Digital Placemaking
1 - 4 June, Sydney, Australia

Media Architecture Biennale 2016

The Media Architecture Biennale includes a conference, a series of exhibitions, symposia, workshops and an award ceremony. It provides a forum for exchanging ideas and outlining the media architecture of the future – from media facades to projection mapping, urban screens to localised media interventions in cities.
About the Event

The theme for the Media Architecture Biennale in 2016 (MAB16) is ‘Digital Placemaking’. MAB16 brings together architects, designers, artists, academia, government and industry in a shared exploration of how technology and digital media as part of a ‘Smart Cities’ approach can lead to more livable city environments.

MAB16 is held for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere, in conjunction with Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light art, music and ideas, and the International Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS’16) in Brisbane.

Important Dates
Short & long papers Late-breaking works (posters)
Submission deadline January 18 February 22, 11:59pm PST March 31, 11:59pm April 14th, 2016, 11:59pm PST
Notification of acceptance March 7 March 21 April 30
Camera-ready submission March 28 April 8, 11:59pm PST May 7, 11:59pm PST
Doctoral consortium
Submission deadline February 5 March 31, 11:59pm PST
Notification of acceptance March 31 April 21
Award entries close February 29 March 15, 11:59pm PST
Shortlist announced March 28 Early May
Student design competition
Registration closes April 8, 8am AEST
24-hour challenge starts April 9, 8am AEST
Winners announced April 22

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The Conference
1 June 2016

The 2-day conference will include public keynotes and presentations by industry professionals, academics and researchers from around the world.

1 June 2016

The workshops at MAB16 are an interactive, dynamic forum with an opportunity for exchanging ideas, forming communities, sharing knowledge, getting in touch, networking, inspirations, prototyping and much more.

Doctoral consortium
1 June 2016

The Doctoral Consortium at MAB is a full-day workshop. The session is primarily intended to highlight and cofer around the work of research students, fellows and doctoral candidates working at the intersections of public space, digital media, socio-cultural analysis and theory, techno-artistic practicies and critique.

Student design competition
9 April 2016

MAB24H is an intense and fun worldwide competition. In teams of up to 5 people you will have to respond to a brief provided at the start of the challenge. You will have 24 hours to create your design, write your paper, maintain your blog and shoot/produce your video.

Exhibition & awards


Through its many components MAB16 will showcase outstanding media architecture artworks that explore experimental materials and practices for creating places in the urban environments of contemporary cities. The MAB16 exhibition will primarily focus on showcasing local, emerging artists and their culturally diverse approach to creativity in this field of interactive public art.


The Media Architecture Awards are given to outstanding projects at the intersection of architecture, media and interaction design. Three projects are nominated in each of the five categories – Animated Architecture; Money Architecture; Participatory Architecture and Urban Interaction; Spatial Media Art and Future Trends and Prototypes. The winners in each category will be announced during the award ceremony on the evening of June 3rd, 2016.

Get Involved

Call for papers

We invite interested parties from a variety a of backgrounds – be it human-computer interaction, urban design and planning, engineering, arts, humanities, sociology, and more – to participate in joint discussions about how Media Architecture can best contribute to placemaking.

Doctoral consortium

We invite research students, fellows and doctoral candidates to submit papers to the Doctoral Consortium. We also invite doctoral candidates completing their PhD research in the field of media architecture to submit their position papers for presentation at the Doctoral Consortium.

Call for student volunteers

Join the student volunteers team to recieve a free registration to attend MAB16. This is a great opportunity to meet and network with international academic and industrial researchers to share your interest in media architecture with other students.

Student design competition

Register your team for the 2016 MAB24H design challenge. Teams can be made up of up to 5 people. All participants must be enrolled in a university program or other tertiary institution at the time of the challenge.