CONFERENCE: Vernacular Architecture as Frame of Life in Historic and Ancient Societies. Berlin, 4-7 April 2019

Conference: Vernacular Architecture as Frame of Life in Historic and Ancient Societies. Berlin, 4-7 April 2019

Research into rural architecture in a historical context raises questions about the external influences and internal forces guiding the evolution of architecture, its typological characteristics, and the determining factors of spatial organisation and architectural production. Methods of different disciplines must be applied to understand the complex relationships between object, space, and human beings. An interdisciplinary approach is imperative. Ethnological, linguistic, archaeological, and sociological methods are just as important as exact measurements and documentation of the built environment, but a standardized approach does not yet exist.
The purpose of the conference is to bring together scholars working on similar projects with regard to research questions or methods and to create synergies between the ongoing projects and
experts. The conference is structured to include thematic sessions and aims to reflect and to highlight the complexity inherent in the topic of vernacular architecture.
The conference is organized in the framework of the DFG-financed project „Nubian Architecture“ that is carried out jointly by the Chair for History of Architecture and Urbanism of the TU Berlin and the DAI Cairo.
For registration, please send your full name to
The registration deadline is 25 February 2019.
The programme of the conference is available here.

Share this post

News from the field

SITA Landscape as Horizon

In the last chapter of L’architecture au futur depuis 1889, Jean-Louis Cohen listed several “vanishing points” that, although barely visible in the distance, would allow architecture to escape the unrelenting aspiration for originality, newness, monumentality,...

On the Move: l’architettura è mobile

The conference addresses scholars from different disciplines in order to trace the multiple aspects that accompany the transfer of architecture from antiquity to the present day. The heterogeneity of the cases calls for up-to-date reflections on this topic, in order...

Cotsen Traveling Fellowship for Research in Greece

The Gennadius Library offers the Cotsen Traveling Fellowship, a short-term grant awarded each year to Ph.D. holders or graduate students pursuing research topics that require the use of the Gennadeion collections. Eligibility:  Senior scholars (Ph.D. holders) and...

JOEHLO 16: The Architecture of Inexact Respiration

While the shift towards an architecture of “inexact respiration” means to abandon the standards of comfort provided by mechanical control and assume a more tolerant culture towards the relationship between architecture and the environment, where architecture itself...