Preventive and Planned Conservation Conference 2014 - Monza and Mantua – Italy – 5-9 May 2014
Update: 19/03/2014 09:33:32
Call for papers PPC 2014 seeks a diverse and comprehensive program covering more areas of Preventive and Planned Conservation of Built Cultural Heritage. This conference is one of the communication and dissemination actions implemented within Cultural Districts “Monza and Brianza” and “Le Regge dei Gonzaga”. “Cultural Districts” project, started in Lombardy Region in 2010, gives the opportunity for testing innovative approaches and tools and for rethinking the roles played by Built Cultural Heritage for local development. You are invited to share your experience and your papers with academicians, researchers, public officers and professionals.


The conference aims at presenting an international overview of Preventive and Planned Conservation strategies. Theoretical reflections and best practices will be shown in order to highlight potentialities, gained advantages and difficulties encountered in the different steps of the process (planning, design, execution and management).

Preventive and Planned Conservation, that is giving priority to the risk assessment and to the mitigation of decay causes, is a management strategy based on a long run vision and on a virtuous integration between conservation and valorization.
Care of built cultural heritage is an important commitment and investment, which has to be aimed at the production of value, meant both as economic and cultural. For this to happen, conservation has to be included among the management activities.
The Conference topics include a wide range of activities designed to facilitate the exchange of expertise, experience, and resources with colleagues. These include keynote and invited talks, full and poster presentations, panels and round table discussion sessions.

All selected papers will be published in Conference proceedings. No fee is required.


1. Integration between conservation and valorisation processes

As conservation is understood as a process the point of view shifts from present time to future and widens the boundaries to economic planning, to cultural activities design and to impact evaluation of conservation and valorization.
According to this vision, conservation and valorization cannot be considered as two different activities, in charge to different subjects, but must be integrated within the property management.
Which valorization methods are coherent with this premises?
Is it possible to pinpoint best practices which consider conservation as the premise for a valorization able to create new cultural production?
Last remark coming from this integration process is related to the role of local cultural policies within a broader national overview.
Which role valorization can play in the frame of public policies?

2. Economic and social aspects

As the focus shifts from restoration to a long run conservation process there should be several economic and social effects. First of all prevention, monitoring and maintenance should be able to limit and postpone more expensive and invasive interventions with a scarce advance expenditure. Are there figures or evidences to confirm (or contradict) this statement?
A second point is related to positive effects (externalities) generated by conservation activities in the local context, coming from the creation of new jobs or at least from the opportunity of a more stable and qualified occupation for operators.
Which are cultural and economic conditions allowing a real recovery of traditional skills? How does ability to use innovative techniques affect workers/professionals qualification? Which policies for development of new skills and creations of new jobs?
A third question is referred to the role which the value system attached to BCH can play in the enhancement of local cultural capital and to conditions able to affect positively regional development (local community involvement, collaboration among stakeholders, networking …).

3. Seismic risk protection

In 1983 Giovanni Urbani pointed out the need for cultural heritage protection against the risk of earthquakes.
Unfortunately many factors still make difficult the implementation of broad programs for strengthening historic buildings, and many mistakes are still made because of the lack of knowledge about the seismic behavior of historic structures.
The assessment of seismic risk is nowadays required as a priority as well as the dissemination of best practices in diagnostics and construction engineering.
The conference will not deal with the themes of assessing seismic damages or with restoration and reconstruction, but just with policies and technologies which could make prevention feasible.

4. Methodologies and tools for prevention and maintenance

In a long run vision Conservation of Built Cultural Heritage encompasses execution of scheduled checks, preventive actions and few interventions.
Drawing up operational procedures for care activities needs specific precaution in order to fine-tune the connection between indirect interventions (methods of inspections, monitoring of environmental conditions, use restrictions…) and direct interventions.
Are there limits up to which we can consider direct interventions as prevention?
Advantages coming from a large scale strategy (set of buildings, historic towns, cultural landscapes,…) could be an interesting subject as well: are the produced economies of scale able to balance the risk of losing specificity?

5. ICT for the enhancement of conservation process

Information technology plays a very important in planned conservation. More advanced trends aim at integration and interoperability through all the phases of the process (program, design, execution, documentation, management, maintenance…). New tools are able to combine data referring to different disciplines: for instance BIM technologies allow several operators to share a dynamic building model, enabling easy connections among different software and an easier dialogue among professionals.
The availability of tools of this kind may be very useful to spread planned conservation practices.
Which scenarios will open up in the future thanks to technological developments?
The conference will include examples of ICT use in different phases (survey, design, monitoring, data management…), focusing on the applications which support conservation as a long-run process.


The official languages of the conference are English and Italian.


PPC 2014 will be held inside important historic buildings at Monza and Mantua


Proposed abstracts should be sent as attachment to an email addressed to

Abstracts (length of the body text: 250 words or less) should be presented in English and should indicate the reference to one of the conference topics. Please indicate the name and affiliation of the Author(s), the contact details, and the contact person in case of multiple authors.

Instructions for full papers will be given as abstracts will be accepted
Full papers can be sent and be presented in either language.


Abstract Deadline : Until February 15, 2014
Full Article Deadline : Until April 14, 2014.

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