10 February 2015

Terra 2016 – Call for Abstracts

Terra 2016 is the twelfth in a series of international events organised since 1972, bringing together academics, professionals and experts, and a broad audience gathering around earthen architecture.

The congress is organised under the aegis of the ISCEAH Committee of ICOMOS international, in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Earthen Architecture Programme (WHEAP). The 2016 edition will focus mainly on issues dealing with sustainable development, particularly in urban areas.

This event will gather more than 800 participants from the fields of heritage conservation, archaeology, architecture and urban planning, engineering, social sciences, as well as fields related to local sustainable development and crisis intervention.

Presentation of your work

About 120 papers will be presented in this event, 80 of which in plenary sessions and 40 during group work sessions. One hundred posters will be showcased at the poster display area. A selection of one hundred papers will be compiled in a publication prepared with the Getty Conservation Institute.

Eventually, the totality of the work presented, including the posters (with a specific, readable format) will be published electronically on the CRAterre, ICOMOS France and World Heritage Centre of UNESCO (WHEAP page) websites.

The selection will be made by the Scientific Committee (see criteria below), but oral presentations or poster presentations will not be effective until payment of registration fees and the presence at the event of at least one of the authors.

Themes and sub-themes

Theme 1: Heritage inventories and studies
1.1. Local building cultures
1.2. Cultural sites and landscapes
1.3. Urban heritage

Theme 2 : Heritage conservation and management
2.1. Archaeological sites
2.2. Living heritage
2.3. Historic urban areas

Theme 3 : Local culture and development
3.1. Valorisation of building cultures as related to housing
3.2. Risk and resilience situations
3.3. Local development / urban development

Theme 4: Research, experimentation, innovation
4.1. Matter and materials science
4.2. Engineering, building techniques and structures, seismic resistance
4.3. Energetic efficiency and performance
4.4. Regulations

Theme 5: New dynamics
5.1. Urban development
5.2. Heritage revitalisation and valorisation
5.3. Contemporary architecture

Theme 6: Knowledge transfer and capacity building
6.1. Formal programs and certifications
6.2. Informal education and information sharing
6.3. Innovative pedagogy
6.4. Reinforcement of institutions, collectivities and networks
6.5. Public initiatives and sensitisation

Key dates

UPDATE: Submission of completed papers extended until October 26, 2015.

October 10, 2014: First call for papers
January 10, 2015: Second call for papers
February 10, 2015: Deadline for submission of abstracts
June 10 2015: Response to authors
October 10, 2015: Deadline for submission of completed papers
December 10, 2015: Recommendations and suggestions from Scientific Committee
February 10, 2016: Deadline for submission of final papers
March 10, 2016: Deadline to benefit from reduced rates
May 10, 2016: Deadline for registration of authors (communications / posters)

Languages accepted

English, Français, Español

Further details

Please see the terra 2016 homepage for full details of submissions and submission requirements.

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