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Since September 2019 the HafenCity University is part of the Erasmus+ project CA²RE+ (Collective Evaluation of Design Driven Doctoral Research). CA²RE is a joint platform for research in all fields of architecture, design and arts, and supports early-career researchers and PhD students to improve the quality of their research within the realm of Design Driven Research. At the HCU the program is lead by Prof. Matthias Ballestrem

The 8th CA²RE conference together with the 3rd CA²RE+ event series is promoted by the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU) and the PhD Program in Architectural, Urban and Interior Design of Politecnico di Milano. The main topic of the event is COMPARISON. The focus will narrow by comparing design strategies and tactics applied to highlight common approaches and methodological recursions.

The Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership CA²RE+ develops a collective learning environment through Evaluation of Design Driven Doctoral Training. Design Driven Doctoral research (DDDr) is taken as a multidisciplinary example of an experiential learning-through-evaluation model, appropriate for identification and promoting relevance of research singularity, its transparency and recognition, to award excellence in doctoral training for creative and culturally rooted solutions of contemporary design driven developments.

The CA²RE+ Strategic Partnership of 11 outstanding HE organisations and associations from 8 EU countries is running for 3 years. Its backbone is a series of biannual international and intercultural INTENSIVE STUDY PROGRAMMES for doctoral candidates, guided by experienced evaluators from participating universities and invited experts. The doctoral work-in-progress of 27 DDDr candidates (24 from abroad, 3 from the host) is evaluated by 18 experienced evaluators (16 / abroad, 2 / host) through presentations, performances, exhibitions and critical discussions, following the iterative CA²RE development steps: observation, sharing, comparison, reflection, reformulation and recommendation. To introduce new experts with lower evaluation experience into the process, JOINT STAFF TRAINING is developed at each venue. The CA²RE+ Strategic Partnership builds on the experience of the CA²RE community and its biannual Conferences on Artistic and Architectural Research since Autumn 2016, organized in association with ARENA (Architectural Research European Network Association), EAAE and ELIA. The Ghent CA²RE represents the first CA²RE+ event, where the Erasmus+ financial support can be provided for 3 candidates from each of the CA²RE+ participating higher education institution: the University of Ljubljana (LJUBLJANA), the Aarhus School of Architecture (AARHUS), the KU Leuven (GHENT), the Politecnico di Milano (MILANO), the TU Berlin (BERLIN), the COFAC - Lusofona University (PORTO), the Hafencity University Hamburg (HAMBURG), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (TRONDHEIM) and the TU Delft (DELFT). EAAE and ELIA are CA2RE+ full partners as well. The associate partnership includes the CA²RE participants.


The doctoral candidates from the CA²RE+ Consortium (LJUBLJANA, AARHUS, GHENT, BERLIN, MILANO, PORTO, HAMBURG, TRONDHEIM and DELFT) are invited to apply for the CA²RE+ opportunity with their submissions, following the guidelines by 04/09/2020. External doctoral candidates are invited to apply also for joining the Milano online event. Selected contributions will be part of the online Proceedings publication (with ISBN) published by Politecnico di Milano.

CA²RE+ conditions

Due to the uncertain conditions of travel limitations, the conference will be online. The selected participants must attend the 3 full days conference (28/10/2020 to 30/10/2020) + contribution to the CA²RE+ database of evaluated materials (delivering digital files of the presentation and of any other document presented at the meeting, licensed under [(CC) BY-NC-SA]). The accepted applicants get free access to the CA²RE+ event and (except in the case of the staff from the host)

Obligations of the participant:

• Presentation of doctoral work-in-progress in Milano;

• Active participation in the discussions and summary sessions in Milano;

• Feedback about the impact of the Intensive Study Programme activity;

• Submission of the presentation/publication/exhibition materials, following the instructions of the CA²RE+ contact at your institution;


We are inviting our most enthusiastic doctoral candidates to submit their materials, following the CA²RE+ guidelines. Their submission by 04/09/2020 means that they accept the CA²RE+ conditions and that they apply for the CA²RE+ event. The CA²RE+ consortium will select the first three eligible candidates from each CA²RE+ Consortium institution and seven candidates from any

CA²RE+ Consortium institution, recurring to the abstract submission ranking. A reserve list will be created in the case of additional positively evaluated submissions.

Further information & Open Call (direct download)

About CA²RE+

Contact at the HCU
Prof. Matthias Ballestrem | Architektur und experimentelles Entwerfen
Tel.: +49 (0)40 42827-5091
Room 2 110.1