Fifth International Conference on the Constructed Environment

Perelman Quadrangle, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, USA

16-17 October 2014


Conference Focus

This conference will explore the forms and functions of the constructed environment during a time of dramatic and at times disruptive change. The conference is a cross-disciplinary forum which brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the past character and future shape of the built environment. The resulting conversations weave between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, market pragmatics and social idealism.

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia (See Proposal Types) addressing the Constructed Environment through one of the following themes:

Design and Planning Processes Environmental Impacts
Building Processes Social Impacts

Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas will also be considered. For more information about the ideas and themes underlying this community, see Our Focus.

We also offer participation options for those individuals who cannot attend the conference. Authors who wish to submit an article for potential publication in The International Journal of the Constructed Environment may submit a Proposal for Article Submission, while all members of the knowledge community with an accepted proposal may submit an online presentation to the knowledge community YouTube channel.


Philadelphia & The Constructed Environment

Steeped in history and culture, Philadelphia is an icon of American independence and ingenuity. From its distinction as the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, through its prominence as a foremost industrial hub, the spirit of Philadelphia continues to inspire innovation and enterprise today.

Philadelphia boasts more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city, including works at Fairmount Park, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and the Schuylkill Banks. The Fairmount Park system – the largest landscaped urban park in the US – includes Fairmount Water Works, Memorial Hall, and Bartram's Garden (America’s oldest living botanical garden). Benjamin Franklin Parkway is an early example of US urban renewal and runs through the cultural heart of the city. The Parkway – sometimes called the "Museum District" – includes such sites as the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Swann Memorial Fountain, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Franklin Institute, Moore College of Art and Design, LOVE Park, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Rodin Museum, Eakins Oval, the Barnes Foundation Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

This thriving city environment, wedded with its strong cultural and historical roots, makes Philadelphia an ideal venue to examine the human, social, and natural foundations of the constructed environment.


Submit a Conference Proposal

To learn more about preparing and submitting your conference proposal, including guidelines, deadlines, and "how-to" information, go to Submitting Your Work: Conference Presentations.


Conference Details

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