Canterbury 2022
(In)tangible Heritage(s)

Design, Culture & Technology
Event Date: June 15-17, 2022
Abstract Date: March 30, 2022
Melissa del Vecchio, Robert AM Stern Architects, New York, USA. Theme: Project Soane


The buildings, towns and cities we inhabit are physical entities created in the past, experienced in the present, and projected to inform the future. The same can be said of the artefacts we use daily: designed furniture in the home, the mobile devices in our hands, the vehicles we see on our streets. However, each of these places, buildings and products had, at their inception, social and cultural roles beyond their ‘object’ status. They continue to have them today. What we understand a designed object to be then, is a complex question of material and social import, and an intricate play of the tangible and intangible identities. Increasingly, it is also a question of hybrid experiences and overlaid histories. This conference addresses the range of issues connected to this scenario.

The complexity described above is even more pronounced in the case of digital artefacts and experiences such as computational design, VR simulations of ancient buildings, mobile apps, digital photography or virtual exhibitions. Intangible at the very moment of their inception, such designed artifacts not only blur the difference between the object and the experience, but, increasingly, the past and the present. Computer generated imagery creates ‘life like’ reconstructions of historic sites. Laser scanning gives archeologists glimpses of pasts erased long ago. Computational design gives designers instant recordings of their work in progress. Coupled with digital cataloguing, it gives us the instant asynchronous design archive.

Considered in this context it is not surprising that recently questions about the nature of heritage and design have opened up to redefinitions of the tangible and the intangible. What cultural impact do digital technologies today have on how we live in the ‘real world’? How should digital reconstructions of monuments and buildings be interlaced in material existence? How are hybrid online and physical events and artefacts to be archived in the future? How do the designers of cities and buildings engage with ‘being in the world’ through the medium of a screen? Indeed, what is the future of our physical artefacts, our constructed buildings, our cultural traditions and our interpersonal engagement? What, in short, remains of the ‘aura’ of the material object, as it relates to social readings and virtual experience.

Image: Jim Higham


  • Architecture, History
  • Heritage
  • Urban Design
  • Art
  • Design
  • Technology
  • Sociology
  • Cultural studies
  • Archaeology

Key Dates

Abstract Submissions (Early)
01 July 2021
20 July 2021
Abstracts (Round 1)
30 Nov 2021
15 December 2021
Registration opens
01 January 2022
Abstracts (Round 2)
30 March 2022
Abstract Feedback
20 April 2022
Registration Closes
15 May 2022


Digital Heritage | Conservation | Preservation | Social History
Urban imaginaries | Architectural design | Museum and exhibition design
Art Practice | Art History | Art and Design | Virtual Exhibitions | Digital art
Augmented and Virtual reality | Computational Design | Digital Architecture
Cultural Studies
Social history | Art and cultural identity | Artefacts and cultural identity


In-person: In addition to seeking filmic and the virtual presentations, delegates are also welcome to attend the event in person and present directly.

Zoom: Also reflecting the virtual and mediated theme of the event, delegates are encouraged to present via Zoom.

Pre-recorded:  Pre-recorded presentations or films will be available permanently on the AMPS Academic YouTube channel.

Written papers: In all cases, delegates can present full written papers for inclusion in all associated conference publications.

Pre-recorded Videos
Written Papers


The publishers that AMPS works with include UCL Press, Routledge Taylor & Francis, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press, Libri Publishing and Intellect Books.


Conference outputs include the AMPS Proceedings Series, ISSN 2398-9467; Special Issue Publications of the academic journal Architecture_MPS ISSN 2020-9006; Books with the publishing houses listed above and short films available on the AMPS Academic YouTube Channel.


Written papers are optional.  If submitted they should be 3,000 word length. Formatting instructions to follow after the conference. All papers are double- blind peer reviewed for the AMPS Conference Proceedings Series. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions as articles in the academic journal Architecture_MPS or in specially produced conference books.



Submissions & Registration:

Registration Delegate Fee: $390 USD  |  Audience Fee: $195 USD                                                                                                  Queries:


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