Back to Conferences, Events, News,

Heritage, Place, Design: Putting Tradition into Practice

INTBAU Annual Event taking place in Milan, Italy: 5-6 July 2017

Each year one of INTBAU’s network of global chapters organises an Annual Event for the participation of the wider INTBAU network. The 2017 Annual Event will be hosted in Italy by INTBAU Italy and the School and the Department of Design at Politecnico di Milano.

2016 also marks the tenth anniversary of the INTBAU International Conference, The Venice Charter Revisited: Modernism, Conservation and Tradition in the 21st Century, held alongside the Venice Biennale in 2006.

Since 2013, the INTBAU Annual Event has taken place in the following locations:
(2013) Nicosia, North Cyprus, Meaning of architecture for communities in transformation, Eastern Mediterranean University;
(2014) Krakow, Tradition and Heritage in the Contemporary Image of the City, Cracow University of Technology;
(2015) Havana, Cuba, Resilience and the Value of Heritage Management and Development of Historic Cities, INTBAU Cuba, INTBAU Scandinavia, C.E.U. (Council for European Urbanism)
(2016) The last INTBAU World Congress titled Tomorrow’s Cities: Building the Future took place at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London, on 14-15 November 2016.

2017’s Milan conference will investigate methodologies of representation, communication, and valorisation of Historic Urban Landscapes and cultural heritage but also placemaking and local identity enhancement.

The conference will promote holistic and multidisciplinary approaches to design which are adapted to meet the challenges of tomorrow, and which support the unique heritage, cultural landscapes and communities that have been developed by local traditions around the world. Participants will share case studies and current practice on the documentation of settlements that should be preserved, focusing on innovative solutions, design challenges in placemaking and identity conservation, cultural issues in heritage assessment, and the technical and craft expression of culture. Critical to the presentation of case studies and current practice will be the use of drawing as a tool for design and creativity.

The conference aims to foster an international exchange of research, case studies, and best practice to confront the challenges of designing places, building cultural landscapes and enabling the development of community. The conference also aims to promote research on new core knowledge in the field, and on applications of this knowledge that are contributing to our understanding of the evolution of traditional and historical knowledge.


  • Representation, documentation and communication of cultural heritage.
  • Traditional and regional architecture and their qualitative and constructive characters / Design coding, pattern books, colour, local resource and identity of urban and territorial systems.
  • Cultural landscapes, collective identity assessment and place-making tools / Systems, services and strategies for cultural heritage, international cooperation, sustainable development and social inclusion.

Giuseppe Amoruso, Margherita Bertoldi, Mario Bisson, Stefano Brusaporci, Cecilia Bolognesi, Giorgina Colleoni, Laura Galloni, Daniela Oreni, Andrea Manti, Marco Muscogiuri, Ubaldo Occhinegro, Michele Russo, Paola Scilanga, Alberto Sdegno

November 2016 | Registration opens
15th March 2017 | Deadline for submitting papers for review
10th March 2017 | Authors notified of paper acceptance
31st March 2017 | Final date for reduced fee registration
30th April 2017 | Final date for registration in order to have paper published in conference proceedings

The conference will be held:
on the 5th of July, from 9:00 to 18:00, at Soprintendenza di Milano, Corso Magenta, 24, 20121 Milano.
on the 6th of July, from 9:00 to 18:00, at Castiglioni Lecturing Hall, Politecnico di Milano, via Candiani 72, building B1 – Milano.

All contributions will be available on a dedicated web page in open access mode for at least three years. In addition, accepted papers will be published in print in a book with ISBN that will be presented at the beginning of the Conference.

The Scientific Committee will select contributions for publication in a scientific journal and for the series Advances in Media, Entertainment, and the Arts of IGI Global (Editor-in-Chief: Giuseppe Amoruso).

The fee includes:
– Conference participation and a certificate of attendance
– Welcome reception (5th July) and lunch (6th July)
– Conference proceedings
– 2017 annual membership to INTBAU Italia

The registration form will be available online on
Applications sent by email will not be accepted.

Reduced fee until 31 March 2017
Ph.D. Students € 50,00
Reduced Fee € 150,00

Fee until 30 April 2017
Ph.D. Students € 75,00
Regular Fee € 200,00

In case of non-participation, the registration fee will not be refunded.

University Students may attend the conference free of charge but must still pay the annual subscription to INTBAU Italia (20€); conference registration will provide a certificate of participation and the opportunity to purchase a copy of the proceedings at the reduced price of 25€.

Prof. Giuseppe Amoruso
INTBAU Italia Chair, Scientific Director
Ph +393311998763

Websites /

Steering Committee,