CAADRIA PostCarbon Hackathon manifesto

It is generally recognised that 21st century general purpose technologies such as robotics, Moore's law of computing, sensors / Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence or Big Data has influenced and will continue to influence architecture, urban design and built environment.

However, as a basis for the CAADRIA2022 PostCarbon hackathon, we argue that data as digitised information has the most profound impact.
This notion is based on the hypothesis that it is possible to 'transport' data within a proposed plan of works (a linear progression of an ideal construction project) either
• 'downstream' (from preliminary design to use) but more importantly also
• 'upstream' (from use or construction documentation to preliminary design).

This hypothesis is based on layered digital innovations and improvements such as interoperability or advancements of data structures, amongst others. Innovations such as this allow sending project knowledge and insights of past projects to the preliminary design of present, and more importantly, future projects.

Importantly, we aim to address the separation of expert knowledge in architectural and environmental science to practice: While science increasingly understands what causes for example the phenomenon of urban heat islands to name but one prominent concern in a Sydney context, small to medium-size architectural firms often cannot adhoc access knowledge to address this problem in a preliminary design phase. As a solution, a practitioner could upskill to become a semi-expert in the topic and apply it in an early design phase (a time-consuming exercise), or delay impact of core knowledge through consultancy with science and engineering experts at a later stage.

When the engagement of experts happens too late to alter design decisions, fundamentally, important issues are too often not addressed at all. Consequently, we understand and argue that impactful and cost-effective decisions can only be made in the 'first 5-minutes of design’, at the time when architects, developers, politicians first draft/collate their ideas.

We offer a different solution: The CAADRIA2022 PostCarbon hackathon aims to concentrate and develop open access computational tools for practitioners for the first 5-minutes of design. We envision a suite of tools, frameworks and packages as outcome that bring either scientific or engineering expert knowledge outside the Architecture and AEC (Architecture Engineering Construction) sector to non-experts inside the AEC sector or 'upstream' knowledge within the AEC sector to the first 5-minutes of design.

As a core premise for the conference's 'PostCarbon' theme, we concentrate challenges that address principles of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). We invite you – architects, academics, and other stakeholders from both private / public sectors to form teams to either select one of the listed titles to address or submit their own theme via a Title, 100-word abstracts, Objectives and Outcomes. We do not fix and set themes as we want to give you and your potential team (if you are working already on topics relating to the UN SDGs) the chance to use the hackathon to develop and present their tools to a wider audience. In addition, we suggest a few key concerns and discussions to set the scene.

Further we want to keep it as an open call as we do not claim to be experts in science and engineering but computational designers that aim to contribute to the UN Sustainability Development Goals and are interested in exploring new research domains for the computational design community.

We look forward to receiving your suggestions and ideas!

CAADRIA 2022 ‘PostCarbon’ Hackathon program and proceedings

This hackathon will be a marathon – not a sprint. It is a pre-conference event that will start on 18. August 2021 with a call for Themes and Teams and find its finishing line with a presentation at CAADRIA 2022 between 12 – 14. April 2022. The winner of the hackathon will be announced following the CAADRIA PRESENTATION event.

In between the hackathon there will be a series of events such as:
• Call for Themes and Teams
• Theme based lectures
• Teams’ marketplace
• Kick off date
• Interim presentations
• Pecha Kucha events
• CAADRIA sprint towards goal
• CAADRIA presentation

Call for Themes and Teams – (18. August 2021) For the CAADRIA PostCarbon hackathon we encourage and welcome you to apply either as individuals or groups. Use our HACKATHON TEAMS FORM to join existing hackathon projects OR to propose a new hackathon project use the HACKATHON PROJECT FORM. Teams or individuals can do both, either just:
• Submit a project and not work on it. This is a good option for architectural or environmental scientists or professionals who do not have computational knowledge but a topic they think that could be a future research field for computational designers.
• Submit a project and work on it. Option for groups in academia, practice or government who already work on a topic and would like to present their findings in the hackathon as well have others independently work on the topic to understand and see how others tackle the problem.
• Submit a team or individual and not have a theme [yet]. This is for all of you who want to participate but not have a group and want to join a group. See Teams’ marketplace as an event where you can join others in their teams. In the meantime, keep an eye on this homepage which will update new Themes and Teams constantly.

Current list of hackathon projects (as of 27/08/2021):

Bushfire Building Bush Back Better - Designing for Bushfire Resistant Buildings
Bushfire Building Resilience - Using a Game Engine to Simulate the Impacts of Auxiliary Structures in Bushfire events
Embedded Carbon Carbon Neutrality by 2040 in the Construction Industry through computational tools and on-demand data
Embedded Carbon Material Database
Embedded Carbon Reducing construction and demolition waste through Circular Economy principles
Pandemic Designing for Healthy Buildings to Reduce the Spread of Airborne Viruses
Urban Heat Island Avoiding urban heat island effects in preliminary design via data-driven design
Waste Reduction Reducing construction waste in preliminary design via computational methods
Kick off date – (TBC) Start of the hackathon with presentation of Teams and Themes. Each team will present first concepts using their MIRO BOARD to a group of mentors (SEE LIST OF HACKATHON MENTORS) to publicly present and discuss their work in progress.

Interim presentations 1 – 3 (TBC) The hackathon will have three interim presentations that gives teams the change to discuss their project and get feedback from the computational design community and a group of mentors (SEE LIST OF HACKATHON MENTORS). Again, we will use MIRO BOARD to publicly present and discuss their work in progress.

Pecha Kucha events 1 – 5 (TBC). For the last two months prior to the conference, we will host a series of Pecha Kucha presentations as part of the SATELLITE EVENTS of the Sydney Computational Design Group in Sydney Architecture offices. The Pecha Kucha will give teams a change to quickly present their projects to the international CAADRIA community who can vote on their favourite project. Each voting outcome will float into the overall ranking of the project and counts towards winning the hackathon. Again, we will use WONDER.ME or GATHER.TOWN to publicly present and discuss their work in progress.

CAADRIA sprint towards goal (9 – 11. April 2022) With days to the conference we hope that the teams can come together in person or online to finalise and polish up the work. Please click here to BOOK A SPACE at either of the three universities to work together as a team.

CAADRIA presentation – (DATE TO DEFINED AS PART OF FINAL PROGRAM) Hurrah presentation day to the CAADRIA community as part of the CAADRIA conference. Your community votes from the final presentation (counting 30%) and the votes from the Pecha Kucha (counting 50 %) events together with a JURY GROUPS vote (counting 20%) will identify who will win the prize money and trophy of the CAADRIA 2022 hackathon. Additional to the CAADRIA community we will invite the Australian PropTech start up scene to assist with further developments of your project as well as local news to report about projects.