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36th Annual Conference – Glasgow, UK
7-9 September 2020

Venue: Glasgow Caledonian University
General Theme: Building A Common Good in Construction

Call for Track Proposals

Glasgow Caledonian University will play host to the 2020 ARCOM Conference, returning to Scotland and the welcoming city of Glasgow. It is right and fitting that we should focus on the chosen theme for the conference in 2020 and it is also fitting that Glasgow host us for this tremendous opportunity!

In the AEC sector, is it appropriate to say we have championed ‘building a common good’ and can we be recognised as a leader in this area? We have an opportunity to create an environment where this agenda can be discussed.

The ARCOM community has been building the “Common Good” throughout its thirty- five year history, that is what makes it such a strong network today. The bringing together of like-minded individuals conspiring to make the world in which we live a better place has been an underpinning goal of the organisation since its inception. The 2020 conference, at the Glasgow Caledonian University, will strive to keep on that tradition building on our past but also shaping the future!

We are calling on ARCOM research leaders and scholars to share their vision and experience, looking from within and outside of the field of construction. The main conference theme will focus on ‘building a common good in the AEC sector’, and the call for track proposals is now open.

With a population of around 620,000 people, Glasgow, situated on the River Clyde in the country’s West Central Lowlands, remains the third most populous city in the UK. Inhabitants of the city are referred to as “Glaswegians” or “Weegies”. Glasgow’s impressive historical and modern architectural traditions have been celebrated down the years. Modern buildings in Glasgow include the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and along the banks of the Clyde are the Glasgow Science Centre, The Hydro and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, which includes the Clyde Auditorium (the Armadillo to Glaswegians) which was designed by Sir Norman Foster. Back in 2006, Zaha Hadid won a competition to design the new Museum of Transport which opened on the waterfront in 2011, it is now called the Riverside Museum. The positive impact on the local area and community is the distinctive historical architecture, and of particular note is the 19th-century Victorian architecture, and of course the early-20th-century “Glasgow Style”, as developed by now infamous Charles Rennie Mackintosh. We both encourage scholars to experience Glasgow and its welcoming community but also to embrace our research topics from different angles, maybe by stepping outside conventional wisdom, or exposing new research and fields of enquiry make a huge contribution to the 2020 conference.

The Glaswegian way has been not to relent after the ‘common good’ and it has always tried to set itself apart from the other cities by its commitment to recognising and actively seeking to address global social challenges; participating in the community at a local, national or global level and in the Built Environment a commitment to sustainability/ environmental issues but also agendas like fuel poverty, social justice, climate justice and from a construction management perspective health and safety, migrant workers etc. Any mature city evolves over time and the engagement in the 1700s by the philosopher, Adam Smith, the first proponent of ‘the common good’ has certainly impacted well across society in Glasgow. His legacy lives on and there are many fine examples of the impact of his early work.

Creating a forum for discourse and debate among researchers in construction on ‘building our common good’ will create a significant event where in time those in AEC education and research will celebrate our contributions!

We therefore call for track proposals that address the changing nature of society through the built environment, in the construction industry. We welcome proposals of around 750 words (excluding the list of references) that respond to one or more of the following questions:

Informal queries and track proposals should be sent (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf formats) to tracks@arcom.ac.uk by Friday 3rd May 2019 at 2359hrs GMT. Please include a title for your track proposal, and the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the track proposers. Decision on final track proposals for ARCOM 2020 will be communicated by mid-May and accepted tracks will be published in the Call for Papers for ARCOM 2020.

Ness, D. A., & Xing, K. (2017). Toward a resource-efficient built environment: A literature review and conceptual model. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 21(3), 572–592

We look forward to receiving your track proposals.
Professor Lloyd Scott
ARCOM 2020 Conference Chair

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