Roots Invited to International Conference

, Subject : Recognition, Technical

Roots Director’s Chris and Micheal have been invited to present a paper to the 6th International Seminar for Vernacular Settlement (ISVS) in North Cyprus next April.

The ISVS ‘aims to promote awareness and research on vernacular traditions by organizing seminars focused on important aspects of vernacular…’.  It does this by bringing together academics and practitioners from around the world to share ideas at a bi-annual conference.

The central theme to the 2012 conference is ‘Contemporary Vernaculars: Places, Processes and Manifestations’.  Abstracts for full written papers were invited earlier in the autumn, with the papers to address sub-themes on the contemporary vernacular ranging from theory, philosophy and ideology to the architectural language and tectonics.  Roots were delighted when their abstract titled ‘Changing Patterns of the Scottish vernacular’s relationship to weather’ was selected.  They will now undertake the writing of the full 10,000 word essay, which they will present to the conference in Famagusta, North Cyprus.  The essay will also form part of a publication that will follow the conference.

Roots Director Chris commented, ‘We submitted an abstract for this as we were excited to hear how people are approaching vernacular architecture in a modern way across the world.  Although our work could look completely different from someone working on the other side of the world, the way we approach a project conceptually and intellectually may actually be quite similar.  It will be fascinating to be part of this.’

Micheal added, ‘It’s easy to think of rural Scotland as being remote and isolated and of course in many ways it is.  However, it’s also exciting to use opportunities like this to make rural Scotland seem really important to people across the world – for a short time it will become the centre of the universe!’

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