3rd International Academic Conference on Places and Technologies

Keeping up with technologies to create a cognitive city by highlighting its safety, sustainability, efficiency, imageability and liveability



The University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture and
Professional Association Urban Laboratory


Dr. Eva Vaništa Lazarević
Conference Director, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture, Belgrade, Serbia

Dr. Milena Vukmirović
Conference Executive Coordinator, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Forestry, Belgrade, Serbia

Dr. Aleksandra Krstić-Furundžić
The University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture, Belgrade, Serbia

Dr. Aleksandra Đukić
The University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture, Belgrade, Serbia



We are entering the third season of the International Academic Conference on Places and Technologies event this April 2016, and I am really pleased that in spite of the socioeconomic framework, we were able to initiate the new, revitalized cycle of this important event.
We had two notable results form 2014 Conference. These include valuable publications Keeping up with technologies to improve places published by Cambridge Scholar Publishing and Elsevier’s Energy and Buildings Special Issue on Places and Technologies, which were based upon the evaluation of the most outstanding submitted papers from our Conference. This was a powerful incentive and motivation for all of the professors from the Organizational Committee of “Places and Technologies.”
The 2016 Conference had two precedents: the first conference was held in 2014 in Belgrade, and the second was held in Slovenia in collaboration with the University of Ljubljana, with the main topic concerning the Healthy Cities. The conference will again strive to examine the formation and presentation of knowledge on technologies and the environment, as well as the ethical considerations and potential risks linked to them. By developing innovative solutions to tackle the strategic environmental problems, we are anticipating the future. This year our focus is on the Cognitive Cities, a new category within the concept of Smart Cities, which represents an advanced version of today’s urbanistic approach.
As usual, the conference program and research are based on the knowledge from several academic disciplines: Engineering and Technical sciences, but also Humanities and Social sciences. The novelty of PT2016 is Student Masterclass led by two famous international professors in urban design, which aim to spread the knowledge to the younger generations. The results of this intensive, two-day workshop will be presented at the Conference.
Different problems in the domains of urban design, urban planning, industrial and architectural design, building technologies, urban sociology, ICT, transport and traffic studies, the resilience of place, climate change, adaptive reuse, etc. will be presented and discuss in more than 90 conference papers made by professors, researchers and PhD students from all over Europe. We are particularly proud of our moderators of the sessions, who are our most notable experts in their fields, in the region and abroad. They are also the members of our Scientific Committee. The most noteworthy papers will be selected and published again in the monograph by Cambridge Scholar Publishing, Elsevier’s Energy and Building Special Issues and Facta Universitatis Series Architecture and Civil Engineering Special Issue.
My work as a scientist and professor in the areas of architecture and urbanism in the year 2016 in the Balkans and abroad, assured me of the importance of “Places and Technologies” Academic Conference and its stay as a biannual event based in Belgrade. We also aspire to establish it as a firm tradition with continuity. Our conference gave a unique insight into several important topics, and also offered an opportunity through its publishing efforts for most of our scientists and professors to advance their careers by upgrading their positions in the academic hierarchy. In large, we have the ambition to keep that status and importance amongst numerous European Conferences and we are committed to our initial goal to enthusiastically support and, hopefully, improve the level of scientific status in Serbia and the region.

Prof. Dr Eva Vaništa Lazarević, Arch.
Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade
Director of the Conference