Supporters

  • Municipalidad de Valparaíso, World Heritage - Chile

    Valparaíso's bay was populated by the Changos, an old ethnic group dedicated to fishing and farming. Spaniards arrived to Valparaíso 1536, with a ship (Santiaguillo) sent by Diego de Almagro, discoverer of Chile. The captain of this ship was Juan de Saavedra and it carried men and groceries for Almagro's expedition. During colonial time, Valparaíso remained as a little village with only a few houses and church. But after Chilean Indepedence, Valparaíso became the first Chilean fleet harbour and there was opened to free trade. So, it turned into the most important harbour in Southern Pacific. It was an obligatory scale during the cross between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean via the Strait of Magellan and Cape Horn. During the golden age, Valparaíso received many immigrants. The most important colonies were from Britain, Germany and Italy. Also there were many other people from other European country. German, French, Italian and English were commonly spoken and newspapers in these languages were published. The influence of all the colonies was important. Football was introduced in Chile by English people, the two first private schools were founded (The Mackay School and Deutsche Schule), they created and joined many firemen companies (volontary activity in Chile), and the buildings reflected the european tendences. The golden age of Valparaíso ended a few years after the inaguration of the Panama Canal: ships did not favor the Strait of Magellan anymore and the harbour's movement came down. Today Valparaíso is one of the most important Chilean harbours, and the "Gran Valparaíso" (including Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Quilpué and Villa Alemana, whose naturally joined together as they grew) is third biggest population concentration in the country. In 2003 Valparaíso was declared a World Heritage Site, due of his historical importance, natural beauty, particular architecture and urbanisation.
    http://www.municipalidaddevalparaiso.cl/
  • Ministry of Culture - Supreme Council of Antiquities - Egypt

    The Supreme Council of Antiquities is the Government Body, in Egypt, concerned with - and responsible for - all aspects of running the Cultural Heritage of the Country; being in charge of its welfare, management, protection, conservation, preservation, exhibiting, documentation, research and media presentation. The support services for these tasks are undertaken by six Sectors; which cover all administrative, financial, legal, technical, engineering and scientific needs. The Six SCA Sectors are: The General Secretariat Sector, The Egyptian (Pharaonic) and Graeco-Roman Antiquities Sector, The Coptic and Islamic Antiquities Sector, The Antiquities and Museum Financial Support Fund Sector, The General Projects Sector and The Museums Sector. The highest SCA authority is the Administrative Council (Board), which acts as a Governing Body. The President of the Council is the Minister for Culture; who is the sole legal representative of SCA. The Heads of the Six Sectors form the executive core of the Administrative Council; as Permanent Members (ex officio; by virtue of their office). The Head of the General Secretariat Sector; i.e. the General Secretary, acts as the Executive Head of SCA: in running its every day functions, and directing all Sector operations and activities; with the other Sector Heads working under his direct supervision. The establishment of a Government Body in charge of Egypt's Cultural Heritage goes back to the year of 1859. Such body initially assumed the name (title) of The Department of Antiquities (under the Ministries of Public Works, Education, National Guidance and Culture; Respectively); which is the title it retained until 1971, when it acquired the new name of "The Egyptian Antiquities Organization; or EAO". The latter was transformed into the present Supreme Council of Antiquities; by virtue of the Presidential Decree Number 82 of the year 1994.
    http://www.sca.gov.eg/en/index.html
  • Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Italy

    The Ministry of Environmental and Cultural Heritage was created by Giovanni Spadolini, (law of 14 December 1974, n. 657, converted on the law of 29 January 1975, n. 5 - G.U. 14 February 1975, n. 43), with the objective of gathering under one entity the management and care of all the Environmental and Cultural Heritage of extreme national relevance.
    http://www.beniculturali.it/mibac/export/MiBAC/index.html/
  • Regione Veneto - Italy

    Veneto is one of the 20 regions of Italy. Its population is about 4.8 million, and its capital is Venice. Once the heartland of the Venetian Republic, Veneto is today among the wealthiest and most industrialized regions of Italy. Having one of the country's richest historical, artistic, cultural, musical and culinary heritages, it is also the most visited region of Italy, with about 60 million tourists every year (2007). Besides Italian, many inhabitants also speak Venetian.
    http://www.regione.veneto.it/channels
  • State Commission for the Preservation of National Monuments - Bosnia Herzegovina

    The Commission to Preserve National Monuments, established pursuant to Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (hereinafter: the Commission) decides the protection and rehabilitation measures applicable to properties designated as national monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The rehabilitation of national monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the restoration of a damaged or destroyed property to the condition it was in prior to its destruction, or the reconstruction of a national monument on the same site, in the same form, of the same dimensions and using the same or same type of materials as were used prior to its destruction, using the same building techniques wherever possible.
    http://www.aneks8komisija.com.ba/main.php?lang=4&id_struct=87
  • Direzione Regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici del Lazio - Italy

    The Lazio Regional Directorate for Cultural and Landscape Heritage is a general management office that is part of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Cultural Activities. 16 of these institutes are managed by this Ministry (Head, Museums, Archives and Libraries).
    http://www.laziobeniculturali.it/portal/page/portal/drl
  • Asociación Española de Empresas de Restauración del Patrimonio Histórico - Spain

    ARESPA (Spanish Association of Cultural Heritage Restoration Companies) is a grouping of Industrial Partners, in particular SMEs, working in the preservation of the cultural heritage in Spain. ARESPA has available a robust internal organization oriented to assist its associates in the restoration studies and works. ARESPA also aims to promote adequate conservation practices and to contribute to the interests of the companies mainly oriented to the conservation and restoration of the cultural heritage. ARESPA includes more than 40 associated companies specialized in conservation. ARESPA is interested in supporting scientific and technical research initiatives oriented to improve conservation and restoration practices and technologies, as particularly those concerning the seismic assessment and retrofitting of heritage structures.
    http://www.arespaph.com/view/acerca.php
  • Association of Earth Building (Dachverband Lehm e.V.) - Germany

    The “Dachverband Lehm e.V.” was established in 1992 as an association to promote the culture of building with earth and to represent all those interested or working in the field. Today we are the internationally recognised representative in Germany for clay and earth building. Our work in establishing technical building regulations, the “Lehmbau Regeln”, and our vocational training programme “Specialist for Building with Earth”, recognised by the Chamber of Trade and Commerce, are exemplary in Germany. The “Dachverband Lehm e.V.” lives from the input and commitment of its members. We are recognised as a non-profit organisation and are the primary forum for technical know-how and practical skills and experience in the field. A forum for the exchange of information and ideas between manufacturers, the trade, architects, academics and clients and all others who work with clay and earth.
    http://www.earthbuilding.info/index_gb.html
  • Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile - Chile

    On 4 August 1942 it was promulgated the 7211 Act which created the College of Architects of Chile, signed by the President of the Republic Don Juan Antonio Rios and his Minister of Public Works Oscar Schnacke. His article was based on the law that created the Lawyers College, the first with that legal status, and was sponsored by Mr. Gabriel González Videla and Isauro Torres. In the discussion on the Town Hall this entity is actively involved, defending the views of the architects and those of the leaders of the Association.
    http://www.colegioarquitectos.com/
  • Metadistretto Veneto dei Beni Culturali - Italy

    The venetian cluster of Cultural Heritage (Metadistretto Veneto dei Beni Culturali) is a grouping of enterprises, in particular SMEs, and Public Bodies and institutions, working together to set strategic projects for the improvement of territorial competitiveness. To date, this Cluster involves more than 280 Enterprises and 24 Public Bodies, Institutions and Associations, in the Veneto Region and beyond, operating in the field of restoration, conservation and valorization of Cultural Heritage. The main aim is that of promoting and coordinating projects at National and International level, fostering the cooperation between companies and institutions that work in the same fields. The Cluster is provided with a Scientific Committee, called “Innovation Committee” which boosts the development of the entire sector and favors the technology transfer.
    http://www.distrettobbcc.it/
  • Bekaert N.V. - Belgium

    Bekaert company, founded in 1880, is a global market leader in drawn steel wire products and applications and a technological leader in its two core competences: advanced metal transformation and advanced materials and coatings. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with headquarters in Belgium, employing 23 000 people worldwide. Serving customers in 120 countries, Bekaert pursues sustainable profitable growth in all its activities and generates annual combined sales of € 4 billion.
    http://www.bekaert.com/
  • FIP Industriale SpA - Italy

    Back in 1945 Commendatore Attilio Daciano Colbachini founded F.I.P. S.r.l, a company, which until 1962 carried out a commercial activity geared towards the distribution of technical products for the building, hydroelectric and highway sectors. In 1956 Dr. Romeo Chiarotto joined the company establishing himself as a promoter of innovation and expansion of the company by creating its industrial division, which first specialised in the design and manufacture of technical products for the large-scale construction sector and thereafter, in the development of protection and strengthening of civil engineering structures in general. Today, FIP Industriale S.p.A. under the leadership of Donatella Chiarotto have intensified their expansion to the overseas markets and operate with vanguard products and technology for civil engineering, especially in the following sectors: highways, railways, tramways, offshore platforms, port structures, dams, buildings and industrial plants. Their headquarters at Selvazzano Dentro, in the province of Padua, occupy an area of approximately 51,000 square meters and other operative units are located in Milan, Rome, Paris, Cambridge and Sao Paulo in addition to agents almost all around the world.
    http://www.fip-group.it/fip_ind_eng/index_fip.html
  • Maxfor S.r.l. - Italy

    MAXFOR Srl develops, manufactures and applies advance materials, such as fiber-reinforcedpolymers (FRP), for strengthening existing masonry and concrete structures. Applications are also fostered for wood and metal structures. Together with products, MAXFOR also develops and provides design software for planning and assessing the interventions. Experimental and numerical research for the development of application technologies and design tools is carried out independently or in cooperation with universities and research centres, in the framework of national and international funded projects.
    http://www.maxfor.com/
  • Tassullo Materiali S.r.l. - Italy

    TASSULLO S.p.A. was founded in 1909. Since then, it studies, develops, manufactures and commercializes product based on natural hydraulic lime and mortars. In this field, Tassullo is a leading industry. Its products are developed in order to reach the highest requirements of transpirability, durability and compatibility with existing masonry. Tassullo set an internal research department where all the products are developed and design in order to satisfy the demand of the modern building technology, applied to the retrofit of existing structures. The research projects and the material development are carried out independently or in cooperation with the universities and research centers, also in the framework of EU funded projects.
    http://www.tassullo.it/cms-01.00/articolo.asp?idcms=1130&s=1&l=IT
  • ENEA - Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, L’energia e L’Ambiente - Italy

    Pursuant to art. 37 of Law no. 99 of July 23rd, 2009, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) comes into being on September 15th, 2009, with the appointment and installation of its Commissioner and Sub-Commissioners. The above-mentioned Law provides that the Agency's activities are targeted to “research, innovation technology and advanced services in the fields of sustainable economic development and energy, especially nuclear energy”. Furthermore, the Agency's activities will be carried out “with the funds, instruments and personnel supplied by the former Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment”, which is abolished with effect as from the installation of the High Commissioner and Sub-Commissioners. The Agency's definition and organizational process will be finalized by an ad hoc Decree signed by the Italian Minister for Economic Development, to be adopted in concert with the Minister of Economy and Finance, the Minister for Public Administration and Innovation, the Minister of Universities and Research, and the Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea, after submitting them to the competent Parliamentary Commissions for approval.
    http://www.enea.it/
  • Institute of Engineering of the National University of Mexico - Mexico

    In 1955 IIUNAM started its activities as a civil association promoted by engineers Nabor Carrillo, Javier Barros Sierra, Bernardo Quintana, among others. In 1956, this fledgling organization joined the National Autonomous University of Mexico and occupied a space in the new facilities of University City. In 1959, emerged as the Research Division of the now College of Engineering. In 1976, by agreement of the University Council, the Engineering Institute became a university academic institution integrated into the Technical Council of Scientific Research of UNAM.
    http://www.iingen.unam.mx/default.aspx
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú - Lima, Perú

    The Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, founded in Lima in 1917, is Mexico’s number one university, one of the twenty-five best universities in Latin America and the only Peruvian university to be listed among the top five-hundred universities in the world in the international rankings. This placement is recognition of the quality of its education, research, publications, social responsibility, contribution to culture and indisputable institutional and academic leadership.
    http://www.pucp.edu.pe/en/content/index.php
  • Fidia Technical Global Services - Italy

    FIDIA, thanks to its long experience in the sector of innovative material and technologies, such as advanced composite materials (FRP, SRP, SRG) offers to Engineers, Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Professional organizations, Private and public companies and agencies, consulting services and advanced technical solutions to solve any kind of structural problems. FIDIA is specialized in the R&D, design, production and marketing of technological and innovative solutions tailored on specific problematics to solve any kind of structural problems of the existing building, infrastructure and monumental-historical patrimony. To address retrofit of historical structures FIDIA has recently developed a new line of composite material based on innovative and natural fibers that can either be impregnated with organic matrices as well as inorganic ones, based in particular to hydraulic lime mortars. This new line of products takes advantage of fibers such as flax, hemp, basalt and ultra high tensile strength steel fibers that immersed in a matrix of hydraulic lime mortar guarantee excellent bond to the substrate and overall performance.
    http://www.fidiaglobalservice.com
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