Conference 2019

The Cornish Buildings Group and Historic England invite new and challenging paper submissions for a forthcoming two-day conference to celebrate 50 years of the Cornish Buildings Group.

The two-day conference will explore and discuss the conference question:

What is unique about Cornish buildings?

Our theme will unite aspects of Cornish architectural design with distinctiveness and exclusivity. We welcome submissions from any area or discipline relative to the past, present and future of buildings within Cornwall and how they impact and affect the natural environment.

Our conference will build on the content of our 2015 and 2017 conferences in which we focused on the county’s rich architectural history and contemporary design philosophies. We encourage papers that embrace research looking at Cornish distinctiveness in the widest possible sense.

Conference papers (30-40 minutes) will critically engage with our key conference question and will be relative to the Cornish built environment. Topics for discussion might include

· Cornwall’s distinctive architectural style and indigenous building types

· Buildings stones of Cornwall

· Prehistory and ancient houses

· Norman, medieval, pre-and post-Reformation churches

· Chapels and meeting houses

· Architectural development of the Cornish country house

· Vernacular, agricultural, commercial and industrial buildings

· Follies, garden structures & coastal dwellings

· What constitutes good distinctive design?

· Town and streetscapes

· Buildings for tourism and leisure

· How design impacts and shapes the Cornish landscape

· Green, sustainable, permanent and temporary structures

· Architecture into the 21st century

· Case studies of distinct Cornish buildings

· Heritage at risk

· Place-making

Paper submissions of 250 words can be submitted to Paul Holden, FSA, at cornishbuildingsgroup@gmail.com Deadline for submission is 31 August 2018.

Conference date: Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March 2019

Venue T.B.C in Central Cornwall.