AIPAI 2° General States of Industrial Heritage

AIPAI 2° General States of Industrial Heritage

The Italian Association for Industrial Archaeological Heritage –AIPAI, wanting to celebrate 25 years of commitment regarding the census, knowledge, protection and enhancement of industrial heritage, organizes and promotes the 2nd General States of Industrial Heritage, which will take place in Rome from 9th to 11th June 2022, in order to gather scholars, administrations, institutions responsible for conservation and protection, planners, associations, tour operators and everyone involved in the vast endeavouring this, still-young, area of heritage.

Contemporary territories and cities are innervated by the signs of production and work: from those imprinted in the post-industrial landscape to those recognizable in the organization, aspirations and criticalities of our contemporary society.  They are the visible effects of a very near past, impossible to overlook because of the cultural, economic, social and environmental challenges of the present and the upcoming years.

Therefore, the recovery of the Industrial Heritage is strategic and it passes through the recognition of industrial heritage’s values, which leads to the emergence of conspicuous deposits of memory, capable to help to understand possible ways and structures of the society and contemporary individual, thanks to the affirmation and spreading of Industrial Archaeology’s methods.

It is a process of collective enhancement that makes even clearer the urgent need to disseminate the tools of investigation, reading and protection that have been the prerogative of Industrial Archaeology’s founding disciplines from the very beginning, starting with the historical, economic, architectural, technological and industrial ones, to which over the years new and essential sensitivities have been added, like those concerning landscape characteristics and sanitary and environmental qualities of post-industrial territories. In this familiarization with the recent past, a fundamental role must be certainly recognized in the different forms and operators of industrial tourism, as well as in the affirmation of heritage marketing considered as a resource for the enterprises and their territories.

European cities, especially Italian ones, show signs of a secular patrimonial stratification that goes beyond the very borders of Industrial revolutions. Productive vocations, which have been perpetuated over centuries or millennia, the extended exploitation of natural resources, the amazing longevity of infrastructures or hydraulic works in order to support production –firstly artisan-organized and then industrial –are a widespread feature of our land capable to place the Industrial Heritage at the centre of the stories’ interest –economic, construction, architecture, building’s ones– and in the middle of government, planning, project and entrepreneurial initiatives.

In the general climate of rethinking urban contexts and productive lands, there are many areas that challenge the Industrial Heritage’s operators in order to offer plural environment for sharing studies, methodologies, good practices and positive experiences.

For this reason, the congress appears very articulated, with 11 thematic areas that introduce a broad and new reflection not limited only to the classic fields and specialisms of Industrial Archaeology.

We start from the machine, the industry’s pivot, to broaden our eyes to cities, territories and landscapes, studies, strategies and operational practices.  The patrimonial reflection is all-round and concerns, on one hand, objects and organisms: machine tools, engines, factories, industrial architectures, corporate buildings, urban, regional and higher infrastructures; on the other, the documents, figurative world, communication and evidences that allow the narration of work’s memory. It regards the whole spectrum of principles and actions related to the management, use or new life of the factory, architecture and industrial areas: from restoration to recovery, regeneration practices, it appears necessary to implement complete and culturally compatible visions for a contemporary use of heritage.

At the centre, there are the need and opportunity to build a shared awareness of heritage recognition. This leads to a conscious enhancement of industrial cultural resources, to the cooperation between protection bodies, universities and companies, like AIPAI, for the definition of an informed protection, of every order and degree, from local and planning measures to national ones, from the patterns implemented in the management and development of UNESCO sites of Industrial Heritage present in the World Heritage List to the several and multiple strategies tested in the design practice. Basically, there is the ability to involve the resources and land’s subjects in the process of sustainable protection and regeneration, by inserting them into the national and international network.

Therefore, the congress vision shows a broad perspective and it is well represented by the presence of thematic areas, which regard all current issues of the Industrial Heritage. Finally, the numerous sessions propose specific insights able to be integrated by those that will arise from the participants’ submissions.

The 11 thematic areas of the congress, to which 35 sessions are anchored, are:

– historical machines and production cycles of the industrial heritage

– cities and industrial territories

– landscapes of production

– infrastructure and urban heritage

– construction for industry: technological innovation and experimentation with materials, techniques and procedures

– memory of industry and work

– history and work culture

– restoration, conservation and recovery

– reuse and regeneration practices

– image and industry communication

– industrial tourism: experiences of use and mobility

The dates of the congress are:

– January 23, 2022 Deadline abstract submission (updated)

– January 28, 2022 Notification of approved abstracts (updated)

– March 15, 2022 Deadline full papers submission for blind review

– March 21, 2022 Notification of approved papers with review

– April 4, 2022 Deadline final paper submission

An online session will be held for foreign contributions. The instructions for the submissions, venue and for the registration fees are on the AIPAI website at The Secretariat of the organizing committee email address is


Edoardo Currà

Francesco Antoniol