In his 1969 book "The Sciences of the Artificial" (MIT Press), Herbert A. Simon, argues that design is the central activity that defines engineering and distinguishes it from the natural sciences. In fact, design is much more than engineering: it encompasses many different skills and disciplines.
In Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in particular, design has typically been housed within each of the civil domains, shrouded by analysis, replaced by standards and building codes, and unable to cross the disciplinary boundaries as it was meant to do.
Yet, many of the greatest challenges that humanity will face in the 21st century will require civil and environmental engineers and architects to develop creative and innovative solutions that will radically alter our infrastructure and the built environment.
The DCEE series of workshops explore what it would mean for design to be a discipline within CEE, what it means for design to be a discipline in other areas of engineering, and the implication for interdisciplinary design in cooperation with other fields such as architecture, urban planning, industrial design, product design and more.
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to Rome for the 5th International Workshop on Design for Civil and Environmental Engineering where we will explore the nature of design in civil and environmental engineering and establish the foundation for civil design research.
The workshop scientific program is divided in 6 sessions on design methodology and education, and on the role of the interdisciplinarity in the design process, with 18 presentations and 2 plenary lectures.
The workshop includes two guided tours. The first tour is at the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana known also as the Colosseo Quadrato (Square Colosseum), an icon of Modern Architecture, nowadays housing the luxury fashion label Fendi. The second tour will focus on ancient Rome, and on recent and extraordinary findings in the north-eastern area of the Palatine Hill archaeological site.
We hope you will enjoy your staying in Rome and we look forward to fruitful discussions during the meetings and the other activities.
The workshop chairs
Prof. Franco Bontempi, Sapienza University of Rome
Dr. Konstantinos Gkoumas, StroNGER srl
You are cordially invited to submit a paper for the 5th International Workshop on Design in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Original research papers, educational and professional case studies, and editorial essays are all welcome.
Papers must be original, unpublished, and prepared using the template provided.
The abstracts should be written in English and must not exceed 300 words.
Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail as PDF files to firstname.lastname@example.org
July 30, 2016: Abstract submission
August 15, 2016: Abstract peer review
September 15, 2016: Paper submission
September 30, 2016: Paper peer review
Review and publication
All papers will be peer reviewed and authors will be notified of the results via e-mail.
The workshop acceptance is based on the abstact review. The paper review will provide authors with additional feedback for the presentation and for the final submission that will take place after the workshop.
All accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings and will be available in electronic form after the workshop.
At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to register and present the paper.
Topics include but are not limited to:
The workshop will include two guided tours and invited lectures.
You can download the final programme and book of abstracts.
Invited plenary lectures:
Prof. Pier Giorgio Malerba (CV),Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Milano
Conceptual design: from abstract reasoning to consistent details.
Prof. Charis Gantes (CV),School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens.
Interaction between education, research and practice in structural steel design.
DCEE 2016 will be held at the Engineering Faculty of the Sapienza University of Rome (Google Maps ). The faculty is located only 1 km from the Roma Termini train station and is within walking distance of the metro station “Cavour” and “Colosseo” (blue line - B).
By Plane: The Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport is linked to the city by highway and an express train service (Leonardo Express) departing every 30 minutes to and from the Termini train station (about 40 minutes). Several buses also operate the route. The G.B. Pastine Ciampino Airport is also connected to Termini Station by bus, or bus + subway Line A at Anagnina station towards Battistini. The journey may take between 30 and 50 minutes, depending on traffic.
By train: Roma Termini station is Rome’s main train station. Trenitalia provides train routes.
Underground: The Termini subway station is an interchange hub between underground lines A and B. To reach the venue take a train of B or B1 Line towards Laurentina and drop off at either Colosseum or Cavour stops.
The workshop venue is located in the Colosseum area, close to the Monti, Esquilino and Fora neighborhoods. Wiki travel provides many tourist information. Rome offers a wide range of accommodation, with a large number of hotels of all categories: there are more than 300 hotels and bed&breakfast facilities within a 2km radius from the workshop location. Bookings must be made directly by contacting the hotels.