The first version of the International Conference on Utopian & Sacred Architecture Studies (USAS) was held from 11 -13 June 2019 in association with Universita degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. The conference included many discussions that covered extremely important topics and presented theories and practices stimulated over the last five centuries in a wide range of scientific areas such as historiography, political science as well as literary and art studies. It was a very successful conference.
The Conference was held in one of the most spiritual cities –the city of Aversa –, one that contains a real-life model of sacred architecture and spiritual buildings.
The conference was held under the patronage of Prof. Claudio Gambardella (Chairman - Department of Architecture and Industrial Design, Univ. degli Studi della Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", Prof. Ferdinando Trapani - National Coordinator of the agreement "IEREK" - Inter - University Network- Department of Architecture, Universita degli Studi di Palermo, Prof. Rosanna Cioffi - Pro- Rector to Culture - Universita degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Prof. Luigi Maffei Director of Dadi - Department of Architecture and Industrial Design.
Similarly, reputable figures took part such as Prof. Galal Abada, IEREK’s representative, Prof. Paolo Giordano Ph.D. Coordinator of the DADI - Department of Architecture and Industrial Design in the Universita degli Studi della Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", Luca Molinari editorial director of Platform Magazine - Department of Architecture and Industrial Design.
The conference received 73 paper submissions that were discussed over 12 sessions.
First day: Opening Ceremony and Keynote Speeches:
The opening ceremony started with greetings and short-introductions by:
Prof. Mona Helmi - Chair of the Architecture Department, University of Business and Technology, Jeddah, KSA
Prof. Niccolo Casidu - Director of DAD - Department of Architecture and Design, Universita degli Studi della Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli"
Prof. Salvatore Frigerio - Head of Collegium Scriptorium Fontis Avellanae
Prof. Alfred Jacoby - Faculty of Architecture, Facility Management & Geo-information at Anhalt University
Imam Muhiddin Gabriele Bottiglioni - Council member of the COREIS religious guides
The opening ceremony witnessed highly important speeches addressing the controversy surrounding Utopia and its successors from its origin to the present and explored the impact on and by utopian, religious, and cultural ideals.
After the lunch break, the Authors began presenting their researches while the session chairperson and moderators listened, discussed, and evaluated.
Second Day: Continuation of the Parallel Sessions & Start of the Workshop
Over the second day, remaining researchers continued presenting their work, networking and debating topics and trends in the field. Sessions throughout the conference were moderated by reputable names from the University such as professors:
Gianfranco De Matteis
Corrado di Domenico
After concluding the final sessions of the second day, a closing ceremony was held to discuss final remarks presented by the session moderators and speakers which stimulated group discussions and open debates. Key to identifying the next steps and recommendations that would assist in a buildup on the existing research and outcomes of the conference, the closing session proved helpful and fruitful.
To conclude the day and provide our researchers and academics with an opportunity to socialize and establish new connections and collaborations, participants were invited to attend a Gala Dinner.
Third Day: Workshop & Site Visit
The day started early with a tour visit to Reggia di Caserta, the royal palace and the park. After a lunch break, another tour visit to Belvedere of San Leucio and Museo della Seta Del Real Belvedere took place. Finally, group photos of all conference participants were taken as shown and the conference days concluded.