Call for submissions
Under the lens of crisis, citizens who no longer rely on top-down developments for a more socially and environmentally sustainable future, are building innovative models of design, self-management and self-organization based on the framework of social movements and solidarity structures.
At the same time, alternative currencies, as well as ways of managing energy, production, and the environment, aim towards the self-sufficiency and autonomy of local communities and regions.
AUTONOMA invites architects, planners, researchers, civic movements and citizens’ groups to submit studies, designs, and ideas that put local communities at the forefront of a new collective city under the three following topics:
Crisis Scapes +
Self-Resiliency + Sustainable Resource Management
In a time of crisis when centralized governance fails to successfully address citizens’ everyday needs, local communities shape informal structures of decision making to develop solutions from the bottom up. How can these structures gain ground in order to catalyze democratic processes of decision-making in cities? What opportunities are there for creative collaboration of such groups with local governments? Could they achieve emancipation of urban transformation from hyperlocal centers based on economies of extraction and monopoly?
Our immense human impact on the environment resides greatly on our centralized, profit-driven economies and resource distribution systems. The decentralization of natural resource management could potentially offer insights for sustainable futures. Is it possible to conceive a framework for the urban space to detach from hyperlocal and centralized resources through the development of alternative local networks? What are possible alternative scenarios for natural resource production and management that could benefit local communities?
Within the current global framework of economies and governance, scenarios of emancipation and empowerment of the local seem almost utopian. How can the current urban and rural communities transcend to a new form of autonomy regarding design, resource management and governance? What are some existing case studies of local initiatives that could become drivers of change? What are the current sociopolitical and technical frameworks that will facilitate such a transition?
Important dates for papers and projects submissions
call for submissions
Official launch of AUTONOMA's international call for submissions.
accepted submissions announced
Announcement of the accepted
submissions on the basis of scientific quality, relevance to the conference themes and originality.
submissions are now closed.
The final papers, and deliverables for projects are due.
Send your abstracts and project descriptions to firstname.lastname@example.org
by March 7th 2016 23:59 GMT +2
There is no registration or submssion fee.
Abstracts can be submitted for any of the thematic tracks described above.
The abstracts should not exceed 300 words and should be submitted either in .doc or .docx format (paper title_authors name.doc)
Submit a small description of your project with up to three images.
The descriptions should not exceed 300 words and should be submitted either in .doc or .docx format (paper title_authors name.doc)
Images should be provided in .pdf or .jpg format including a numbered list with the following information: Name, author, source. Images provided should be copyright free.
Submissions should be in English & email attachments should not exceed 10Mb.
All selected papers and projects will be part of the [AUTONOMA] conference's publication. All selected projects will take part in the poster exhibition that will run parallel to the conference. A smaller selection of papers will be chosen to present as part of the conference's presentations.