London 2018


Place: University of East London

Dates: 14 – 15 June 2018

Abstracts: 15 Jan 2018


In a time when the construction of New Towns are on the agenda in United Kingdom, entire cities are being built from scratch across China, when climate change threatens historic cities and landscapes, and socio-economic change is leaving declining industrial communities across the Western World in search of investment and political answers from the likes of Donald Trump, what can we mean by ‘heritage’?

Our built environment of buildings, towns, cities and infrastructures are always, at inception, visions of a future. They also become – very quickly – the markings of the past. Framed as historic building, these markings of the past tend to what we think of when discussing heritage. However, heritage is more than this. It is the physical infrastructure from which we build the future. It is the social milieu which we destroy, or reinforce, as economies fade or grow. It is what we construct politically through forms of city governance. It is often a reference point for artistic rupture.

When considering buildings, towns, cities and infrastructures then, this conference suggests we can neither think of them as isolated activities and discipline, nor as isolated in in time. They are social constructions defining the way people live, think, develop and desire. They are economic contrivances marking out the interests of capital. They are artistic visions of an aesthetic present. They are the realisation through design of what we can and wish to build. They are expressions of knowledges and skills which can inform innovation. They are inevitably political at every level. The decisions we make today about this ‘heritage’ is based on the past and will inform future.



In redefining heritage as a physical, social, political, economic, artistic and design issue, this conference attempts to open up the concept of heritage to a reading that is both interdisciplinary and concerned with both the past and the future.

Within this framework, the conference welcomes specialists who will ask their own questions about heritage and thus help redefine the perspective of others. Examples of questions we expect to ask include, but are not limited to: What has and what is happening to current community and social bonds when we replan cities for a changing future? What role have the art and design economies had on city development in the past, and are those roles different today? How do we preserve the architecture of the past while building for the present? How have and how are changing economic conditions altering how we build and live in cities? How can craftmanship and knowledge inform contemporary modes of production and work through innovative processes…..



We seek to explore definitions of ‘heritage’ by considering it from various angles: physical form, political tool, social construct, economic reification, digital innovation and artistic formulation. As a result, the conference welcomes presentations from specialists from multiple fields whose work overlaps with issues of heritage broadly defined: architects, urban designers, conservationists, sociologists, human geographers, art historians, political and social historians, planners and more.

In this regard the event follows the expressly interdisciplinary dialogue set out by AMPS and the research and publication programme PARADE (Publication & Research in Art, Architectures, Design and Environments).





The conference welcomes case studies; design proposals, research projects, investigative papers and theoretical considerations in various formats allowing people to attend in person, present virtually or have presentations permanently available via the AMPS Youtube channel:

Pre-recorded video (20 minutes)

Skype (20 minutes)

Conference Presentations (20 minutes)

Written Papers (3,000 words) *





Delegates are given the option to present their work at conference either with or without an accompanying full written paper.

If written papers are submitted they should be 3000 word length. Formatting instructions will be available at the time of the conference. All papers are double blind peer reviewed and will be include in the AMPS conference proceedings series, ISSN 2398-9467.

Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions of their papers for inclusion in the book series and journals collaborating with PARADE. These include:

UCL Press – seeking architectural and building engineering related to sustainability  |  Intellect Books – seeking works related to new technologies and new medias  |  Libri Publishing – seeking works connected to housing design  |  Architecture_MPS journal –  seeking works for journal special issues on a range of issues  |  Vernon Press – seeking works on the role of the arts and cultural industries in the built environment  |  AMPS Conference Proceedings – collating papers in its varied conference publication series.




Key Dates:

01 February 2018: Abstract Submissions

01 March 2018:  Abstract Feedback

01 May 2018:  Registration closes

14 – 15 June 2018: Conference   

01 September 2018: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)

01 November 2018: Feedback for publication

01 December 2018: Resubmission and Publication process commences




Forms and Registration:

Delegate Fee: £275  |  Audience Fee: £125

Download: Submission Form_Abstract

Correctly formatted and named example:

Charlie_Smith_Yet Another Apartment Block_Abstract UEL


Please send this fully completed document to  |  The document must be in Microsoft Word.  |  Subject line for emails: Abstract Submission UEL  |  File name for attachment: Name_Surname_Summary Title_UEL  |  Example file name: Charlie_Smith_Yet Another Apartment Block_UEL




For more details:

This event is organised by the University of East London, School of Architecture, Computing and Enginerring with the interdisciplinary research organisation AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics, Society) and its academic journal Architecture_MPS. It forms part of the AMPS program of events and publications, PARADE






lineImage: C+S Architects, Installation ‘Aequilibrium’  at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, photo by Matteo Benigna.