International congress on
“Architecture and Landscape in the ethnic minority territories”

7-9 september 2018  Alagna Valsesia  Italy

Call for Abstracts and Submission Procedure

Ruralia Society, with the cooperation of other scientific organizations, Georgofili Academy, Agriculture Academy of Torino, is organizing a symposium on  “Architecture and Landscape in the ethnic minority territories”   which will take place in Alagna Valsesia (VC- Italy) the 7-8 and 9th September 2018.


Alagna,  an alpine village at the foot of Monte Rosa, hosted an important Walser colony which left important and recognizable finger prints not only in Alagna, but in the whole upper  Val Sesia

RURALIA, a scientific society focused on the knowledge, conservation and valorization of the rural architecture and landscape, will be 20 years old in 2018.

To celebrate this anniversary there will be with an international symposium. The gathering of participants from different regions across Europe is expected to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and ideas..

The event is designed as a scientific 2 day conference with call for abstracts, oral presentations and posters. Technical tours to special significant sites in the area are organized on the third  day.

Official languages will be Italian and English.


The conference will take place at the Unione Alagnese Theater located in the Alagna centre close to the church.
The Theater is a significant XIX sec building well preserved outside and inside in its original state.

Special rooms will be available  to  create working to  groups on specific topics in order to build up reasearch projects.

Not far from the Unione Alagnese theater is located the Walser Museum which will  give the participants an opportunity to learn about  the architecture and Walser civilization


  1. Building typologies
  2. Materials and construction techniques
  3. Philosophies for protection, recovery actions and their sustainability
  4. Protection, reuse and valorisation evaluation of experiences and case studies
  1. Landscape formation and evolution, physical and anthropic aspects
  2. Agricultural systems and landscape
  3. Political, religious, monastic, military aspects
  4. Protection and valorisation  policies

    15th February 2018 Registration abstract presentation open

    30th April 2018 Dead line abstract submission

    30th April 2018 Abstract authors notification

    15th July 2018 Deadline for papers forwarding

All authors wishing to present papers at the congress are required to submit their abstract using the abstract submission system.

Only abstracts submitted using the online submission will be considered for the congress. Abstracts are required in Italian or English.

Abstracts should not contain any tables or figures.

Presentations will be accepted as oral presentations or posters. Please indicate your preference upon submission.

Upon submission, authors are further required to select one possible session where they think their work fits in best.

Paola Branduini - Politecnico Milano
Pierluigi Bonfanti - Università Udine
Dario Casati - Accademia dei Georgofili
Anna Costa - Università degli Studi di Milano
Antonio De Rossi - Architettura Montana Politecnico di Torino
Barbara Drusi - Università Torino
Lorenzo Jurina - Politecnico di Milano
Pietro Piccarolo - Accademia di Agricoltura di Torino
Franco Sangiorgi - Università degli Studi di Milano
Lionella Scazzosi - Politecnico Milano
Giovanna Tommaselli - Università di Catania

Marco Bussone - Vice Presidente UNICEM
Silvana Garufi - Presidente RURALIA
Anna Gualdi - Presidente Unione Alagnese
Antoniotto Guidobono Cavalchini - Vice Presidente RURALIA
Pietro Piccarolo - Accademia Agricoltura Torino
Agnese Serra - Agronomo

Authors will be informed by 30th April whether their abstracts have been accepted.

If you have any questions, please contact

Silvana Garufi
Antoniotto Guidobono Cavalchini
Massimo Lazzari
Francesco Tangora



CFP  (professional credits) have been requested to the Architects and Agronomist Professional organisations

Under the auspices of: :

Unione Alagnese

Chambra d’Oc


Regione Piemonte Assessorato alla Cultura

UNCEM Piemonte

Accademia dei Georgofili

Accademia Agricoltura di Torino

Comune di Alagna ValSesia

Associazione Italiana Architettura del Paesaggio


Preliminary programme:

Scarica il programma

7th september 2018

8,30-9,30 Registration
9,30-13,00 Conference sessions
13.00-14.00 lunch break
14.00-17.30 conference sessions
17,30-18,30 Posters Session
20,00 Official tipical dinner




8th september 2018

9,00- 13,00 Conference sessions
13.00-14.00 lunch break
14.00-17.00 conference sessions
17,00-17,30 Closing
17,30-18,30  RURALIA members meeting

9th september 2018

9,00-18,00 visit to Walser Museum in Alagna;
excursion to a typical Walser village;
excursion to historical monuments



abstract submission in now open till 31th march 2018

Congress fees



Conference fee (regular):

€ 150


€ 70

Ruralia Members

€ 100

Official dinner  8th september 2018 h 20.00

€ 35

presso Hotel Ristorante CRISTALLO

Piazza Degli Alberghi - 13021 Alagna Valsesia VC
+39 320 2525493

Participants will receive a copy of the proceedings


Accomodation and transport information: please contact Mrs Anna Gualdi :