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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

Eurac SBE21 Sustainable Built Heritage Conference: Renovating Historic Buildings for a Low-Carbon Built Heritage

Universally recognised as emblems of many cities, historic buildings account for a quarter of Europe’s existing construction. Retrofitting such buildings presents many opportunities for reducing carbon emissions but can also present many challenges for preserving historic and aesthetic traits and as such, particular and specific care is vital.

Given the unique character of each building, standard energy saving measures are often not viable. Instigating interdisciplinary procedures for renovation and developing affordable and efficient technologies which are compatible with conservation needs are essential for the survival of built heritage and for reducing its environmental impact.

The SBE21 Heritage Conference brings together scholars and practitioners working in the fields of energy efficiency and historic building conservation to foster multidisciplinary dialogues and find new retrofit approaches to save our common heritage and guarantee a sustainable future.

Call for proposals now open: Deadline 31 August, 2020

Heritage Special Issue – Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

Link to more information here.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

This Special Issue on energy efficiency in historic buildings addresses the balance between two different aspects of sustainability, i.e., environmental and socio-cultural. On the one hand, amidst growing pressure to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, historic buildings stand for a considerable part of societal energy use that necessitates energy-efficient interventions. On the other hand, the historic building stock is an important cultural and material resource that merits management and preservation for the benefit of present and future generations. Thus, we must find ways to balance the needs of historic building conservation and energy conservation to facilitate the sustainable management of historic buildings. This Special Issue calls for research on a multitude of aspects, with various scientific perspectives, from the natural sciences and engineering to the social sciences and humanities.

The following topics are meant to illustrate the possible scope of the Special Issue rather than exclude novel topics:

  • Policies at international, national, and local levels. Conflicts of interest and ways forward;
  • Decision-making for the planning of energy refurbishment in individual buildings as well as building stocks;
  • Understanding the historic building as a technical system: simulations, risk assessment of measures, and balancing supply and demand;
  • Development of new technical solutions appropriate for various types of historic buildings;
  • Multi-criteria assessment of measures: life-cycle perspectives on environmental impacts and costs integrated with the impact on heritage values and aesthetics;
  • Users’ aspects in the planning of energy retrofits and energy management: attitudes, lifestyles, and collaboration. What are the drivers/motivators?
  • Values and valuation: historic buildings are defined by their heritage significance. How are the values defined and introduced into the decision-making process on energy efficiency?
  • Best-practice case studies presenting state of the art both in terms of achieved results and methods;
  • How is energy refurbishment planned and carried out in practice, and what are the roles for professionals in architecture, preservation, and engineering?

Prof. Tor Broström
Guest Editor

INTBAU – International Conference on Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism: Architecture and Community

Online 13-14 November, 2020

www.traditionalarchitectureconference.com

The conference is organised by INTBAU Spain, INTBAU Portugal, the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture and the School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, thanks to the support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, through a grant from the Chicago Community Trust for the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Fund, and the collaboration of the Fundación Ekaba, the Fundação Serra Henriques, the Escola Superior Gallaecia, the Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio, and the Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional (CIAT-UPM).

All the academics and practitioners of traditional building, architecture and urbanism that carry out their activity or are interested in the scope of the topics proposed for this conference may submit proposals to be presented at it by August 9 (academic papers) or by September 14 (other submissions).

All proposals will go through a selection process and may be accepted for being presented at the conference and/or published in the new Journal of Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism and could also be selected for both.

These proposals may be both original unpublished scientific articles or presentations on other works. The presentations of those contents which have been selected for the conference, both scientific papers or other works, will then be recorded and will be available on the conference website prior to the start of the conference itself.

The live program will focus on a series of panel discussions on the selected topics. These panel discussions will include both the selected presenters and guest speakers and will be dealing with the diverse topics of the conference. The participation of all other attendees will also be encouraged.

Registration will be free but compulsory in order to participate and must be done on the conference website.

You can find more information on both websites:
www.traditionalarchitectureconference.com
www.traditionalarchitecturejournal.com

EuroMed 2020 Conference

The newly established UNESCO and European Research Area (ERA) Chairs on Digital Heritage are announcing the International Web-Conference EuroMed 2020 dedicated onDigital Cultural Heritage Documentation, Preservation and Protection

2nd – 5th November 2020, Cyprus

www.euromed2020.eu

Topics and themes:

Researchers and practitioners willing to participate to the Web-EUROMED 2020 conference are invited to submit papers on original works addressing the following subjects and research themes:

     I.           DIGITAL HERITAGE DOCUMENTATION and PRESERVATION

   II.           PROTECTION, RESTORATION AND PRESERVATION OF TANGIBLE AND INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE 

More detail information regarding the themes can be found at: http://www.euromed2020.eu/index.php/call-participation

Submission of Papers:

Submissions for the event are completely electronic through the on-line submission website available at http://www.euromed2020.eu/index.php/paper-submission The conference accepts only original, unpublished work written in English which will be blind-reviewed and published by the prestigious SPRINGER-NATURE LNCS. We are soliciting two types of contributions:

1.      PROJECT Research papers: they present new innovative research developments and results. They will feature a full-length oral presentation and will be published in a high-quality proceedings volume. Each submitted paper must not exceed 12 pages in total.

2.      SHORT papers /Posters: they present preliminary ideas and works-in-progress. These papers will have a short oral presentation and will be also available as posters during the entire time of the event online. Each short paper must not exceed 8 pages in total.

The 10 best submitted papers will be published on a special issue of upcoming International Journal Heritage in the Digital Era.

Due to the pandemic Covid-19 the conference will be this year online and free of charge, however the registration is mandatory

New Insights into C16th and C17th British Architecture

New Insights into C16th and C17th British Architecture is an annual event where scholars and students of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British architecture can present their current research, discuss ideas, and meet one another.

The next conference takes place on Saturday 16 January 2021 at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London. 

The call for papers is issued each year in May, and the deadline for submission is 31 August.

For more information see here.

Research on improving equality, diversity and the inclusion of the LGBT+ community within the construction industry

I am a postgraduate student at the University of Portsmouth currently studying an MSc in Construction Project Management. As part of my dissertation I would like to invite you to take part in my research study on whether more can be done to improve equality for the LGBT+ community, working within the construction industry.

The questions are based upon a previous survey undertaken by the Construction News in 2015 and I am seeking to evaluate whether improvements have been made in the last 5 years, and what more could be done to enhance inclusion in terms of polices and schemes.

This survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

There are no right or wrong answers, I am just keen to understand your experiences within the industry, so please be honest.

Data protection: Please be assured that your answers are confidential. You will not be personally identifiable in any reports or other outputs produced as a result of this research. Nothing will be attributed back to you personally and your personal data will never be shared without your prior consent. Any personal data, which identifies you, such as email addresses will only form part of the raw data seen by the researcher. This will be stored securely and anonymised prior to use in any further reports or outputs.

Find the survey here.

Research on Hemp-Lime in Historic Buildings

Research carried out by a postgraduate student at the University of York, on the Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings) MA programme, and a student member of the IHBC. As part of my dissertation research project I am kindly asking practitioners, architects, conservation officers, and those working for UK built heritage organisations, amenity societies or government bodies involved in the conservation of historic buildings, to complete a very short (12-13 question) online survey on the use of hemp-lime mixes (hempcrete) in historic (pre-1919) buildings.

It doesn’t matter if you have been involved with a historic building project involving hemp-lime before, responses will still be extremely valuable. There is one survey link for heritage organisations, another for architects and practitioners, and another for conservation officers – it’s essentially the same questionnaire but I need to keep the three groups separate for the purpose of my analysis. Here are the 3 links:

Heritage Organisations: https://forms.gle/5PxrVrxPautY5JBj8  

Practitioners/Architects: https://forms.gle/TGJiWuftmaNYicgd7

Conservation Officers:  https://forms.gle/Whnies3N5q8DnUj99 

Georgian London Revisited

CfP: Georgian London Revisited

Event date: 7 November 2020

Location: Society of Antiquaries, London

The Georgian Group is organising a day-long symposium on ‘Georgian London Revisited’, to be held at the Society of Antiquaries at Burlington House, London, on Saturday 7 November 2020. Following the successful conferences run by the Group in previous years on Women and Architecture, and on the architecture of James Gibbs and the Adam brothers, the symposium will highlight changing perspectives and new research on the architecture of London during the ‘long 18th century’ (c.1660-1830) undertaken since the publication of the 1988 edition of Sir John Summerson’s seminal Georgian London (reissued with amendments by Sir Howard Colvin, 2003). Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Housing and estate development
  • Public and commercial buildings
  • ‘Improvement’: infrastructure, streets, open spaces, bridges, etc
  • Places of entertainment

With this in mind, proposals are invited for 15-minute papers based on original research. Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words and a copy of your CV to Dr Geoffrey Tyack (education@georgiangroup.org.uk) by 20 March 2020. Any questions regarding the symposium should be sent to the same address.

RSUA Conservation Diploma

Successful graduates from the RSUA Conservation Course are eligible to undertake the RSUA Conservation Diploma, and applications are now open.

The RSUA Conservation Diploma is research-based and involves the writing of a dissertation of around 20,000 words drawing on both original research and documented sources.  While historical subjects are eligible, candidates should note that practice-oriented dissertations are more likely to contribute towards accreditation by the RIBA and RIAI.  Examiners have been selected for their conservation expertise from across these islands. 

Speaker Info

Tanja Poppelreuter is a lecturer in Architectural History and Theory at the School of the Built Environment at Salford University. After being awarded a PhD in Art History from Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, Germany she worked at the Department of Art History and at the School of Architecture at Auckland University, New Zealand. In 2011 Tanja took a post at Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland where she taught in the undergraduate and post-graduate programmes and supervised a number of PhD projects.

Paul Arnold is Principal at Paul Arnold Architects and has been variously lecturer, tutor, co-director of the UCD Masters in Urban and Building Conservation availed of by architects, archaeologists, art historians and planners since 1986.  He was the conservation architect on the restoration of Dublin City Hall and the Ha’penny Bridge and Paul has worked on Leinster House and the Trinity Library Conservation Plan.

Stage 1 Registration
06.04.20 Date by which candidates are to register and submit the title of the topic intended for research.
Stage 2 Interviews
23.04.20 Interviews in which research subjects will be agreed and an opportunity offered to put any questions and seek guidance on sources and contacts
 
Stage 3 Seminar
26.06.20 Seminar at which candidates will be expected to make a brief presentation about their topics
Stage 4 Submission of the draft dissertation
23.10.20 Date by which draft dissertations must be submitted
Stage 5 Oral Examination
23.11.20 After which the dissertation should be formally presented taking account of feedback from the examiners
Stage 6 Final hand-in
14.12.20 Diplomas will be awarded by RSUA Council at a suitable occasion (NB: RSUA does not undertake to award the Diploma in every case)

Final copies of the dissertations must be A4 size (with fold-outs as required), and case-bound “thesis-style” with the title, name and year on the spine. Two bound copies should be provided, and an additional copy of the main text, including illustrations if possible, must be submitted digitally. Copies will be made available to the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society on College Square North, Belfast.  We reserve the right to change dates if necessary. 

Key details

Where:                                 RSUA, 2 Mount Charles, Belfast, BT7 1NZ

Cost:                                      RSUA Practice Services Scheme Members £400 + VAT

                                                RSUA Members £480 + VAT

                                                Non-member £533 + VAT

How to book:                     Contact Julia Leaker (Julia@rsua.org.uk) to book by 1 April. Cheques should be made out to RSUA and sent to 2 Mount Charles,Belfast, BT7 1NZ

UK Construction Week

UK Construction Week 6-8 Oct, 2020, NEC – Birmingham

Submit a paper here: Submit your entry here

If you’re interested in presenting a paper at the show, we’ve got a number of speaking slots available on below subjects:

– Achieving Net Zero in Construction: Waste, Water, Circular Economy, Energy Efficiency
– BAMB: Buildings as Materials Banks
– Designing for Wellbeing
– Digital Construction: Automation & AI
– Diversity
– Innovation in construction
– Land & Funding: affordable & council housing
– Mental Health
– Planning & removing barriers for housing supply
– Procuring for Public sector work/Frameworks
– Retrofit for Energy Efficiency
– Quality
– Skills shortage
– Social Value
– Successful Regeneration projects case studies