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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

First International blended conference on Pandemics and Urban Form

PUF2022, April 28th-30th 2022, Istanbul, Turkey

Pandemics and the changing built environment
Learning from history, planning our future

Organised by: INTBAU, Nanjing University, University of Trento, Özyeğin University, University of Idaho, Kuwait University.

Abstract submission deadline: October 21st, 2021

Call for papers:

2020 was an extraordinary year for all countries in the world. The pandemic has spread and has not ended yet, confirming that the world is dramatically changing. The scholars in the field of the built environment are increasingly discussing the relationship between survival and urban form, two concepts once closely linked. Besides this, the pandemic has brought us other questions: how can people get along with nature, how should we regulate social behaviours, and should we use science and technologies to improve the built environment? We have experienced unprecedented changes in our social behaviours since the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes, permanent or temporary, have made our cities different from the cities we lived in one year ago. This new society includes a completely different retail pattern, a reduced use of public transportation, an increased and multipurpose use of residential spaces, the exploitation of online activities, a reduced use of public spaces such as offices, stadiums, museums, theatres, schools and universities, but also streets, parks and squares. Some scholars have recently been discussing such transformations, noticing that most of them were already ongoing but received an acceleration since the pandemic, while others consider them to be completely new. We believe that in the long or medium term the new social pattern will be followed by substantial changes in the built environment, and that we should understand these changes to plan and design for the future, to mitigate the diffusion of new airborne diseases and to meet new social demands. This conference will have three tracks: it will use history as a mirror to analyse the present condition  and to re-examine urban form, it will provide a meeting point for researchers and ideas on urban environment and health and consider new design and planning solutions. The international conference on Pandemics and the changing built environment will take place in a blended form in April 2022. We intend it as the first of a yearly series of meetings for scholars interested in pandemics and the transformations of urban form. We welcome proposals for papers and posters related to the conference topics. Abstracts of papers will be double peer reviewed by an international scientific committee before acceptance. We encourage scholars, planners, architects and city managers to propose abstracts.

Conference track 1: Learning from history
Historical plagues and urban transformations
Pandemics, territorial cycles and morphological periods
The Justinian plague and the collapse of classical cities
The black plague and the Renaissance
The Spanish flu and the modernist manifesto

Conference track 2: Shedding light on the contemporary world
The impact of the pandemics on the physical space
Changes in social behaviours and in the built environment  
Smart working and new office spaces  
Public health policies and their effects on the built environment
Virtual spaces/communications and the effects on real spaces    
Climate change, pollution and waste treatment
Online education

Conference track 3: The world is waiting for us to take action !
The impact of the built environment on public health
Design and future solutions for public health
Technologies, design and smart cities  
Architectural responses to COVID-19  
Hospital design and COVID-19
Pandemics and open spaces, roads and parks
New housing and building types  
Planning for health in the built environment
From global metropolis to sustainable small towns
Public transportation: airports, subways, train and hyperloop stations and bus terminals  

Abstracts of papers and posters in English of not more than 4000 characters (spaces included) [3200 abstract + 800 references] may be submitted online using the Microsoft Conference Management Toolkit. All abstracts will be double peer reviewed by the conference scientific committee members, acceptance will be notified by email.

Conference fees:  
Poster, 25 euro, poster, 10 minutes presentation, 12000 characters article
Paper, 75 euro, paper, 20 minutes presentation, 32000 characters article
Paper, Scientific committee member discount, 25 euro, paper, 20 minutes presentation, 32000 characters article

Proceedings will be published after the conference in a volume with ISBN code, with SCOPUS indexing. We will give the PDF  to the authors after publication, you may buy your hard copiy online using print on demand. Selected papers will be also published after double blind peer review in a special issue of the Journal of Urbanism, and in a special issue of Forma Civitatis. International journal of urban and territorial morphological studies.


Agora Journal – The Magazine of Cherished Spaces

Agora Journal is currently putting together the remaining issues for 2021 and have slots for project profiles. The journal covers everything in ‘cherished spaces’ – from faith buildings to heritage structures, public spaces to historic buildings, and any spaces that the public would consider to be ‘cherished’.

For more information see the submission info here.

International Conference Florence Heri-Tech

Florence Heri-Tech was launched in 2018 by the Department of Industrial Engineering of University of Florence (DIEF) and Florence Biennial Art and Restoration Fair. The idea is to create a synergy between Cultural Heritage and New Technologies. The Conference involves a large number of research projects and scholars from around the world and puts the industry’s current issues under the spotlight, specifically on issues related to innovative techniques and technologies for Cultural Heritage. The Conference is part of the 8th Edition of the Florence Biennial Art and Restoration Fair, an international event attracting prestigious institutions and companies and creating a unique opportunity to bring together the academic word with industry. The city of Florence will therefore be the international heart of Restoration and Cultural and Environmental assets as well as a forum for meeting and discussing for experts and enthusiasts from around the world. The Conference will be a significant opportunity for exchange between researchers and companies for the promotion of productive excellence, technological evolution, the greater use of culture for younger sections of the population and specialization in the educational field for graduates and PhD students.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Submit your Abstract

September 17, 2021 | Updated Deadline to Submit Abstract

September 30, 2021 | Abstract acceptance notification
December 17, 2021 | Deadline to submit draft paper
January 31, 2022 | Submission of final paper

AMPS Canterbury: Intangible Heritage

A conference on design, culture and technology – past, present, and future

Call for Papers closes 30 June 2021


The buildings, towns and cities we inhabit are physical entities created in the past, experienced in the present, and projected to inform the future. The same can be said of the artefacts we use daily: designed furniture in the home, the mobile devices in our hands, the vehicles we see on our streets. However, each of these places, buildings and products had, at their inception, social and cultural roles beyond their ‘object’ status. They continue to have them today. What we understand a designed object to be then, is a complex question of material and social import, and an intricate play of the tangible and intangible identities. Increasingly, it is also a question of hybrid experiences and overlaid histories. This conference address the range of issues connected to this scenario.

AMPS Global Health Conference – Environments by Design: Health, Wellbeing, and Place

Call for Papers closes 25 June 2021


On January 1st, 2020, the world woke to news that a pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China, had been identified as a strain of coronavirus. By March, the World Health Organization would define it as a pandemic and the most serious global health threat on the planet. Under lockdown conditions the relationship between health and the spaces we inhabit became central. The response from professionals and academics was immediate. Public health officials became consultants on ‘healthy buildings’, infectious disease specialists advised on planning codes, mental health experts became advisors on design strategy. Environmental psychologists collaborated on adapting homes for lockdown, sociologists re-examined behaviour in public space; teachers critiqued new spatial uses of the classrooms and, by extension, interior work environments of every type. It is tempting to see this recent global concern about health and environments as new. The reality is, it has a long history. The public health profession was born from the housing conditions of the 19th century urban poor. ‘Sick building syndrome’ has been a concern for years. Demands for walkable neighbourhoods are long standing. Housing for the elderly, accessible design, and the broader healthy cities agenda globally, all pre-date COVID-19. Seen in this light, this conference seeks to bring recent experiences and responses into dialogue with these longer standing areas of research into health, wellbeing and environments.http://architecturemps.com/design-health/

AMPS New Delhi – Architecture, History, and the Smart City


Call for Papers closes 30 June 2021

Smart, intelligent, digital, ubiquitous. While star architects develop ‘spectacle architecture’ for example, property developers produce gated communities, and urban planners grapple with urban expansion. This all happens while conservationists dedicate themselves to preserving the past and historians continue exploring former lives of our ancient towns. The city we imagine for the future then, will be a complex set of factors and components from the past, and present. Navigating this multiplicity will be key to the futures now being imagined and how we maintain our cultural traditions. The site of some of the most iconic architectural heritage in the world, it is also a country of burgeoning contemporary architecture and future planning. Operating within this complex tapestry is the National Government’s 100 Smart Cities Mission, an ambitious project to ‘update’ 100 of its existing cities, their infrastructure and their architecture In many ways, 100 Smart Cities captures issues at the heart of smart city agendas across the world and raises questions, possibilities and concerns related to ‘digital futures’ globally: How do architects respond to the ‘traditional’ needs of our cities and their people? What is the heritage we need to preserve and how do we do it? What are the practicalities of digital integration in existing infrastructures? What long term prosperity will emerge from the digital city? Will we be exposed to ‘surveillance capitalism’? How do we most benefit from the inevitable changes to the make-up of our future cities? How can our present condition and our cultural past coexist in this emerging future?

AMPS Calgary – Cultures, Communities, and Design: The Countryside

The Countryside’ – a polemically generic term Rem Koolhaas has recently used to reposition debates about our cities to those of rural areas. While posited as ‘new’, it is, in reality, a well established mode of thinking. Through notions such as the peri-urban for example, geographers, sociologists, architects, urban designers and regional economists have all debated the urban-rural relationship for several decades. Under this framework we are obliged to consider the city and its architecture on its own terms, but also address the ‘rural’ in its particular context and, importantly, explore the parallels and mutual influences at play.

ICE journal Engineering History and Heritage: Digital Tools for Historic Structures

Champion: Bill Harvey, Bill Harvey Associates Ltd, UK; and Jackie Heath, Project Director at Ramboll and CARE Accredited Engineer, UK

Full submissions by: 15 June 2021

Contact for more information

Find out what you need to do before submitting your articleThe use of Building Information Modelling, laser scanning, 3D photography and the associated processing tools  brings many benefits for the understanding and conservation of historic structures. However, the applications of these digital tools, which were often developed with new structures in mind, brings different challenges when used in the historic environment. Research and project experiences are developing quickly.

This issue will showcase successful uses of a range of digital tools and honestly examine where the technology did not quite live up to expectations and the lessons that can be shared. Topics covered will include but aren’t limited to:

  • Laser scanning of historic structures, technology, uses and benefits
  • 3D imagery
  • Post processing of digital data
  • Using BIM in the historic environment

Submit your abstract now

Register to Contribute to European Heritage Open Days 2021 in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland each year the Department for Communities, Historic Environment, coordinates the annual Europe wide event held during the second week in September in nearly 50 countries, to celebrate local architecture, history and culture. Each year hundreds of properties and locations in Northern Ireland open their doors and organise events to the public free of charge.

To once again celebrate Northern Ireland’s built heritage, European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) 2021 will be taking place from 6 to 12 September:

. •         events at historic places will take place on 10- 12 September

•           online events will take place from Monday 6 to Sunday 12 September

We are writing to invite you to take part in EHOD 2021 because you may have a building of historical or architectural interest, are an event organiser, community group… with a story to share. Please share this among organisation contacts you have that might have an interest in getting involved with EHOD 2021.

Getting Involved

There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of EHOD and so whether there is a local character or connection to a local figure of note you would like to celebrate, a historic area you want to see recognised or simply want to tell the story of your home, workplace, or community we would love you to take part. This year EHOD is offering both an in person visitor experience, (dependent upon current restrictions that may be in place in September) and a digital offering. Register for EHOD here

EHOD offers the opportunity to showcase the stories and places you care about. We don’t define “heritage” – that is up to you!

The only requirement we have is that your place, space or story is provided free of charge to the public for EHOD and it has heritage at its core. 

This year the theme is “Inclusion-exploring our hidden history together.”  European Heritage Days has always been about bringing people together to appreciate the heritage and culture right on their doorstep.  For EHOD 2021 we want to go one step further and ensure that EHOD is accessible to everyone with events and activities right across Northern Ireland that interest people from all cultures and backgrounds.

APT Bulletin – Materials Themed Issue

The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) and the APT Technical Committee for Materials seek abstract submissions for a special materials-themed issue of the APT Bulletin. This special edition will focus on the controversies, challenges, and developments in architectural materials conservation and preservation philosophy and practice. We are seeking articles centering on challenges in materials science, materials conservation, or preservation design concerning specific individual architectural materials or material assemblies. Articles could illustrate debates surrounding materials selection or use differing international viewpoints, unique technical interventions, cross-discipline collaboration, and substitute materials. We invite submissions focusing on materials aspects of architectural conservation and preservation technology such as but not limited to the following:  

• Challenges and issues in materials testing methods and testing programs. 

• Conservation debates illustrated by the treatment of a specific material. 

• Evolving standards in materials conservation. 

• Lessons learned in materials conservation. 

• Philosophies in conservation of architectural materials. 

• Sustainability and architectural materials. 

• Unique factors involved in the deterioration of materials. 

Pertinent materials include but are not limited to: 

• Wood. 

• Architectural surface finishes. 

• Cement and concrete. 

• Ceramic and fired-clay materials. 

• Earth. 

• Metal. 

• Mortar, plaster, and renders. 

• Polymers/plastics. 

• Stone and masonry materials. 

Submission Guidelines 

Authors are encouraged to submit extendedabstracts including an outline of the paper fitting within the thematic issues listed. Case studies must include what the author(s) learned from this case study and why it is relevant to the theme of the issue. Each abstract must be: 500 – 1000 words and include an outline of the article. Please submit up to four images. Please also provide a bio of 50 words or fewer. Send to: administration@apti.org with the subject line as follows: APT TCM Bulletin – Abstract – [Author’s Last Name].

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2021