Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada until 2027, a major research partnership on quality in the built environment brings together 14 universities, 70 researchers and 68 public and private organizations at the municipal, provincial and national levels.
This research program is situated at the intersection of design, marketing, anthropology (including design anthropology and sensory ethnography) and psychology (including consumer psychology and sensory evaluation). It interrogates the nascent field of Sensory Design (Lupton and Lipps 2018) from the standpoint of these other disciplines, and through incorporating the theories and methods of the latter into sensory design thinking seeks to socialize, responsibilize and thereby better ground the prevailing conceptions of what counts as good design. This is a SSHRC Insight Grant project.
Through the lens of didacticism/dialecticism, eco- art, design, and architecture projects across Canada are studied. We explore how they offer eco-lessons to communities, locally, nationally, and/or internationally. This is a SSHRC Insight Grant project.
This research project proposes to make explicit the judgement of quality in our built environment and public buildings, theorizing these processes through a series of comparative analyses of Canadian awards of excellence. This is a SSHRC Insight Grant project.
This creative guidebook, the result of an international competition, is a synthesis of the best ideas in the form of a free resource aimed at stimulating citizen discussion and community group engagement around the improvement of small urban environments connected to bus stops. This book is co-edited by Carmela Cucuzzella, Jean-Pierre Chupin, Emmanuel Rondia and Sherif Goubran.
Eco-architecture is a way of designing and constructing buildings in accordance with the environment by reducing impacts on the earth’s wildlife, nature and resources. It contributes to the protection of ecological integrity. This book is intended for students and professionals of the built environment who wish to understand eco-architecture in its multifaceted dimensions.
A edited book by Carmela Cucuzzella and Sherif Goubran, that explores sustainability in architecture from a variety of themes that span between measurement and meaning. We aim to explore how sustainable architectural extends well beyond the physical and the eco-efficient.
A study on how biological metaphors and naturalistic analogies are framing sustainability in the built environment. The main corpus of this research are architectural, urban and landscape architecture design competitions in Canada between 1992-2012
This lecture series in 2012-2013 was co-organized by Carmela Cucuczzella, Chris Moore and Andrew Forster. It included key Quebec practitioners and academics rethinking the practice and discipline of design.
This lecture series in 2013-2014 was co-organized by Carmela Cucuzzella, Chris Moore and Andrew Forster, all from the department of Design and Computation Arts. This lecture series highlighted the question of critical inquiry in design.
This colloquium organized in the context of ACFAS at Concordia highlighted the question of contemporary controversies and contradictions in architectural practice. The program included international speakers.
This special issue of Muséologies explores ways that contemporary art museums are facing the challenges of exhibiting research as a result of a creative process. What are the challenges for the exhibitor (artists, researchers, curators)?
This book comprises a series of 22 case studies by renowned experts and new scholars in the field of architecture competition research. In 2015, it constitutes the most comprehensive survey of the dynamics behind the definition, organization, judging, archiving and publishing of architectural, landscape and urban design competitions in the world.
This series of workshops brought together speakers from a variety of disciplines where climate change was not seen as a constraint but rather an opportunity for identifying new ways of making, new ways of living, new ways of being in the city.
Originally launched by the US Department of Energy (DOE) in 2002, China International Solar Decathlon Competition is a green energy building competition involving participants from universities from four continents. The 2017 competition will be held in Dezhou, China.
LEAP Cahiers de Recherche 3, a co-edited journal by Carmela Cucuzzella and Cynthia Hammond, explores the potential of didacticism in architecture and in public spatial design. This critical perspective includes work from professors and graduate students in architecture, design and art history.