TERRA 2012 12TH SIACOT PROCEEDINGS
TERRA 2012 / 12 th SIACOT PROCEEDINGS is a book that gathers the most relevant interventions selected by the International Conference Scientific Committee. The Conference was organized by the department of Engineering at Pontifical University Catholic of Peru and was held in Lima, Peru, in April 2012.
TERRA conferences occur under the aegis of ICOMOS, and its expert Committee on earthen architecture: ISCEAH - International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage.
Earthen architecture is one of the oldest witnesses of humankinds presence. Its heritage is extensive and diverse, being expressed through archaeological remains, human settlements, cultural landscapes, and World Heritage sites. There is a rising interest in vernacular architecture, social housing, and contemporary architecture.
Earthen architecture responds to a need for intangible knowledge, social engagement, capacity building, innovation and sustainability. Contributions to knowledge have also been accomplished through research, conservation, natural disasters mitigation, standards and education.
This international publication encompasses a diversity of studies and advances regarding earthen architecture. In todays knowledge framework, this disciplinary area is becoming increasingly a trend research, in which gaps in knowledge are being addressed; real housing issues, defiant heritage conservation concerns, and challenging contemporary architectural details being resolved.
The book was written with the contribution of 112 authors, from 26 countries. This diversity of authors contributed with knowledge concerning natural disasters impact and mitigation in earthen heritage, architecture and archaeology; the challenges faced by World Heritage earthen sites; the studies addressed in documenting and conserving archaeological sites; the efforts to conserve human settlements and cultural landscapes; learning about local knowledge, intangible heritage and social impacts; research in materials and technology; identifying ancient and innovative architectural solutions; acknowledging standards and guidelines; and contributing to education awareness.
An essential book for all interested in earthen architecture and construction all over the world.