Spatial thinking, conceptualisation, and the verbal and visual communication of commonsense as well as expert knowledge about the world --the space that we exist in--- is one of the most important aspects of everyday human life. Philosophers, cognitive scientists, psychologists, linguists, psycholinguists, ontologists, information theorists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and designers have each investigated space through the perspective of the lenses afforded by their respective field of study. This symposium brings together researchers, educators, and industry practitioners with interdisciplinary expertise in one or more of Spatial Cognition, Design Computing, and professional Spatial Design for Architecture.
This symposium provides a platform to discuss the cognitive and computational foundations that would underlie the development of next-generation design systems, design practices, and designer-centred assistive frameworks & technologies encompassing the multi-faceted nature of professional architectural design. The symposium particularly focusses on aspects of (architectural) spatial cognition and spatial computing that relate to processes of Design Tools and Assistive Frameworks, real-world Design Practice, and Design Learning & Education.
Basic questions to be raised:
  • How do architects think about form and function while they are designing? What is the role of spatial reasoning in different stages of design?
  • What do architects want to be told, or not told, by an intelligent design assistance system?
  • What kind of behavioural and functional analytical capabilities may be identified? Are there clearly recognisable gaps in the state-of-the-art?
  • What are the emerging paradigm-shifts in the practice of professional architecture design, e.g., with respect to design tools, procedures, and learning modalities?