SIMULATION SI: Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design

Call For Papers

SIMULATION: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International

Special Issue: Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design


The built environment is a highly complex ecosystem that involves many interdependent systems of interaction among different elements of natural, human and artificial life. Using modeling and simulation methods to better understand and represent the behavior of such systems has become a fundamental aspect of contemporary scientific knowledge and discovery. As a result, we can witness a growing need to digitize the surrounding world into mathematical models of simulation to better represent the invisible, analyze complex causal relationships, and optimize toward an end goal. This application of modeling and simulation is well established in scientific and engineering research.

In contrast, the introduction of simulation to architecture and urban design holds a brief history. Only in recent years, an emerging ecology of simulation tools and techniques started to transform how our approach to design and production of the built environment. Using simulation in design is both enabling and disruptive. On one hand, simulation provides us with a great set of technical toolkits to optimize and create higher performance designs. On the other hand, simulation entails a new cognitive model at the intersection of design inquiry and scientific method of reasoning. For instance, research in performance-based design demonstrates a great example where simulation creates an interesting coupling between design and scientific reasoning. Furthermore, we are at a point when simulation of emerging behaviors within an environment can be combined with our growing capacity in sensing and collecting data from an existing environment such as a building or urban environment. Simulation models can now communicate with the physical world and in some cases act as a control a system through a predictive-control mechanism. In short,

Research in the context of built environment is still in its infancy, and the broader impact and potentials of leveraging such method is yet to be fully examined in future years.

Editors of this special issue seek original experimental research in which new methods, techniques, and processes are discovered, adapted, and appropriated in the context of modeling and simulation of the built environment. Architects, scientists, engineers, educators, business professionals who develop or use simulation tools are invited to submit original papers that explore, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Whole System Simulation and Analysis
  • Post Occupancy Performance Evaluation
  • Building Comfort and Energy Performance
  • Design Tools and Methods
  • Materials, Components and Innovative Systems
  • Multi Disciplinary Optimization
  • Simulation Performance and Scalability
  • Design and Decision Support
  • Energy Performance Simulation and Analysis
  • Intelligent Building & Building Lifecycle Management
  • Sensor Network and Building Performance Monitoring
  • Visualization of Simulation-based Data
  • Theory and History of Environmental Simulation and Controls

Instructions for Manuscript Preparation

For manuscript formatting and other guidelines, please visit the Author Guidelines for SIMULATION page.

Submissions for Full Paper Review

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the paper submission system to the SIMULATION Manuscript Submission System. Please note in your online cover letter that your submission is for the special issue on "Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design."

Please contact Guest Editor if you have any questions. Note: Manuscripts must not have been previously published or be submitted for publication elsewhere. Each submitted manuscript must include title, names, authors' affiliations, postal and e-mail addresses, an extended paper, and a list of keywords. For multiple author submission, please identify the corresponding author.

Due Dates

Submission for full papers December 15, 2012
Notification of Acceptance March 30, 2013
Final (revised) paper submissions due April 28, 2013 (minor) May 30, 2013 (major)
Publication Expected TBD. Papers will be published online as soon as accepted

Final paper submissions

Each final submission must be prepared based on the Simulation journal requirements (see Author Guidelines for SIMULATION page).

Guest Editors:

  • Ramtin Attar, Principal Research Scientist (Autodesk Research) & Research Professor (Carleton University), Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Lira Nikolovska, User Experience Architect (Autodesk), Waltham, MA, USA
  • Azam Khan, Head of Environment and Ergonomics Research (Autodesk Research), Toronto, ON, Canada

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