Special Issue from The Eastman Symposium


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Prof Žiga Turk, University of Ljubljana
Prof Dana Vanier, University of British Columbia
Prof Robert Amor, University of Auckland

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Prof Carrie Sturts-Dossick, UW
Associate Prof Eleni Papadonikolaki, UCL
Prof Paul W Chan, TU Delft


In honour of Charles “Chuck” Eastman, the late Professor Emeritus in College of Design (previously, College of Architecture) and College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and founder of the Digital Building Lab, both ITcon and Construction Management and Economics will be compiling a federated special edition based on the conversations and commemorations at the forthcoming Eastman Symposium in May 2021. Eastman was well-known in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry as one of the originators of design computing including applications for computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modelling (BIM). As the headline of the Eastman Symposium summed up, his thought leadership has inspired generations of digitally-minded architects equipped new capabilities and ways of designing and producing the built environment. While it is important to commemorate the legacy of Eastman, ongoing digital transformations such as the fourth industrial revolution (or Construction 4.0) also call for new technical and organisational transformation that builds on and even challenges the foundational knowledge created by Eastman and his proteges. It is in this spirit that this federated special issue in ITcon and Construction Management and Economics is intended.

We welcome a diversity of contributions in addition to traditional empirical research papers, including critical reviews, position papers, policy reviews, essays and book reviews. Prospective authors should pay attention to the submission guidelines of ITcon (for papers that have a stronger technical orientation) and Construction Management and Economics (for papers that have a stronger orientation towards organisation, management and economic aspects).


Important dates:

Submissions open:                          13 May 2021 (also the date of the Eastman Conference)

Deadline for full papers:                  End of July 2021

First Editorial Decision:                  October/November 2021

Final papers due:                             March - May 2022


To launch the federated special issue of both journals, a follow-up event will be organized in early-to-mid 2022.