Architecture is defined as the process of designing and constructing buildings and landscapes in which people can live and thrive in. It can also be seen as a work of art and in some cases, constructions that become cultural symbols that stand the test of time.
It is an ever-evolving science that is constantly being refined, tackling hurdles such as environmental disasters, new advances, and demands in technology and power, whilst also maintaining an artistic and elegant aesthetic.
Resilient architecture looks to ensure that cities and buildings that follow the discipline will, through various techniques such as the use of durable materials, promoting the use of eco-friendly energy sources, and more, endure against all matter of hardships for generations.
In recent times, scholars and researchers have been addressing the topic of the resiliency of modern constructions to floods. Emphasizing the importance of flood risk management due to the long process of recovery from flooding events, and the change in flood risk philosophy in recent years. Topics within the locus of current scientific discussion include current and future developments in flood resilience disciplines such as avoidance technology, water exclusion, and water acceptance, all the while highlighting the significance of the philosophy of flood resilience, especially in recent years where flood frequency is on the uptick.
Flooding is not the only aspect in consideration when it comes to resiliency however, researchers are also looking to combat various environmental challenges such as earthquakes and extreme weather conditions by use of lightweight materials that adhere to modern, state-of-the-art standards while being environmentally friendly.
Responsible architecture aims to provide a healthy, sustainable, and hurdle-free life for its habitants. The discipline aims to achieve this through intelligent use of environmentally-friendly technologies, efficient waymarking and pathfinding, and an overall safe future for the public. Recent discussions and publications on this topic discuss the growing need for responsible architecture as a philosophy that achieves long-term sustainability and a sense of inclusivity amongst people in society.
Another challenge that is being tackled currently is the concept of minimizing negative effects on the climate while expanding urban features in residential areas, analysing the effects of said expansion on the surrounding environment, elements such as the surrounding microclimate, thermal comfort, and the climate at large are all being taken into account whilst attempting to maintain a positive overall living experience and a satisfactory post-occupancy evaluation.
The 8th edition of the International Conference on “Resilient and Responsible Architecture and Urbanism (RRAU)” aims to bring together researchers, architects, and experts in the field to discuss these topics and further deliberate and determine what it means to be truly resilient and responsible in the field of architecture and urban planning not only for the sake of today but for the sake of future generations to come.
Accepted papers will have the chance to be published in the Scopus-Indexed ASTI book series “Advances in Science, Technology, and Innovation.”