Special Issue "On Contemporary Architectural Design and the Rehabilitation of Built Heritage"

A special issue of Designs (ISSN 2411-9660).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Ana M. T. Martins
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Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Beira Interior, Calçada Fonte do Lameiro, 6200-001 Covilhã. Portugal
Lab2PT-Landscapes, Heritage and Territory Laboratory, University of Minho, Portugal
Interests: architectural and urban rehabilitation; built environment; architectural history; architectural theory; architectural heritage; Cistercian architecture; monastic buildings

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Built heritage is a major cultural asset. It refers to all aspects of man-made environments such as houses, places of worship, commercial and office buildings, monuments and other places of historical significance. Built heritage helps to define a sense of place and identity for communities. It is not only about monuments of exceptional value, but it also includes modest vernacular buildings and popular architectures that represent other equally important historical, social, and cultural values. According to the Davos Declaration (2018), the building culture encompasses existing buildings, monuments, and other elements of cultural heritage, as well as the design and construction of contemporary buildings, infrastructures, public spaces, and landscapes. The actual technical requirements are not always compatible with older buildings. Regular maintenance of these buildings may include preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, reconstruction, refurbishment, adaptation, and interpretation of existing buildings and their environment.

This Special Issue will gather a wide range of perspectives and discussions on practical and theoretical aspects of contemporary architectural design and the rehabilitation of built heritage. The architectural, constructive, and technical possibilities that can be used in the rehabilitation of built heritage should also be approached.

The geographical scope of this Special Issue is global, comprising urban and rural contexts. We welcome both original research studies and literature reviews based on case studies as well as theoretical and methodological approaches regarding contemporary architectural design and the rehabilitation of built heritage. Submissions are encouraged on, but not limited to, the areas mentioned keywords listed.

Prof. Dr. Ana M. T. Martins
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Adaptive re-use
  • Architectural design
  • Architectural history
  • Architectural theory
  • Architectural rehabilitation
  • Built environment
  • Built heritage
  • Building culture
  • Building performance
  • Building rehabilitation
  • Construction engineering
  • Contemporary architectural design
  • Cultural heritage
  • Industrial buildings
  • Monastic buildings
  • Popular architecture
  • Vernacular architecture
  • Urban rehabilitation

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Architecture and Steel. Reflection and Analysis on the Use of Steel Structures (in Sight) as a Concept in the History of Architecture
Designs 2020, 4(3), 30; https://doi.org/10.3390/designs4030030 (registering DOI) - 05 Aug 2020
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This is the first of two companion articles which aim to address the research on Architecture and Steel. In this article, some architectural projects are analyzed to show the potentiality to conjugate architectural conception and steel structures, as well as to show the [...] Read more.
This is the first of two companion articles which aim to address the research on Architecture and Steel. In this article, some architectural projects are analyzed to show the potentiality to conjugate architectural conception and steel structures, as well as to show the contribution and influence from architectural history. This article also aims to contribute to the reflection of the knowledge and legacy left to us by several architects throughout the history of architecture in using aesthetic, visual and structurally safe profiled steel structures in architectural conception. The presented analysis and reflection are based on the characteristics and influences of the Industrial Revolution and, mainly, the Modern Movement, where the first housing projects came up with this constructive system, combined with the “simplistic” ways of living in architecture, highlighting the relationship with the place, cultural, spatial and typological references, the structural systems and associated materiality. In view of the diversity of alternatives allowed by the use of steel “Skeletons”, modular and standardized, combined with a huge variety of existing materials and constructive complexity, well combined and interconnected, it is possible to obtain a final product whose characteristics seduce by their beauty and elegance. Moreover, the practical and functional comfort which allows the safeguarding of the architectural integration of such product, with the necessary serenity in space and nature, in full environmental integration, is also emphasized. Full article
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Architecture and Steel Prototype in Steel Structure with Equal Angles Steel Profiles, in Greek cross Shape, Applied in an Architectural Project
Designs 2020, 4(3), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/designs4030024 - 28 Jul 2020
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This is the second of two companion articles which aim to address the research on architecture and steel. In the first article, some architectural projects were analyzed to show the potentiality to conjugate architectural conception and steel structures (in sight), as well as [...] Read more.
This is the second of two companion articles which aim to address the research on architecture and steel. In the first article, some architectural projects were analyzed to show the potentiality to conjugate architectural conception and steel structures (in sight), as well as to show the contribution and influence from architectural history. As a result of the previous work, this second article discusses the development of an innovative prototype in steel structure, which constitutes a modular system applied for a single-family housing. In this prototype, steel is part of the design concept, not only as a structural element, but also as an aesthetic element. The needs of contemporary “living” are reinterpreted, considering all the changes and cultural influences due to globalization, compared with the living in Portuguese popular architecture, with its simplistic character and minimal spaces, and referring to a place. The proposed modular system, which is applied repeatedly, shows a huge potential for reorganizing, in a short period of time, urban areas with housing shortages in cases of emergency, while respecting population needs and providing construction quality. This Prototype Model, which combines the architectural concept with the lightweight character of steel structures, aims to provide an “other” way of “living”. It transmits “harmony” both in the experience of the interior space and in its relationship with the outer space, respecting the cultural references. In this study, the prototype is applied to popular Portuguese schist architecture, combining the basic structuring idea and the way how the project develops for the application of the conceptual and constructive process, thus relating two periods of architecture. Full article
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