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14th ATUT Symposium - October 2022

Making (A)mends

Restorative strategies, responses and pedagogies in architecture and the built environment

The 14th ATUT Symposium, Making (A)mends, aims to exchange multi-disciplinary knowledge about current restorative practices and how we can and should (a)mend our strategies, values, and responses to create a resilient and restorative alternative future. In 2022, the symposium is organized by the Tampere School of Architecture as part of the annual symposium series of the Finnish schools of architecture.

Radical transformations of our physical, political, organisational, social and value structures are needed to respond to – and prepare for – societal, environmental, and climatic crises and to restore the past damage that our (in)activities in the built environment have inflicted. To do this we must collectively make giant leaps forward by acknowledging our own role, responsibility and values and by asking uncomfortable questions about how we got here, and how we can make (a)mends, urgently.

We invite contributions that explore resilient and restorative approaches to extrinsic crises and challenges that society faces (e.g., pandemic, climate change and biodiversity decline, environmental limits, demographic shifts, inequalities etc.) and those that have been intrinsic to built environment activities and practices itself (e.g., finite resources, impact on (non-)humans and the planet’s health and well-being, lack of inclusivity, outdated values and pedagogical approaches etc.). Please submit a 150-200 word abstract, and identify which of the four theme(s) it falls under. Abstracts will be double-blind peer-reviewed by members of the Scientific Board. Contributions can be made via presentation or poster submission only (after accepted abstract), or with a full paper submission, which (subject to peer-review) will be published in the open access ‘Architectural Research in Finland’. Instructions for abstract submission further below.

We welcome all scholars who are approaching different aspects of the built environment in radical and thought-provoking ways, including from the disciplines of urban and regional planning, theory and policy; landscape architecture; real-estate economics; anthropology, geography; philosophy; architecture; education; engineering; ecology; environmental sciences and policies; health sciences; social sciences; sociology, transport planning, environmental psychology, organisational and management sciences, etc. We especially welcome contributions that come from or interact with interdisciplinary viewpoints.

Making (A)mends is divided into the following four themes:


What are the current and future crises that society and the built environment face and what are the consequences? What are resilient (re)solutions, new approaches, intentions and aspirations needed at different scales? How can we respond to uncertainty? How do some of these crises and solutions interconnect? What transformational change is needed and how can we achieve resilience in reality? Alongside the study of resilient cities and living environments (i.e. housing and the immediate neighbourhood), we especially welcome impacts and solutions for the less studied public buildings (including schools, offices, libraries, supermarkets etc.) and their management and organisational practices.

#REstore & REpair

This sub-theme goes beyond circular construction and the physical repair of existing structures, but also unfolds where restorative action is needed in society through, for example, democratic processes, care for nature and non-humans (biophilia, topophilia), and restoring health and well-being of all living-forms and the planet. How can we create resilience while also simultaneously restoring past damage(s)? What new regional, city and building typologies and different models of living, working and learning and ownership and management might be more restorative and adaptive to changing conditions? What re-thinking and re-imagination is required across and with different sections of society and with other disciplines? How can we achieve radical inclusivity and equality for all?

#REvalue & REform

Our current development of the built environment has been exploitative, extractive and unequal. Can we achieve a resilient, restorative, diverse, inclusive and equal sustainable built environment with the current mindset and values that has made us complicit? What new values, reforms and ways of ‘seeing’ and working are needed? What new power structures, systemic changes and de-colonial practices are integral to achieving a sustainable built environment? Where has this been successfully achieved, and how might we spread these new value structures rapidly?

#REflect & RE-educate

What are the implications and challenges of new situations and values for what, and how, we teach and learn? What different pedagogies and modes of learning are more resilient during crises (e.g. virtual learning the pandemic), and in integrating sustainability and restorative principles in built environment education? This concerns not just formal education but also industry and societal stakeholders who are part of delivering a restorative world and how skills gaps may be overcome. What approaches have been shown to be successful? And, just as importantly, what do we need to unlearn?
We welcome participants as follows:
1. A paper presentation with a full paper, on the basis of an accepted abstract (required). After the symposium, authors can submit their full papers (5000 – 8000 words) by 15.01.2023. The submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by selected reviewers in a double-blind peer review process. Manuscripts accepted in the review process will be published in the online journal Architectural Research in Finland (ARF) using the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies’ Open Journal System (OJS) publishing platform. The publication fulfils the criteria of the Finnish Publication Forum to receive recognition Level 1 (basic). The primary language of Architectural Research in Finland is English.

2. Poster presentation on the basis of an accepted abstract (required)- with full paper submission

3. A paper or poster presentation without a paper, on the basis of an accepted abstract (required). It is possible to have a presentation without submitting a full paper for peer review. This option can be feasible, for example, for doctoral students or practitioners who would like to discuss their ongoing research.

4. Participation as an observer only, without a presentation or a paper and poster submission.

Important dates:

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 06.05.2022: Extended deadline for the submission of abstracts through EasyChair.

Instructions: Please submit a 150-200 word abstract; indicate in your abstract submission 1.) which subtheme your abstract falls under; 2.) if you intend to make a paper presentation with a full paper submission after the conference; or poster presentation with full paper submission after the conference; or presentation without full paper submission; or poster without full paper submission; 3.) if you prefer face-face conference or online attendance. For any questions, email

10.06.2022: Notification of abstract acceptance

08.08.2022: Deadline for author presentation registration – Extended!

20-21.10.2022: Symposium + dinner 20.10.2022 - Languages of the symposium are English, Finnish, and Swedish.

15.01.2023: Deadline for the submission of full papers for double-blind peer review

31.03.2023: Notification of manuscript review

30.06.2023: Submission of final manuscript

01.10.2023: Targeted publication

Symposium fee:

150 EUR speaker fee + early bird registration

220 EUR for both days; 110 € for 1 day (normal registration); 115 EUR for PhD students for both days; 50 EUR for other students.

Networking party + dinner not included and to be separately bookable (TBC)


Tampere University, Tampere, Finland – To be confirmed if face to face, or blended conference or entirely online.