88e Congrès de l’ACFAS à Sherbrooke: Intersections du design PRENDRE SOIN PAR LE DESIGN, 4-5 mai 2020

88e Congrès de l’ACFAS à Sherbrooke: Intersections du design PRENDRE SOIN PAR LE DESIGN, 4-5 mai 2020

Responsables du colloque: Guillaume BLUM, Carmela CUCUZZELLA, Claudia DÉMÉNÉ, Philippe GAUTHIER, Solen ROTH, Stéphane VIAL

Carmela Cucuzzella and Jean-Pierre Chupin head a special issue of the Journal of Sustainability Research

Carmela Cucuzzella and Jean-Pierre Chupin head a special issue of the Journal of Sustainability Research

Carmela Cucuzzella and jean-Pierre Chupin are invited as guest editors, deadline for manuscripts April 2020

Carmela Cucuzzella presents a paper, ECO-DIDACTIC DESIGN IN THE PUBLIC REALM

Carmela Cucuzzella presents a paper, ECO-DIDACTIC DESIGN IN THE PUBLIC REALM

Presented at the Sustainable City, 13th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability, on October 3, 2019, in Valencia, Spain.


IDEAS-BE Weekly Graduate Seminar Series
Life at IDEAS-BE
Morteza Hazbei
17 September, 2020
Morteza Hazbei
Parametric design of the façade patterns on an office building in Montreal regarding energy performance and visual comfort
23 September, 2020
Firdous Nizar
Reflecting on Architecture Through Creative Writing and Blogging
Mohammed Abdul Rezazadeh
30 September, 2020
Mohammed Abdul Rezazadeh
Batiment7: a Space of Resistance
Aristofanis Soulikias
7 October, 2020
Aristofanis Soulikias
FRQSC application: Making a case for handmade animation as a research tool in Quebec
Fatima Mehrzad
14 October, 2020
Fatima Mehrzad
Evaluating the capability of social media for urban regeneration
21 October, 2020
Mohsen Rasoulivalajoozi
Design Principles in health caring services and systems
28 October, 2020
Dina Kamal
Nature (dis)Connectedness in the Built Environment
4 November, 2020
Golriz Farzamfar
Healing Architecture and Urban Design
Sherif Goubran
18 November, 2020
Sherif Goubran
Our Buildings have Credentials… Now what?
Fatima Mehrzad
3 June, 2020
Fatima Mehrzad
Settlement of Iranian immigrants and their geographic Choices in Montreal from 1980 to 2016
Morteza Hazbei
10 June, 2020
Morteza Hazbei
Parametric Design Theories and Applications
Sherif Goubran
24 June, 2020
Sherif Goubran
Green Building Standards and Sustainability: The Illusion of contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
Aristofanis Soulikias
1 July, 2020
Aristofanis Soulikias
Evoking the Haptic City in the Age of Confinement: A film animation project in Lisbon
Mohammed Abdul Rezazadeh
8 July, 2020
Mohammed Abdul Rezazadeh
Community-University Engagement: Cavendish Mall Case Study
Pooyan Alizadeh
15 July, 2020
Pooyan Alizadeh
Why rewriting the past?
Firdous Nizar
5, 12 August, 2020
Firdous Nizar
Retracing Spatial Design Processes: Thesis Defense Prep
Gabriel Pena
12 March, 2020
Gabriel Pena
Greening as a tool for urban politics
Pooyan Alizadeh
20 February, 2020
Pooyan Alizadeh
Democratizing Public Art: Anti-Monumentalism
Firdous Nizar
6 February, 2020
Firdous Nizar
Designing with Spatial Narratives
Aristofanis Soulikias
30 January, 2020
Aristofanis Soulikias
Sensory Awakenings in Film Animation
Sherif Goubran
23 January, 2020
Sherif Goubran
Why the dinosaurs perished? They didn't publish...
Mohammed Abdul Rezazadeh
16 January, 2020
Mohammed Abdul Rezazadeh
Community-University Engagement based on Design Methods
Firdous Nizar
10 December, 2019
Firdous Nizar
Communicating Spatial Formations: Potential of Hybrid Tools in Architecture
Gabriel Pena
3 December, 2019
Gabriel Pena
Eco-Mannerism
Fatima Mehrzad
22 November, 2019
Fatima Mehrzad
Public Spaces as Potential for Urban Regeneration in Montreal
Morteza Hazbei
19 November, 2019
Morteza Hazbei
Coherence of Interior and Exterior Formal Qualities in Parametric Designed Buildings
Pooyan Alizadeh
12 November, 2019
Pooyan Alizadeh
Collaborative Art for Social Engagement
Aristofanis Soulikias
29 October, 2019
Aristofanis Soulikias
Work at the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Australia: Progress and Lessons
Sherif Goubran
23 October, 2019
Sherif Goubran
Our Buildings have Credentials: Now what?
Firdous Nizar
11 September, 2019
Firdous Nizar
Tools for Communication of Spatial Ideas in Architecture: A Phenomenological Experiment
Gabriel Pena
4 September, 2019
Gabriel Pena
After transparency / The sensorial, social and spatial affects of glass reflection
Morteza Hazbei
31 July, 2019
Morteza Hazbei
Bridging Culture with Environmental Performance Through Parametric Design in Architecture
Pooyan Alizadeh
3 July, 2019
Pooyan Alizadeh
Augmented Reality: Democratizing Artworks in the Public Realm
Aristofanis Soulikias
12 June, 2019
Aristofanis Soulikias
Tangible Animation for the Intangible City
Sherif Goubran
8 May, 2019
Sherif Goubran
The Semiotics of Sustainability in Architectural Design Projects

First outdoor IDEAS-BE weekly graduate seminar

Firdous presenting at the first outdoor IDEAS-BE seminar

The first seminar by Morteza for the Fall 2020 IDEAS-BE weekly graduate seminars

End of summer Mount Royal picnic with the IDEAS-BE team (1/3)

End of summer Mount Royal picnic with the IDEAS-BE team (2/3)

End of summer Mount Royal picnic with the IDEAS-BE team (3/3)

Sherif Goubran's send-off to Cairo at Jarry Park (1/3)

Sherif Goubran's send-off to Cairo at Jarry Park (2/3)

Sherif Goubran's send-off to Cairo at Jarry Park (3/3)

Continuing our IDEAS-BE Graduate Weekly Seminars: Summer 2020 on Zoom

IDEAS-BE Team at the 4th Space

Funding, Awards, Achievements


Firdous Nizar
Fellowship Award, September 2020
Firdous Nizar is awarded the Concordia University Graduate Doctoral Incentive Fellowship Award on entry to the INDI PhD Program for Fall 2020
Her supervisory committee is comprised of Dr. Carmela Cucuzzella (Design and Computation Arts), Dr. Elyse Amend (Journalism) and Dr. Jean-Pierre Chupin (Architecture). Her research is tentatively titled, "Reflecting on Architecture through Creative Journalism: Blogging as a Design Thinking Module".
Aristofanis Soulikias
International Exchange at Universidade Lusófona, February-June, 2020
Aristofanis Soulikias is awarded an international exchange under the supervision of Dr. Pedro Serrazina
He is awarded an exchange program at the Universidade Lusófona, in Lisbon, Portugal, as part of his PhD research under the supervision of Dr. Pedro Serrazina.
Firdous Nizar
ANA Avatar XPRIZE Competition, December 2019
Team AVAReach with Firdous Nizar becomes finalist of ANA Avatar XPRIZE Competition 2019
She is part of the product management unit of the AVAReach team which is one of the 4 teams from Canada that made it to the finalists of ANA Avatar XPRIZE Competition.
Sherif Goubran
Concordia Public Scholars, May 2019
Sherif Goubran is selected as one of Concordia's Public Scholars for 2019
Sherif Goubran, INDI PhD candidate, is selected as one of Concordia's Public Scholars for 2019.
Aristofanis Soulikias
Jorisch Family Artist Residency, August 2019
Aristofanis Soulikias wins the prestigious Jorisch Family Artist Residency
His four-week residency on "Film Animations of the Amalie Redlich Tower" will take place in August 2019 in Salzburg, Austria.
Dr. Carmela Cucuzzella
SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, March 2019
Dr. Carmela Cucuzzella, along with Dr. Zach Patterson, Dr. Carolyn Hatch, Pr. Anne Cormier are awarded a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant
Their SSHRC Partnership Development Grant is entitled, "CoLLaboratoire for Activating Multi-Modal Mobility: One Public Space at a Time", and funded from 2019 to 2022.
Pooyan Alizadeh
District 3 Hackathon, March 24, 2019
Pooyan Alizadeh is winner of the District 3’s “La Charrette Art X Tech” Hackathon
He wins the District 3’s “La Charrette Art X Tech” for his work "EMOTIONS" on March 24, 2019.
Gabriel Pena
Italian Glass Technology Award, Nov. 2018
Gabriel Alejandro Peña Tijerina is awarded the ‘Italian Glass Technology Award’ at the European Institute of Design, Lake Como campus, Villa del Grumello
He receives the ‘Italian Glass Technology Award’, Nov. 2018 at the European Institute of Design, Lake Como campus, Villa del Grumello.
Sherif Goubran
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, July 2018
Sherif Goubran is awarded the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship from Summer 2018 to Winter 2021
He receives the prestigious scholarship valued at $50,000 per year to support his PhD thesis titled, "Our buildings have credentials, Now what? "Green" Buildings and Sustainable Development Goals in Canada"
Dr. Carmela Cucuzzella
SSHRC Insight Grant, May 2018
Dr. Carmela Cucuzzella (PI), with Dr. Cynthia Hammond and Dr. Jean-Pierre Chupin are awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant
Their grant is entitled, The Eco-Didactic Turn in Art, Design, and Architecture in the Public Realm, and is funded from 2018-2022

Research, Activities, Outcomes


Musée des Beaux-Arts, September 2020
Aristofanis Soulikias launches his new film animation at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in September 2020
A musical and visual voyage inspired by the Shahnameh (The Book of Kings by Ferdowsi, the 11th century epic) in which myth, sound and images from the Persian tradition take on a new life. This multidisciplinary performance includes a film by Aristofanis Soulikias on 26 September 2020 at Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal. This film is another stop-motion hand-made film animation that reflects his explorations of tactile animation for his doctoral research.
Editions JFD Book, June 2020
Carmela Cucuzzella publishes, Analyzing Eco-Architecture: Beyond Performance, from Editions JFD, in June 2020
At a time when the definitions of environmental architecture are proliferating in all forms, norms, and statements around the world, this book offers an overview of the state of the field and constitutes a critical introduction to the study of environmentalism in architecture. Contrary to the technological and performative biases of most eco-design studies, the book helps to understand how meaning is embedded in all types of eco-architecture. It introduces a mapping method for the analysis of its varying expressions. The graphic comparative apparatus helps assess the relationship between the symbolic and technological aspects of 10 libraries, 10 museums, and 9 university buildings from all over the world in a clear manner. Analyzing Eco-Architecture: Beyond Performance is essential reading for students, researchers and practitioners involved in the study and design of environmental architecture today.
Master of Design Presentation, August 2020
Firdous Nizar completes her Master of Design Final Thesis Presentation in August 2020, and immediately is accepted in the INDI PhD
Her thesis titled, "Retracing Spatial Design Processes: Developing a Pedagogical Tool for Architecture", explores the ongoing gap in the interactive documentation of the ideation processes in architecture education such that they could promote reflective design learning among architecture students while generating ideas for the built. This gap is attributed to the various challenges and limitations of existing CAAD tools such as the rigidity of their interfaces and lack of holistic support for collaborative design works. The research explores a digital design tool for students and novice practitioners that has the ability: (1) to record and trace the concepts and design ideas generated during creative brainstorming sessions, (2) to provoke reflective design thinking and making through proposed design modes and, (3) to facilitate collective contribution to these designs.
Master of Design Presentation, August 2020
Pooyan Alizadeh successfully completes his Master of Design, with Final Thesis Presentation in August 2020
His thesis titled, "The Democratization of Public Space: Anti-Monumentalism Through an Augmented Reality Based Mobile App ", examines the possibilities of Augmented Reality (AR) as a platform made for expression and speculation in public space. Critical and speculative design methods are used to foster engagement by examining the capacity of social and cultural movements to produce democracy in public space. Through this research-creation process, qualitative data is used to investigate the capabilities of Augmented Reality as a participatory medium, and Anit-monumentalism as a gradual response concerning the city and memories is explained.
Society of Architectural Historians virtual conference, May 2020
Carmela Cucuzzella and Jean-Pierre Chupin present, Competitions as Means for an Alternative Development in the City, at the Society of Architectural Historians 2020 virtual conference (originally to be held in Seattle) in May 2020.
How can civil society engage with the immanent urban issues of climate change and spatial justice? Increasingly, technical solutions to these concerns have been historically adopted, most of which have been based on highly structured principles seeking ever more eco-efficiency. These approaches have revealed several limitations due to the normative nature of their evaluation tools, their fragmented project analysis processes, and their lack of knowledge to the crucial social and cultural questions. This presentation postulates that some of the predominant international discourses and approaches to mitigate climate change events may require a reconsideration in order to reposition humans at the center of climate change debate, to move away from demonstrative ecological add-ons, and to move towards critical integration of solutions. The CoLLaboratoire initiative helps mobilize the many actors to build strong networks through collaborative practices for tackling today’s climate change challenges. This paper shows how these often-small-scale projects, like those from the design competition, “More Than Waiting for the Bus”, can have large-scale impacts, from an integrated urban blended infrastructure viewpoint.
Cities Journal, April 2020
Carmela Cucuzzella, Jean-Pierre Chupin and Cynthia Hammond publish a paper in the Cities journal
Their paper is titled, "Eco-didacticism in Art and Architecture: Design as Means for Raising Awareness."
Cities Hub Exhibition
Control Your Comfort
The IDEAS-BE team presents a new research experiment allowing residents to control their comfort zones while learning about their energy usage, through a fun interactive interface. Event launched on October 24, 2019 in the 4th Space, Concordia University
Virtual Special Issue of Journal of Sustainability Research
Carmela Cucuzzella and Jean-Pierre Chupin are invited as guest editors
Special issue title: Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design: Alternative Theories for Qualitative Comparisons. Deadline for Manuscripts: April 2020
Etudes Urbaines Anthropocenes, Universite de Lyon, November 2019
Carmela Cucuzzella is invited to Ecole Urbaine de Lyon
She presents a paper, "Eco-didacticism in Public Art and Design as response to the Anthropocene".
Journal of Sustainabilty Research, July 2019
Sherif Goubran and Carmela Cucuzzella publish a paper in the Journal of Sustainability Research
They publish the paper entitled, "Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals in Building Projects" in the Journal of Sustainability Research for the special issue of The Sustainable Development Goals in July 2019.
Journal of Sustainabilty Research, July 2019
Carmela Cucuzzella and Sherif Goubran publish a paper in the Journal of Sustainability Research
They publish the paper entitled, "Infrastructure as Deeply Integrates Sustainable Urban Projects" in the Journal of Sustainability Research in July 2019.
Challenges and Opportunities for Investors, Institutions and Regulators
Carmela Cucuzzella and Jordan Owen present at Emerging Risks in Finance
They present a paper, "Economic Risks from Policy Pressures in Montreal Real Estate".
International Conference on Civil and Architectural Engineering, France, May 2019
Morteza Hazbei presents at the International Conference on Civil and Architectural Engineering
His paper has been selected for oral presentation on 12th-13th May, 2019 at Paris, France. He receives both Concordia University and Fine Arts Travel Awards.
Journal of Cleaner Production, February 2019
Dr. Carmela Cucuzzella publishes a paper in the Journal of Cleaner Production
She publishes the paper entitled, "The Normative Turn in Environmental Architecture" in the Journal of Cleaner Production in February, 2019.
Journal Launch at IDEAS-BE Lab (FB630.19) in February 2019
Dr. Carmela Cucuzzella and Dr. Cynthia Hammond Launch their Co-edited Journal: On the Potential of Didacticism in Architecture
Dr. Carmela Cucuzzella and Dr. Cynthia Hammond, co-editors, launch the latest publication of the Cahiers de LEAP, entitled, On the Potential of Didacticism in Architecture.
Inaugural Exhibition at 4th Space in January 2019
CoLLaboratoire exhibits its work with the Centre for Zero Energy Building Studies
Dr. Carmela Cucuzzella and Dr. Andreas Athienitis exhibit their collaborative work at the 4th Space, featuring winning entries from the international competitions, Solar-Powered Bus Shelter and "More Than Waiting For the Bus".