ANZAScA 2010: the 44th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association invites submission of original research papers from all areas of Architectural Science.
On the border: architectural science in theory & practice
In his book The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation, Steven Shapin argues that industry/practice and academia/theory are divided by opposed approaches that become inherited habits in each sector (Shapin, 2008). Industry is suspicious of the abstractions that are usually an academic department’s stocks-in-trade, even in professionally-oriented disciplines; and industry is intolerant of the very uncertainties that academic research seeks out with greatest and most active enthusiasm. Industry associates uncertainty with indecision.
In the border area between two such sectors, the University’s function is justified most positively by applied research. Applied research offers identity, and also a means of communication. Abstractions are brought to some level of resolution, and uncertainties are converted into supported and verified propositions.
The 44th Conference is intended to draw attention to the central purpose of ANZAScA and its place in relation to both the teaching and practice of architecture and related disciplines. Associated areas of knowledge in the following fields are recognised as essential contributions on “the border”: paper submissions from these disciplines are particularly encouraged:
Environmental and Earth Sciences
All abstracts will be reviewed by two members of the Technical Committee. Each full paper will be double-blind refereed by members of a panel of academic peers appointed by the Technical Committee. At least one referee will be external to the Technical Committee.
NOVEMBER 24 - 26, 2010
Department of Architecture
Department of Landscape Architecture
Unitec Institute of Technology Auckland New Zealand