18-20 October 2018, Torino

4th International Conference on Modern Age Fortifications of the Mediterranean Coast, October 18th-20th 2018, Politecnico di Torino

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FORTMED 2018_Torino is the fourth edition of the International Conference on Modern Age Fortifications of the Mediterranean Coast. The Conference will take place on October 18th, 19th and 20th 2018 in Torino, Politecnico di Torino – Department of Architecture and Design, Castello del Valentino.
The main objective of the Conference is to exchange and share knowledge, valorisation, management and exploitation of Culture and Heritage that developed on the Mediterranean coast in the Modern Age, taking also into account the phenomena that took place overseas. The dissemination of the results is the crucial resource to achieve the objectives.

The Conference has an interdisciplinary aim where architects, engineers, archaeologists, historians, geographers, cartographers, heritage managers, tourism experts, experts in restoration-conservation and promotion of heritage will participate. The idea is to provide more inclusive, more real and more up to date views, leading us to the highest point of the investigations on this matter in the twenty-first century.

The theme is centred on the fortifications of the Mediterranean (Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Tunisia, Cipro, Greece, Albania, Algeria and Morocco) from the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries; although it does not exclude other Mediterranean countries and other fortifications from this era built overseas (Cuba, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Panama…).

Topic 1. Historical research. Historical Cartography. Archivist. Treatises. Construction history. Biographies (Duke of Maqueda, Antonelli, Vespasiano Gonzaga, Acuña, Hayreddin Barbarossa Escrivá, los Fratin, Cermeño…).

Topic 2. Theoretical concepts. Military Engineering. Defence to “modern” way. New concepts. New ways to defend the kingdoms. Creating shields. The artillery. Utopian projects.

Topic 3. Research on Built Heritage. Architectural Heritage. Study, knowledge, dissemination. Castles, towers and fortifications. Intervention and Conservation of Architectural Heritage.

Topic 4. Characterization of geomaterials. Mineral-petrographic, geochemical and physical analysis. Study of the alteration processes. Historical and conservative archaeometric investigations. Operative proposals for restoration. Relationships between physical-technical properties of construction materials and their use: differences and similarities in the Mediterranean.

Topic 5. Digital Heritage. Digital survey, from 3D laser scanner to photogrammetry. Advanced 3D modeling techniques. Advances in graphical representation. Digital reconstructions. Virtual reality and augmented reality.

Topic 6. Culture and Management. Interpretation and adding value. Fortified heritage and citizen identity. Management of castles, towers and fortresses. Partecipatory management systems. Management and cultural tourism.

Topic 7. Miscellany. Other topics not included above, but compliant to the main topic of the Conference.