Introduction

The objective of this Conference is to review the challenges and new opportunities for contemporary architecture. These are a result of advances in design and new building technologies, as well as the development of new materials.

Many of the changes are motivated by a drive towards eco-architecture, trying to harmonise architectural products with nature. Another important issue is the adaptation of the architectural design to the natural environment, learning from nature and traditional construction techniques.

Contemporary architecture is at the threshold of a new stage of evolution, deeply influenced by the advances in information and computer systems and the development of new materials and products, as well as construction processes that will drastically change the industry.

Emphasis is placed on the minimum use of energy at each stage of the building process, the design by passive systems, life cycle assessment, resources optimisation and rehabilitation.

Never before in history have architects and engineers had such a range of new processes and products open to them. In spite of that, the construction industry lags behind all others in taking advantage of a wide variety of new technologies. This is understandable, due to the inherent complexity and uniqueness of each architectural project. Advances in computer and information systems, including robotics, offers the possibility of developing new architectural forms, construction products and building technologies which are just now starting to emerge.

Changes have also taken place in the way modern society works and lives, due to the impact of modern technologies. Patterns of work have been disrupted and changed, affecting transportation and the home environment. The demand is for a new type of habitat that can respond to the changes and the consequent requirements in terms of the urban environment.

The conference will deal with topics such as building technologies, design by passive systems, design with nature, cultural sensitivity, life cycle assessment, resources and rehabilitation and many others including case studies from many different places around the world. The list of topics gives an idea of the scope of the meeting, papers on other topics relating to the conference objectives are welcome.

All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are easily and permanently available in Open Access format to the international community.

Architecture is very multi-disciplinary, attracting many different professions. In this regard the conference participants are expected to be engineers, planners, computer experts, physical scientists, sociologists and economists, as well as architects, providing all of them an opportunity to share information and ideas with their colleagues from different regions of the world.

The eighth International Conference follows the seven successful meetings which started in the New Forest, home of the Wessex Institute of Technology, in 2006; and followed in the Algarve (2008); A Coruna (2010), the island of Kos (2012), Siena (2014), Alicante (2016), New Forest, UK (2018).

Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Eco-Architecture 2020. Papers on other topics related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

Design

  • Design with nature
  • Passive systems
  • Building information modelling
  • Bioclimatic design
  • Transformative design
  • Contemporary habitat typologies
  • Smart houses
  • Building flexibility
  • Adapted reuse
  • Sustainability indices in architecture
  • Circular economy

Building Technology

  • Innovative materials and products
  • Green facades
  • Integrated renewable systems
  • Advanced building envelope
  • Performance assessment
  • Regenerative buildings
  • Ecological impacts of materials
  • Life cycle assessment and durability
  • Recycle, reuse, reduce and recovery
  • Eco-design and Eco-labelling

Built environment

  • Design and construction integration
  • Flexible housing
  • Floating buildings
  • Tall buildings and environment
  • Energy performance

Society

  • Community participation
  • Education and training
  • End-use energy efficiency
  • Consumer engagement
  • Occupants’ behaviour
  • Houses as a working environment
  • Management and maintenance
  • Ecological and cultural sensitivity
  • Impact of technology
  • Post-occupancy evaluation
  • Urban landscaping, agriculture and green spaces

Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at Eco-Architecture 2020 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Networking

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics (ISSN: 1755-7437; Digital ISSN: 1755-7445)

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at Eco-Architecture 2020 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics (ISSN: 1755-7437; Digital ISSN: 1755-7445)

Location Information

Port La Coruña

Originally an important Roman trading port, A Coruña is a busy city in the north-west of Spain whose character is distinctly different to that of Mediterranean Spain.

Located in the verdant agricultural region of Galicia, A Coruña is home to Roman remains, castles, museums and impressive produce markets, and is perhaps most famous for its excellent fish and seafood. A new promenade frames the waterfront, extending the length of the city and linking its many attractions, shopping areas and beaches. The nineteenth-century centre is noted for its unusual Galerias – glazed balconies on the front of almost all buildings which allow the city’s residents to enjoy the Atlantic views year round. A landmark of the city, the 2,000-year-old tower of Hercules is the oldest lighthouse in existence, a World Heritage site and National Monument of Spain.

Weather

Galicia is one of the most verdant regions in Spain, thanks to a milder, temperate climate. A Coruña experiences wet winters with drier, warmer summers. Temperatures in May and June are usually between 16-20°C with occasional rainfall.

A Coruña is home to a number of innovative museums as well as a number of interesting galleries. Located in the “Parque de Santa Margarida” in the city centre, the ‘Casa de las Ciencias’ science museum and planetarium is an interactive and much-acclaimed addition to the city. The park also contains a large amphitheatre, remains of several old windmills and an ornamental waterfall. The “Casa del Hombre”, or Museum of Man, can be found close to the waterfront and includes a 3D IMAX cinema. Other museums include the Collegiate church sacred art museum, Regional Military Museum, built on the site of a Franciscan monastery, a Contemporary Art Museum (MACUF) and a Fine Arts Museum which includes pieces by Goya.

In the centre of A Coruña, the 150-year-old park “Xardins de Mendez Nuñez” contains several notable monuments and an extensive arboretum. Like many of the city’s attractions, the park has strong links with the sea having been built on reclaimed coastline. The Castle of San Anton, perched on an outcrop of rock on the edge of the sea, marks the tip of the headland upon which most of the old centre of A Coruña is built, and now contains a museum. The castle is a focal point along this part of the promenade, where the city meets with the beach, and is popular with both keen surfers, locals and tourists.

Beyond the city centre, the Tower of Hercules remains A Coruña’s most prominent landmark. Close by, a sculpture park exhibits 15 open-air artworks, and the parks of Monte San Pedro and Bens offer numerous walks through the recently landscaped area. A Coruña’s large aquarium can be found here and remains very popular with visitors to the region.

Santiago de Compostela

Further inland, the historic town of Santiago de Compostela lies one hour south further inland than A Coruña and is renowned as the final point along the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St James, pilgrimage route. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a spectacular cathedral, traditional narrow shopping streets and large squares. The wealth of older buildings in the centre have a unique Romanesque style, and many of the towns plazas, the palaces and the buildings of the university district have notable facades. The town’s striking architecture and interesting history make Santiago de Compostela a popular day trip from A Coruña.

Travel Information

Conference Venue Address:

Melia Maria Pita Hotel
Avda. Pedro Barrie de la Maza, 3
A Coruña
Spain

Tel: +34 981205000

Air Travel

There are two airports within reach of the venue. A Coruña Airport is located 8km from the conference venue and offers flights from Madrid and Barcelona for most international connections. Santiago de Compostela Airport-Lavacolla is 52km from the conference venue and offers flights from a range of other European cities including Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London and Rome.

A Coruña Airport

Most delegates will find it easiest to fly to Madrid or Barcelona and take a connecting flight to A Coruña. These airports are well-served by flights from all major airports worldwide. Flights are available daily to A Coruña from Barcelona with Iberia and Vueling, and Iberia and Air Europa from Madrid. Direct flights to A Coruña are also offered from London Heathrow with Vueling.

From A Coruna airport to the venue

By Bus:

Autos Capita bus 4051 connects the airport with A Coruna. Buses depart every 30 minutes on weekdays between 7.15am and 9.45pm, and every hour at weekends (from 7.30am Saturday and 8.30am Sunday, until 10 pm). The 25-minute journey to the city centre costs €1.50. You can stop at train/bus stations (Av. Alfonso Molina), from there, you can take bus 4062 to Paseo Maritimo stop. The hotel is in front of the bus stop.

By Taxi:

Taxis are readily available at the airport and cost approximately €25 for travel to the centre of A Coruña.

Car Hire:

Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Enterprise operate at the airport, and routes to the city centre are well-signposted.

For further information, please visit
http://www.aena.es/es/aeropuerto-a-coruna/index.html

Santiago de Compostela Airport-Lavacolla

Ryanair flies to Santiago de Compostela from Frankfurt (Hahn), London Stansted, Milan-Bergamo as well as several regional airports across Spain. In addition, Easyjet offers flights from Geneva, Aer Lingus from Dublin and Vueling from Zurich.

From Santiago de Compostela Airport to the venue

By Bus:

  • Travidi operates two buses a day from Santiago de Compostela Airport to A Coruña at 10.30 and 22:15 hours. Return buses to the airport run at 6:15 and at 19:00 hours. The journey takes one hour and the cost is around 8 Euro. The bus stops at the NH Atlantico hotel from where you can take a taxi to the conference venue.
  • Empresa Freire operates a service between the airport and Santiago de Compostela city. The bus runs every half an hour from 7:00 to 22:30 and takes 20 minutes to get into town. You can stop at the train station and continue your trip to A Coruna from there. The train takes around 30’ minutes and costs under 8 Euro. Trains run all day from 07:00 until 22:55 hours. From the station, you can then take a taxi or bus 4062 to the hotel (Paseo Maritimo stop).

Car Hire:

Several hire car companies operate at the airport including Avis, Sixt and Hertz. A Coruña is clearly signposted following the E1 motorway.

By Rail:

A Coruña is well connected to other Galician cities and the main Spanish rail network. The main rail station is situated in Plaza de Madrid in the city centre, opposite the bus station. Long distance rail services operate from Madrid, Barcelona (via Zaragoza) and Portugal.

RENFE – Spanish railways – www.renfe.es

Road Travel

A Coruña is easily accessed by the E70 motorway or north on the E1 from Portugal.
ALSA operates long-distance bus services connecting A Coruña to cities in eastern Spain and Barcelona, as well as to Madrid, southern regions of Spain and Portugal.

ALSA – Long distance buses – www.alsa.es

This information is correct as of March 2019 but may be subject to change. Please check with travel providers.

Venue Information

melia maria pitaThe conference will take place at the Meliá Maria Pita Hotel in A Coruña. Situated in an exceptional waterfront position, close to two of the city’s most popular beaches, the hotel is a short distance from the main sights and amenities in the city centre. The hotel offers a wide range of well-equipped rooms, each with air conditioning, WiFi and satellite television. WiFi is also available throughout the hotel.
 

Conference Venue Address:

Melia Maria Pita Hotel Avda.
Pedro Barrie de la Maza,
3 A Coruña Spain
Tel: +34 981205000

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the conference venue, Meliá Maria Pita hotel in A Coruña.

A booking form will be made available once confirmed with the hotel, check back here for details.

Additional Information

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Excellent communication, high professional adviser, high level of the oral presentations, very good organization.

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Very interesting topics, invigorating discussions, and thought provoking papers. This well organized conference offers a good opportunity for publication.

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The conference was well organized. The topics were very interesting. The breaks provided the nice breathing room for discussions and networking with other participants. Merci beaucoup :)

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