International Joint Conference

2nd ICEA - 17th SENVAR

Empathic Architecture  & Sustainable Environmental Architecture

It is now apparent that we are living in a planet with multi-dimensional crisis; lack of energy resources built environment with minimum consideration for the future generation. These are exaggerated with air, water, land and sound pollution as a result of careless human activities. Rapid urbanization has resulted in deterioration of the environment and loss of quality of life. Constructing built environment in the sustainable ways are propagated in almost everywhere in the world, but this mostly considering the physical aspect of the development. Ideally, the sustainable way also takes the humanist aspect into account.

A method to put the humanist aspect into built environment design is empathic architecture. It is when an architect decides the best solution for a design problem by making the designer and the user practically the same person. In some cases, users may have difficulty in envisioning their desire toward modernity whilst also compromising with the issue of sustainability. Here, architects, designers and those who play the role on the development of built environment to map users’ need, the way of life and desire is significant.

These two general topics of empathic architecture and sustainable environmental architecture merge to one main topic of “Wisdom and Practices of the Sustainable Built Environment for Better Livings”. Studies on this topic are expected to offer buildings and built environment that physically and psychologically friendly to both human and nature. Original research papers come from the following sub-topics (but not limited to) are welcome.


Wisdom and Practices of the Sustainable Built Environment for Better Livings

In the fields of:

A. Green architecture and intelligent building sciences and built environment

  • Advanced solar technologies

  • Clean energy

  • Zero energy buildings

  • Building envelope technologies

  • Advanced eco-renewable energies

  • Indoor environment

  • Eco-friendly water supply 

  • Energy conservation technologies


B. Eco-friendly building structure and construction

  • Green building structures

  • Geothermal energy for building and built environment

  • Structural engineering and disaster reduction

  • Structural rehabilitation, retrofitting and strengthening

  • Ecological construction and intelligent building control

  • Eco-friendly building utility

  • Green building materials


C. Liveable and Healthy Architecture, Urban Environment and Cities


  • Sustainable Townscape for Better UHI City 

  • Sustainability in Urban Preservation and Conservation

  • Sustainability in Interior Design for Better Living

  • Place creation for better neighborhood and society

  • Friendly Neighborhood for Community with Special Needs

  • Cultural Approach of Sustainability in Architecture and Cities

  • Vertical Greenery Buildings and Urban Farming Environment

  • Pedagogy of Architecture Education in distributing the idea of Sustainable Environment

Please submit your full paper via email to:


Department of Architecture

Faculty of Civil Engineering and Planning

Petra Christian University

Siwalankerto 121-131 Surabaya - 60236

East Java, Indonesia


Email: icea2019(at)


Dept. of Architecture