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The 2016 IASTE Conference: Legitimating Tradition
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12/17/2016 to 12/20/2016
When: 12/17/2016
Where: Marina Hotel Kuwait
Kuwait City

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“Legitimating Tradition” is the theme of the 15th conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) to be held in Kuwait City, Kuwait from December 17-20, 2016. This conference seeks to ask: What role does tradition play in legitimating practices that produce place-based or placeless built environments? In the particular context of tradition, legitimacy can have several meanings, including authenticity, legality, and the possession of value or worth.  These aspects of legitimacy are not inherent within traditions themselves, but are bestowed by agents for particular reasons.

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Inquiries should be directed to IASTE 2016 Conference, Center for Environmental Design Research, 390 Wurster Hall #1839, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1839, USA. Phone: 510.642.6801, fax: 510.643.5571, e-mail:

IASTE is an academic, non-profit association based at the University of California, Berkeley since 1988, and its activities have included the publication of a semi-annual journal, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, and an ongoing Working Paper Series. IASTE’s bi-annual conferences have taken place in various locations, including Beirut, Tunis, Paris, Cairo and Hong Kong, on themes concerned with sustainability, development and the built environment, and issues of culture and identity.

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