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Add to Calendar 10/31/2021 08:00 Europe/Rome Environmental Futures | Creative Explorations Through Science, Engineering, Design, and Art

There are no untouched places left on Earth: this is what it means to live in the Anthropocene, the age shaped by human activity at an unprecedented pace. This testifies that the extent of human activity has reached top capacity in terms of radically altering the natural processes of the planet and also establishes that the environment itself is a human construction rather than a preconceived condition. It follows that the environment is inseparably merged with human construction. The very extension of space dimensions, which is a founding element for the environment, dynamically arises from any kind of interaction, either at the sociological or at the physical level. Design then emerges as a relational necessity of reshaping the dichotomy between subject and object, humanity and nature, observer and data, within a knotted texture of links and webs. This makes the environment fundamentally a design issue for a wide range of design disciplines. In this context of radical changes, in this Special Issue, we invite papers focusing on, but not limited to, design as a form of knowledge in which the term “knowledge” can no longer be ascribed to, or produced within, disciplinary boundaries, but is entirely entangled. As stated by Neri Oxman, according to Maeda’s diagram (the so-called “Bermuda Quadrilateral”), design does not act by itself anymore but is a part of the four domains of creative exploration – science, engineering, design and art – and a single individual or a project can reside in multiple dominions. Nowadays for instance within this entanglement of disciplines the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and its progressively wider impact on many sectors including design need to be assessed at the extent to which AI might impact aspects of sustainable development. To investigate the principles of these complementary and intertwined systems, including on their social and environmental sustainability is the general goal of this Special Issue. Studies from a wide range of design disciplines using an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary approach, collaborative and comparative research, and systematic reviews of creative design thinking, including successful cases that demonstrate possibilities to challenge the paradigm of sustainable way of living our planet, are particularly encouraged.
Keywords: Art and engineering designs (environmental art and science); Physics and narrative environment design (physics-engineering and design); Ethnography (culture) and technology (anthropology and technology); Environmental threat and nature-based design (bioengineering); Renewable energies and landscape design (energy engineering and landscape); Electronics engineering and media design; Architectural design and manufacturing systems (3D printing, etc.); Civil engineering and nature; Urbanism and data design; Aerospace and art and art history; Climate Change and environmental science; Artificial Intelligence and Sustainability.

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Code: CFP-D99-SI1_2021
Posting date: 19/10/2020

Environmental Futures | Creative Explorations Through Science, Engineering, Design, and Art


Aims and Scope

There are no untouched places left on Earth: this is what it means to live in the Anthropocene, the age shaped by human activity at an unprecedented pace. This testifies that the extent of human activity has reached top capacity in terms of radically altering the natural processes of the planet and also establishes that the environment itself is a human construction rather than a preconceived condition. It follows that the environment is inseparably merged with human construction. The very extension of space dimensions, which is a founding element for the environment, dynamically arises from any kind of interaction, either at the sociological or at the physical level. Design then emerges as a relational necessity of reshaping the dichotomy between subject and object, humanity and nature, observer and data, within a knotted texture of links and webs. This makes the environment fundamentally a design issue for a wide range of design disciplines. In this context of radical changes, in this Special Issue, we invite papers focusing on, but not limited to, design as a form of knowledge in which the term “knowledge” can no longer be ascribed to, or produced within, disciplinary boundaries, but is entirely entangled. As stated by Neri Oxman, according to Maeda’s diagram (the so-called “Bermuda Quadrilateral”), design does not act by itself anymore but is a part of the four domains of creative exploration – science, engineering, design and art – and a single individual or a project can reside in multiple dominions. Nowadays for instance within this entanglement of disciplines the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and its progressively wider impact on many sectors including design need to be assessed at the extent to which AI might impact aspects of sustainable development. To investigate the principles of these complementary and intertwined systems, including on their social and environmental sustainability is the general goal of this Special Issue. Studies from a wide range of design disciplines using an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary approach, collaborative and comparative research, and systematic reviews of creative design thinking, including successful cases that demonstrate possibilities to challenge the paradigm of sustainable way of living our planet, are particularly encouraged.
Keywords: Art and engineering designs (environmental art and science); Physics and narrative environment design (physics-engineering and design); Ethnography (culture) and technology (anthropology and technology); Environmental threat and nature-based design (bioengineering); Renewable energies and landscape design (energy engineering and landscape); Electronics engineering and media design; Architectural design and manufacturing systems (3D printing, etc.); Civil engineering and nature; Urbanism and data design; Aerospace and art and art history; Climate Change and environmental science; Artificial Intelligence and Sustainability.

Languages
English
Country
Switzerland
Topics
Adaptive Façade, Advanced Materials, AEC Design Tools, Aerospace Engineering, Architectural Design, Architectural Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Materials, Augmented Reality, Automation, Big Data, Bio-based Materials, Bioenergy, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Building Components, Building Envelope, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Building Technology, Circular Economy, Civil Engineering, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Complex Systems, Construction Managements, Construction Systems Engineering, Contemporary Architecture, Creative Design, Criticism, Data Sensing and Analysis, Decision Support Systems, Design, Design Methodology, Development Economics, Digital Fabrication, Digital Modeling, Digital Technologies, Digitalization, Dynamic Models, Ecology, Ecosystems, Energy Efficiency, Energy Production, Energy Retrofitting, Environmental Impact, Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Technologies, Generative Design, Green Buildings, Green Cities, Green Infrastructures, Green Materials, Green Mobility, Green Product, Habitats, Higher Education, Human-computer Interface, ICT, Inclusive Design, Industrial Design, Industrial Engineering, Industry 4.0, Innovation, Innovative Materials, Innovative Technologies, Interdisciplinary Approach, Internet of Things (IoT), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Machine Learning, Manufacturing Systems, Modeling, Monitoring, Nanotechnology, Natural Materials, Nature-based Solutions, Performance-based Design, Process Innovation, Process Management, Process Modeling and Simulation, Product Innovation, Project Tools, Public Spaces, Recycled Materials, Redevelopment, Rehabilitation, Renewable Energy, Renewable Resources, Resilience, Risk Management, Robotics, Safety and Security, SDGs 2030, Smart Buildings, Smart Cities, Smart Design, Smart Grids, Smart Materials, Smart Tools, Sustainability, Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Materials, Up-cycling, Urban Development, Urban Regeneration, Urban Vegetation, Virtual Reality, Web Design
Review process
The Journal adopts double-blind peer review process
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DOAJ, Inspec (IET), Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, Scopus, CLOCKSS (Digital Archive), e-Helvetica (Swiss National Library Digital Archive), Academic OneFile (Gale/Cengage Learning), Google Scholar, ProQuest Central (ProQuest), Science In Context (Gale/Cengage Learning).

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Guest Editor
Dr. Tiziano Cattaneo

Co-Guest Editors
Dr. Emanuele Giorgi
Dr. Antonino Marciano
Dr. Minqing Ni
Prof. Dr. Filippo Fabrocini