Architecture, Cities and Heritage - CFP

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June 28, 2023
Czech Republic
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Urban History / Studies, Urban Design and Planning

The Czech Technical University, Prague, welcomes contributions from the fields of architecture and urban design to its June 2023 conference: Heritages Past and Present - Built and Social


Dates: June 28-30, 2023

Abstracts: April 15th 2022




Fully in-person | Fully Virtual (Zoom or pre-recorded) | Hybrid


UCL Press, Intellect books and AMPS.


History, Conservation and the Future

    - Protecting buildings, monuments, art, traditions & cultures

Design, Planning, Art and Context

    - Placemaking, architecture, urban design, landscapes and art

Community, Heritage and Identity

    - Intangible cultural heritage and the forces of globalization

Museums and Places of Memory

    - Cultural Institutions as sites of preservation, display, education and community support

Archives, Archaeology and Education

    - Methods of research, analysis and protection – Modes of presentation and teaching



CALL Summary:

2023 marks the twentieth anniversary of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Heritage. That event came three decades after the World Heritage Convention. Through that, UNESCO had set up its World Heritage List of protect sites and buildings. The intervening years have seen multiple shifts in how we define heritage – as both material objects and social traditions. Today more than ever before, the distinction is blurred. The streets on which we live, the edifices we design and the monuments we protect are all connected to the lifestyles, traditions and social groupings we celebrate and safeguard.

What we mean by heritage today then, is an open and diverse question. Our buildings and environments, our cities and neighborhoods, our memorials and our artworks, our cultures and communities are all component parts of what we understand as ‘preservable’ history.

However, the past and the present also overlap and mutually support in this expanded definition. Placemaking sees built and cultural heritage as key to urban practice. Contextualization is central to planning laws. Museums are site for communities and display. Heritage organizations preserve buildings and educate the public. Galleries present historical art while debating meanings in contemporary terms.

This conference seeks to open debate on these changing, complex and at times contradictory definitions of heritage.


Czech Technical University with AMPS and Intellect Books

Contact Info: 

Jitka Cirklová, Václav Liška, Raj Kumar, Rachel Isaac-Menard

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