Seminars and Conferences

These conferences bring together renowned personalities of traditional architecture for two days, along with an audience made up of students, professors and other professionals, always generating interesting debates and exchanges of information.

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Architecture and Place Making International Seminar. 2017.

Extract
In this, a wide diversity of projects, reflections, initiatives and programmes have been presented based on traditional building, architecture and urbanism as tools to create or preserve the identity of each place. It has dealt with aspects such as memory, tradition, intangible heritage, forms, materials and local resources, the creation and strengthening of communities linked to the place, the local economy, etc.

The lecturers presented different approaches, from large scale design and the transformation of degraded neighbourhoods and cities in order to endow them with a new identity or recover or improve upon this loss, to the small scale trades of each territory and culture and the work of the master craftsmen, who fight for the transferal of diverse knowledge developed over generations of working from and with the resources and specific conditions of each place, that is today on the route to extinction.

Presentation
The Architecture and Place Making International Seminar was organized by INTBAU (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism) and the Rafael Manzano Prize of New Traditional Architecture, thanks to the support of The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, through a contribution to the Chicago Community Foundation for the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Fund, with the collaboration of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, the Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio, the Escola Superior Gallaecia, the Fundação Serra Henriques and the Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional (CIAT). It was hold in November, 2017 in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM).

The first day was opened by Manuel Blanco Lage, Director of the School of Architecture, who hosted the seminar, Javier Cenicacelaya, President of INTBAU Spain and Alejandro García Hermida, Coordinator of the initiatives developed in Spain by INTBAU with the support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust.

The first session began with the intervention of Rafael Manzano, who presented his recompositing of a house in Cadiz, updating and recovering the architectural traditions of the city. Léon Krier also spoke, presenting his Master Plan for the city of Rimini, Italy, and the winners of the Richard H. Driehaus Architecture Competition: Aritz Díez Oronoz and Imanol Iparraguirre presented the project in which they want to return to Grajal de Campos its lost vitality. Moreover, Sara Lobón and Juan Moya, presented their proposal for the harmonious growth of Vejer de la Frontera towards its western limit.

To follow, Robert Adam highlighted the importance of memory and respect in intervention; Stefanos Polyzoides exposed the need to regenerate the architectural and urban culture; Manalee Nanavati argued that traditional architecture should be centered on people, which he demonstrated through his experience of the Pakistan Heritage Foundation; and finally, Marcel Vellinga presented different projects promoting Vernacular architecture, which are being carried out by the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and the Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library.

On the second day, during the third session of the seminar, Enrique Rabasa spoke lectured onof the stonework tradecraft, Forge Forja Tiznajo presented his work and how the iron-forging trade craft is finding itself in danger today by the dictates of regulations and large corporations. Furthermore, Luis Prieto also highlighted the problem of a loss of knowledge in the use of traditional binders and the threat posed by “new” materials.

In the last session, David Rivera presented the works of Jože Plečnik on the transformation of Prague Castle; Mariana Correia shared the various teaching and research programmes on vernacular architecture that are being developed from the Escola Superior Gallaecia, in Portugal; Ken de Cooman of BC architects & studies, shared two of his most representative projects located in Morocco and Burundi, for which he explained the philosophy and programme behind this group when undertaking a project; Mieke Bosse showed the work that SCALA Architecten has carried out for the creation and strengthening of neighbourhoods and communities; and José Baganha, Rafael Manzano Prize 2017, demonstrated through his work that tradition is not at odds with contemporaneity.

Finally, Alejandro García Hermida presented the new initiatives that are being developed in Spain by INTBAU, and with thanks to the support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, promote traditional construction and architecture in both Spain and Portugal. Carol Wyant presented the conclusions of this meeting.

Publication

VIDEOS OF THE CONFERENCES

The record and digital edition of these conferences, which can be visited through the links, has been made by the audiovisual services team of the School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

First session: Making places I

Welcome and Presentation. Manuel Blanco Lage, Javier Cenicacelaya and Alejandro García Hermida
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Rafael Manzano: Una Casa en Cádiz
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Léon Krier: Masterplan for Cattolica (Rímini, Italia)
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Aritz Díez Oronoz e Imanol Iparraguirre: El carácter del lugar: Un proyecto para Grajal de Campos
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Juan Moya y Sara Lobón: Construyendo Lugares de hoy a través de la Tradición
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Debate of the first session
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Second Session: Place Making Theory and Education

Robert Adam: Memory is the treasure and guardian of all things
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Stefanos Polyzoides: On regenerating an architectural and urbanist culture
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Manalee Nanavati: Looking at Traditional Architecture as a People Centric Practice based on the Works of Heritage Foundation of Pakistan
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Marcel Vellinga: Regenerating Vernacular Architecture
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Debate of the second session
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Third Session: Crafts, Local Character and Community

Enrique Rabasa: Cortes de piedras: el hacer y el pensar
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Forja Tiznajo: Luchando contra la extinción de la forja
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Luis Prieto: Los ligantes tradicionales, cal, yeso, y la irrupción de “nuevos” materiales
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Debate of the third session
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Forth Session: Making Places II

David Rivera: La Acrópolis de Jože Plečnik: la transformación del Castillo de Praga en el lugar por excelencia
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Mariana Correia: Vernacular Architecture teaching and research at Gallaecia, Portugal
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Ken de Cooman, BC architects & studies: The act of Building: the library of Muyinga and the Preschool of Aknaibich
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Mieke Bosse: Where does a city live?
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José Baganha: Tradición y Contemporaneidad
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Debate of the forth session
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Alejandro García Hermida: Iniciativas desarrolladas en 2017 para la promoción de la construcción y la arquitectura tradicionales en España y Portugal
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Final Conclusions by Carol Wyant
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Architecture and Traditional Building Crafts International Seminar. 2016.

Extract
During it were presented a wide variety of proposals, reflections, initiatives and programmes that have developed or are developed around the architecture and traditional building trades craftsof construction. Thus, bringing together all of this in their contribution to the preservation and promotion of this intangible heritage, updating it, adapting it to contemporary needs, and above all, providing continuity to the application and transmission of a category of knowledge that constitutes an irreplaceable source of proven sustainable solutions in which to inhabit our environment.

Presentation

The Architecture and Traditional Building Crafts International Seminar was organized, thanks to the support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, by the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture and the Notre Dame University School of Architecture (Indiana, EEUU), with the participation of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid School of Architecture, the Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio and the collaboration of the Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional (CIAT) and INTBAU Spain. It took place in 20-21 October 2016 in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM).

On the first day, Rafael Manzano lectured about his reconstruction work on the monastery of San Pelayo de Cerrato in Cevico Navero, Palencia; Enrique Nuere (Rafael Manzano Prize 2016), shared his experience and career up until returning to the trade of carpentry; Jerònia Florit and Aina Rosa Serrano explained their work on the recovery of Mallorca’s industrial historical heritage with the Island Council; Richard Economakis presented his project of Temporary and Reusable Adoble villages in response to the current migration crisis; Carlos Martín introduced attendees from the vast world of brick and plaster vaults: Miguel Sobrino, who conveyed his passion for stonework and highlighted the values that the preservation of the trade represents for the future; Fatima Quesada showed the range of possibilities opened by her adaptation of the Andalusian ceramic mosaic tradition to the 21st century; and Scott Liddle explained about the extensive work on the recovery of traditional crafts and architecture developed by Turquoise Mountain, for the reconstruction of a degraded neighbourhood in the city of Kabul, in Afghanistan.

The first session on the second day was dedicated to the relevance of Geometry in traditional construction. In it, José Miguel Merino de Cáceres showed the importance of Metrology as an auxiliary science to restore monuments; Javier de Mingo deciphered the main geometric rules of the lines used in carpentry, and Manuel Fortea explained the diverse use of geometry in the crafts of stonemasonry and masonry. The second of the sessions focused on presenting programmes aimed at promoting and preserving these trades: Donald Gray (Rafael Manzano Award 2015) and Gabriel Montero shared their experience at the School of Lebrija, Seville; Alberto Díaz presented the work and history of the Centro de Oficios León; and Simon Sadinsky spoke about the activities that take place in the United Kingdom with the Prince’s Foundation for the Building Community. To end the day, León Krier denounced the predominance of synthetic materials in contemporary architecture, which not only affect the design of modern styles, but also contribute to replacing traditional architecture with vulgar and ephemeral substitutes thereof; and Alejandro García Hermida presented the new initiatives being developed in Spain from INTBAU with thanks to the support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust in promoting traditional building and architecture.

Publication

VIDEOS OF THE CONFERENCES

The record and digital edition of these conferences, which can be visited through the links, has been made by the audiovisual services team of the School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

First Day

Introductory presentation by Rafael Manzano
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Enrique Nuere: Un manuscrito cambió mi vida
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Aina R. Serrano and Jerònia
Florit: La experiencia del Consell de Mallorca en la recuperación del patrimonio histórico industrial
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Richard Economakis: Temporary, Repurposable Adobe Villages for Refugees
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Carlos Martín Jiménez: Con ladrillo y yeso, se puede
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Miguel Sobrino: Labrar la Piedra
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Fatima Quesada: Alizares, reinventando un oficio artesanal para el siglo XXI
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Scott Liddle: Creating jobs and pride. Sustainable urbanism in Kabul’s Old City
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First Debate
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Second Day

José Miguel Merino de Cáceres: La Metrología, Ciencia Auxiliar de la Restauración Monumental
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Javier de Mingo: El trazado geométrico de las armaduras de lazo
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Manuel Fortea: La Geometría en los oficios de albañilería y cantería
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Donald Gray y Gabriel Montero: La Escuela de Lebrija
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Alberto Diaz Nogal: Centro de Oficios de León 1987-2016
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Simon Sandinsky: The Prince’s Foundation: Building Skill in Craft
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Leon Krier: Fake
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Alejandro García Hermida: Nuevas iniciativas para promover la arquitectura tradicional en España
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Second debate
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Final Conclusions
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Architecture and Humanis International Seminar. 2015.

Extract
A wide variety of proposals were presented that revolved around the social role of architecture, approached from different perspectives: from its responsibility when it comes to strengthening the identity of a community to the socio-economic impact of its working styles, going onto embellishing, dignifying and enriching the places where it operates.
Presentation
The Architecture and Humanism International Seminar was organized by the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture  and the Notre Dame University School of Architecture (Indiana, EEUU), with the collaboration of the Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid School of Architecture, the Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional (CIAT) and INTBAU Spain. It took place in October 2015 in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM).

A wide variety of proposals were presented that revolved around the social role of architecture, approached from different perspectives: from its responsibility when it comes to strengthening the identity of a community to the socio-economic impact of its working styles, going onto embellishing, dignifying and enriching the places where it operates. The lectures wew Christine Franck, David Mayernik, Taisto Mäkëla, Rafael Manzano, Leopoldo Gil Cornet (Rafael Manzano Prize2012), Javier Cenicacelaya (Rafael Manzano Prize 2014 along with Íñigo Saloña), Fernando Vela Cossío, Melissa DelVecchio, Alejandro García Hermida, Léon Krier, Jaime de Hoz, Steven Semes, David Rivera, José Carlos Palacios, Donald Gray (Rafael Manzano Prize 2015) and Enrique Nuere.

Proposals were also presented for the reorganization of several squares in the centre of Madrid (Plaza del Carmen, Plaza de Jacinto Benavente, Plaza de Santo Domingo, Plaza de los Mostenses, Plaza de las Descalzas – San Martín) resulting from the work carried out in Madrid Traditional Architecture and Urbanism International Summer School 2015, organized by Rafael Manzano Prize with the Schools of Architecture of the Notre Dame University and Miami University, with the collaboration of the City of Madrid, the Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio, the Universidad Politécnica and the Universidad de Alcalá, INTBAU Spain and the Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional (CIAT).

The seminar was a success, becoming an excellent platform for the exchange of ideas and provoking interesting debates among the attendees.

Publication

VIDEOS OF THE CONFERENCES

The record and digital edition of these conferences, which can be visited through the links, has been made by the audiovisual services team of the School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

First Day

Presentation
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Javier Cenicacelaya: Patrimonio e Identidad
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Leopoldo Gil Cornet: La falsificación de la historia
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Taisto Mäkëla: Wood, Light and Architecture in Finland
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Debate of the first session
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Melissa DelVecchio: Building Communities:
Expanding Yale’s Residential College System
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Donald Gray: Hacer algo diferente y los falsos historicismos
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David Rivera: Arquitectura y expresión comunitaria en la primera mitad del siglo XX
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Alejandro García Hermida: Propuestas de mejora para 5 plazas del centro de Madrid
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Leon Krier: Guatemaya, A New Urban Heart for Guatemala City
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Ettore Mazzola: Designing the sense of belonging
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Debate of the second session
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Second Day

Jaime de Hoz: La recuperación del oficio tradicional y su adecuación y actualización
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Enrique Nuere: El origen de la carpintería de lazo
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José Carlos Palacios: Aprender haciendo, el taller de construcción gótica de Madrid
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Christine Franck: Place Matters. Tradition in the American West
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David Mayernik: Classical Humanism in Practice and Pedagogy
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Rafael Manzano Martos: La restauración de la calzada hacia la Cruz del Campo en Sevilla
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Architecture and Local Identity International Seminar. 2014.

Extract

A wide variety of proposals were presented which using traditional building, architecture and urbanism as a reference, seek to contribute to the preservation or enhancement of the identity characteristic of the places in which it operates.

Presentation

The Architecture and Local Identity International Seminar was organized by the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture and the Notre Dame University School of Architecture (Indiana, EEUU), with the collaboration of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid School of Architecture, the Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional (CIAT) and INTBAU Spain. It took place in October 2014 in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM).

In it Rafael Manzano, Leopoldo Gil Cornet (Rafael Manzano Prize 2012), Luis Fernando Gómez-Stern (Rafael Manzano Prize 2013 along with Ignacio Medina), Javier Cenicacelaya (Rafael Manzano Prize 2014 along with Íñigo Saloña), Alireza Sagarchi, Pier Carlo Bontempi, Fernando Vela Cossío, José Baganha, Melissa DelVecchio, Samir Younés, Alejandro García Hermida, Julio Jesús Palomino Anguí, Salma Samar Damluji, José Luis García Grinda, Léon Krier, Maurice Culot, Jaime de Hoz Onrubia and Michael Lykoudis participated.

The proposal for the restructuring of the Plaza de la Cebada (Madrid), resulting from work carried out in the Traditional Architecture and Urbanism International Workshop, was also presented.

The seminar was a success, becoming an excellent platform for the exchange of ideas and provoking interesting debates among the attendees.

Publication

VIDEOS OF THE CONFERENCES

The record and digital edition of these conferences, which can be visited through the links, has been made by the audiovisual services team of the School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

First Day

Presentation of theseminar by Rafael Manzano
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Leopoldo Gil: La pinceladura. Una modalidad pictórica inédita
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Luis Fernando Gómez-Stern: La recuperación de las casas de la judería de Sevilla
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Javier Cenicacelaya: Local Identity as Universal Value
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Alireza Sagharchi: Recent works
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Pier Carlo Bontempi: Tradition, the treatment for architecture and cities
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Fernando Vela: El Plan Nacional de Arquitectura Tradicional
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Jornada 2

José Baganha: Tradition and contemporaneity
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Melissa DelVecchio: Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing
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Samir Younés y Alejandro García Hermida: Reintegrating two urban quarters in Madrid and Palermo
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Julio Jesús Palomino: Restauración de las iglesias de la Comarca de la Arquitectura Negra
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Salma Samar Damluji: Earth Architecture in Hadramut, South Yemen: Recent Projects 2014
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José Luis García Grinda: Materiales y sistemas constructivos tradicionales
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Maurice Culot: Recent works and mythogenesis
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Leon Krier: Le Corbusier after Le Corbusier
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Jaime de Hoz: El origen de las identidades vernáculas
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Michael Lykoudis: Neoclassical Architecture in Greece, Architecture and Urban Unity
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Architecture in the Age of Austerity International Seminar. 2013.

Extract
A wide variety of proposals were presented that, using traditional construction, architecture and urbanism as a reference, seek to improve the contemporary practice in these fields, making it more responsible, more sustainable and more committed to the preservation of our heritage in its broadest sense.

Presentation

The Architecture in the Age of Austerity International Seminar was organized by the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture and the Notre Dame University School of Architecture (Indiana, EEUU), with the collaboration of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid School of Architecture, the Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional (CIAT) and INTBAU Spain. It took place in 18-20 June 2013 in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM).

With a full room despite the intense programme, and a great audience, the seminar was a success, becoming an excellent platform for the exchange of ideas and raising interesting discussions among attendees.

Publication

VIDEOS OF THE CONFERENCES

The record and digital edition of these conferences, which can be visited through the links, has been made by the audiovisual services team of the School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

First Day

Presentation of the seminar by Rafael Manzano
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Leon Krier: The Architectural Tuning of Settlements
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Michael Lykoudis: Teaching Traditional Architecture and Urbanism in Notre Dame University
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Samir Younés: The Intellectual History of Traditional Architecture and Urbanism
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Javier Cenicacelaya y Pablo Álvarez Funes: Presentación de INTBAU España
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Leon Krier: Presentación del Libro La Arquitectura de la Comunidad
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Samir Younés: Presentación de The Imperfect City y Architects & Mimetic Rivalry
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Ricardo Arosemena: New Traditional Architecture Projects in Central America
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Ettore Mazzola: Urban Regeneration of the Slums: The Corviale in Rome and the Zen in Palermo
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José Luis Garcia Grinda: La Preservación de la Arquitectura Tradicional en España
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Debate
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Second Day

Stefanos Polyzoides: Reclaiming Urbanism through the Street and the Block
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Lucien Steil: A Phenomenology of New Traditional Architecture and Urbanism
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Oriol Domínguez y Alejandro García Hermida: Talleres de Terrachidia en M’Hamid (Marruecos)
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Selena Anders: From Town to Suburb: The Loss of Urban Form in the American Suburb
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Fernando Vela Cossío: El Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional (CIAT) de Boceguillas
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Lucien Steil: Presentación del Libro Contemporary Classical Architects
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David Rivera Gámez: Presentación de la revista Teatro Marittimo (Arquitectura + Cine)
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María Sánchez y Pedro Godoy: Cayalá (Guatemala), la Ciudad Moderna
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Jose Cornelio da Silva: trabajando por la continuidad de la tradición arquitectónica portuguesa
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Frank Martínez: Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse Projects in Florida
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Leopoldo Gil Cornet: Trabajos de Restauración en la Real Colegiata de Roncesvalles (Navarra)
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I Conferences of the Rafael Manzano Prize. 2012.

Extract
Due to the award ceremony of the Rafael Manzano Prize 2012 to Leopoldo Gil Cornet, the first Cycle of Conferences for this Prize was celebrated at the School of Architecture of the at la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).

Presentation

This Cycle I of Conferences was organized by Professor Alejandro García Hermida with the support of Michael Lykoudis, director of the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA).

It involved Leopoldo Gil, winner of the 2012 Award, Antonio Almagro, Carlos Sánchez, Rafael Manzano and Leon Krier.

This cycle was possible thanks to the generosity of the Richard H. Driehaus Lead Trust and the support of the School of Architecture of la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), and especially for its Master’s Degree in Conservation and Restoration of Architectural Heritage.

VIDEOS OF THE CONFERENCES

The record and digital edition of these conferences, which can be visited through the links, has been made by the audiovisual services team of the School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Rafael Manzano Martos: El último clasicismo tardoantiguo en Occidente: El Califato de Córdoba
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Leon Krier: The fear of backwardness
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Leopoldo Gil Cornet: Roncesvalles, un hospital en el camino
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Antonio Almagro: Luces y sombras en la práctica de la restauración en España
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Carlos Sánchez: La transformación del Patio de los Leones de la Alhambra de Granada
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