The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) is hosting its 44th annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island, May 29-June 1, 2013 in partnership with the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University. Presentation, session, and poster proposals are invited that address the intersection of environmental design and behavior and the built environment. More specifically, the conference organizing committee encourages submissions of proposals that address the identification and conservation of aspects of historic environments that positively influence multiple dimensions of health (e.g., physical, psychological).

EDRA is an interdisciplinary organization that was founded in 1969 to encourage social science research that would influence design in order to produce better places for people. Attendees at its conferences are diverse and include architects, landscape architects, planners, historic preservationists/heritage conservators, social scientists, practitioners, and academics, among others. While its conference programs have always included papers that address heritage conservation, there has been an increased focus at EDRA on this topic since the founding of the EDRA Historic Preservation Network in 2007.

For more information on the conference and submission requirements, visit http://www.edra.org/edra44providence. The deadline for individual presentations, group presentations, mobile sessions and pre-conference intensive sessions is September 21, 2012. The deadline for display poster submissions is November 30, 2012.

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