Canterbury 2020

Exploring Heritage, Architecture, Cities, Art & Media
Event Date: June 28-30, 2020
Abstract Date: April 10, 2020
Professor Dr. Richard Koeck. Chair, Architecture and the Visual Arts, University of Liverpool; Director, CAVA


Today the digital is ubiquitous across all disciplines connected with life in cities: urban history, architecture, planning, art, design, media, communications, and more. Examples abound.

As the Western world comes to deeper understandings of its heritage in the 21st Century, technology is ever more present in our reading of the past. Data mapping is standard in conservation and social history. Archaeologists use digital tools in geophysics, laser scanning, and compositional analysis. Landscape and architectural visualizations populate museums across the world. In architecture, computational design uses algorithms to replicate biology. Coding produces self-generated architectural form. Information modeling presents planners with interactive design in real time. The city is seen as ‘smart’.

In film and animation, digital models create fictitious places on scales unimagined. Installation artists make space interactive through digitising motion, sound and heat. Projection mapping allows artists to reinterpret the past in-situ. Photographers use digital cameras to document city stories. Marketing, technology and communication mediates the city experience 24/7. In every field, educators are responding.

As the tools we use today merge and blur across disciplines, this conferences asks educators and professionals to consider the following. How can we best manage, direct and utilize the unique potentialities of this interdisciplinary and technological moment? Are we rethinking objects of art and design from the past and future? Are we reconsidering modes of communication, styles of teaching and ways of living? Are we seeing new links between designed objects, visualized spaces and cultural meanings? Are we understanding creative, documentary and media practices in new ways? Are we developing our own knowledge through the technologies, tools or thinking of other disciplines?


  • Digital Art & Design
  • Architecture
  • Urban design
  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Heritage
  • Art
  • Design
  • Technology
  • Communications
  • Media
  • Film
  • Cultural studies

Key Dates

Abstract Submissions (Round 1)
10 February 2020
Abstract Feedback
25 February 2020
Conference Registration opens
20 February 2020
Abstract Submissions (Round 2)
10 April 2020
Abstract Feedback
25 April 2020


Architecture | Urban Planning | Interior Design | Landscape Architecture | Product Design
Media and Communications
Film | Art and Design Journalism | Moving Image Studies
Fine Art | Public Art | Sculpture | Performing Arts | Visual Arts | Digital Art
Conservation | Heritage Studies | Art History | Preservation | Architectural History


To make the conference as inclusive as possible, delegates can attend in-person but can also avoid travel costs by making their presentation as a pre-recorded film. It will be permanently available via the AMPS YouTube channel. Alternatively, they may be able to present virtually via skype. In all cases, written papers are also acceptable.

Pre-recorded film (20 minutes)
Zoom/Skype (20 minutes)
FilmIn-person Presentations (20 minutes)
Written Papers (3,000 words)


The publishers that AMPS works with include UCL Press, Routledge Taylor & Francis, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press, Libri Publishing and Intellect Books.


Conference outputs include the AMPS Proceedings Series, ISSN 2398-9467; Special Issue Publications of the academic journal Architecture_MPS ISSN 2020-9006; Books with the publishing houses listed above and short films available on the AMPS Academic YouTube Channel.


Written papers are optional.  If submitted they should be 3,000 word length. Formatting instructions to follow after the conference. All papers are double- blind peer reviewed for the AMPS Conference Proceedings Series. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions as articles in the academic journal Architecture_MPS or in specially produced conference books.

Image: Julien Soosaipillai