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 20th Asian Congress of Architects (ACA 20)

Congress theme:  “Weaving a Future-Ready Environment” 

ACA 20 highlights the nee for a world that transcends to the future as we enter a better normal. It brings to focus the Asian response to transformative change introduced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which aims “to build a new culture: one that embraces complexity,  actively managers risk, continually adapts and seeks to learn alongside delivery results” as we return to our professional mission after the recent Covin-19 pandemic. 
The word “weaving” conjures up myraid images, symbols, and ideas. When we transcend our more common, explicit understanding of it as a way to describe how objects are constructed, we start to see how it may also have a deeper meaning: that neatly-woven mats are very strong and resilient to most kinds of pressures.  Weaving is also about culture interconnected to a place’s biodiversity, the fusion of influences and how that shapes history, and collaboration as a way to work, create, and invent.
The congress theme provides a creative statement that exposes the art of weaving into a call to action.  It has further been sub-divided into 5 Strands: 
1. Smart and Innovative Technologies: This strand explores the use of modern technology in designing a future-ready environment. It involves the application of artificial intelligence, the Global Internet, and smart technologies in building sustainable and efficient systems that respond to diverse circumstances
2. Community and Social Resilience: This strand is concerned with infusing community and social resiliency into the design of future-ready environments. It comprehends that resilience is about more than merely physical infrastructure, but also people’s social networks and connections. This strand deals with the role of social systems, engagement with the community, and equitable development in creating inclusive and accessible environments for all.
3. Architecture Education Gearing Up for the Future: This strand highlights architecture education as a platform to design and build future-ready communities. It considers the importance of infusing new knowledge, acquiring more challenging skills, and strengthening the values of future architects who are engaged to design communities withstanding foreseen challenges. 
4. Resilient and Adaptive Environments: This strand addresses the significance of adaptation and resilience in developing future-ready environments. It delves into areas such as disaster risk reduction, climate adaptation methodologies, and urban development approaches that encourage resilience and adaptability. The priority is on achieving situations capable of mitigating environmental shifts and returning immediately from disruptions like natural disasters, climate change, and other problems. 
5. Sustainable Design and Development: This strand deals with the integration of sustainable design ideas and practices into the built environment. The subjects covered include green materials for construction, energy-efficient systems, sustainable transportation, and regenerative architecture. It considers elements like energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction to build sustainable and efficient environments
The abstract should be between 300 and 500 English words, 5 keywords, the title of the paper, name(s) of the author(s), affiliations including email addresses, and corresponding author.
The full paper should not exceed 3000 words. Instructions for the final paper will be sent along with notification of acceptance of abstracts.  .
Timeline of the Call for Paper 
June 15, 2023: Notification of abstract acceptance 
July 15, 2023: Last date of full paper submission 
July 30, 2023: Final notification of acceptance 
Sept. 18-22, 2023: inclusive dates of the Congress
May 1 to 31, 2023: Submission of Abstract
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