We are pleased to invite you to participate at the CoHeSION 2021 conference, the second International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Innovation, which will take place in Timisoara, Romania, December 11, 2021.

The conference offers an important platform to researchers, architects, engineers and other specialists to present and discuss a wide variety of topics related to the protection of historical heritage. The topics range from theoretical studies to urban planning strategies, heritage management and technologies and techniques, represented by a great variety of case studies.

Due to the evolution of the COVID-19 worldwide, and after careful consideration of the situation, the Organizing Committee of the 2nd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Innovation (CoHeSION2021) has decided to organise this year’s conference in an all-virtual format.

The 2021 CoHeSION Virtual Conference will be presented using the Zoom web conferencing platform. It will be organised in presentations, of about 10-15 minutes each, in separate Sessions, grouped by topic.

The presentations will be followed by moderated group discussions and questions and answers sessions, ensuring a larger and more focused audience. The conference is becoming a setting, providing a visual platform focused on presentations, questions, feedback, brainstorming and contributions in multidisciplinary studies related to Education in Architecture and Urban planning; Architecture; Urban Planning; Heritage Management and Interior Design.

Conference themes and topics

Architecture in all its shapes, can be a base for identity, integrity and « spirit of place », value, individuality, emotion and can play an important role in ensuring social cohesion and welfare of human. Depending on the context (community, culture) it has multiple values. As activities it can include new building design, complex heritage building conservation or restoration, urban planning and interior design but also interest towards understanding the needs of education in architecture faculties.

Therefore, in a world currently marked by social distancing the conference is trying to create o cohesion between researchers, architects and teachers, bring them together from all around the world and create a bond that will link them together. At the same time, the conference is aiming to highlight the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinarity of architecture, and to stimulate focused discussions concerning current challenges in online education in architecture faculties and architecture, urban planning and interior design projects which bring forward the collaboration/cohesion between different professionals.

More than this, this year’s conference is also addressing the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on redefining the teaching and learning experience in architecture and urban planning faculties, an up-to-date topic, focusing on the struggles of educators and developed engaging and creative online learning experiences.

Section 1: History, theory, criticism and research of architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture and interior design

1.1. Inter- and multidisciplinary projects and state-of-the art case studies in architecture, restoration, urban planning and interior design

1.2. Theories and practices architecture, urban planning, heritage restoration, landscape architecture and interior design

1.3. Research and assessment methodologies, survey techniques and intervention strategies

1.4. Experimental, analytical and numerical approaches in architecture, urban planning and structural design

1.5. Design methods, guidance and control

1.6. Restoration, conservation and refunctionalization

1.7. Innovation in restoration, architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture and interior design

1.8. Heritage development strategies

Section 2: Urban strategies: sites presentation and initiatives

2.1. Cultural and urban landscapes

2.2. Urban regeneration

2.3. Participatory urbanism

2.4. Cultural urban strategies

2.5. Interdisciplinary projects and case studies

2.6. Shrinking cities

Section 3: Heritage management: management of establishments, sites, assemblies and individual buildings; interaction with actors; economic, legal, administrative, political, cultural, fiscal and environmental contexts

3.1. Actors (community, institutions, private actors, NGOs, UNESCO, TICCIH and others)

3.2. Conflicts of values

3.3. Education of users

3.4. Heritage tourism

3.5. Promoting and management

3.6. The economics of heritage management

3.7. Management of heritage structures and conservation strategies

3.8. Cultural landscapes, complex analysis and territorial strategies

3.9. Assessment and intervention of archaeological heritage

Section 4: Technology and techniques

4.1. Hazard and risk assessments

4.2. Health Monitoring

4.3. Innovation and sustainability. New technologies and techniques

4.4. Analyses of materials and structures, non-destructive testing, inspection, monitoring and laboratory testing

4.5. Performance and reliability

4.6. Repair and strengthening techniques

Section 5: Interior design

5.1. Interior design in new and historic buildings

5.2. Rehabilitation and Restoration of Classic Furniture

5.3. New and Old/ Design strategies facing heritage

5.4. Interior Design Strategies of Integrating the Vernacular Furniture

5.5. Contemporary Position in Interior Design

Section 6: Education for architecture, planning and urban design

6.1. Online education for architecture, planning and urban design

6.2. Theoretical foundations of education for architecture, planning and urban design

6.3. Practice based education

6.4. Multidisciplinar education, challenges and opportunities

Important dates

08 November 2021 Deadline for extended abstract submission

15 November 2021 Extended abstract review decision

22 November 2021 Deadline for revised extended abstract submission

22 November 2021 Deadline for early bird registration fee of authors*

06 December 2021 Deadline for late registration fee of authors*

06 December 2021 Deadline for full article submission to JAUH

10-11 December 2021 COHESION Conference

*Employees of the Politehnica University of Timisoara and invited participants are exempt from the registration tax.