Housing in the Third Millennium between Tradition and Innovation

“Housing in the Third Millennium between Tradition and Innovation”

43rd. IAHS World Congress, Cochabamba, Bolivia

16-17-18 and March 19, 2020

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Feeling at home, in all ages, has meant possessing and enjoying the internalized things we have, knowing how to move in the dark, recognizing the smells, the paths, and the color of the light that comes from the windows. The house is a set of spaces that preserve our memories and our thoughts and tell us our existence.

One way to feel at home is to visit a forest, in our relationship with the environment, enjoying a walk in the company of the noises and songs of nature: knowing how to move under the shadows of the trees, recognizing the silent presence of animals, the smells, the light that filters from the foliage changing intensity every hour. The forest, part of the environment, is made by elements that preserve the life of our planet, tells us about our past and our future. A universal good that we must learn to respect and protect.

From the houses like the huts or huts of the first civilizations to the Domus of the Roman patricians, from the religious and scientific constructions of the Mesoamerican cultures to the dwellings of the poorest classes of the towns of the medieval lords, from the palaces of the Renaissance period to today’s co-housing, the house has always represented the security, affection and freedom of men, women and their families

Thus, in the Andean intercultural tradition, the relationship between mother earth (Pachamama), man (Chaca), and the house (Uta) is based on a relationship of respect and integration, characterized by the use of matter prime of the place, as well as: wood, straw, raw earth, stone; of the optimization of natural resources such as: sun, wind, water, land; and food resources such as: potatoes, coca, corn, etc.
The modern society, multiracial and multicultural, faces every day significant challenges in terms of resources that are always decreasing.

Climate changes, technological innovation, and the need to recover traditional construction techniques are factors that have driven the need for interdisciplinary research on the design, construction and management of housing systems that consume, distribute and use energy and resources. However, the construction sector is one of the areas with the highest multidisciplinary index of the South American and world economies. Innovation in the construction sector, related to reform, energy efficiency and environmental impacts, seems to be the key to a more sustainable future.

The concept of sustainable construction results from the need to establish principles for the management of resources and waste, in order to minimize the negative impacts of construction, and also to minimize these negative impacts on the use of buildings throughout the year. Its life cycle it is estimated that 40% of all extracted raw materials are destined for use in construction works. The construction sector is, therefore, directly responsible for a large part of the negative impacts of the extraction of raw materials, transport, manufacturing of merchandise and disposal of construction and demolition waste (RCD).

It is also known that the buildings sector represents 40% of the final energy consumption and, therefore, is responsible for a considerable amount of total GHG emissions (greenhouse gas) and waste production. It is vital to explore the possibilities of reducing energy consumption in buildings, through the use of more efficient and sustainable materials, products and construction technologies.

The 43rd IAHS World Congress (INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR HOUSING SCIENCE), scheduled in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on March 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2020, will be the ideal forum to disseminate, discuss, and propose recent advances on the theme of “HOUSING IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM BETWEEN TRADITION AND INNOVATION” in a holistic vision; they also discuss future trends towards a more sustainable, innovative, and energy efficient construction industry that respects tradition.

The main objective of the Congress is to discuss issues related to new environmentally friendly materials and construction technologies, the recovery of materials and the use of traditional techniques with a holistic vision, energy efficiency in buildings, waste management and other issues. linked to sustainability in construction.However, the wide scope of the series of congresses of the International Association for the Science of the Housing (IAHS) also makes of the congress an excellent place to discuss any subject related to the science of the housing.

The Scientific Committee, following the territories affected by the fires of Amazonas and Chiquitina, has set as more objectives the development and dissemination of the following topics: prevention and reduction of forest fires, climate change and environmental planning, techniques and the methodologies for the reduction of natural and anthropogenic disasters, national and regional regulations of Civil Defense and Civil Protection, smart city and automation.

Kinked to sustainability in construction.However, the wide scope of the series of congresses of the International Association for the Science of the Housing (IAHS) also makes of the congress an excellent place to discuss any subject related to the science of the housing.

• 42th IAHS World Congress on Housing
Naples, Italy, April 10-13, 2018
The housing for dignity of mankind

• 41th IAHS World Congress on Housing
Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal, September 13-16, 2016
Sustainability and innovation for the future

• 40th IAHS World Congress on Housing
Funchal, Madeira, December 16-19, 2014
Sustainable Housing Construction

• 39th IAHS World Congress on Housing
Milan, Italy, September 17-20, 2013
Changing needs, Adaptive buildings, Smart cities

• 38th IAHS World Congress on Housing
Istanbul, April 16-19, 2012
Visions for the future of Housing: Mega cities

• 37th IAHS World Congress on Housing
Santander, October 26-29, 2010
Design, Technology, Refurbishments and Management of buildings.

After the 1990 edition, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the IAHS Congress (INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR HOUSING SCIENCE) returns to South America, this edition being planned with the participation of experts and researchers from more than 40 different countries, with representations of the largest Universities worldwide, therefore, we invite all those involved in the construction research, to join the 43rd IAHS World Congress, where participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, becoming part of an unique community.
With all these premises we invite the international scientific and academic community, to support the work of the congress, we hope to welcome you in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia, on March 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2020