The Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation has presented the idea of the International Congress “Domes in the World” on the Life Beyond Tourism® web site.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 .Official web site, click here.Basic Principles and Aims of the CongressThe 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.Programme:Main Sessions of the CongressI. Cultural Identity given by Domes· Ancient and Contemporary· Landscapes and SkylinesII. The Symbolism of DomesIII. Dome Shapes and their Geometrical GenesisIV. 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: Theory, History and Practices of Dome StrengtheningV. Contemporary Domes and Vaults
for registration: https://secure.onlinecongress.it/onlinecongress/secure/form.aspxConceived by:Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, FlorencePromoted by:Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, FlorenceUniversity of Florence – Department of Architecture, Representation, History and DesignCollege of Engineers of TuscanyThe 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/new ).
LocationVia de’ Cerretani, 4-red, 50123 Firenze, Italia