eCAADe 2018
36th Annual Conference
17th - 21st September 2018

Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture
and Environmental Engineering
Lodz, Poland

When we consider the aims of research activities, design efforts and mastering towards ideal solutions in the area of digital technologies in the built environment, such as CAD, CAM, CAE, BIM, FM, GIS, VR, AR and others, we may realise the actual reason for that is to make life better, healthier, prettier, happier, more sustainable and smarter. The usefulness of undertaken studies might be tested and proved by the noticeable shared approach of putting humans and their environments in a central position: man and the environment, nature and design, art and technology...

Natural disasters and climate change, crime and terrorism, disabilities and society ageing - architects, designers and scientists active in the built environment domain are not able to eliminate all the risk, dangers and problems of contemporary world. On the other hand, they have social and moral responsibilities to address human needs and take up this multifaceted challenge. It involves a co-operation and, moreover, an interdisciplinary and user-oriented approach.

The complexity of raised problems should not discourage us, on the contrary, it should stimulate activities towards living up to human dreams of a better and sustainable tomorrow.

This calls for a revision of methods and tools applied in research, teaching and practice. Where are we? What are the milestones and roadmaps at the end of the second decade of the 21st century?

Do we really take the most of the abundance of accumulated knowledge? Or we skip to explore another undiscovered domains?



Krzysztof Ingarden

Krzysztof Ingarden

Born 1957, educated in Poland and Japan (MA degree in 1982, doctorate in 1987, habilitation in 2014), started his career in Tokyo (1984-5) and New York (1986) where he worked in the office of Arata Isozaki and J.S. Polschek & Partners respectively. Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts, AFM Krakow University. The president of Ingarden & Ewý Architects.

Architect. Graduated Faculty of Architecture, Krakow Polytechnics in 1982, doctorate in 1987, habilitation in 2014. Between 1983-1985 doctorate internship in the School of Art & Design, University of Tsukuba, Japan; between 1984-5 worked in the office of Arata Isozaki, Tokyo; 1987 - in J.S. Polschek & Partners, New York.
Co-founder and President of Board of JET Atelier office (1991) and Ingarden & Ewy Architects (since 1998).

In the years 2003-2014 associate professor, since July 2014 professor at A.F.M. Krakow University, teaches architectural design at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts (deputy dean in the years 2003-2011; dean since 10-2017). In the years 2010 – 2013 visiting external examiner at the Faculty of Architecture, Dundee University, Dundee, UK.
Since 2002 - General Honorary Consul of Japan in Krakow, since 2015 member of Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In the year 2009 received the prestigious Honorary Award of Polish Architects Association. Winner of architectural awards in Poland and abroad. For the design of the Polish Pavilion at EXPO 2005 Aichi, Japan, was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit, in the year 2015 awarded Gloria Artis Medal for the Europe Far East Gallery in Krakow.

Author of numerous projects, among other: ICE Krakow Congress Centre (2014),The Małopolska Garden of Arts (2012), Wyspianski 2000 Pavilion in Krakow (2007), Polish Pavilion EXPO 2005 Aichi, Japan, (2005), Japanese Language School by Manggha Museum, Krakow (2004), Pontifical University Library in Krakow (with J.Ewy), Polish Embassy in Tokyo (2001).

Curator of exhibitions: “Localized Modernism. Contemporary Chinese Architecture”, Krakow 2017; “Poland” – UIA Congress 2011, Tokyo, Japan; “Polish Architects for Japan” – Polish Architects Association, Warsaw 2011; “Arata Isozaki – Sketches and Drawings” – Manggha Museum, Krakow, 2009; “3-2-1 New Architecture in Japan and Poland”, Krakow 2004.

Philippe Block

Philippe Block

Dr. Philippe Block, Professor at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich, studied architecture and structural engineering at the VUB in Belgium and at MIT in USA. The Block Research Group focuses on equilibrium design methods and computational form finding and fabrication of curved surface structures. Prof. Block is also the director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication.

Harlen Miller

Harlen Miller

Harlen Miller is an Associate Designer and practicing Architect at UNStudio’s Amsterdam office. He is the Lead Coordinator of UNStudio’s Computational Knowledge Platform which develops digital strategies and customized tools for rationalizing complex geometry and building systems through computational, parametric and BIM modeling workflows. Harlen joined UNS in 2012 after moving from Los Angeles where his design background was cultivated in film, narrative arts, and high-concept futurist thinking.

Antje Kunze

Antje Kunze

Antje Kunze is a Solution Manager for BIM and Smart Cities at Esri Germany. She is focusing on what is needed to build smart, livable, and resilient communities and how innovative technology supports collaborative planning and decision making across scales and disciplines.
Previously she was a co-founder and CEO of the ETH-Spin-off CloudCities, an online platform for publishing interactive 3D city models, and a researcher at the Chair of Information Architecture at ETH Zurich.
Besides her degree in architecture Antje has a background in computer science with a strong focus on urban modeling and simulation, participatory planning and information visualization.

More to be announced



Deadline for extended abstracts
(Submission extended till 02.02.2018 0900hrs AM CET)
(Submission is now closed)
1st February 2018
Acceptance of papers 1st April 2018
Submission of full papers 1st June 2018
eCAADe workshops
(Call for Workshops will be announced in March)
17th - 18th September 2018
eCAADe PhD workshop
(Call for PhD Workshops will be announced in April)
18th September 2018
eCAADe conference 19th - 21st September 2018



eCAADe workshops 17th - 18th September 2018
eCAADe PhD workshop 18th September 2018
eCAADe conference 19th - 21st September 2018
optional programme: post tour 22nd September 2018


We invite academicians, researchers, professionals and students to address the multifaceted notions of using computing in architectural practice for developing a better tomorrow. Approaches discussing the theme from the perspective of computer aided design education; design processes and methods; design tool developments; and novel design applications, as well as real world experiments and case studies are welcomed.

The complexity of raised problems should not discourage us, on the contrary, it should stimulate activities towards living up to human dreams of better tomorrow.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • AI for design and built environment
  • Building Information Modelling
  • CAAD education
  • City modelling and GIS
  • Collaborative and participative design
  • Design concepts and strategies
  • Design tools development
  • Design and structure optimisation
  • Digital application in construction
  • Digital design for sustainable buildings
  • Digital fabrication and robotics
  • Generative design
  • Human-computer interaction in design
  • Information technologies in cultural heritage
  • Internet of things for built environments
  • Material studies
  • Parametric modelling
  • Shape, form and geometry
  • Simulation, prediction and evaluation
  • Smart and responsive design
  • Smart cities
  • Spatial reasoning and ontologies
  • VR, AR and visualisation



How great is that!
340 abstracts from 42 countries!
We are amazed & you are amazing!

Thank you for all abstracts submitted!

Abstract submission
is now closed


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Registration will be possible after 1st April 2018

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Conference Chair

Prof. Anetta Kępczyńska-Walczak

Conference Co-Chairs

Prof. Marek Lefik - Dean of the Faculty

Prof. Marek Pabich - Head of the Institute

Organising Committee

Prof. Anetta Kępczyńska-Walczak

Anna Mastalerz

Antonio Nevešćanin

Mateusz Pankiewicz

Anna Pietrzak

To be announced...


Media Patrons

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The 36th eCAADe conference in 2018 will be hosted by the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Engineering, Lodz University of Technology, Poland.

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Click image above ^ to see some great photos of Lodz!

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city of


Łódź (Lodz), the former textile industry empire, today is a city of modern technologies, creative enterprises and grand events. It is a metropolis where a landscape of industrial architecture mixes with silhouettes of office buildings, production halls, culture and sports buildings. A small settlement, that in 1423 was granted civic rights, was thriving at the beginning of the 19th century. Lodz became one of the Europe`s biggest and fastest growing textile industry centre. At that time, a new identity of the city - a promised land and a city of many cultures developed. In Lodz people of different nationalities and religions shared the same dream of a success. Despite the differences they were able to build the city together. Lodz gave world many great people such as composer and pianist Arthur Rubinstein and Alexandre Tansman, a star architect Daniel Libeskind and Jacob Bronowski, a famous mathematician and historian of science.


Manufaktura is an amazing showpiece of Lodz - it is the place with a rich history, which entered the 21st century with great impetus. This is an excellent example of the 19th century industrial architecture re-use with numerous shops, restaurants and an award-winning hotel.

EC1 One of important buildings of the New Centre of Lodz in terms of its architectural form is the EC1 Lodz Power Plant Complex. The power plant commenced generating and transferring power in 1907. It served as the main heat and power plant for the residents of Łódź until 2000. The revitalised and expanded EC1 East complex will now fulfil cultural, artistic and social functions.

The Museum of Art in Lodz is the second oldest permanent collection of Modern Art in the World. This is one of the most valuable exhibitions of this kind in Europe. The permanent exhibition is a “work in progress”, constantly subject to alterations, rearranged by invited curators and artists themselves.

The Film School in Lodz is famous for its professors and students including: Zbigniew Rybczynski (Oscar 1982), Roman Polanski (Oscar 2002; Palme d’Or 2002), Krzysztof Zanussi (Golden Lion 1984), Krzysztof Kieslowski (The European Film Award 1988; Golden Lion 1993), Andrzej Wajda (Oscar 2000; Palme d’Or 1981).

Central Museum of Textiles is one of the oldest cotton mills in Europe converted into a major industrial museum and the collection of textile art (Museum is the seat of the renown International Triennial of Textiles). Part of the complex is the Open-air Museum of the Lodz Wooden Architecture.

travel info &


Lodz Airport (LCJ)

Direct flights to/from:

  • Athens
  • Dublin
  • East Midlands
  • London Stansted

The Lodz Airport is close to the city. Travel from Lodz Airport to Lodz city centre takes up to 20 minutes.

Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW)

Travel from WAW to Lodz:


With modlinbus - direct connection.
Travel duration - ca. 0200 hrs


With PKP - connection with one change.
Travel duration - 0140 hrs

Warsaw Modlin Airport (WMI)

Travel from WMI to Lodz:


With modlinbus - direct connection.
Travel duration - ca. 0330 hrs

Lodz is situated in the centre of Poland, accessible with A1 and A2 motorways as well as S8 express way.
Exemplary distances / travel times (based on ViaMichelin):

  • Amsterdam - 1090 km / ca. 1100 hrs
  • Berlin - 470 km / ca. 0530 hrs
  • Budapest - 771 km / ca. 0900 hrs
  • Darmstadt - 968 km / ca. 1100 hrs
  • Praha - 494 km / ca. 0800 hrs
  • Vienna - 580 km / ca. 0700 hrs

The new Lodz Main Railway Station is opened!
Now it is possible to reach out to the every corner of the country - and abroad - from the heart of the city!
More info coming soon.



To be announced...


For further information and scientific related questions, please contact the Conference Secretariat at

Faculty of Civil Engineering,
and Environmental Engineering

Aleja Politechniki 6
90-924 Lodz, Poland
Institute of Architecture
and Urban Planning

Aleja Politechniki 6a
90-924 Lodz, Poland
Department of Digital Technologies
in Architecture and Urban Planning

Aleja Politechniki 6a
90-924 Lodz, Poland
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