Structures of the XX Century: architectural heritage and
SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON STRUCTURES AND ARCHITECTURE
University of Minho, 24-26 July 2013, Guimarães (Portugal)
The evolution of the architectural languages of the XX century, from
modernist to post-modernist, has often stressed the importance of
structures in expressing and fostering innovation. However, in the
patrimonialization processes identities, memories and languages,
prevail on structures and materials, due to new uses, new norms and
Heritage, as the outcome of a dynamic process of dialogue, between
local identities and communities, national and supranational
organizations, is often used as an instrument of political
communication (Leniaud, 2003). Patrimonialization, as a medium for
political constructs and identification, or as a support to economic
development, is a negotiation over meanings and values and a selective
representation of culture, which frequently pays little or no
attention to the importance of the critical history of the building,
its structures and creation processes. The patrimonialization process
changes the nature of the buildings, objects and contexts on which it
intervene, and needs to be careful verified, and critically supported,
to make is sustainable from all points of views.
The mini-symposia wish to offer an overview, and a first assessment,
on different critical points of view over the actual status of the
discipline and, in the search of continuity between past and future, a
perspective over the possible approaches to structures in
architectural heritage patrimonialization. The main focus themes will
be: The role of structural design in XX century architectural
languages; Modernist versus Post-modernist approach to structural
design; Modernist approach to structural design: theories and
practices of conservation; Structural design as a meeting point
between Architecture and Engineering; Infrastructures of the XX
century: heritage and patrimonialization perspectives.
Papers focusing on case studies, with a theoretical/methodological
approach, are particularly welcomed.
All submissions of abstracts must be sent to both session co-
organizers, clearly indicating the theme in which the proposed paper
is expected to be included before April 10. Submitted papers must
describe work not previously published in a peer reviewed venue, or
which is not under review at a journal or at another conference.
Contributors are invited to submit a title and an abstract (with no
images) of about 500 words, a short biography stating their
affiliation and professional interests (max. 100 words). The language
for papers and presentation is English.
One of the authors of an accepted paper will expected to present their
work at the conference.
Please take note of the following important dates and go online –
www.icsa2013.com – to see all details about the International
Conference organizations, venues, registration fees and dates.
Abstract Submission – April 10, 2012
Preliminary Abstract Acceptance – May 21, 2012
Full Paper Submission – November 15, 2012
Final Paper Acceptance – February 15, 2013
Early Bird Registration – March 15, 2013
Session presented and co-chaired by
Luca Sampò, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), e.mail:
Clarisse Lauras, University “Lumière” Lyon 2 (France), e.mail: