The Architecture in the Age of Austerity Seminar 2013


A wide variety of proposals were presented that, using traditional construction, architecture and urbanism as a reference, seek to improve the contemporary practice in these fields, making it more responsible, more sustainable and more committed to the preservation of our heritage in its broadest sense.


The Architecture in the Age of Austerity Seminar, organized by the Rafael Manzano Prize with the collaboration of Notre Dame University School of Architecture (Indiana, EEUU) and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the support of INTBAU Spain and the Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional (CIAT), was held on 18, 19 and 20 June 2013 at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid School of Architecture.

With a full room, despite the intensity of the program, and a magnificent audience, the seminar was a success, becoming an excellent platform for the exchange of ideas and generating interesting debates among the attendees.


In this publication Architecture in the Age of Austerity, an abstract of each lecture, as well as information on the initiatives developed by Richard H. Driehaus in Spain and Portugal, have been gathered, as every year. It can be downloaded for free here.

Videos of the lectures

The record and digital edition of these conferences has been made by the audiovisual services team of the School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

First Day

Presentacion del Seminario
Rafael Manzano Martos
The Architectural Tuning of Settlements
Leon Krier
Teaching Traditional Architecture and Urbanism in Notre Dame University
Michael Lykoudis
The Intellectual History of Traditional Architecture and Urbanism
Samir Younés
Presentación de INTBAU España
Javier Cenicacelaya y Pablo Álvarez Funes
Presentación del Libro La Arquitectura de la Comunidad
Leon Krier
Presentación de The Imperfect City y Architects & Mimetic Rivalry
Samir Younés
New Traditional Architecture Projects in Central America
Ricardo Arosemena
Urban Regeneration of the Slums: The Corviale in Rome and the Zen in Palermo
Ettore Mazzola
La Preservación de la Arquitectura Tradicional en España
José Luis Garcia Grinda

Second Day

Reclaiming Urbanism through the Street and the Block
Stefanos Polyzoides
A Phenomenology of New Traditional Architecture and Urbanism
Lucien Steil
Talleres de Terrachidia en M’Hamid (Marruecos)
Oriol Domínguez y Alejandro García Hermida
From Town to Suburb: The Loss of Urban Form in the American Suburb
Selena Anders
El Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional (CIAT) de Boceguillas
Fernando Vela Cossío
Presentación del Libro Contemporary Classical Architects
Lucien Steil
Presentación de la revista Teatro Marittimo (Arquitectura + Cine)
David Rivera Gámez
Cayalá (Guatemala), la Ciudad Moderna
María Sánchez y Pedro Godoy
Trabajando por la continuidad de la tradición arquitectónica portuguesa
Jose Cornelio da Silva
Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse Projects in Florida
Frank Martínez
Trabajos de Restauración en la Real Colegiata de Roncesvalles (Navarra)
Leopoldo Gil Cornet