11 – 14 October 2011 ~ Mokpo, Korea

TerrAsia 2011

TerrAsia 2011

Asian countries possess a rich archaeological, historical, and vernacular earthen architectural heritage. Research studies have been carried out through the last decades, gradually promoting this cultural richness even though many Asian countries haven’t yet finished drawing up their immovable heritage inventory. Moreover, many more countries of the region are considering the major challenge of preserving their earth architectural heritage. Thus, more projects of conservation and valorization of sites, many of them having been listed on a national scale and by the UNESCO’s prestigious List of World Heritage, are being set up. Another important challenge is the necessity of promoting sustainable architecture and living environment at the core of which the use of natural building materials plays a decisive part. Among these, earthen materials are both abundant and accessible, and together with the rich knowledge and knowhow related to them, offer a great potential. Many fundamental investigations on the material, experimentations on building techniques, but also R&D projects aiming at promoting innovations, have been carried out during the last decades in Asian countries. All these scientific, cultural, social and economic assets, all these progresses, decisive for the future of the Asian Region should be reviewed and much more widely disseminated within the international community. This conference offers such an opportunity.

The conference aims chiefly at assessing the state of the art in research, fundamental and applied, as well as the research and development (R&D) related to earth architecture in the Asian Region, to study recent developments in the field of heritage conservation (archaeological sites, historical and monumental architecture, vernacular building cultures), recent architectural design and housing projects, and recent achievements valorizing the use of earth for promoting a cultural continuity and contributing to the sustainable development and preservation of the cultural diversity.


Theme 1: History of earthen architecture in Asia and other regions of the world (limited opening)

  • Archaeological sites and historical monuments
  • Vernacular architecture and traditional building cultures

Theme 2: Actuality and prospects for earthen architecture in Asia and other regions of the world (limited opening)

  • Fundamental investigations on the material, research and development (R&D)
  • Architectural design and sustainable development


Tuesday 11th October 2011

  • Opening of the conference
  • Presentations of the 1st Theme, part one

Wednesday 12th October 2011:

  • Presentations of the 1st Theme, part two
  • Presentations of the 2nd Theme, part one

Thursday 13th October 2011:

  • Ending presentations of the 2nd Theme

Friday 14th October 2011:

  • Guided tour

Submission deadlines

30 March 2011 – Submission of abstracts
30 April 2011 – Notification of abstracts’ acceptance
30 June 2011 – Sending full papers
15 July 2011 – Notification of papers’ revision
15 September 2011 – Final paper delivery

» Submission guidelines


The Department of Architecture of Mokpo National University
61 Dorim‐ri, Chungkye‐myun, Muan‐gun, Chonnam
Republic of Korea

Tel : +82 61‐450‐2720 / Fax : +82 61‐450‐2729

In association with:

  • The National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Korea
  • TERRAKorea: Earth Architecture Institute of Korea

Under the aegis of:

  • UNESCO Chair Earthen Architecture, building cultures and sustainable development
  • CRAterre‐ENSAG, Grenoble, France, and
  • ICOMOS‐ISCEAH – International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage

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