International Conference on Re-evaluating Contemporary Design in Historical Context. 22-24 July 2015. Istanbul (Turkey) – Deadline: 23 January

CALL FOR PAPERS. Submission of Abstracts January 23, 2015


The Turkish Foundation for Architecture (MIV) and Yildiz Technical University Research Centre for Preservation of Historical Heritage (TA-MIR) will be hosting the International Conference on Re-evaluating Contemporary Designs in Historical Context (RE-ConD’15) on the 22-24 July 2015 in Istanbul.

The historical environments that were forgotten in the beginning of modernization period, regained importance in 1970s with the studies on relationship between the old and the new and started to be considered not only as a building stock, but also as a whole with their cultural, social, economic and legal aspects. Within the global market during 1990s, the historical environments once again experienced intense changes and transformations. In creating a place and revealing identity of a city, it is understood that the historical environments deserve more than conservation actions. As a result, innovative designs and projects have become a current issue.

In this regard the conference is seeking to re-evaluate the attitudes to existing environments via discussing new architectural, structural and urban projects built or to be built in natural and/or cultural and/ or historical contexts, the way to participate to the space and harmonize the new projects in existing elements and resources and meet the contemporary requirements.

The conference will provide an international and interdisciplinary meeting for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss the necessity, concept and criteria of designing/constructing new structures/buildings and settlements in historical contexts and their environments. It will also bring together historians, art historians, archaeologists, architects, engineers, scientists, building surveyors, urban planners, and other specialists to exchange their analytical, experimental, historical and constructional experiences and studies in preservation of urban or rural context.



The official language of the symposium is English. All papers should be written and presented in English. Simultaneous translation will be provided only into Turkish.

Both oral and poster presentations will take place. Proceedings will be available at the registration desk.


Papers should focus on the necessity, concept and criteria of the new design in heritage contexts, on the topics outlined above. The abstract not exceeding 300 words with no tables and figures should be structured in three main sections:

  • Introduction
  • Developments
  • Remarks and Conclusion

The abstract should be clear, aiming at giving a general overview of the paper. Submissions will be peer reviewed by the Scientific Committee of the Conference.


Eser Yağçı (Secretary)


  • Submission of Abstracts January 23, 2015
  • Preliminary Acceptance abstracts February 23, 2015
  • Full paper submission March 16, 2015
  • Final Acceptance of Full papers April 20, 2015
  • Final Submission of Full Papers & Copyright agreement May 04, 2015
  • Last Date for Early Registration May 04, 2015
  • Submission of Presentations July 10, 2015
  • Conference Presentations July 22-24, 2015