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DOMES IN THE WORLD

International Congress

Florence, March 19 – 23, 2012

General Information

Conceived by:

Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, Florence

Promoted by:

  • Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, Florence
  • University of Florence – Department of Architecture, Representation, History and Design
  • College of Engineers of Tuscany

The Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation has presented the idea of the International Congress “Domes in the World” on the Life Beyond Tourism® web site (www.lifebeyondtourism.org).

The promoters have received positive feedback evidencing a high level of interest on the topic not only among scientific experts and professionals, but also among enterprises and “non specialists”. In view of a wide attendance to the congress, the simultaneous translation in different languages is foreseen, as described below.

Preliminary Notes

Since its early appearances in Western European funeral buildings of the 6th and 5th millenary B. C., the dome has been widely adopted in architecture primarily for its symbolic reference to the celestial vault. Dome construction was then disseminated initially in the Eastern regions where it acquired civil and religious meanings. Later, as a result  of Palladianism, they appeared in the New World and very New World (Australia), where they were built of earth or masonry, wood, steel, concrete or other materials, using a variety of building techniques from the simplest deducted from the imitation of nature, to the extremely sophisticated structural concepts. No other architectural element is so adept in resuming the building capability achieved by a civilization, stir up deep spatial emotions or, with its peculiar but various shapes, confer special features to a landscape hence attaining a universally intelligible value.

Basic Principles and Aims of the Congress:

The idea at the basis of “Domes in the World” is to give a substantial contribution to intercultural dialogue through an international and interdisciplinary congress aimed at highlighting the significance of domes and their symbolic value from the perspective of different cultures. The themes to be examined will include: the cultural and spatial significance of the ancient and contemporary domes in buildings; their architectural context in the territory and in the landscape; their construction (materials, techniques, structural system); their documentation, interpretation, conservation and restoration and their continuity in contemporary building.

Thus this international congress which unites people of various countries, with different cultural backgrounds, philosophical approaches to life and traditional knowledge, will explore the multidisciplinary themes related to domes divided into two main areas: the symbolic, sociological, humanistic context and the architectural field, between geometry, structure and material.

A high scientific profile will allow the participants to assess the present situation of domes, to debate, compare and elaborate their interpretation, to define appropriate uses and the protection of the extensive patrimony of domes existing in the world. The architectural conservation of domes and their material and conceptual significance will also be addressed.

The objective of the congress is to collect and compare scientific information about the cultural and spatial significance of domes for men, societies and cultural landscapes in different cultural environments, past and present, their building concepts and interpretations, their building traditions and techniques, their conservation / restoration and their contemporary building as a basis for  further development of integrated heritage work (planning, education, tourism, conservation etc.).

The promoters of congress wish to obtain results that will be of direct benefit to our civil society (individuals, institutions, public administrations) in its current theoretical, philosophical and real evolution.

Main Sessions of the Congress

  1. I. Cultural Identity given by Domes
  • Ancient and Contemporary
  • Landscapes and Skylines
  1. II. The Symbolism of Domes
  2. III. Dome Shapes and their Geometrical Genesis
  3. IV. Construction and Conservation
  • Constitutive Elements: Shells (single or double), Ground Supports, Pendentives, Drums, Openings, Coverings           and Protections, Facings, Decoration
  • Building and Conservation Techniques: Materials, Bonds, Structural Systems, Wooden Domes etc.
  • Survey, Analysis and Documentation: Objectives, Instruments, Methods
  • Deterioration and Conservation:

Material Decay, Structural Failure:

Theory, History and Practices of Dome Strengthening

  1. V. Contemporary Domes and Vaults

Congress Participants

The congress is directed towards professionals and scholars, as well as to students and graduates attending specialization courses, in the fields of architecture and landscaping, civil planning and engineering, architectural conservation, structural strengthening, restoration, mathematics, anthropology, philosophy, history and history of art, preservation of cultural heritage and heritage tourism and education. It will also be of interest to enterprises and firms working towards the conservation of historic monuments.

The promoters of “Domes in the World” have decided to make the congress accessible to the general public who can take advantage of the diffused knowledge from the scientific community. The congress’s international and interdisciplinary character and its orientation in promoting cultural diversity and traditional knowledge are all in accordance with the principles of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation’s umbrella project “Life Beyond Tourism®” which promotes intercultural dialogue and tourism based on values, not just consumer services.

The event will also be accessible to a public of “non specialists” interested in the themes of “Domes in the World”, who may take advantage of the knowledge diffused by the scientific experts. This choice has been made by the organizers due to the importance of the congress subject, its international and interdisciplinary character, its orientation in promoting cultural diversity and traditional knowledge which are all in accordance with the principles of the project Life Beyond Tourism® which promotes intercultural dialogue and tourism based on values, not just consumer services.

Working Languages of Oral Presentations

Simultaneous translation of oral presentations in different languages such  English, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish is planned so far. The languages will be confirmed according to the registration of participants from different countries.

Proceedings (ISBN, Digital System)

All the papers accepted by the Scientific Committee will be published in digital version.

Online Reproduction of the Congress

All the oral presentations given during the congress will be recorded and made available on line. The on line reproduction will provide also the slides shown during the talks. All slides must be provided in English.

Committees

Steering Committee

Roberto Corazzi, University of Florence, Italy

Jerzy Jasienko, University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland

Emma Mandelli, University of Florence, Italy

Gennaro Tampone, University of Florence and College of Engineers of Tuscany, Italy

Scientific Committee

(list in progress)

Organizing Committee

Paolo Del Bianco, Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, Florence

Carlotta Del Bianco, Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, Florence

Roberto Corazzi, University of Florence, Italy

Marc Laenen, special advisor to the President of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, Belgium

Emma Mandelli, University of Florence, Italy

Gennaro Tampone, University of Florence and College of Engineers of Tuscany, Italy

Antonello Usai, College of Engineers of Tuscany, Italy

Michaela Zackova Rossi, Life Beyond Tourism®

Organizing Secretariat

Promo Florence Events

Promotion and Organization of Events Art-Culture-Science

Palazzo Coppini – Via del Giglio 10

50123 Firenze, Italy

Tel. +39 055 285588 Fax +39 055 283260

domes@promoflorenceevents.com

Official website

www.domesintheworld.com

Instruction for abstract submission

Please submit all the information required below according to the order given:

Abstract

We are seeking papers on unpublished research relating to the themes of the congress (click here for the Sessions of the Congress).

  • Language for abstract text: please submit in both original language and in correct English (if English is not the original language)
  • Title format: Times New Roman 12, Bold
  • Authors: Name, Surname, Institution of affiliation. Font: Times New Roman 11
  • 3 keywords: Times New Roman 11
  • Text of abstract format (including the objective(s) of the paper and the originality of the research): Times New Roman 11, 1.5 spacing (max. 500 words)
  • Session of the Congress: please indicate in which one of the proposed main sessions your communication will be inserted.
  • Indication of 2 languages: To help determine the languages for the simultaneous translation the authors are asked to indicate 2 languages (preferred and alternative) in which they can present their paper.

Author’s information

A short personal biography (max. 300 words as a written text) should be presented which will include:

  • contacts (e-mail, telephone number, personal or institutional website)
  • research activities (especially those regarding the topics of the congress)
  • institutional functions

Deadlines

Call for papers concluded. Applicants will be informed on acceptance of the abstract, upon conclusion of the evaluation.

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Photographic Exhibition

The Photographic Exhibition will focus on the theme: “The Domes in the Landscape, in the Skyline”.

The selected pictures / photographic compositions will be shown (in an A1 format) in the exhibition area of the congress venue (Auditorium al Duomo) for the duration of the event.

Photos must be sent to: domes@lifebeyondtourism.org by December 31st, 2011:

Please, send by e-mail your photograph or photographic composition with captions in digital format according to the following guidelines:
- max 500kb
- max 800 pixel in height
- format .jpg

N.B. You must be the author and the owner of the sent material.

Communication of works selected for exhibition during the congress will be given by January 31st, 2012.

Organizing Secretariat:
Promo Florence Events
Promotion and Organization of Events Art-Culture-Science
Palazzo Coppini, Via Del Giglio 10
50123 Firenze, Italy
Tel. +39 055 285588, Fax. +39 055 283260
Email domes@lifebeyondtourism.org and domes@promoflorenceevents.com

www.promoflorenceevents.com

Instruction for abstract submission

Please submit all the information required below according to the order given:

Abstract

We are seeking papers on unpublished research relating to the themes of the congress (click here for the Sessions of the Congress).

  • Language for abstract text: please submit in both original language and in correct English (if English is not the original language)
  • Title format: Times New Roman 12, Bold
  • Authors: Name, Surname, Institution of affiliation. Font: Times New Roman 11
  • 3 keywords: Times New Roman 11
  • Text of abstract format (including the objective(s) of the paper and the originality of the research): Times New Roman 11, 1.5 spacing (max. 500 words)
  • Session of the Congress: please indicate in which one of the proposed main sessions your communication will be inserted.
  • Indication of 2 languages: To help determine the languages for the simultaneous translation the authors are asked to indicate 2 languages (preferred and alternative) in which they can present their paper.

Author’s information

A short personal biography (max. 300 words as a written text) should be presented which will include:

  • contacts (e-mail, telephone number, personal or institutional website)
  • research activities (especially those regarding the topics of the congress)
  • institutional functions

Deadlines

Call for papers concluded. Applicants will be informed on acceptance of the abstract, upon conclusion of the evaluation.

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