Oxford Brookes hosts IASTE conference

Friday, 14 November 2008


His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester is to open the 20th anniversary IASTE conference.

The Department of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University will host the 20th anniversary conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) on 12-15 December 2008. Organised in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley, the conference is entitled ‘Interrogating Tradition: Epistemologies, Fundamentalisms, Regeneration and Practices’.

The conference will be opened and attended by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, Patron of ICOMOS-UK.

The IASTE conference is the largest of its kind in the world, bringing together scholars, students and professionals working in the fields of (traditional) architecture, historic conservation, sustainability, heritage management and architectural regeneration. Held bi-annually in locations around the world, including most recently Hong Kong, Sjarjah/Dubai and Bangkok, it is for the first time ever that the IASTE conference has been held in the UK.

The conference will address a variety of themes, including the manipulation of traditional architecture for political use, the integration of traditional materials and technologies in contemporary practice, and the conservation and regeneration of traditional architectural heritage. It will provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of recent work and scholarship in these and related fields, and will subsequently offer many opportunities for international and interdisciplinary communication, debate and collaboration.

Through its emphasis on tradition, architecture and place, the conference will have a distinct local flavour, highlighting and celebrating the traditional architecture and landscape of the UK, Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds, and raising the profile of the important work that is done regionally and nationally in terms of the conservation and regeneration of traditional buildings and landscapes. It will provide new and much needed understandings of the importance of the revitalisation of historic and traditional architecture and settlements for sustainable development worldwide.

Highlights of the conference include keynote lectures by Professor Howard Davis, Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon and author of The Culture of Building and Professor Derek Gregory, Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia; as well as guided tours to Oxford, London and the Cotswolds. Receptions are kindly hosted by Blackwell’s Bookshop, the Trevor Osborne Property Group and Oxford Brookes University.

The conference is sponsored by: British Academy, Trevor Osborne Property Group, English Heritage, Argent, SEEDA, Blackwell, Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Destination Oxford, Pye Homes and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.