK, and Dr. Fulvio Wirz, UEL School of Architecture, and Partner at Wirz Architects, UK. The third session discussed two presentations.
Next was the Fourth Session of the conference entitled: “Strategies to Improve Urban Performance” and was moderated by Professor Hassan Abdalla, Dean of School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London, UK, and Dr. Fulvio Wirz, UEL School of Architecture, and Partner at Wirz Architects, UK. Fourteen presentations were discussed during the second session and concluded the second day of the conference.
The third day of the conference started with the Fifth Session entitled “Challenges of Urban Regeneration,” which was moderated by Professor Hasim Altan, Director and Professor in Research Centre and Faculty of Design, ARUCAD, Kyrenia, Cyprus and, Dr. Fulvio Wirz, UEL School of Architecture, and Partner at Wirz Architects, UK. The Fifth Session discussed eight presentations.
Following the Fifth Session was the third Keynote Speaker Dr. Vincenzo Reale, chartered structural engineer (ICE) and architect (ARB), senior structural engineer in the Specialist Technology + Research group in Arup, London, UK, whose speech was entitled: “Digital Strategies and Technologies for Contemporary Architecture & Engineering” before a short break.
After the short break, the Sixth Session entitled “Parallels in Big Data: Digital Theory and New Sciences” and the Seventh Session entitled “Parallels in Access: Gamification, Open-Source and Virtual Reality,” which are moderated by Amit Gupta, Founding partner, Studio Symbiosis Architects, Delhi, India, and Dr. Fulvio Wirz, UEL School of Architecture, and Partner at Wirz Architects, UK took place. The Seventh and last session of the conference discussed the remaining three presentations.
A discussion and a Questions and Answers session followed, and the conference was concluded by a Panel session where final remarks and feedback were discussed.
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About the PACT 3rd Edition:
Consequent to the success of its previous editions in 2016 and 2018, the third edition of the ‘Parallelism in Architecture, Engineering & Computing Techniques’ conference will be held in collaboration with the University of East London (UEL) in London, United Kingdom.
This conference unveils the latest trends of architectural technologies and computational thinking as a way of improving the performance of computational design software in architectural and engineering discourses. In a fast-paced world and in light of recent technological advancements due to industrialization and globalization, the way we see the universe has changed. That being said, the conference will shed a light on the ways in which parallelism can be integrated into different architectural and computing dialogues through stimulating a discussion on topics of Complex Digital Fabrication, Augmented Reality, Intelligent Environments, Advanced Fabrication Technologies, Big Data and more.
Through an analysis of the representation of Parallelism, this conference will work towards revealing the relationship between the Environment, Architecture, and Computing Techniques. Through a set of diversified yet pertinent sessions, the conference will focus on:
Parallels in Access and the role of digital media, augmented reality and advanced graphics in the implementation of the architectural modern buildings.
Parallels in Algorithms as a key player in design and construction presenting applications of innovative techniques such as Robotics and Artificial Intelligence to solve complex issues.
Advanced Digital fabrication and Additive Manufacturing to make possible emerging design ideas once deemed impossible to execute.
The power of Big Data, its technologies and associated challenges, analytical methods and paradigm shift.
Parallels in Construction: materiality and context.
This conference aims to explore the complexity that is embedded within the computation discourse under the theme of parallelism. Introducing world-renowned keynote speakers in the field, such as Patrik Schumacher during PACT of 2016 and Gabriele Sorrento in PACT of 2018, this conference will generate stimulating discussions led by experts in the field.
Conference Session Moderators:
Britta Knobel Gupta
Founding partner, Studio Symbiosis Architects, Stuttgart, Germany.
Founding Partner, Studio Symbiosis Architects, Delhi, India.
Foresight and innovation specialist at Arup, UK.
1. Parallels In Access: Gamification, Open-source, Interfaces And Virtual Reality
-Computer vision & Applications
-Gamification Techniques & Applications
-Open-source & Accessibility
-Virtual and Augmented Reality
2. Parallels In Algorithms: Robotics, Artificial Intelligence And Distributed Computing
-Distributed computing &Data mining
-Agent based methods
-Machine learning & Artificial Intelligence
-Heterogeneous architecture systems
3. Parallels In Advanced Fabrication: Large Scale Additive Manufacturing
-Large Scale Additive Manufacturing.
-Construction automation and tectonics
4. Parallels In Big Data: Digital Theory And New Sciences
-Digital Theory and New Sciences.
-Digital theory in architecture
-History of architecture and computational design
-New sciences of simulation and optimization.
5. Parallels In Urbanism: Parametric Design, Theory And Urbanism
-Urban analysis & Simulations
-Smart &Future cities
6. Parallels In Construction: Materiality And Context
-Materiality and Context
-Cities & theories
-Heritage conservation & management
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07 Oct 2020
Eduardo Mayoral González
CTO Senior Architect in CityThinking, Spain.
Eduardo Mayoral gets his architectural degree from the ETSA University of Seville (2004). As a member of the Composite researching group, he awards a finalist mention for the International Competition of Ideas for the Encarnación Square in Seville (2004). He awards the 2nd Dragados prize for his Thesis Diploma (2005). He is a member of the OUT_Arquías HUM-853 researching group (since 2007).
He works as an architect developing several urban and architectural projects and competitions for MGM Architects (Seville, 2003-2004), for Sicilia & Partners (Zaragoza, 2005), and for SV 60 Architects (Seville, 2006-2007).
He courses the Master in Sustainable Cities and Architecture (iuacc, Seville, 2007), the Master in Advanced Architecture (IaaC, Barcelona, 2008), the Master in Advanced Architectural Design (GSAPP, New York, 2009), and the Advanced Architectural Research Program (GSAPP, New York, 2010). During this period, he gains knowledge on algorithmic and parametric design, architectural theory, and sustainable strategies within the realm of architecture. At that time, he also teaches as a Teaching Assistant at the Barnard College (GSAPP, New York, 2008-2009).
He completes his Ph.D. on Biosynthetic Architectures (ETSA, Seville, 2012). His research seeks to redefine the relationship between architecture, sustainability, and ecology through applied biotechnology and through the engineering of living and non-living beings. This research is developed within a posthumanist and ecological approach and it is grounded on digital design. He is nominated for his research for the TR35 Spain Awards (2011). He awards the 3rd HOLCIM awards Next Generation competition for the region of Europe (2011). He awards the Ayudas a la Investigación MAPFRE (2012) to further develop his researching and he also awards the Premio de la Real Academia de las Ciencias Sociales y Medio Ambiente (2013).
He works as an architect CTO at Bordallo y Carrasco Arquitectos (2013-2014) developing a housing project through algorithmic and parametric design. He works as an architect at Architects of Invention (London, 2015) developing architectural projects and competitions.
Since 2016 he is the CTO of CTTK (Citythinking), where he is developing a project named PSP (Parametric Smart Planning). This project weaves together Ecosystemic Urbanism, Building Industrialization, and Algorithmic and Parametric Design, to generate Budget Oriented Standardized Ecologically Certified Masterplan Scenarios. This project has been awarded funds from the Spanish Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, within the category of Technological Impulse. Besides, he develops several urban and architectural international projects as an architect at CTTK.
Partner at Wirz Architects, MA Architecture and Urbanism Programme Leader at University of East London, UK & Previous Zaha Hadid Architects Associate.
Fulvio Wirz is currently a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for MA Architecture and Urbanism and the head of DFUEL (Digital Fabrication Lab) at the University of East London, UK as well as an Architect and Partner at Wirz Architects. He is a former associate at Zaha Hadid Architects in London where he has been responsible of many winning competition and projects like Seville library, the Masterplan for “Kartal-Pendik” area in Istanbul, the “Lilium Tower” in Warsaw, the “Eli & Edythe” museum in Michigan, the KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre) and the KAFD Metro Station both in Saudi Arabia. He has been project designer on “Aura”, an installation featured at the Venice Biennale in 2008, and on a number of cutting-edge products including Zephyr Sofa, Z-Chair, and Liquid Glacial Table.
He holds a Ph.D. in Architectural and Urban Desing from the University Federico II in Naples with the thesis “Digital processes in architectural design”. In 2011 he has been leading the module of “Fundaments of Parametric Architecture” at the Politecnico in Milan, in 2012 he has been co-leading GAD Research Cluster 6 at the Bartlett School of Architecture with Daniel Widrig, in 2013 he has been a lecturer at the London South Bank University and guest lecturer at the AA Rome Visiting School. In 2014 Fulvio has been invited as Guest Lecturer at the National Summit of Architectural Universities held in Bogota’. In 2017 Fulvio has been appointed by UEL as Senior Lecturer in Computer Aided Architectural Design.
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All accepted papers of the third Parallelism in Architecture, Engineering & Computing Techniques (3rd PACT) after the peer-review process will be either published as chapters in the Book Series “Advances in Science, Technology and Innovation” (ASTI) by Springer or in The International Journal of Academic Research Community Publication (ARChive) online by IEREK Press.
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Asti Book Editors
Department of Engineering, University of Perugia, CIRIAF – Interuniversity Research Centre on Pollution and Environment “Mauro Felli”, Via G. Duranti 67, 06125 Perugia, Italy.
Born in Umbertide (Perugia), Italy, in 1988. Master degree in Building Engineering - Architecture at University of Perugia, Italy, in 2014. PhD in Energy and Sustainable development at CIRIAF - University of Perugia, Italy, in 2018. Research Fellow at CIRIAF - Interuniversity Research Centre on Pollution and Environment “Mauro Felli”, Department of Engineering, University of Perugia, Italy, as member of the EAP Lab (Environmental Applied Physics Laboratory) team, dealing with building energy efficiency and, specifically, dynamic analysis of building energy performance, occupant behavior, human comfort in the built environment, urban heat island mitigation, and energy systems. More details on https://www.eaplab.eu/.
Haşim Altan, Dean and Professor, Faculty of Design at Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design (ARUCAD), Kyrenia, Cyprus.
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Design, Department of Architecture at Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design (ARUCAD), Cyprus. He is the former Dean of Faculty of Architecture & Fine Arts at Final International University in Kyrenia, Cyprus. He is a Chartered Architect (RIBA) and a Chartered Engineer (CIBSE) with 20 years of academic and practice experience in the field of Architectural Engineering and Sustainable Design of the Built Environment in UK, Europe and the Middle East. Prof. Altan sits on a number of editorial boards and reviews project proposals for the European Commission, UK Research Councils, and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) by Qatar Foundation. Since 2004, he has, singly or jointly, secured and directed 32 research grants worth over £21 million. He is a founding member of the International Network on Zero Energy Mass Custom Home (ZEMCH), which has so far organised seven international conferences, design workshops, and technical visits. As well as having supervised 16 successful PhD students, Prof. Dr. Altan has published over 200-refereed journal and conference papers in related fields.
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