Introduction

The objective of this Conference is to review the challenges and new opportunities for contemporary architecture. These are a result of advances in design and new building technologies, as well as the development of new materials.

Many of the changes are motivated by a drive towards eco-architecture, trying to harmonise architectural products with nature. Another important issue is the adaptation of the architectural design to the natural environment, learning from nature and traditional construction techniques.

Contemporary architecture is at the threshold of a new stage of evolution, deeply influenced by the advances in information and computer systems and the development of new materials and products, as well as construction processes that will drastically change the industry.

Emphasis is placed on the minimum use of energy at each stage of the building process, the design by passive systems, life cycle assessment, resources optimisation and rehabilitation.

Never before in history have architects and engineers had such a range of new processes and products open to them. In spite of that, the construction industry lags behind all others in taking advantage of a wide variety of new technologies. This is understandable, due to the inherent complexity and uniqueness of each architectural project. Advances in computer and information systems, including robotics, offers the possibility of developing new architectural forms, construction products and building technologies which are just now starting to emerge.

Changes have also taken place in the way modern society works and lives, due to the impact of modern technologies. Patterns of work have been disrupted and changed, affecting transportation and the home environment. The demand is for a new type of habitat that can respond to the changes and the consequent requirements in terms of the urban environment.

The conference will deal with topics such as building technologies, design by passive systems, design with nature, cultural sensitivity, life cycle assessment, resources and rehabilitation and many others including case studies from many different places around the world. The list of topics gives an idea of the scope of the meeting, papers on other topics relating to the conference objectives are welcome.

All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are easily and permanently available in Open Access format to the international community.

Architecture is very multi-disciplinary, attracting many different professions. In this regard the conference participants are expected to be engineers, planners, computer experts, physical scientists, sociologists and economists, as well as architects, providing all of them an opportunity to share information and ideas with their colleagues from different regions of the world.

The eighth International Conference follows the seven successful meetings which started in the New Forest, home of the Wessex Institute of Technology, in 2006; and followed in the Algarve (2008); A Coruna (2010), the island of Kos (2012), Siena (2014), Alicante (2016), New Forest, UK (2018).

Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Eco-Architecture 2020. Papers on other topics related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

Design

  • Design with nature
  • Passive systems
  • Building information modelling
  • Bioclimatic design
  • Transformative design
  • Contemporary habitat typologies
  • Smart houses
  • Building flexibility
  • Adapted reuse
  • Sustainability indices in architecture
  • Circular economy

Building technology

  • Innovative materials and products
  • Green facades
  • Integrated renewable systems
  • Advanced building envelope
  • Performance assessment
  • Regenerative buildings
  • Ecological impacts of materials
  • Life cycle assessment and durability
  • Recycle, reuse, reduce and recovery
  • Eco-design and Eco-labelling

Built environment

  • Design and construction integration
  • Flexible housing
  • Floating buildings
  • Tall buildings and environment
  • Energy performance

Society

  • Community participation
  • Education and training
  • End-use energy efficiency
  • Consumer engagement
  • Occupants’ behaviour
  • Houses as a working environment
  • Management and maintenance
  • Ecological and cultural sensitivity
  • Impact of technology
  • Post-occupancy evaluation
  • Urban landscaping, agriculture and green spaces

Case studies

Benefits of Registration

Publication

Papers presented at Eco-Architecture 2020 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Environmental Impacts (Print ISSN 2398-2640, Electronic ISSN: 2398-2659) or the International Journal of Energy Production and Management (Print ISSN: 2056-3272; Electronic ISSN: 2056-3280).

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at Eco-Architecture 2020 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Environmental Impacts (Print ISSN 2398-2640, Electronic ISSN: 2398-2659) or the International Journal of Energy Production and Management (Print ISSN: 2056-3272; Electronic ISSN: 2056-3280).

Additional Information

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Delegate Access to Programme and Presentations

Access to the conference programme for Eco-Architecture 2020 will be made available from 9 am (UTC+1) on the 7th September.

Delegates registered for this event will receive the details to access the programme a few days before the start of the event.