Designing for Uncharted Territories


The condition of constant change is the most reliable aspect of today’s world. The rapid and groundbreaking transformations in the mutual relationship between social systems and technology have introduced uncertainty in each aspect of everyday life regarding the question of what to expect from the future. The transformation of ecosystems due to climate and demographic changes along with rapid population growth forces us to be aware of this uncertainty and leads to find new solutions for living together as a society.  Regardless of technological and socio-economic achievements, communities around the world have been taken off-guard when facing sudden environmental transformations, becoming mere witnesses of their negative effects rather than active agents of a resilient architecture and urbanism.


Established social structures and political systems shatter under the pressure of these unanticipated collective experiences. Existing architectural and urban codes fall too short to deal with the vital problems of the present, let alone of the future, which with design, we should tackle urgently. Not only the practical applications of digital technologies, new materials and innovative structural systems, but also the way of thinking architecture as a discipline per se, should be reconsidered in the perspective of this uncertainty. The uncertainty that entails a departure from known everyday for uncharted territories, as both individual and community, requires a multi / inter / trans-disciplinary approach.


ATI 2021, 2nd International Symposium of Architecture, Technology and Innovation aims to provide scholars and practitioners from various backgrounds with an academic environment to question state-of-the-art tools, techniques and methodologies applied in designing built environments which will be resilient to what the future brings.


The symposium wants to discuss the answers to the following questions:

  • How will state-of-the-art digital technologies change our built environments and social structures?
  • What are the emergent architectural design, fabrication, material and technologies to be used in the future?
  • How communities can foresee disasters and how can architecture help to anticipate a response from a design perspective?
  • What disciplines must be integrated in a resilient architecture?
  • How architects can design for uncertainty?
  • How can architecture help communities for both anticipated design redundancy and quick post-disaster recovery?
  • What would be the potential roles of the architect in the future?
  • What would be the role of architecture and design in reducing human footprint on the environment?
  • How does authorship in architecture change with technological developments in Artificial Intelligence?


“Designing for uncharted territories” includes -but it is not limited to- the following topics: 

  • Architecture/Urban Design Response to Disasters and Pandemics 
  • Economic, Political crises, and Socio-environmental transformations 
  • Professions’ adaptability 
  • Aging, population change, cultural shifts and migration
  • Resilient Design Strategies
  • Responsive and Adaptive Technologies
  • Smart and Bio-based Materials
  • Circular Economy in the Built Environment 
  • Digital Fabrication and Robotic Technologies in Design
  • Urban Utopias/ Dystopias 
  • Agriculture and farming strategies in Cities
  • Designing for Extreme Environments
  • Modelling uncertainty in Computational Design 
  • Digital Tectonics and New Materialities 
  • Design Education in the Digital Age 
  • Urban mining and building industry waste management
  • Co- Participatory and Inclusive Design Strategies
  • AI and Augmented Reality in Design
  • Locative Media, Mobile applications and Space
  • Designing for Trans / Post-human
Important Dates


Call for Papers

March 15, 2021

Deadline for the Extended Abstract Submission

April 15, 2021

Deadline for the 2nd Round of Abstract Submission

May 17, 2021

Notification of Acceptance

July 31, 2021

Final Full-text Submission

August 15, 2021

Notification of Final Acceptance

September 22-24, 2021

Symposium Dates

Keynote Speakers
Keynote Speaker

Werner Sobek

Werner Sobek is an architect and consulting engineer. He is professor at the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) of the University of Stuttgart. Since 2017 he has been chairman of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1244 on “Adaptive Building Skins and Structures”. Werner Sobek initiated and headed several non-profit initiatives such as the aed e.V.

Werner Sobek is the founder of a globally active planning office with more than 350 employees. The company processes all types of buildings and materials. Special emphasis is placed on the design and planning of structures, facades, and technical building equipment as well as on consulting in building physics. The aim here is a built environment that is breathtakingly beautiful and at the same time meets the interests of future generations – Werner Sobek wants to build emission-free for more people and with less material.

Keynote Speaker

Onur Yüce Gün

Onur Yüce Gün is a seasoned computational designer, researcher, and instructor. Trained as an architect, Onur holds a Ph.D. and a Masters in Design and Computation, both earned at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Recognized by TEDx, and Time Magazine’s best inventions lists, Onur’s work has been internationally published, exhibited, and awarded. His papers won awards at eCAADe and CAADRIA. His work has been exhibited at the Center for Architecture AIA New York Chapter, at SIGGRAPH, at Centre Pompidou (AAG), and the Tokyo Gallery A4. Onur instituted the Computational Geometry Group at KPF NY in 2006. His computational architecture work got published in Routledge’s seminal book, Elements of Parametric Design. In 2009, he developed the curriculum and directed İstanbul Bilgi University’s undergraduate program in architecture. He taught at MIT, RISD, and Adolfo Ibáñez University in Chile. Onur is current the Creative Manager of Computational Design at New Balance, where he develops computational design workflows and futuristic concepts with a specific concentration on dfAM. He is one of the key players in the development of New Balance’s TripleCell, NB’s emerging 3D printing technology. He is the designer of limited-edition Fuel Cell Echo Triple’s 3D-printed midsole component that has been published in Popular Science in 2019.

Scientific Comittee






  • Ahmet Vefa Orhon (Dokuz Eylül University)
  • Alejandro Prieto (TU Delft)
  • Ali Kemal Çınar (Independent Researcher)
  • Arzu Cılasun Kunduracı (Yaşar University)
  • Aslıhan Ünlü (Özyeğin University)
  • Ayça Tokuç (Dokuz Eylül University)
  • Burak Pak (KU Leuven)
  • Charis Gantes (National Technical University of Athens)
  • Çiğdem Çetin (Yasar University)
  • Demet Dinçer (Sydney University of Technology)
  • Didem Akyol Altun (Dokuz Eylül University)
  • Eda Paykoç Özçelik (Yasar University)
  • Feray Maden (Yaşar University)
  • Figen Gül (Istanbul Technical University)
  • Gülen Çağdaş (Istanbul Technical University)
  • Gülnur Ballice (Yasar University)
  • Gülsüm Baydar (Yaşar University)
  • Hande Odaman Kaya (Yaşar University)
  • Hasan Burak Çavka (Izmir Institute of Technology)
  • Ilknur Erlalelitepe Uygun (Independent Researcher)
  • Jerzy Łątka (Wroclaw University of Science and Technology)
  • Juan Perez Valcarcel (University of A Coruna)
  • Kamal Eldin Mohamed (Izmir Institute of Technology)
  • Kenan Eren Şansal (Yasar University)
  • Konca Şaher (Kadir Has University)
  • Koray Korkmaz (Izmir Institute of Technology)
  • Koray Velibeyoğlu (Izmir Institute of Technology)
  • Luz Maria Vergara d’Alençon (TU Delft)
  • Maria Matheou (University of Stuttgart)
  • Marie Frier Hvejsel (Aalborg University)
  • Marios C. Phocas (University of Cyprus)
  • Mauricio Morales-Beltran (Yasar University)
  • Meltem Gürel (Yasar University)
  • Murat Günaydın (Istanbul Technical University)
  • Murat Komesli (Yaşar University)
  • Mustafa Emre İlal (Izmir Institute of Technology)
  • Müjde Altın (Dokuz Eylül University)
  • Nağme Ebru Karabağ Aydeniz (Yasar University)
  • Omar Avellaneda (Polytechnic University of Catalonia)
  • Ozan Önder Özener (Istanbul Technical University)
  • Özge Başağaç (Yasar University)
  • Özgür Eğilmez (Yaşar University)
  • Özgür Kilit (Yaşar University)
  • Patrick Teuffel (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Peter Eigenraam (TU Delft)
  • Sevil Sarıyıldız (TU Delft)
  • Sina Mostafavi (TU Delft)
  • Soofia Tahira Elias Ozkan (METU)
  • Şebnem Yücel (MEF)
  • Thaleia Konstantinou (TU Delft)
  • Tuğçe Kazanasmaz (Izmir Institute of Technology)
  • Valentina Beatini (Aarhus University)
  • Zeynep Tuna Ultav (Yasar University)

Organization Committee
Assoc. Prof. Dr.

Yenal Akgün

Assoc. Prof. Dr.

Ahenk Yılmaz

Assist. Prof. Dr.

Arzu Cılasun Kunduracı

Assist. Prof. Dr.

Fatma İpek Ek

Assist. Prof. Dr.

Mauricio Gabriel Morales Beltran


Matthieu Joseph Pedergnana

Res. Assist.

Ömer Can Bakan

Res. Assist.

Ecenur Kızılörenli

Res. Assist.

Deniz Engin

Res. Assist.

Duhan Ölmez

Res. Assist.

Aysu Gürman

Res. Assist.

Nur Sipahioğlu