Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Professional

Rust, Regeneration and Romance: Iron and Steel Landscapes and Cultures

10-14 July 2013
Shropshire, Ironbridge Gorge

This conference seeks to engage in an open multi-disciplinary analysis of iron and steel landscapes and cultures, from the ancient to the modern. It looks toward the legacies of both production and consumption and how these metals have influenced all aspects of social life. We wish to explore the relationships that communities, regions, nations share with iron and steel through its functional use, creative and artistic use and its symbolic use. Indicative questions the conference will address are: How are economies and societies…

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Power, Identity and the Authoritarian State – Urban Experiences Juxtaposed

28-30 August

Choosing a comparative perspective and a focus on authoritarian states, this session brings together new research on the intersections between power, identity and urban space. The spatial turn in the humanities and social sciences has brought the ideas of Lefebvre, Harvey, and others to bear on questions of political change, state power, and social identity, resulting in greater attention to the production of state-controlled spaces. Worldwide, urban heritage is produced and designated as national heritage.

This panel shifts the focus to the urban level to scrutinise the relationship between the state and the urban locality, by asking the following questions: How do new state spaces shape and influence urban locales? How are projects of heritage demarcation, urban renewal and gentrification deployed politically by the state? How and to what extent do states use the urban as a means to legitimise their rule?

We are looking for submissions from a variety of theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary perspectives that address the formation of power and/or identity through the urban environment in non-democratic states. We are particularly interested in contributions which deal with specific urban sites or cities that were, or are being, transformed as a consequence of authoritarian state formation or politics. Cities in East Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America receive special consideration. The focus on cities in authoritarian states allows us to draw attention to case studies which have thus far remained largely unmapped.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to Marijn Nieuwenhuis ( or to before Friday, February 1st if interested.

APT Annual Conference – “Preserving the Metropolis”

11-15 October 2013
New York

“Preserving the Metropolis” will open the discussion on protecting urban cultural heritage in the 21st century by exploring best practices and viable solutions from New York and around the world, all while earning attendees a year’s worth of CEUs.

In addition to presentations with international relevance to cities of all sizes, the conference and related events will provide the opportunity to present lessons learned from one of the oldest international metropolises, and demonstrate why New York City remains a magical and unequalled place to live and visit.

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The Sustainable Community Building Refurbishment vs New Build

21 October 2010

The Glass-House Debate Series

The Glass-House Community Led Design is a national charity working to help local people and regeneration professionals make better community buildings, spaces, homes and neighbourhoods.

The Sustainable Community Building Refurbishment vs New Build

Each year The Glass-House and partner organisations hold a free nationwide debate series focusing on a topic related to the design of the built environment.

This year we will be exploring the sustainability of the community building. We will be looking at the challenges and opportunities faced by community organisations when they take on the management or ownership of a community building and will discussing what the social, environmental and economical implications are of doing so for both refurbishment and new builds.

With a diverse speaker panel providing first-hand accounts you will be able to gain a deeper understanding of the topic and be able to share your views. This is your chance to join in the lively discussion!

Event Info

Where: RSE Scotland Foundation, Edinburgh

When: 21 October 2010

Time: Refreshments from 5.30pm, Debate 6-8pm


How to apply

For more info and to register your free place please visit our website and go to the What’s On page or contact 0207 490 4583.

Tour of The Tallow Chandlers Hall, London

29 January 2013 (14:00)

A not to be missed opportunity has arisen to visit the Grade I listed Tallow Chandlers Hall, one of the most well preserved of London’s Livery Halls. The current hall dates from 1672.

We will be taken on a tour by the Beadle and Hall Manager and highlights will include the courtyard, lobby staircase, C17th oak panelled Parlour, Banqueting Hall containing heraldic stained glass and the Court room, one of the original purpose built Stuart court rooms with C17th seating arrangement.

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