Delft 2022 – Boštjan Botas Kenda – Areas

the first and very important one: meeting in person.
the multidisciplinary content has led to the criteria that were previously linked to individual disciplines now becoming intertwined and to more robust evaluative criteria.

Delft 2022 – Boštjan Botas Kenda – Evidence

at presentations where multidisciplinarity was in the DNA, it helped to interweave comments and questions from my colleagues on the panel as well as responses from the audience.
an example of a presentation on Architectural Plug-In, where the sonority and the space opened up a wide-ranging discussion.

Delft 2022 – Heidi Sohn – Areas

Although I was not able to participate in many panels, the ones I saw (and the proposals I peer-reviewed) gave me insights on different approaches to topics which I would conventionally have considered solely ‘discursive’, and part of hermeneutic practices. Seeing how some of the participants tied their research to diverse (and some even novel) pragmatic interventions and design proposals was very interesting and inspiring. One of my interests in these types of events is to see how younger academics are engaging the discipline of architecture and other, kindred ones. I found the conference theme (recommendations) to be helpful as well.

Ljubljana 2021 – Débora Domingo-Calabuig – Triggers

I attended a few presentations but I think that I am more and more aware that the impact of DDDr is more easily perceived when the research is more advanced. In the early stages of the investigation, everything seems more vague and diffuse, but the impact is well perceived in mature investigations. On the other hand, this is something that happens in all research processes, I think.

Ljubljana 2021 – Pieterjan Ginckels – Evidence

As I am underway to more senior roles and positions, the impact consists of inspiration – energy – to clearer identify my agendas and positions, but also to affiliate with partners and their schools of thought to realise these. Moreover I am confident that the newly started conversations with doctoral researchers, supervisors and administrators will lead to collaborations. I will also aim to contribute to future CA2RE+ events (and the like).

Ljubljana 2021 – Alper Semih Alkan – Areas

Having again seen the different evaluation approaches but also methodological framing in the discussions has made me recalibrate my understanding of the disciplinary boundaries of architectural research. The interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary agendas are becoming more pertinent and tangible yet that seems to be not well addressed by the researchers prioritising their design objectives over the objectives of research.

Ljubljana 2021 – Alper Semih Alkan – Triggers

Just as an example, I can mention the opposing approaches of two presenters’ use of historical data. I was panel member for both presentations: Pablo Gamboa’s research centres around the typological classification of campuses in South America and Milijana Niković’s research uses films as an investigative/speculative instrument to inquire the disruptions in the history of Belgrade’s urbanscape. Although, at first glance one seems to be rooted in typology and the other in media studies, both negated historiography as an active knowledge formation in their research. Both researchers, focusing on the instrumentality of their medium of research (campuses/typology and film/montage), use history (or historical material) as a database rather than a knowledge domain. This leads to the oversight of the significance of the epistemic dimension of research in general. Therefore, I have been contemplating on the nature of design-driven research in terms of the definitions of “design” and “design objectives” in conjunction with the underlying research agendas: how (much) does the design driven aspects of the research contribute to the meta-frame of the research?

Ljubljana 2021 – Sally Stewart – Areas

My experience of Ca2Re events is that they provide an amplified and unobstructed engagement with the research and researcher, as part of an engaged community of research practitioners.

Ljubljana 2021 – Jacopo Leveratto – Areas

Reformulation was an extremely relevant topic in evaluating DDDr. The dynamics of discussion activated by the request of reformulating Particpants’ research proved remarkably relevant in clarifying DDDr most challenging features.

Ljubljana 2021 – Claus Peder Pedersen – Areas

The encounter of different practices and understandings of research and increasingly also the encounter of different creative disciplines at the CA2RE conferences always provide new energy and rekindles the understanding of the breadth of positions and an improved awareness of the particularity of my local context.