05 December 2016

Footbridge 2017 reminder

We're getting close to the end of the year now, which means this is probably a good time to remind any interested readers about deadlines for the Footbridge 2017 conference.

The conference will take place in Berlin next year from 6th to 8th September. The organisers are hoping to take the event in different directions to previous Footbridge conferences. As well as papers on innovation and dynamics, they are particularly looking for submissions which "tell a story" about a design or perhaps a new material or construction idea. They want contributors not just to share the facts, but explain their learning, to discuss not only their own work but enter into debate with others. It has the potential to be much more interesting and inspiring than a conventional conference.

They're also running an open request for design submissions, having identified six sites in Berlin where no footbridge is currently planned, but where one could be considered. It's not a competition as such, but a way to inspire creative contributions, which may be featured in a special book to commemorate the exercise, as well as discussed at the conference itself.

I'm particularly pleased to see that they plan to publish the conference papers freely online in April 2018, which I think is an excellent initiative.

The deadline to submit abstracts or to register to submit a design is 1st January 2017.

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