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Context – the latest edition

The themes for forthcoming editions of Context, the journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) Context, are regularly published on the Context page of the IHBC web site.

The theme of each issue takes the form of three or four main articles and allows us to look in detail at a conservation issue or building type

Themed issues of Context also include more general conservation articles as well as news, book reviews and reports from IHBC’s officers.

If you have any suggestions for articles or other material contact Fiona Newton at: editorial@ihbc.org.uk

Valuing Heritage in the Postcolonial City

In this session, we wish to place under scrutiny the contested values which undergird heritage and landscape inventorising and conservation in the postcolonial city. Our specific focus is upon cities whose histories are inextricably wound up with imperial projects, past and present. This could include cities in colonial or metropolitan heartlands whose affluence, landscapes, and built heritage were shaped by colonialism and cities in colonial peripheries caught up in colonisation and bearing the stamp of colonial power, anti-colonial struggles, and decolonisation.  In part, we wish to examine how colonial heritages are valued in these city landscapes in the context of neoliberal mega-development projects and place branding.  Cultural and historical critiques of city marketing have questioned the ways in which local histories are often appropriated, silenced, and sanitised as part of an attempt to rebrand and repackage cities for new ‘consumers’. With specific respect to the marketing of the postcolonial city and to neoliberal mega-development projects therein, we are keen to explore which stories are told, which not, who gets to decide, and what this all means for landscape preservation and heritage management.

Papers are invited from across the Global North and in particular Global South (especially from early career researchers) which examine:
·         The ongoing impress of colonial pasts, anti-colonial struggles, and postcolonial trajectories in contemporary landscapes in cities embroiled in complex colonial and postcolonial histories.
·         How colonial landscapes are valued, inventorised and conserved in the postcolonial city.
·         Contestation and dissonant values in the heritage debates in the postcolonial city.
·         The role of neoliberal and entrepreneurial mega-projects and city marketing in shaping debates on heritage management, including the ‘worlding’ of landscapes in cities in the Global South.
·         Methodologies (geo-humanities and digital technologies) through which a wider range of social values might be included in heritage policy and practice.
·         The meaning and implications of the recent rise to prominence of a historic urban landscape paradigm for heritage management in the postcolonial city.
Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to Mark Boyle (mark.g.boyle@nuim.ie) or Andrew McClelland (Andrew.McClelland@nuim.ie) by 6th February 2017.

Further details here..

UK Construction Week 2017

UK Construction Week 2017 is looking for contributors to this year’s seminar programme. The show took place for the second time last year and was an overwhelming success with over 30,000 of you in attendance across three days. It is the UK’s largest and most supported event for the industry. 

UK Construction Week will be vital for the industry in the next few years. As we begin to discover what the UK will look like post BREXIT, it will provide answers with regards to shifting regulation, changes to trade, investment opportunities and the economic impact on construction as a whole. 

A major part of the show’s success was underpinned by the engaging seminar programme. If you’d like to contribute to the programme, we would like to hear about projects you may be working on, or advice and experience you’d like to contribute on in any of these areas:

  • Innovation: Show the world what an innovative and inspiring industry this is
  • Latest solutions to the housing crisis and affordable home solutions
  • Ground breaking projects making particular use of timber, steel and/or concrete
  • How do we empower SME’s?
  • Smart cities of 2020: What’s coming?
  • Disruptive forces: Which industries can we learn from?
  • Infrastructure planning and development
  • Future architecture and interior design
  • How to improve diversity, skills, recruitment and retention in construction
  • UK Construction Talent: Architects, Facilities Managers, Civil Engineers, Contractors etc…the best export we have. How can we make BREXIT a positive outcome?
The deadline for submissions is Friday, 17th February 2017.

UK Construction Week takes place on 10-12 October 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Urban Sustainability and Resilience Conference

2017 USAR Conference call for abstracts.

Abstract submission deadline: 23rdJanuary 2017.

We invite research students, academics and industry practitioners to submit abstracts for research papers, workshops and practice papers on the following themes:

· Achieving both sustainable and resilient cities

· Resilient infrastructure

· Green infrastructure

· Urban recovery post-disaster

· The circular economy

 More details on abstract guidance information here..

Heritage, Place, Design: Putting Tradition into Practice

2017’s Milan conference will investigate methodologies of representation, communication, and valorisation of Historic Urban Landscapes and cultural heritage but also placemaking and local identity enhancement.

The conference will promote holistic and multidisciplinary approaches to design which are adapted to meet the challenges of tomorrow, and which support the unique heritage, cultural landscapes and communities that have been developed by local traditions around the world. Participants will share case studies and current practice on the documentation of settlements that should be preserved, focusing on innovative solutions, design challenges in placemaking and identity conservation, cultural issues in heritage assessment, and the technical and craft expression of culture. Critical to the presentation of case studies and current practice will be the use of drawing as a tool for design and creativity.

Deadline for submitting papers for review: 30th January 2017

See more details here…

3rd International SEAHA Conference

Abstract submission is currently open for the 3rd International SEAHA Conference at the University of Brighton 19–20 June 2017.

Further details regarding the conference can be found here: https://bit.do/SEAHA-Conference-2017

SEAHA research strands represent the full cycle of the creation of data, data to knowledge and knowledge to enterprise generally aligning with three training streams: Materials, Environment and Digital. The conference embraces these themes while also focusing on the interdisciplinary nature of heritage science research and projects. We are particularly keen to attract presentations and posters looking at interdisciplinarity: the challenges, successes, and impacts of research crossing boundaries.

Heritage science is a cross-disciplinary field connecting science and the humanities. It demonstrates the rising interest in and application of interdisciplinary research in the sciences in addition to the challenges with bridging disciplines. Heritage science research is faced with defining and navigating interdisciplinary research, and this is a wider discussion that requires input from scientists, researchers, engineers, professionals, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and policy-makers. This conference aims to provide a platform to engage and discuss emerging trends in the field and the on-going dialogue over global issues, which define the research and technological applications of heritage scientists.

We encourage presenters to go beyond the statement that their research and projects are interdisciplinary and to engage in a discussion about what interdisciplinarity specifically looks like in heritage science research, the challenges and the successes of research crossing boundaries, and the impact of collaborative research with a shared mission.

Abstract submission will close on the 6th of March 2017. Presenters will be notified by mid April.

Abstract Submission Form:  http://bit.do/SEAHA17

Modern Climate Change and the Practice of Archaeology

Modern climate change has serious consequences for the knowledge of our past. Desertification, eroding coasts, rising sea levels and melting permafrost threaten the preservation of natural and cultural sites. These and other damaging processes not only jeopardise the archaeological record, but also the living cultural practices of affected communities and their economic and social resilience. As the planet faces increasing global temperatures, the perils posed by rapid climate change will continue to be a major challenge for archaeology throughout the twenty-first century. This conference will explore the modern climate change related challenges to the practices of archaeology and heritage management, as well as productively contribute to current climate change debates.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words along with a bio of 150 words can be sent by 15 January 2017 to J. Eva Meharry (jedm3@cam.ac.uk).

To register for the conference click here.

Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts (CITAA)

Cities’ Identity became a pressing issue for many countries nowadays. Every city has its unique and valuable identity, this identity is revealed through its physical and visual form, it is seen through the eyes of its residents and citizens. The city develops over time, and its identity evolves with it. Reflecting the rapid and constant changes the city is subjected to, Architecture and Arts are the embodiment of the cultural, historical, and economical characteristics of the city.Urban Identities: the conference will present & discuss examples and tendencies in dealing with urban identities as well as the transformation of cities and urban cultures mentioned in terms of their form, identity, and their current art.
Contemporary art when subjected to experiments, continues to be produced in various directions, to be consumed and to put forward new ideas. Art continuously renews itself -from new materials to different means of communication, from interactive works to computer games, from new approaches to perceptional paradigms and problems of city and nature of the millennium.

This conference is dedicated to the investigation of the different new approaches developed in Architecture and Contemporary arts. It will focus on the basis of urban life and identities. The Conference also will display how citizens look at their city and how it is in a physical or mental manner compared, by them, with the ideal city by their own perception. Moreover, the city’s identity presents distinctive aspects that clarify its uniqueness and distinguished from any other city.

IEREK aims with this conference to offer the researches from different perspectives and views how Architecture and Contemporary arts are developed. Also, IEREK aims to emphasize on the basis of urban development and identities as well as investigate the various approaches made in the field of both Architecture and Contemporary Arts.
he Conference will be held in a Venue that combines both Architecture and Contemporary Arts, the TCairo Opera House in Cairo, Egypt.

See more details here…

Cultural Sustainable Tourism (CST)

Many countries and their economies, and industries depend on tourism, an economic might, which is able to direct the flow of the world. Cultural Tourism is the subset of tourism that is concerned with the country’s lifestyle in certain geographical areas, such as their, art, architecture, rituals, festivals, and more values that help convey the culture of the country itself. Cultural tourism involves the visitor getting involved or in contact with the unique heritage and special character of a place. More awareness of the place’s values, languages, lifestyle, and customs is conveyed to the visitor. Through tourism, lays the possibility of associating cultures together, assisting in creating cohesion amongst the world’s inhabitants. Considering that culture and heritage are two important factors in attracting tourists, they maintain their stature as a resource for development, and for improving the economy.

That being said, Heritage and Culture are both two important assets that should be maintained, conserved, and enhanced. Improving the life quality, living conditions, and reducing poverty will help in further preserving the cultural and natural heritage. Making such assets within reach of humanity, conveying civilizations through a powerful tool as tourism, is considered sustainability of cultural tourism development. Reaching and maintaining such objectives, would require, high standards in design & implementation of tourism policies, and conservation and preservation policies. Involving the participation of communities, in preserving, enhancing, and improving the cultural heritage for the following decades.

Balancing between the society, environment, and tourism in order to lessen the negative impacts, and have more positive effects, can only be achieved through spreading creativity, and cultural diversity, through maintaining awareness for the importance of cultural tourism and their everlasting positive effects. Cultural Sustainable Tourism (CST- 2017) discusses the complex relations between Culture, and tourism, and how planners, architects, and main actors and help in conveying and spreading the right perspective of the importance and role of Cultural tourism and how to maintain it.

See abstract deadline and authors instructions

3rd International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology (SEAHA)

Call for Abstracts

SEAHA research strands represent the full cycle of the creation of data, data to knowledge and knowledge to enterprise generally aligning with three training streams: Materials, Environment and Digital. The conference embraces these themes while also focusing on the interdisciplinary nature of heritage science research and projects. We are particularly keen to attract presentations and posters looking at interdisciplinarity: the challenges, successes, and impacts of research crossing boundaries.

Abstract submissions will open soon.

 

Identity and the City: Transition and Change in Urban Image Construction in Central and Eastern Europe

Panel Description:

Urban image construction is a reflection, expression and constitutive factor of local identity formation and dynamics. Cities simultaneously localize identities and connect them with wider global signs of utility, function and symbolic order. Elasticity of the label identity accommodates everything that surrounds us as presence or absence, persistence or change. As a theatrical scenery, cities change after each act, sometimes with discrete adaptations, sometimes with radical interventions. If the scenery is composed of streets, parks, roads, museums, monuments, shopping malls and buildings connected through the intricate network of the perpetual and cumulative actions of its inhabitants, every adaptation and intervention affects its multi-dimensional identities. Changes in urban visual identities unfold as a form of public art feeding from the immense potential of social imaginary significations accommodated by a time’s perception of stability, structure and continuity. Urban change is itself a production of meaning, interpretation and identity making practices.

As the chaotic canvases of cities are being stretched over a framework of identity, its further exploration seems more than appropriate. Amidst the incredibly rapid urban growth crowding more than half of the world population in towns and cities, the questions are only going to keep multiplying. How are city identities made and re-made, used and abused, imagined and narrated, politicised and communicated, expressed and projected, imposed and marketed? And above all, how do they thrive within the dynamic interpolation of the nexus of local-global, centre-periphery, urban – suburban, old and new. As out-dated as these dichotomies may sound, in many places their daily life is far from over. As old cities became new capitals and new capitals struggle for more capital, the challenges of maintaining public-driven collective identities in the face of cultural fragmentation and diversification, coupled with consumer-attractiveness is turning them into urban palimpsests. Urban environments reflect the human needs and values. In an increasingly globalized world, the human beings are becoming more citizens of the world than citizens of the cities. The increasing mobility of the new pilgrims of globalization creates more of the same in the logic of universalized urban functionality. Within this logic, the cities are now in the position to re-evaluate their impact on the world and shape their future in a manner that assumes a wider responsibility that evades a localized mentality. Urban local identities are becoming increasingly thin and rely strongly on negotiating a local specificity with universalized functionality and global responsibility. An increasing need for uniqueness and distinctiveness foster site-specificity aimed at placing a particular urban identity within a global economic hierarchy. Public art became essential for affirming distinctive local urban identities in a universe of serialization and commodification.

As the research on cultural identities of the city is becoming more abundant, this panel aims at adopting a wide-lens inter-disciplinary approach, while focusing on various processes affecting identities in the urban context in its global-regional-national-local interplay.

Some example of topics may include (but are not limited to):

•       Collective Memory, Identity and Urban Image Construction
•       Appropriation, Instrumentalisation and Functualisation of Public Spaces
•       Contemporary Nomadism and the City as a Common Denominator for Collective Identities
•       Architecture as ‘Politics with Bricks and Mortar’
•       History, Heritage and Urban Change
•       Urban Regeneration Projects, Landmark Buildings and ‘Starchitects’
•       Non-Places and (Non)Identity
•       Immigrants and the Cultural Identity of Cities
•       City Marketing and City Branding
•       Cities and Public Goods
•       European Capitals of Culture and European Identity
•       Cities and Sites of Memorialisation
•       Identity Creation and the Cultural Offer of the City
•       Urban Cultural Heritage as Identity-Anchor
•       Minor Places: Dominant Culture and Site-Specific Urban Identities
•       Creative Changes of the Cities
•       Art and Industry in Urban Development
•       Urban Aesthetics
•       Urban Installations
•       Critical Architecture
•       Urbanism and Social Intervention: Inclusion of the Marginalized
•       Centre/Periphery Nexuses in Contemporary Urban Development
•       Cities and the Quality of Life
•       Urban Landscapes and Sustainable Cities
•       Contemporary Cities and Environmental Responsibility
•       Ugliness, Kitsch and Value in Shaping Contemporary Urban Spaces
•       Urban Sites of Identification
•       Temporary Urban Interventions
•       Architecture as Public Art

If interested in participating, please see full details of the event on the conference website and use the application form to apply on-line or send a maximum 300 words abstract together with the details of your affiliation until 10th of December 2016 atapplication@euroacademia.eu

For full details of the conference and on-line application please see:
http://euroacademia.eu/conference/6th-reinventing-eastern-europe/