IASTE 2020: VIRTUAL TRADITIONS

THE TRANSIENCE OF TRADITION IN CHANGING GEOGRAPHIES AND GLOBAL LANDSCAPES
17th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE)
SEPTEMBER 3–6, 2020

NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY | NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM

Virtual Traditions

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CONFERENCE THEME

Tradition has multiple forms, manifestations, and influences that shape the processes used to produce, transform, preserve, and consume built environments in synch with socio-cultural and economic change. Over the past 30 years, IASTE has helped shape the discourse around the political, cultural, economic, and legal frameworks of tradition. As successive generations hand down building traditions, the endurance of these traditions typically relies on the continuing significance of the built environment to the everyday life of communities, societies, and nations. Yet contemporary societies are increasingly confronted with new forms of communication that are mobile, digital and remote, and hence the very notion of tradition is undergoing a rhetorical transition according to the new global economy and boundary-less conditions of citizenship that are influencing, mobilizing, and manipulating built environments. 

With the predominance of mobile communication, social media, and online interaction, the terms “virtual” and “tradition” are no longer at opposite ends of cultural discourse, as they seemed to be a decade ago. Virtual space is developing socio-cultural norms that dictate everyday life, while built environments adapt to virtual events, spaces, and gatherings. IASTE 2020 Nottingham will explore how the mutual influences between the virtual and the traditional reconfigure new structures of communities, societies, and cities — extending and connecting built spaces. In an era defined by social media and online interaction, new agents manipulate traditions, values, myths, borders, and even the legitimacy of the built environment in virtual space. Scientific innovation, data-mining, algorithms, and spatial and digital modeling have thus led to new methods of interpretation and mechanisms of decision-making that force a reconsideration of the link between buildings and people, culture and its consumers. 

The organizers of IASTE 2020 Nottingham invite participants to revisit the notion, concepts and practices of tradition at a time when virtual and mobile interaction is increasingly dictating the terms of everyday life, at home, at work, and in the public sphere. Participants will investigate the intellectual dialogue and reciprocal influences at the intersection of physical and virtual landscapes, and reflect on how new methodologies, practices, policies, information technologies, and even the parallel presence of virtual space and cloud communications inform the meaning of tradition in the built environment. By examining alternative futures of tradition, the conference organizers anticipate a progressive inquiry and dialogue regarding the epistemological and philosophical basis of tradition. As in past IASTE conferences, we invite scholars, professionals, and practitioners from architecture, architectural history, urban design, art history, anthropology, archaeology, folklore, geography, history, planning, sociology, political science, urban studies, conservation, design, digital technologies, and related disciplines to submit papers that address one of the following tracks.   

TRACK I: THEORIZING THE VIRTUAL AND THE TRADITIONAL IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT 

Papers in this track will address the engagement with and reproduction of tradition and heritage in contemporary, digitally driven societies and smart cities, highlighting ethical, technological, social, and intellectual concerns. Scientific and technological approaches to the study, analysis, interpretation, and design of the built environment increasingly influence cities. Papers in this track need to examine how big data, spatial analytics, digital humanities, online consultation, display and public campaigns influence traditional practices of architecture, planning, urban design, and decision-making. These papers may examine how building typologies — like schools, universities, museums, housing, markets, care facilities, or urban spaces and infrastructure — are nowadays encompassing new traditions and systems of communication based on digital, online, and virtual interaction. Questions to address may include the following. How are architects, planners, conservators, economists and cultural professionals changing their methods to cope with smart and intelligent built environments? How is neoliberal economic doctrine and its associated policies driving the creation of so-called smart cities? How are cultural and political institutions responding to the opportunities and challenges offered by dig data and data analytics in decision-making related to the future of cities? How are digital tools and the digital economy changing the way people live, socialize, and interact in the city? How have notions of digital space and virtual engagement altered understanding and perception of physical and spatial qualities of built environments? How are growing digital systems connected to neoliberal policies and how do they drive new practices of policing, surveillance, influencing public opinion, as well as analyzing and governing public space, in both democratic and autocratic regimes? 

TRACK II: THE SOCIO-SPATIAL TRADITIONS OF EVERYDAY LIFE IN CHANGING LANDSCAPES 

Papers in this track may explore how cultures, societies, and institutions reshape their identities through varying interpretations of tradition in the natural, built, and ecological landscapes. They will examine every day socio-cultural practices of production and consumption of space by addressing physical modes of living, work, and recreation in contemporary urban and rural contexts. This track is also open to papers addressing peculiar conditions of traditions, such as the planning and governance of space and built fabric in colonial, migrant, and refugee settlements across space and time. Papers may thus analyze intellectual debates on the acceptance of new traditions and the appreciation of alternative heritage in contemporary societies. Questions to address may include the following. How are migrants and refugees challenging traditions of governance, encouraging new forms of inclusive building, and demanding that urban space both support tolerance and contest oppression and discrimination? How does the apparatus of state control struggle to restrain the fluidity of informal urban traditions? Papers may also explore the means by which tradition and heritage emerge in new settlements and foreign landscapes, especially in recipient counties, cities and societies. Papers are particularly welcome that highlight intellectual dialogue on the future of traditions in new or evolving forms, such as migrant communities, post conflict cities, or under new systems of neoliberal capitalism in historic landscapes. 

TRACK III: TRADITION, SPACE, AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AT TIMES OF TRANSITION 

Participants in this track may address challenges and processes of projects, plans, actions and methodologies in response to aspects, perceptions, or limitations of tradition in the contemporary city, be they contextual, cultural, or professional. Papers may investigate the way tradition informs the paradigm shifts in professions such as architecture, design, planning, culture, and conservation. Or they may focus on how the professional imagination can introduce creative responses that could support, impact, or alter enduring practices and visions of the urban. Questions may include the following. How can the professional perceive, study, and respond to the peculiarities of tradition? How can policy forge systems of support and inquiry regarding tradition in the built environment through training, professional associations, educational institutions, or case studies? Papers in this track will engage tradition in real-life challenges of practice and decision-making. They may challenge the perception of tradition as embodied in historic settings, or introduce case studies that highlight the role of tradition in contemporary professional practice and education. Participants should question the agency of architectural and design practice in the making and governance of the built environment at a time of transition.

Special Sessions/Panels
Over the past few years IASTE conferences have included special sessions and panels related to conference themes, which have been collectively organized or sponsored by specific groups or institutions. Such proposals are again welcome in 2020. The intent of such panels may be to facilitate outreach to researchers from disciplines not normally engaged with IASTE, or to introduce new topics or debates. We include here a call for such special sessions/panels.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Deadline for Abstract Submission: October 18, 2019
Finalize Abstract Reviews: December 31, 2019
Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts: January 17, 2020
Deadline for Conference Registration by Presenters: April 3, 2020
Deadline for Paper Submission: April 24, 2020
Notification of Acceptance in Working Paper Series: July 1, 2020
Conference Program: September 3–6, 2020
Post-Conference Tours: September 7, 2020

POST-CONFERENCE TOURS
Nottingham Caves and Robin Hood: September 7, 2020
London Architecture (in association with RIBA): September 7, 2020

CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION
Local Conference Director: Prof. Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, PhD, BSc(Arch), M.Arch, FRSA, FHEA, Chair in Architecture & Director, Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage Lead, Professor, Nottingham Trent University
IASTE President and Conference Director: Mark Gillem, PhD, FAIA, FAICP, Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, The University of Oregon
IASTE Vice President: Ms. Montira Horayangura
IASTE Secretary/Treasurer: Dr. Hesham Issa, PhD
IASTE Coordinator: Ms. Lienne VanWinkle
IASTE Conference Coordinator: Ms. Lyndsey Deaton, RA, PMP, LEED AP BD+C, Doctoral Candidate, University of Oregon
Local Conference Venue and Event Coordinator: Dr. Diane Wren, PhD, Research Fellow, CAUGH, ADBE

NTU Conference Organizing Committee Team
Chair: Dr. Andrew Knight, Dean, School of Architecture, Design & Built Environment ADBE
Prof. Ming Sun, Associate Dean for Research
Prof. Michael White, ADBE
Mr. Gavin Richards, Head of Department of Architecture
Dr. Marisela Mendoza, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture
Dr. Ana Souto, PG Tutor, Department of Architecture.
Dr. Diane Wren, Research Fellow, CAUGH

Day-to-Day Coordination
Dr. Diane Wren, Research Fellow, CAUGH, ADBE
Ms. Farida Waheed, CAUGH, ADBE
Mr. Yousef al-Daffaie, CAUGH, ADBE

Sessions Committee
Chair: Prof. Nezar AlSayyad, IASTE President Emeritus
Members: Heba Ahmed, Howayda Al-Harithy, Mohamad al-Jassar, Anne Marie Broudehoux, Flavia Brito doNascimento, Cecilia Chu, Lyndsey Deaton, Jonathan Hale, Chee-Kien Lai, Duanfang Lu, Andrzej Piotrowski, Gehan Selim, Ipek Tureli.

Conference Sponsors
Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage, The School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment of Nottingham Trent University; and the Urban Lab of The University of Oregon

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

All presenters must register by April 3 to be included in the conference program, present, and have their abstract included on the special issue of TDSR. One IASTE individual membership for 2020-2022 is included with your registration.

Before April 3 (Deadline for Presenters)
Regular $495.00
Spouse $295.00
Student $195.00

After April 3 (late registration for all other participants)
Regular $595.00
Spouse $395.00
Student $295.00

These fees include entrance to all conference sessions and plenary sessions, the registration packet with conference preliminaries and program, all conference receptions, and a local bus and walking tour of Nottingham. All conference presenters must register in order to participate in the conference and be included in the final program.

CONFERENCE ACCOMMODATIONS
Recommended Conference Hotels:
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham (****)
5 minutes’ walk from the Conference Venue
It is 250 Yards away, 3 minutes walking distance from Nottingham Trent University and the Conference venue. The Lace Maker Restaurant serves a full buffet style breakfast. Just a 15-minute walk from Nottingham Railway Station, Crowne Plaza Nottingham is a 5-minute walk from the Victoria Shopping Centre.
[Booking with Special Rates (limited availability): use IASTE2020]

Park Plaza Nottingham, (****)
10 minutes’ walk from the Conference Venue
Park Plaza Nottingham is in the heart of Nottingham, walking distance from Old Market Square and Nottingham Playhouse. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Nottingham Council House and Theatre Royal. It has 178 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and plasma televisions.
[Booking with Special Rate (15% discount): via link: https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/park-plaza-nottingham/deals/ntu-events]

Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre (***)
10 minutes’ walk from the Conference Venue, 8 minutes’ walk from Train Station.
Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre is a walking distance from the conference venues and the heart of bustling Nottingham. A short walk away from major attractions, you’ll be a matter of minutes from pillow to point of interest. Nottingham Castle, The Royal Centre and Motorpoint Arena are all nearby, and a wide variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment options are just moments away.
[Booking with Special Rates (limited availability): use IASTE2020]

Other Hotels:
Premier Inn, Goldsmith Street, (***)
2 minutes’ walk from the Conference Venue
The Premier Inn Hotel Nottingham City Centre (Goldsmith Street) is next to Nottingham Trent University and right on the tram line and at walking distance to the City Centre. Very economic, accessible and connected to many amenities and metro line.
[Booking with Best Rates: Via Link: https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/home.html]

POST CONFERENCE TRIPS
The post conference trips offer an opportunity for conference participants to engage with the traditions and place of the conference venue. While these are independent function and separate fees apply, they typically sell out. Early commitment is encouraged so that we may increase the offerings to accommodate the most people. You will be able to sign up for a tour through conference registration website.

Option 1: Historical and Architectural Tour of Nottingham City Centre and Caves (one day trip)
Delegates will have the opportunity on September 7th to take part in a walking historical, archaeological and architectural tour of the City of Nottingham, learning about its development from an Anglo-Saxon settlement to thriving modern City. The tour will start in the Market Square and will pass through the historical Lace Market and Castle and Broadmarsh areas, stopping along the way to hear architectural and historical stories about the City and its links with, revolution, lace, alabaster and Robin Hood. Delegates will then have the chance to explore part of hidden the network of over 500 caves that are hidden beneath the streets of Nottingham, investigating their social history and their many and varied uses throughout time

Option 2: London Architecture (one day trip)
As the Capital City of England, London has a long and diverse architectural history. From William the Conqueror’s Tower of London to Christopher Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral to Norman Foster’s Gerkin, every era has left its mark on the architectural development and style of the City. This tour is on September 7th and coordinate with RIBA and practices in the city. Optional routes will be defined based on numbers. Delegates will travel to London and take part a walking tour of the City discovering both historical and contemporary architecture.

VISA INFORMATION
Visa guidelines vary depending on country of origin and were recently updated for travelers entering the United Kingdom. The new standard visa process (business) is appropriate for travelers only coming to attend this conference. Please consult your local consulate and/or refer to the following resources for guidance: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y

IASTE BEST PAPER AWARDS
The Jeffery Cook Award is given for the best paper by a scholar(s) presented at the conference.  This year, the Eleni Baste Award is given for the best paper by a student(s) presented at the conference.  The winners for both will receive a monetary award and their papers will be published in the journal Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review after appropriate review and revision. Eligible papers should be concerned with the subject of traditional dwellings and settlements in a manner that challenges traditional scholarship on the subject and engages spatial analysis from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Mailing Address and Inquiries:
IASTE 2020
International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments
207 East 5th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
Tel: 541.712.7832
E-mail: coordinator@iaste.org
Web: http://iaste.org