Experimentation is the process by which certain operations are carried out to discover, verify, or demonstrate specific phenomena. It is also a way to test, try out, or assess a product for subsequent validation. Experimenting can also be related to a form of active learning that leads to new perceptions or sensations.

In the realm of architectural and artistic research, design itself is a laboratory—a testing ground—where different methods and creative processes intersect, yielding new knowledge. Tamke, Nicholas, and Thomsen (2018) distinguished four distinct characteristics of experiments: speculation (‘a way of posing questions’), reflection (‘a means to produce ideas’), evaluation (‘external testing’), and interface (‘an interface that provides common ground for interdisciplinary collaboration’).

This edition of CA2RE proposes to explore the concept of experiment in the most varied and open way possible. It seeks to demonstrate its validity as a design-driven methodology particularly focused on artistic and architectural practice. The experiment understood as a method of knowledge creation, can establish itself as the difference between creative practice and practice-based research (Zupančič, 2020).

All these reflections fit into the city of Valencia's current context, which will be the European Green Capital in 2024 and has been chosen as one of the 100 cities to follow the European Climate Mission roadmap. Researchers are invited to consider experimentation as a factor fostering new and innovative approaches for creation in artistic and architectural research, which generates bridges between academia and practice and contributes to the New European Bauhaus values.

The event invites researchers from diverse fields of design-driven research at any stage and context to apply for presenting and discussing their projects at the conference. New, original, and unpublished contributions from all relevant fields and disciplines are welcome: architectural design, urban design and planning, sustainable development, interior design, landscape architecture, music, performing arts, visual arts, product design, social design, interaction design, and others.

Participants will have 60 minutes to present their project and discuss their work with an international panel. Papers and artifacts of selected participants will be published in the conference proceedings through the Universitat Politècnica de València online repository (with ISBN).


For the first stage submission, the applicants are asked to provide:

  • an extended, illustrated abstract (from 800 to 1200 words; max 2 pages including images)
  • a short reflection on the importance and role of EXPERIMENTATION in the research project (max 250 words)
  • a short CV (max 100 words).


Selected applicants are invited to choose between three categories for the 2nd stage submission depending on the focus of the planned presentation and preferences for publication:

1/ ARTEFACT: submission focused on original works presented and discussed as research results. Participants can choose the number and format of the image(s) submitted. At least 800 words of text, a 150-word abstract, a revised 250-word paragraph on EXPERIMENTATION, and 3 keywords must be submitted.

2/ EXTENDED ABSTRACT: a revised abstract with 800-1200 words and at least 3 images must be submitted to be published in the conference proceedings.

3/ PAPER: a full paper between 1600 and 2400 words and at least 3 images must be submitted to be published in the conference proceedings, with a 150-word abstract, a revised 250-word paragraph reflecting on EXPERIMENTATION and 3 keywords.

Layout specifications will be sent with the Email of Acceptance. The 60-minute conference presentation and discussion with international reviewers will be regarded as a second peer review. During the presentation, participants are invited to experiment with the potential of presenting online through live performances, live reports from construction sites, office and research environments, movie clips, virtual 3-dimensional meeting places, etc.

Instructions for Abstracts and
Artefacts Submissions

Important dates

  • Dec 15, 2023: Publication of Call
  • Jan 15, 2024: 1st Stage Submission
  • Jan 22, 2024: 1st Stage submission - EXTENDED DEADLINE
  • Feb 26, 2024: Notification of Acceptance + Registration Opens
  • Mar 25, 2024: Registration deadline
  • Apr 01, 2024: Book of Abstracts + Program Publication
  • Apr 11–13, 2024: Conference
  • May 10, 2024: 2nd Stage Submission - call
  • Jun 03, 2024: Conference proceedings
  • Aug 10, 2024: 2nd Stage Submission - deadline
  • Oct 15, 2024: Conference proceedings