The eCAADe conference took place in September 2018 in Lodz, Poland.
"When we consider the aims of research activities, design efforts and mastering towards ideal solutions in the area of digital technologies in the built environment, such as CAD, CAM, CAE, BIM, FM, GIS, VR, AR and others, we may realise the actual reason for that is to make life better, healthier, prettier, happier, more sustainable and smarter. The usefulness of undertaken studies might be tested and proved by the noticeable shared approach of putting humans and their environments in a central position: man and the environment, nature and design, art and technology…
Natural disasters and climate change, crime and terrorism, disabilities and society ageing - architects, designers and scientists active in the built environment domain are not able to eliminate all the risk, dangers and problems of contemporary world. On the other hand, they have social and moral responsibilities to address human needs and take up this multifaceted challenge. It involves a co-operation and, moreover, an interdisciplinary and user-oriented approach.
The complexity of raised problems should not discourage us, on the contrary, it should stimulate activities towards living up to human dreams of a better and sustainable tomorrow.
This calls for a revision of methods and tools applied in research, teaching and practice. Where are we? What are the milestones and roadmaps at the end of the second decade of the 21st century?
Do we really take the most of the abundance of accumulated knowledge? Or we skip to explore another undiscovered domains?"