Shape, Form, and Structure are elusive notions and yet are at the core
of several disciplines from the humanistic (like literature and the
arts) to the scientific (chemistry, biology, physics) and within these
from the formal (mathematics, logic) to the empirical (engineering,
cognitive science). Even within domains such as computer science and
artificial intelligence, these notions rely on common-sense meanings and
everyday perception and communication practices. Furthermore,
formalisations of the semantics and reasoning about shape, form, and
structure are typically ad hoc.
Several approaches have been proposed within the aforementioned
disciplines to study the notions of shape, form and structure from
different viewpoints. A comprehensive formal view of how to understand
their different uses has not emerged yet but it is clear that one needs
to investigate an interdisciplinary perspective.
The Shapes workshop series is an interdisciplinary platform for the
discussion of all topics connected to shape (broadly understood).
Perspectives from psycho-linguistics, ontology, computer science,
artificial intelligence, mathematics, aesthetics, design science,
cognitive science and beyond are welcome to contribute and participate
in the workshop. We seek to facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion
between researchers from all disciplines interested in representing
shape, form and structure, and reasoning about them. This includes
formal, cognitive, linguistic, engineering and/or philosophical aspects
of space and vision, being the domains where shape, form and structure
find a natural setting, as well as their application in the sciences and
in the arts.
Special Focus: architecture
Every edition of Shapes adds a special theme to drive attention to
particular uses and needs in interesting areas. This edition drives
attention to shape, form and structure in architecture. Architecture is
an intrinsically interdisciplinary domain that nicely combines art,
science and technology, and is rooted in the study of culture,
landscape, territory and social practices. The study of shape, form and
structure is part of the background of architects but architects tend to
view and understand these notions within the context of a project design
and not in their generality. We particularly encourage contributions
that shed some light on the use of shape, form and structure in and
across architectural works and architectural ways of thinking.