Proceedings of the ARTEPOLIS 8 - the 8th Biannual International Conference (ARTEPOLIS 2020)

It is our pleasure to introduce these proceedings of Arte-Polis8 International Conference. The Arte-Polis is a biannual place-making conference that had been going on since 2006. The conference is about sharing and learning from international and local experiences regarding current issues, best practices, and policy implications of creative connectivity on place-making. The Arte-Polis8 was held on 3-4 September 2020 through our online platform,, that was connected to Zoom and broadcasted to YouTube. The theme was “Creative Society and the Making of Place: Redefining Space in the Digital Era.” To this extent, we highlighted the creative community phenomenon along with the technology development, the daily use of the internet, and the impacts on human’s behavior pattern. The raised questions were: What is the form of space that appears in this digital era relating to architecture and the built environment? How far has it progressed? What is its distinctive character? Furthermore, how do we anticipate the future?

The theme was arranged in three parts of subthemes. The first was dedicated to discussing humanizing the creative design process in the digital era. In this part, the discussions covered the human-centered creative design process, human values and creative design process, also epistemology of creative behavior and artificial intelligence. The second addressed the design and production of space in the digital era, including discussion about collaborative and collective design methods of digital natives: computational, generative, evolutionary techniques in creative design and making, design cognition versus machine intelligence, x-reality, artificial space, and the environment in stimulating experiences. The last focused on urban creativity and place-making in the digital era. In this part, the discourses reviewed contextualizing social and cultural dynamics into creative planning and design processes along with informed design and decision support systems.

We would like to thank those that made this event possible: first, to our international line-up of keynote speakers; second, to our contributors. We received approximately 82 papers out of 136 abstracts through our call for participation. After a strict double-blind-review, we ended up on a final of 25 full submissions. Third, we would like to thank the reviewer committee who carried out the review process and gave valuable feedback. Fourth, we would like to thank the organizing committee who helped holding this event successfully. Fifth, we are thankful to the Architecture Programme, School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, Institut Teknologi Bandung for hosting the event. Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to all participants from 14 countries for attending the conference. Hopefully, the conference sparked fruitful discussions among participants— and this publication will keep the conversation going.

Erika Y. Astuti
Annisa Safira Riska
Feysa Poetry
Angela Upitya
Ahmad Zuhdi Allam