The idea at the basis of “Domes in the World” is to give a substantial contribution to intercultural dialogue through an international and interdisciplinary congress aimed at highlighting the significance of domes and their symbolic value from the perspective of different cultures. The themes to be examined will include: the cultural and spatial significance of the ancient and contemporary domes in buildings; their architectural context in the territory and in the landscape; their construction (materials, techniques, structural system); their documentation, interpretation, conservation and restoration and their continuity in contemporary building.
Thus this international congress which unites people of various countries, with different cultural backgrounds, philosophical approaches to life and traditional knowledge, will explore the multidisciplinary themes related to domes divided into two main areas: the symbolic, sociological, humanistic context and the architectural field, between geometry, structure and material.
A high scientific profile will allow the participants to assess the present situation of domes, to debate, compare and elaborate their interpretation, to define appropriate uses and the protection of the extensive patrimony of domes existing in the world. The architectural conservation of domes and their material and conceptual significance will also be addressed.
The objective of the congress is to collect and compare scientific information about the cultural and spatial significance of domes for men, societies and cultural landscapes in different cultural environments, past and present, their building concepts and interpretations, their building traditions and techniques, their conservation / restoration and their contemporary building as a basis for further development of integrated heritage work (planning, education, tourism, conservation etc.).
The promoters of congress wish to obtain results that will be of direct benefit to our civil society (individuals, institutions, public administrations) in its current theoretical, philosophical and real evolution.
Simultaneous translation of oral presentations in different languages such English, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish is planned so far. The languages will be confirmed according to the registration of participants from different countries.
The congress is directed towards professionals and scholars, as well as to students and graduates attending specialization courses, in the fields of architecture and landscaping, civil planning and engineering, architectural conservation, structural strengthening, restoration, mathematics, anthropology, philosophy, history and history of art, preservation of cultural heritage and heritage tourism and education. It will also be of interest to enterprises and firms working towards the conservation of historic monuments. The promoters of “Domes in the World” have decided to make the congress accessible to the general public who can take advantage of the diffused knowledge from the scientific community. The event will also be accessible to a public of “non specialists” interested in the themes of “Domes in the World”, who may take advantage of the knowledge diffused by the scientific experts.