The 2nd international meeting ARCHITECTURE & INTELLIGENCES

at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Val de Seine (ENSA PVS)

on November 18th, 2021

Call for papers


Data is everywhere and algorithms are increasingly taking part in our lives. Analysis of territorial data, morphologies simulators, mobility infrastructure’s digital twins, time focused urban organization, life cycle analyses, design processes, smart materials, augmented BIM, reuse and recycle platform… each of these elements, driven by digital and data, raise questions beyond the purely technical. From Internet of Things to City Information Models, at all scales, data are now the fuel of artificial intelligence. Digital tools are the vector and support for renewed pluri-dimensional spatial interpretations and representations. Beyond the traditional experimental and theorical research methodologies, they are shaping alternative paths of investigation.

What are the consequences for contemporary architectural?

  1. Augmented city

Though distant from Marshall McLuhan’s Global Village ontology, the generalization of SMART CITIES,is a major issue for our future environment. With the development of autonomous cars, and the ongoing questions about how to optimize energy resources while reducing of our environmental footprint, the smart design of networks and flows represent a major aspect for our future environment.

The emergence of ubiquity in the public space forces us to question the remaining city space left for citizens. Are they happier, do they listen more to their peer? What is their point of contact with their surroundings? These are the questions at work. Are we in a position to design the equivalent of Campo de ‘Fiori in Rome; was this square connected or responsive?

What are the emerging morphologies? and for whom are they shaped? How do we conceive digital twins of mobility and how do we analyze territorial data? For which citizen and which governance? These are the challenges to come and the questions that are being asked of architects.

On the multiplicity of the types of flows and network, we can consider that connected electric bikes are one of the newest paradigms of smart cities. They are not alone and the typologies of mobilities are evolving, upgrading the status of public space.

At the city and town planning levels, the proliferation of autonomous vehicles will free up hectares of roads. Those vehicle fleets will be the actors of fluid traffic patterns thanks to car-sharing and to the coordinated interaction between several users: pedestrians, cyclists, and cars. According to this scenario, the use of several hundred hectares freed up in a city like Paris needs to be rethought in terms of urban amenities. In this context, what status and what services can be linked to the public space? How to compose the emergence and spatialization of the network in the city? What density models should be applied; what physical and human geographies imagined? How the Quarter-Hour City (20-Minute Neighborhoods) deals with the last-mile logistics paradigm? How to discover and accept to get lost in an hyperconnected city? What about digital urban romanticism?

2. Connected housing

Housing as a privileged place for the use of connected objects becomes an infinite source of data production.

We can rethink comfort, experience, and the use of space through the design by data paradigm. Combined with intelligent algorithms, the flexibility of housing spaces gets a renewed significance; they can now adapt and reconfigure themselves in response to use cases.

What services can complement the housing experience? How should housing construction be designed, making it more economical, more environmentally linked, but above all more inclusive? The shape of everyday interfaces, of all the devices making it possible to improve the living experience, the response of architecture to users, through the lens of safety, health and ageing at home remains to be designed. How should we organize data and accommodation?

3. Sensors and data serving the architecture of the city and the citizen

At all scales, from IOT to smart cities, data and artificial intelligence form a cohesive whole. Sensors and the use of in situ data foreshadow classes of components that will be integrated into models and which full potential of implementation has yet to be designed. New functionalities, but also new civic, environmental and heritage ethics can be shaped in parallel to regulatory and legal mechanisms. Which spatial amenities are to be designed while preserving privacy of citizens?

4. Smart materials

The deployment of technologies for the digital identification of materials, such as on-board sensors and the digital printing of components with adjusted characteristics, makes it possible to envision new architectures, adaptive to their environment, responsive to their users and above all more durable or reusable.

Intelligent, geolocated, reusable materials collectively constitute a set of information to be used for the construction and maintenance of a building.

The design, prescription and development of this type of material remain to be imagined in their use cases and methods of implementation. Digital manufacturing and connected materials are the major paradigms. Smart concrete which integrates sensors measuring their level of use and internal stress, such as the question of the automation of procedures for re-use of materials and their certifications for new uses are only a few of the examples that need to be explored.

5. Governance, environmental ethics and data independence in the act of building

Data has become the El Dorado, the elite of market players and their collection a shared paradigm. However, we do have some tools to protect personal data. The CNIL[1] and the GDPR[2] are part of it. But what about the protection of project data? Can the right to be forgotten on the web be supplemented by virtuous construction certificates? Is a certification heuristic possible? Can there be an environmental ethic supported by digital certification tools?  Can reuse be outlined and called for in the continuity of the architect’s social responsibility? Can the DOIs of the project be certified and enforceable against a third party? Is the data encapsulated in BIM object classes necessarily proprietary?


The organization of a physical and digital exhibition will give each author space to present his research, within one of the following framework:

• a film of a few minutes,

• an A0 landscape poster,

• an installation or an immersive process.


Communication proposals are expected, in the form of a text of 3,000 characters which specifies the issue addressed, by choosing one or two of the five themes presented. The communications will briefly explain the relevance of the subject, the methodology used and the results obtained or expected. They cannot be limited to the bibliography. Communication proposals must be accompanied by a short biography of the authors, possibly indicating the research in progress he’s currently working on.

When submitting, please specify the category of proposals: Communication / Film / Poster / Installation.


• April 26, 2021: Launch of the call for papers.

• June 30, 2021: Deadline for submitting proposals for papers, workshops and posters.

• From July 15, 2021: Announcement of selected communications, workshops and posters.

• September 30, 2021: Submission of articles of 30,000 characters (spaces included) for pre-acts.

• November 9, 2021: Conferences, communications, posters and workshops.

• End of November 2021: Selection of articles for publication / request for corrections from      authors.

• End of December 2021: Submission of final bilingual articles for publication in 2022.

Publication of proceedings: for the widest possible distribution, a bilingual version of the contributions is desired.

Proceedings: For the most effective diffusion of proposals, an English language issue will be published in the International Journal of Design Sciences & Technology.

Deadline for receipt of proposals: June 30th, 2021.

They should be sent to the following address :

This same address can be use as contact email.


The proposals will be assessed by the scientific committee and the professors of the steering committee.

AÏT HADDOU Hassan Associate Professor ENSA Montpellier LIFAM

CORDERO-FUERTES Juan-Antonio Associate Professor École Polytechnique – Dpt. of Computer Science

GUENA François Full Professor ENSA Paris la Villette MAP-MAACC

HAMMOUDI Tewfik Associate Professor ENSA Nantes EVCAU

LESCOP Laurent Full Professor ENSA Nantes CRENAU/ AAU UMR-CNRS1563

MARIN Philippe, Associate Professor HDR, ENSA Grenoble, MHA

YANATCHKOV Milovann Associate Professor ENSA Nancy Doctorant MAP-MAACC

ZARCONE Roberta Associate Professor ENSA Paris Malaquais GSA

ZREIK Khaldoun Full Professor in information and communication science Univ. Paris 8


TERRACOL Pascal Full Professor ENSA Paris Val de Seine EVCAU

SERERO David Associate Professor ENSA Paris Val de Seine EVCAU

MAJ Elena PhD candidate at ENSA Paris Val de Seine EVCAU and DAStU

[1] French commitee : Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés

[2] General Data Protection Regulation

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