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Around Commissions
  - Recognising Innovation
  - Informality and Emergency
From CIB Co-Sponsored Events
  - Tsinghua Summer School
From the CIB General Secretariat
  - Gyula Sebestyen
Forthcoming Meetings
  - Student Chapters Meeting
  - Marketing and Culture
  - SB11 Helsinki
  - Spatial Planning
  - Developing Countries
  - Open Building
  - Informal Settlements
New Publications
  - Culture
Encouraged Journals
  - Delivering Environmental Change
  - Automation

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Newsletter 2011 - 7

Around Commissions
TG76 - Recognising Innovation in Construction: Report on Workshop: New Horizons - Towards Radical Construction Improvements
The aim of the workshop was to identify radical research agendas and activities that might enable step-change improvements in CIB activity and industry practices. Foci for defined new research areas include: consumer driven services and social accountability.
TG78 - Informality and Emergency in Construction: Report Workshop "Organisational Paradoxes in Construction", June 2011
The report covers a range of research topics including organisational ambidexterity in construction, knowledge generation and use, collaboration, innovation and empowerment, and methods for studying informality in construction.
From CIB Co-Sponsored Events
2011 Tsinghua Summer School for International Construction, 4-12 July 2011
The objective of this Summer School was to broaden senior undergraduates and graduates students' vision and to improve education quality by making full use of good science education resources. This was the fourth year that the non-profit programme has been held.
From the CIB General Secretariat
Gyula Sebestyen Passes Away
The CIB General Secretariat and President are sad to announce to CIB members all over the world that a distinguished former Secretary General Prof. Gyula Sebestyen passed away on 13 September. He was the Secretary General of CIB from 1980 until the end of 1993.
Forthcoming Meetings
International Research Collaboration Meeting, Hosted by the CIB Student Chapter Built and Human Environment, University of Salford, United Kingdom, 15 September 2011
This event will be an opportunity for CIB Student Chapter members all over the world to learn about other's research interests and explore any potential gaps and overlaps that may result in research collaboration in the future. It's also an opportunity for networking with researchers worldwide.
TG82 - Marketing in Construction/W112 - Culture in Construction: Joint Workshop on Marketing and Culture in Construction, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 21-22 September 2011 - Call for Papers
The impact of national and corporate culture on the implementation of marketing and business development in construction firms will be discussed. The outcome should be an agenda to identify possible research collaboration in the form of international joint proposals, publications and workshops.
World Sustainable Building Conference - SB11 Helsinki, Finland, 18-21 October 2011: Last Notice - Only a Few Seats Left
This conference was planned to have a limited number of registrants, so as to maximise its value for registrants. There are now less than 200 seats left, so CIB members intending to attend this important conference should register now. CIB members will obtain a discounted registration fee.
W101 - Spatial Planning and Infrastructure Development: Open Meeting - Sustainable Urban Reforming, in conjunction with the World Sustainable Building Conference 2011, Helsinki, 20 October 2011
The meeting will seek to identify the common concepts and effective measures to promote Sustainable Urban Reforming and to write up a draft short statement. Keywords for discussion include aging, budget, ecology, landscaping, meteorology, open space and traffic.
W107 - Construction in Developing Countries: International Symposium on Innovation and Sustainable Construction in Developing Countries, Hanoi, Vietnam, 1-3 November 2011
The Symposium is to bring together an international audience of approximately 200 delegates from fields of research, academia, corporation and government to exchange ideas on how construction through innovation and sustainable practices can enhance economic development in developing countries.
W104 - Open Building Implementation in conjunction with Build Boston: A4D - Architecture in the Fourth Dimension, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 15-17 November 2011
One of the most pressing challenges in designing the Built Environment is to go beyond narrow functionalism to make buildings that are enduring, lovable, energy effective and adaptable for the very long haul. The conference focuses on healthcare and residential architecture.
W110 - Informal Settlements and Affordable Housing: Conference on Sustainable Human Settlements: The Urban Challenge, Pretoria, South Africa, 17-21 September 2012
The sub-themes of this Conference are: integrated urban housing and servicing solutions, design challenges of urban medium-density mixed housing, housing tenure options: ownership and rental, living laboratories and informality and housing.
New Publications
W112 - Culture in Construction: Culture in International Construction
The book gives answers on many questions on how to deal with culture's influence during construction- and development-processes. It gives a clear analysis of actual theories and backgrounds. It describes in detail several of the of the latest actual theories and backgrounds.
Encouraged Journals
Building Research & Information - Special Issue: Motivating Stakeholders to Deliver Environmental Change
This special issue of Building Research & Information is framed around ways of motivating stakeholders directly and indirectly involved with the production and operation of buildings to engage collectively in delivering positive change in environmental performance.
Automation in Construction: Special Issue on Computing for Spatial Design Assistance - Call for Papers
Among the themes addressed by this Special Issue are: spatial and architectural design, design computing, spatial computing for design, artificial intelligence for design, design semantics, assistive technologies for design and spatial design assistance systems and tools.