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2nd CIHEL - International Congress on Housing in the Lusophone Territory - Infohabitar 403

Infohabitar, Ano VIII, n.º 403

2nd CIHEL- International Congress on Housing in the Lusophone Territory

13th to 15th March 2013

Workshop sessions: 11th and 12th March

2nd Call for Papers
192 papers (abstracts) already submitted


The 2nd Congresso Internacional da Habitação no Espaço Lusófono (2ndCIHEL) - the 2nd CIHEL- International Congress on Housing in the Lusophone Territory will be held in Lisbon, at the Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil – LNEC - at the LNEC’s Congress Centre -, with the dates as follows: Workshop sessions - from 11th to 12th March 2013; Congress - from 13th to 15th March 2013; welcome and opening ceremony – 13th March 2013, in the afternoon.

Main theme
The 2nd CIHEL will address the main theme “Housing, Cities, Territory and Land Use Development”, targeting quantitative, qualitative, urban, territorial and environmental aspects and their role in the socio-economic development of the Lusophone countries. This is particularly important when a significant number of dwellings and reurbanisation actions are envisaged to be carried out in extensive areas that would require technically robust urban planning and housing interventions.

Organization and Local Support
CIHEL Congress will be hosted by Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC) in conjunction with the Group Habitar (GH) – association with headquarters at the Architecture and Town-Planning Division (NAU) of LNEC, and in co-operation with various public and private bodies, also committed with the organisation of this congress and which will be listed in the 2nd Circular.

The institutions that have already adhered to this Congress are as follows: FUNDCIC, Centro de Investigação em Arquitectura e Áreas Metropolitanas CIAAM and DAU of ISCTE-IUL, the Rede Portuguesa para o Desenvolvimento do Território - Instituto do Território (IT), The Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo, the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the New University of Lisbon - FCT-UNL, the Grupo de Estudos Ordenamento do Território e Planeamento Urbano - GEOTPU, the Instituto Superior Técnico - IST, the Centro de Estudos de Arquitectura Urbanismo e Design - CIAUD -da FAUTL, the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia – FCT, the Centro de Estudos Africanos of the University of Oporto – CEAUP, the Centro Habitat – Plataforma para a Construção Sustentável e a Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias.

Programme, other activities and registration fees
The Programme of the 2nd CIHEL will be opportunely disclosed. It will comprise the participation of guest lecturers and a wide range of papers divided into eight topics.
A set of Workshop sessions addressing the main theme will take place before the Congress. This Workshop will include a technical visit within Lisbon Metropolitan Area.
During the Workshop and Congress, an exhibition will also take place (at LNEC’s main Conference Hall) on the topics of the 2nd CIHEL. Post-congress visits are also due to take place on 16 March (Saturday).
The Workshop, Congress and post-congress visit will have separate and specific registrations and fees.

Date and venue of the 2nd CIHEL
The Congress will be held from 13th to 15th March 2013, at LNEC, Av. do Brasil, n.º 101, 1700-066 Lisboa, Portugal; a Workshop on the Congress topics will be held on 11 and 12 March.

The congress will take place in Lisbon, at the LNEC’s Congress Centre, which houses an auditorium with a 400 seat capacity and other rooms of different capacities, enabling the occurrence of simultaneous sessions and other activities.

LNEC can be easily reached from various locations and transport modesit offers free parking facilities. The campus is located nearby Lisbon International Airport and within a 10 min. Walking distance from AlvaladeMetrostation.It is integrated in a friendly and animated neighbourhood and many excellent hotels are located in the vicinity.

LNEC, Apoio à Organização de Reuniões - Secretariado Geral do 2.º CIHEL

LNEC, Av. do Brasil, n.º 101, 1700-066 Lisboa,

Email: - Telephone: +351 218 443 483 - Fax: +351 218 443 014

The main goal of this 2nd CIHEL is to develop a comprehensive and multifaceted approach of the theme “Housing, Cities, Territory and Land Use Development”. This theme is seen as extremely opportune, in the light of the significant number of dwellings and reurbanisation actions that are due to be carried out in extensive areas of Lusophone countries affected by serious housing and urban planning deficiencies, the housing approach emphasising an extensive and correct meaning and taking into account the quantitative, qualitative, urban, territorial and environmental aspects and their role as an essential means of socio-economic development of the respective countries.

The awareness of the significant weight of the dynamics of the housing construction/rehabilitation and of the urban expansion in the development of a country is ever-present in this theme, as is the notion that this powerful tool of economic growth must be judiciously organised so that this development can be achieved within socially and culturally valid paths, which are dully adapted to each national, regional and local context.

For instance, as regards the housing promotion, including the one intended for relocation actions, special mention can be made to the fact that there is absolutely no sense in repeating, in certain national and geographic realities, the technically poor solutions that have been previously developed in other countries and regions. In fact, it makes no sense whatsoever in failing to disseminate the good practices adopted in housing and urban actions.

Besides, as mentioned by António Reis Cabrita in the conclusions of the 1st CIHEL congress: “The realities in the different countries are completly different but the ontological and universal dimension of housing and the similarity in many deficiencies fully justify the advantages of a mutual learning. Furthermore, in this particular case, such mutual learning is done by sharing a common language and a certain cultural brotherhood provided by the language”.

The 1st CIHEL has had an informative character and has been focused on a specific set of housing and urban topics, whereas this 2nd CIHEL, with a more comprehensive title “Housing, Cities, Territory and Land Use Development”, points to a wider and more diversified approach to these topics, either as refers to their component elements, or as regards their influence, hopefully positive, on a balanced but meaningful development of the respective countries.

The Congress will be promoted and hosted by the Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC) in conjunction with the Group Habitar (GH) - non-profit making technical and scientific association with headquarters at the Architecture and Town-Planning Division (NAU) of LNEC -, and in co-operation with various public and private bodies, also committed with the organisation of this congress and which will be soon disclosed.

The structure responsible for the promotion, dissemination and organisation of the Congress will consist of a Committee of Honour, a Board of Directors, a Permanent Secretariat of CIHEL, an Advisory Committee, a Scientific Committee, an International Organising Committee, an Organising Committee and a General Secretariat.

Board of Directors of the 2nd CIHEL: António Baptista Coelho (LNEC and GH); António Reis Cabrita (LNEC, UCP and GH); Jorge Grandão Lopes (LNEC).

Scientific Committee of the 2nd CIHEL: the scientific committee is chaired by Paulo Tormenta Pinto (ISCTE-IUL, CIAAM and GH), has pluridisciplinar character and integrates individuals from various bodies and nationalities.

Permanent Secretariat of CIHEL: Ana Vaz Milheiro (ISCTE-IUL and CIAAM); Anselmo Cani (UEM); António Baptista Coelho (LNEC and GH); António Gameiro (UAN); António Reis Cabrita (LNEC, UCP and GH); Estanislau Silva Ferreira (MIGB); Francisco Oliveira (FAUTL and CIAUD); João Filgueiras Lima; José Dias; Khaled Ghoubar (FAU-USP and GH); Manuel Correia Fernandes (FAUP and GH); Margarida Louro (FAUTL and CIAUD); Paulo Tormenta Pinto (ISCTE-IUL, CIAAM and GH); Sheila Walbe Ornstein (FAU-USP and Museu Paulista USP); Teresa Madeira (ISCTE-IUL and CIAAM); Vasco Rato (ISCTE-IUL and CIAAM)

Soon will be disclosed the composition of the committees mentioned above, as well as all the sponsorships and financial supports received.

Submission of Papers
The participants wishing to submit papers still have one final opportunity to send the corresponding abstracts and pre-registrations, EXCLUSIVELY to the following email address:

Deadlines and dates:

. 2nd Call for Papers, deadline for submission of proposals of papers (abstracts): 30 July 2012.

. Notification of acceptance of proposals of the 1st Call: 30 July 2012.

. Notification of acceptance of proposals of the 2nd Call: 14 September 2012.

. Deadline for submission of final papers and complementary data: 5 November 2012.

. Deadline for the final selection and possible revision of papers: 30 November 2012.

. Deadline for the submission of the final revision (if applicable): 15 December 2012.

The first CIHEL - at ISCTE

Guidelines for abstracts:
The abstracts must be preferably written in Portuguese language; abstracts written in Spanish, French and English are also accepted (but no simultaneous translation is scheduled) –, in [.doc] format. The preferred topic (Congress Topics A to H) shall be indicated in the abstract.

The applicable rules, terms and conditions for abstracts will be those indicated in detail on the website of the Congress. Nonetheless, the general guidelines are as follows:

• The content and presentation of the subject chosen for the paper must be clear, consistent and clearly related with the general theme and with the topics chosen for the 2nd CIHEL.

• The abstract must develop the subject not only in a descriptive manner, but also as a substantiated critical view of the subject addressed. The abstract must have the following structure: contextualisation of the problem, objectives of the paper/work, methodology/work, case study/work object of the paper, results/conclusion.

Note: the website of the Congress indicates the guidelines for submission of: (i) abstracts; and (ii) final papers.

The length of the abstracts cannot exceed 600 words (1 A4 format page).

Identification of the authors of abstracts and brief CV:

The authors must identify their works in accordance with the mentioned rules and must enclose a brief CV (max. 150 words).

General Programme (other events):

(i) 11th and 12th March: Workshop programme

Before the Congress a set of workshop sessions will take place at LNEC’s Congress Centre on March 11 and 12. The main goals of the workshop programme are the presentation and discussion of selectedCongress topics. It will have the participation of various LNEC sectors and other invited experts in the various fields around the Congress theme. The Workshop programme will be disclosed in the 2nd Circular as refers to the subjects to be addressed and the lecturing group. The Workshop is also due to integrate a half-day technical visit to the Lisbon Metropolitan area.

(ii) Technical Exhibition

Simultaneously with the 2nd CIHEL, a technical exhibition, devoted to documents, services, institutions, companies, materials and equipment related with the topics addressed in the Congress, will also take place at LNEC’s Great Conference Hall, building Manuel Rocha. Those interested in participating in this exhibition should contact the General Secretariat of the Congress.

(iii) 13 to 15 March: Congress

The detailed programme of the 2nd CIHEL will be disclosed in the 2nd Circular of the congress.

(iv) Post-congress visits

Depending on the number of participants interested, the post-congress visits will take place on 16 March (Saturday).

Registrations and fees

The registration in the 2nd CIHEL and in the complementary activities will be made available in due time.

The fees will be indicated in detail in the 2nd Circular, and special discounts, in particular for students will be taken into account.

The maximum estimated fees (including VAT), for non-students, for the Workshop and Congress are as follows:

Workshop: Eur. 120.00.

Congress: Eur. 330.00.

Workshop and Congress: Eur. 400.00.

Post-congress visit: to be defined in due time.


The renovation of the logotype of CIHEL has been performed, similarly to the logotype of the 1st CIHEL, within the framework of the school activities of the Vocational Course of Graphic Design Technician of the Secondary School of Sacavém – a school that normally integrates various students connected with different Lusophone countries.

LNEC’s Congress Centre 

Topics to be developed during the 2nd CIHEL

The eight topics proposed are presented below from a) to h).

In terms of papers, each topic may be addressed in relation to one or various aspects as follows:

(i) presentation of advancements achieved and relevant aspects in the theories, concepts and practices;

(ii) dissemination of strategies and intervention methodologies (planning, analysis and diagnosis, design, work);

(iii) discussion of economic issues and those related with quality assurance, as well as with legal, administrative and financial framework;

(iv) presentation, analysis and discussion of case studies and good practices.

a) Urban and housing policies and programmes
Presenting and discussing urban and housing policies and programmes within the Congress general theme.
Taking into account the public and sectorial policies and the importance of rehabilitation and management.
In view of a reality often marked by critical needs and limited resources, and considering a perspective associated to the development of society and the comprehensive objectives of sustainability.

b) Inhabited city, territory and environment
Developing links between environment, accessibilities from a multimodal perspective, landscape and a live city, which is expected to be the dynamic element of a sustainable development, both cohesive and integrated, acting in a friendly manner towards the natural landscape.
The research and training about the city and the evolution of the human habitat, by taking into account the “new” urban world of megacities and mega peripheral areas.
Considering the city as a space for living, for culture, for territorial vitalisation, competitiveness and for social and territorial cohesion.
Taking into account the equilibria: city-country; inhabited city-industrial city; and urban dynamic world- appropriate environment, by simultaneously considering the strategies of adaptation and mitigation in view of natural and technological hazards.

c) From urbanity in the public space to the informal city
Deepening the perspectives of humanisation of the urban world, as a well inhabited and equipped space.
Taking into account the various infrastructuring profiles and the potentialities of the public space and of urban and social services.
Developing the aspects related with the analysis, reorganisation, urban acupuncture and the positive filling of the city; and taking into account the safety factors, the promotion of feelings of belonging and the preventions of criminality and incivility.
Considering the most adequate ways of re-inhabiting the centre and of reorganising peripheral areas.
Presenting and discussing the methods and actions for intervening and reurbanising the “informal city”.

d) Inhabiting the rural communities
Characterising housing in rural communities, considered as a urban pattern, both decisive and vitalising, within the organisation of developing societies, and as an emergent process in more structured contexts.
A process marked by the increasing awareness of the environment, by the re-interpretation of old ways of life and by the prospects of “returning to the country”.

e) From social interest housing to typological diversification
Aiming to discuss the right to have access to housing and to supported housing and the most adequate practices for the various social, institutional and economic agents associated to housing promotion.
Envisaging a diversification and a strategic suitability of housing solutions (from the household to the neighbourhood).
Discussing the most appropriate relocation options.
Considering the relation between housing solutions, ways of life, as well as functional and comfort demands - by taking into account both old and new ways of inhabiting, the desires, needs and relations between family and neighbourhood and between neighbourhood and city .
Taking into account the alterations in the ways of life, as well as the role and the integration of the new technologies in the city and in the household space.

f) Integrating the urban and housing rehabilitation
Aiming to achieve a relation between inhabiting and rehabilitation, by considering the multiple importance of building in the built area and of filling and densification in the expansion of an extended urban sustainability, also covering the issue of urban voids.
Taking into account the main tools of urban and housing rehabilitation, by emphasising the habitability analyses.
Envisaging a vitalising urban and housing rehabilitation, being socially integrative, functionally diversified and capable of improvement.

g) Construction systems, methods, technologies and materials
Presenting and discussing systems, methods, technologies and materials aimed to the new constructions and to the housing and urban rehabilitation.
Considering aspects related with the cost-benefit relation and, particularly, with the lack of resources, the techniques and means locally available and the suitability in terms of environmental comfort.
Considering the connection of these subjects to the various aspects of the environmental, economic and socio-cultural sustainability.

h) Research and urban and housing intervention practices
Adapting the communities and the inhabitants to the urban and architectural proposals.
Considering the exhaustion of the construction solutions and the quantification of the investment in maintenance.
Taking into account the evolution in the urban and household uses and needs; the relationship with dwellers and the associated participation.
Considering the application of various procedures for analysing satisfaction, with particular emphasis on Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE); and the pluridisciplinarity action in the urban and housing intervention.

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