Conference Results

CIAV 2013 International conference

Conference photos
PDF conference presentations
Publication CRC/Taylor & Francis

The international conference CIAV 2013 | 7th ATP | VerSus, which took place from the 16th to the 20th October received an extraordinary participation from specialists, professionals and researchers from 50 countries, namely: Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vietnam.

The Conference, held in Portuguese and English, was attended by over 350 participants and had 130 presentations from the 5 continents. The papers selected for oral presentation account for part of the already worldwide distributed scientific publication “Vernacular Heritage and Earthen Architecture. Contributions for Sustainable Development”, published by the international publishing house CRC/ Taylor & Francis, as a hard cover book with CD (

Some of the results of the CIAV2013 | 7ºATP | VerSus are already available on-line (PDF presentations and photos), at the event webpage. It should be noted that the international conference was enlivened by complementary activities such as: (1) The international 2 week course “VERNADOC, International Vernacular Architecture Documentation Camp”, in partnership with the Aalto University from Finland and Viana do Castelo Municipality; (2) the annual meetings of two ICOMOS - International Council on Monuments and Sites committees: The International Committee of Vernacular Architecture (ICOMOS-CIAV) and the International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage (ICOMOS-ISCEAH) (3) The VerSus scientific workshop, within the European Project “VerSus - Lessons from Vernacular Heritage for Sustainable Architecture” (4) Earthen plasters workshops in partnership with the Association Centro da Terra (CdT); (5) Visit to the historic centre of Viana do Castelo, with the support of the Municipality; (6) Visit to the vernacular heritage of Lindoso and Soajo, with the support of the Municipality of Arcos de Valdevez; (7) VerSus partners meeting, a European project coordinated by ESG; (8) Meeting of the partners and consultants of the FCT - Foundation of Science and Technology project “Seismic-V: Vernacular Seismic Culture in Portugal”, a research project also coordinated by ESG.

During the conference, 6 Awards for best paper & 1 Award of best poster were granted, being selected and awarded the best paper of each theme. Within an impartial assessment, the articles from the organising institution were not considered for these Awards evaluation.

It was also presented at the Conference, the opening of the 2nd edition of the ‘Iberian Prize on Traditional Architecture Research’. This Iberian Prize is jointly organized since 2010 by the Foundation Convento da Orada (FCO), the Foundation Antonio Font de Bedoya (FAFB), Fundación Cultural del Colegio Oficial de los Arquitectos de Léon (FUNCOAL) and from 2013 on, the Portuguese Architects Association (OA). Applications will be accepted from the 1st of March to the 30th of June 2014.

The high participation of worldwide specialists, academics, national professionals and interested locals raised active debates, which resulted in reflexions that contributed to the definition of new research lines and new areas of interest within the protection, conservation, rehabilitation and knowledge of vernacular heritage and earthen architecture.

It should be mentioned the notorious growth of international interest in disciplinary areas related to vernacular heritage and earthen architecture, and its articulation in a more sustainable contemporary architecture for a more integrated local development.

Final programme

Final Conference Programme is now available.

Expected weather conditions

Just an update, regarding the weather expected conditions in Vila Nova de Cerveira.

Until the 15th, there will be some rain.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the 16th and 17th, it will be cloudy, with occasional sun.

On Friday, the 18th, it will be cloudy, with some showers.

On Saturday, the 19th, there will be rain and probably thunderstorm.

On Sunday, the 20th, it is predicted to be sunny, for our visit.

During these days, temperature will vary between 18º to 20ºC, during the day, and 12º to 14ºC, at night.

Evenings can be a little chilly, due to the air humidity.

More details available at:

CIAV 2013 international publication already available

The CIAV 2013 proceedings book, Vernacular Heritage & Earthen Architecture: Contributions for Sustainable Development, is now available.

The publication gathers 142 papers of 281 key international experts from 50 countries.

The international publication covers a wide variety of topics:

  • Cultural heritage and building cultures
  • Materials and construction techniques
  • Territory and environmental adaptation
  • Energy efficiency and sustainable design
  • Natural hazards and risk mitigation
  • Education and research focus

The book can be purchased through CRC Press / Taylor & Francis Group

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