Congrès International d’Architecture Traditionnelle ...... Международный конгресс традиционной архитектуры

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What we believe

The Council for European Urbanism believes that European cities, their environs, and countryside are threatened by development trends which cause:

  • waste of natural and cultural resources
  • social segregation and isolation
  • the expansion of monofunctional uses/ single use zones
  • the loss of local, regional, and national uniqueness and cohesion.

Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, it has been recognized that the political, economic, and social division of Europe must be overcome.   The Council for European Urbanism believes that cities and regions will play a special and integrating role in this process.   Their renewal will influence the development of a diverse European Culture.

The Council for European Urbanism perceives itself as in the tradition of recent European urbanism.   It is appropriate that the CEU has been founded during the year which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first Garden City built in the world; Letchworth in England, as well as the 100th anniversary of the death of Camillo Sitte, a pioneer in urban design.

Both dates symbolize the rich European inheritance, linking the founding generation of urban designers at the turn of the 20th century, such personalities as Berlage, Cerdà, Saarinen, Semenow, Stübben, Unwin or Wagner with the European Year of historical preservation 1975.

Until that year, a decades long ruthless modernisation of the cities, often culminating in their wholesale destruction had been practiced.   For the first time on the same continent, both in Eastern and Western Europe, the historical European city was publicly declared as a common cultural resource to be protected and carefully developed.   With this, a fundamental change in city planning politics was introduced. In many countries still-intact inner city cores are a distinct European feature, to be protected and renewed.

This also applies to the tradition of the designed landscape, especially of the Baroque period and of the 18th and 19th century.   Cities like Bologna and Krakow set the standards in the 1970s by the preservation of their historical cores.   Recently, Barcelona, Bruges and Lyon have continued this path and have elaborated on it.

In order to build up esteem and public support for urban design in Europe, events such as a yearly cultural capital can be selected by the European commission or an international building exhibition can be held.   Through such events, the question of how one deals with the heritage of the city can be demonstrated through practical examples.

Of special importance for the CEU is the theme which has arisen since the collapse of communism, that of dealing with the conversion of dis-used industrial and military sites that have resulted from the economic conversion of Eastern European countries.   Of additional importance are the social questions that have resulted out of migration, the aging of society, and the contraction and growth of population in the different regions of Europe.

The initiatives, organisations, and institutions that have resulted out of this context in several European countries is seen by the CEU as a basis for European reform in urban design.   Despite certain beginnings in cross border planning and cooperation, it is recognized that many disciplines still unfortunately work in isolation at all levels: individually, locally, and nationally.






A main activity of CIAT is to hold congresses which
will be annual.

The purposes of the congresses are to -

  • Create publicity in the world at large for CIAT, its principles and new traditional architecture being built now and having been built over the last 10 or 20 years
  • Publicise the work of CIAT professional Members to the world at large. ... read more


As well as the holding of Congresses the second principle activity shall be the production of a magazine on traditional architecture featuring work of its professional Members.
The magazine shall be produced in a fine quality, full colour, hard copy only with no internet publication of it – except for certain excerpts ... read more

Here is a mockup. All contents and quality are indicative only.



CIAT shall use its resources to campaign for commissions, especially major public and commercial ones, to go to traditional architectural practices which are Founder Members and Practice Members of CIAT. ... read more


CIAT shall seek by all means possible to provide publicity for its architectural Practice Members.
As well as the congresses and the magazine these shall be promoted on the website with each Member having a listing with links to their website plus information and illustrations on the CIAT website.
The international reach of CIATwill enable Members to gain international recognition and foreign commissions.
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There are three main types of members - Practice Members, Individual Members and Sponsors

Practice Members will.
1. benefit from CIAT lobbying of procurors to employ traditional architectural CIAT Practice Members

2. enjoy the benefits of publicity for their practices in the CIAT Magazine, on the website and at Congresses

Individual Members shall receive the Journal, Newsletters and have preferential rates for Congresses.
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CIAT shall be a non-profit making organisation registered as a single organisation in a single country.
CIAT shall be administered by the Congress Board. The Board shall consist of Members elected for a predetermined term. The elections shall be held at Annual General Meetings which shall be held during the annual congresses.
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Until the advent of Modernist architecture in the early twentieth century there was no traditional architecture because all architecture was traditional. 

Every building was designed by an architect who worked out of the long tradition of architecture that extends back to the dawn of civilisation. ... read more


An annual system of awards for new traditional architecture in a number of categories shall be instigated
It shall be recognised that not only complete buildings but individual elements of buildings should be recognised provided that the building to which they belong is traditional and of some merit. This shall honour the work of artist, craftspersons, subcontractors and suppliers as essential and worthy contributors to the public and private environment.
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CIAT has already a prominent presense on Facebook, as a ready made resource. This is its page curently entitled Traditional Architecture World

It is administered by CIAT Founder, Peter Kellow who edits all the content. Traditional Architecture World has over 5000 subscribers from all over the world which increase by about 40 every week.

When the CIAT site goes public the Facebook page will change its name to Traditional Architecture International Congress and so give CIAT a ready made Facebook presense with a large following. ... read more


Free to non-members. Members automatically subscribed. This is not the magazine