Conference Themes

The Ninth International Conference on The Constructed Environment features research addressing the following annual themes:

  • Theme 1: Design and Planning Processes
  • Theme 2: Building Processes
  • Theme 3: Environmental Impacts
  • Theme 4: Social Impacts
  • 2019 Special Focus—Traces “in-Motion”: How People and Matter Transform Place

Conference Co-Chairs

Jeffery S. Poss

Jeffery S. Poss

Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, United States

Cidália F. Silva

Cidália F. Silva

Architect, Assistant Professor, University of Minho, Portugal

Plenary Speakers

André Fontes

André Fontes

Architect/Engineer, Cerejeira Fontes Architects, Portugal

Tiago Mota Saraiva

Tiago Mota Saraiva

Managing Partner, ateliermob, Portugal

Pre-Conference Tour - Walking Tour of Guimarães and Welcome Reception

As the opening event of the conference, this tour provides an in-situ experience of Guimarães' history, culture, and architecture (EAUM), opened in 2004 and designed by the architects Fernando Távora and José Bernardo Távora, we will walk through Guimarães' historic center, a World Heritage site with its enclave of exceptionally well-preserved urban structure and medieval monuments. Then, wandering from the Castle hill through the narrow streets and main squares of the city center, we will arrive to the Largo do Toural and Alameda São Dâmaso, located outside the medieval city walls. The tour will then take us to the Couros area, old industrial neighborhood related to the tanning industry, that goes back to the Middle Ages.

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Conference Tour - Understanding Place and Space in-situ - Braga

The visit to Braga will focus on three extraordinary architectural works: Braga's football stadium (2003) by Eduardo Souto de Moura architect (Pritzker Prize 2011); The Tree of Life Chapel (2010) at the Conciliar Seminary; and the Cheia de Graça Chapel (2016) in the Imaculada Chapel by Cerejeira Fontes architects. The aim of this visit is to present a unique experience of the Portuguese contemporaneous architecture with three examples that appeal to different scales and problematics of site-specific interventions.

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