Oxford, 12-15 December 2008
Held in the Examination Schools in Oxford's High Street, the conference was co-hosted with the University of California, Berkeley. It brought together 260 delegates from all over the world and from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including architecture, anthropology, historic conservation, architectural history and planning.
The conference was opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, who commented on the fundamental importance of traditional architectural heritage in a time of globalisation and environmental change.
The 162 papers presented dealt with a number of issues, including the regeneration
of traditional architectural heritage, the use of tradition in fundamentalist
ideologies and the potential of tradition as a coping mechanism in post-disaster
and post-conflict rehabilitation processes.
[Local Conference Director, Dr Marcel Vellinga]
Special events associated with the conference included an opening reception in the Norrington Room of Blackwell's Bookshop and walking tours of Historic Oxford, Modern Oxford and Cowley Road. The undoubted highlight of the complimentary events was a hot buffet closing reception kindly hosted by the Trevor Osborne Property Group in the Malmaison Hotel in Oxford Castle.
The day after the conference, about 40 delegates visited the King's Cross Redevelopment area in London, where they enjoyed a talk by Graham Morrison of Allies and Morrison architects as well as a tour of the site conducted by Roger Madelin of Argent Group PLC. Another 30 delegates travelled to the vernacular landscape of the Cotswolds, visiting Woodstock, Burford and the grounds of William Morris' Kelmscott Manor, which had been opened especially for the delegates.