The event aims to address the whole area of creativity in design and the collaborative processes that generate innovation and design excellence in the built environment. In addition to learning from some examples from completed projects, the event will focus on current and future work, with the emphasis being on conceptual design and the design process itself rather than just the end result.

Who is it for?
The event will appeal to engineers, architects, planners, educators, researchers and all those concerned about achieving innovation and improving creativity in design for the built environment.

Event format
The event will comprise plenary sessions, parallel sessions and design workshops.
The plenary sessions will include keynote lectures by invited speakers related to the theme of the conference.

Building on the precedent established at the Geneva Conference in 2015, the parallel sessions will be of two types:
-  Lecture format sessions: conventional lecture format with presentations and an opportunity for short discussions. Abstracts for papers to be presented in these sessions are now invited.
-  Seminar format sessions: a few short presentations to describe the theme/topic of the seminar followed by round table discussion facilitated by the session Chairman, with maximum interaction from the delegates. Ideas for these interactive sessions are now invited.

In addition, there will be a series of practical, creative design workshops or charrettes. These will offer delegates the opportunity to participate and interact in small groups facilitated by established designers and practitioners. The workshops will incorporate aspects of online collaborative working and data sharing with our international partners in South Africa and elsewhere. More details on these design workshops will be published nearer the time, but delegates will have the opportunity to choose whether to participate in one or more of the workshops and/or attend the parallel sessions. Numbers will be limited, and applications to participate in a workshop will need to be made in advance of the event.