Graduate Architecture

ACADIA 2022: Hybrids & Haecceities

Wednesday, October 26, 2022Saturday, October 29, 2022
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Annenberg Center
University of Pennsylvania
3680 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104


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The 2022 ACADIA conference will be hosted by the Weitzman School of Design and will feature peer-reviewed, juried, and curated content, as well as keynotes and panel discussions. Hybrids & Haecceities seeks novel approaches to design and research that dissolve binary conditions and inherent hierarchies in order to embrace new modes of practice. Haecceities describe the qualities or properties of objects that define them as unique. Concurrently, Hybrids are entities with characteristics enhanced by the process of combining two or more elements with different properties. In concert, these terms offer a provocation toward more inclusive and specific forms of computational design.

Hybrids & Haecceities aligns with a fundamental shift away from abstract generalized models of production toward greater degrees of customization at unprecedented scales, made possible by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With greater reliance on cyber-physical systems, this shift supports more diverse and considered forms of embodiment and participation in the built environment. Conversely, the design and construction industries have profound global effects with significant political, economic, and environmental impacts. The urgent need to decarbonize buildings, and at the same time, provide equitable infrastructure to communities at risk, places responsibility on the design disciplines to form new collaborations in the effort to address today’s social and ecological crises.

Learn more at 2022.acadia.org. Registration will open in July.

If you require any accessibility accommodation, such as live captioning, audio description, or a sign language interpreter, please email news@design.upenn.edu to let us know what you need. Please note, we require at least 48 hours’ notice. If you register within 48 hours of this event, we won’t be able to secure the appropriate accommodations.