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For the past few months, the IASTE conference organizing committee was constantly monitoring the UK and the global public health situation. The new dates are 31 August to 3 September 2021
Now, that several vaccines have now become available and are being administered around different parts of the world, national and international health organizations predict that most individuals who wants to get vaccinated will be able to do so by early summer of 2021. Travel agencies and the airline industry are also expecting a return to normalcy by that time.  We now hope that this new date that will allow for an in person gathering comes as pleasant news to those of you who have approached us about the new conference dates. 

We hope that this information comes as good news to you. IASTE Has always been about meeting face-to-face and being able to establish friendships and scholarly collegiality beyond online interaction. Stay safe until then and we very much look forward to meeting you in Nottingham.

07/14/2020 : The First IASTE Virtual Seminar
Saturday, September 5th, 2020
14:00-16:30 pm GMT

As an organization dedicated to increasing our understanding of place, tradition, and change, the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) is pleased to host a live seminar with four seminal scholars and practitioners who will try to answer a series of questions in an attempt to further the discourse on the post-pandemic city.  They bring a deep knowledge of ancient history, digital media, contemporary design, and cultural heritage and their voices will help us develop a deeper understanding of what this pandemic means to the future of our cities.

Our panelists will respond to the following questions, from their disciplinary and scholarly experiences:

  • What modes of disruptive traditions that are occurring during the pandemic might shape new urban patterns and how should we embrace this change?
  • How will traffic flows shift? Will the flow of people towards urban centers for work, shopping and entertainment be reversed towards more rural, isolated and protected communities?
  • How will practices such as architecture and design adjust to new norms of urban tradition? Will that influence our perception of density and decisions on where to live?
  • How will we engage with heritage, history, and culture in more mobile, spatially disconnected, and virtual environments?
  • How much will virtual environments (workspace, education, culture, and tourism) contribute to more intelligent cities? Greener cities?

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This live symposium will be held Saturday, September 5th 2020 -1400-1630 GMT. The event is free and open to the public but participants must preregister.  

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we share your many concerns regarding the originally scheduled conference dates in September 2020. Hence, after input from the IASTE Advisory Council, we have decided to hold the IASTE Conference in Nottingham, UK from April 7-10, 2021.
Read the letter from the IASTE President and IASTE 2020 Local Conference Director