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

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Conserving Energy with
Traditional Construction


The management of the earth’s resources is one of the most pressing issues of our times. Many would say it is the most pressing. Architecture, as one of the major consumers of these resources, must play a major role in their management. and conservation.


The materials used in all of today’s new buildings represent an enormous proportion of the total consumption of the planet’s resources. Minerals, geological formations, petroleum products, metals and timber are all used for construction. All except the last, timber, represent finite non-renewable assets.


Also the actual construction processes consume a vast amount of the world’s energy in fabrication, site works and transportation.


The occupation of buildings requires heat, light, environmental controls and the running of all manner of appliances. The energy demands of all these elements are massive.


Added to that is the polluting effect consequent upon the construction and operation of any building.


Nor should we forget to take account of the decommissioning and demolition of buildings for this often involves the jettisoning of myriad resources accompanied by environmental degradation.


Given that architecture plays such a major part in the consumption of world resources, the design of buildings should surely take account of this at every stage and seek a responsible and rational approach. Unfortunately this is not generally the case at present.


Many buildings of today, flaunt their extravagant use of modern materials like glass, steel and plastics regardless of the implications for supply of resources.


Once occupied these buildings place heavy demands on technology to regulate the internal environments they create. The technologies in turn are greedy of resource and so a spiral of increasing consumption is promoted.


The future decommissioning of such buildings with their elaborate and quickly outdated technology represents a store of problems for generations to come.


Traditional architecture provides the only real answer for reducing consumption at every stage of a building's life.


Many of the materials used in traditional construction are naturally available with low technology working and as far as possible are locally sourced.


Traditional heavyweight construction simplifies internal environmental control reducing the dependence on sophisticated technology.


Prefabricated elements and their associated transport costs are employed in limited fashion as site assembly takes the major role.


The demolition of a traditionally constructed building is a relatively rare occurrence as traditional architecture is highly adaptable to new uses and traditional style is not subject to the whims of fashion. Traditional materials and construction are the most durable there are and with proper maintenance can last virtually for ever. They do not require constant and expensive maintenance and renewal and in many respects improve with time and weathering.


However, if a traditional building is demolished the materials are suitable for recycling or disposal with minimal damaging environmental impact.


If we are serious about conserving world resources for future generations in the way we build there is no alternative to traditional architecture.





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