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Charter – Ripam

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In 2005, researchers, academics, historians, conservation scientist, architects, curators…from countries and institutions from the Mediterranean Basin wished to establish links around the issues of the architectural heritage.
They alternately organized meetings on each bank side of the Middle Sea, in Meknes (Morocco, 2005), Marrakesh (Morocco, 2007), Lisbon (Portugal, 2009, M’Sila (Algeria, 2012) and in Marseille (France, 2013).
Each time, these meetings have emphasized the will to perpetuate them, to share knowledge and to consolidate the preservation of the architectural heritage in the national policies and consciousness.
With more than one hundred participants for each meeting, these successful meetings equally put to the fore the need for a clear structure, to increase this network of skills and to turn the dynamic into a major gathering for the Mediterranean architectural heritage.
The present charter defines this spirit of cooperation and the modalities of RIPAM’s organization in order to give them a strong common identity with mutual respect.

The RIPAM are both meetings and a network of people and institutions working for the knowledge and the preservation of the Mediterranean architectural and urban heritage.

The RIPAM community includes academics, persons in charge of Cultural heritage, professionals of preservation and restoration, conservation scientists, professionals of architecture, town planners…who study, analyze and work on all types and fields of architectural heritage: history, architectural categories (urban, rural, industrial, official, domestic…), archaeomaterials and material conservation, techniques of construction and restoration, urban structure and town planning, architectural constructions, analysis methods and investigation, documentation and archives of architecture, legislation and regulation, management and development, preventive policies…

General principles

The RIPAM are of a prime concern for exchanging thoughts and ideas on relevant topics to present research works, preservation or development.
The principles and following objectives are:

> To know and make know the Mediterranean architectural and urban heritage to participate to its preservation, transmission to future generation and development, within the framework of studies and heritage policies in close link with the issues of the contemporary Mediterranean world

> To insure this knowledge and its distribution a high scientific value, a diversity of approaches with the assertion for a Mediterranean community and the respect for the specificities of each

> To insure a balance between the participating Mediterranean countries to the RIPAM in particular by the respect of an alternation of meeting location

> To favor an organizational solidarity allowing the participants of every Mediterranean country to participate to the RIPAM

> To favor exchanges and sharing experiences.

For this purpose, the RIPAM community:

  • create a network of contacts and information exchange regarding the theme of Mediterranean architectural and urban heritage
  • organize every two years a colloquium in one of the Mediterranean countries which application was retained
  • designate an organization which complies with the relevant statements and the ability for organizing colloquiums


• RIPAM’s Organization

A permanent committee:

– Function
>To guarantee the spirit of the RIPAM and insure their sustainability
> To stimulate and mobilize networks in particular the national networks of skill
> To insure the distribution and communication about RIPAM towards the community and to every interested person or institution

> To oversee the organization of the colloquiums by insuring:

  • the management of the application for the organization of next RIPAM,
  • the designation of the authority selected for the organization of the colloquium,
  • the support of the local steering committee created for the colloquium
  • the support of the organization : agenda of RIPAM, registration’s cost, call for participation, documents, publication


– Composition

The permanent committee is composed by two representatives (maximum) of each local steering committee which organize the five last RIPAM and the 2 next ones, with the support of the General Secretary.

The permanent committee meets at least once a year
For each steering committee’s meeting, the chair session is alternately entrusted by one member of the permanent committee.

The permanent committee meets once a year

The permanent committee entrusts the General Secretary for 4 years – two RIPAM’s sessions – to one moral person or institution, member of permanent committee. The general secretary is chosen by the majority of the member presents


A General Secretary

It insures the coordination and the diffusion with the permanent committee members.

It proposes the agenda, the date, and the place of the permanent committee meetings. It assists the meetings and drafts reports.

It insures the distribution of information by all possible means with the RIPAM’s community network. It sets up a file, a mailing list of the RIPAM’s community. It manages the web site and the visuals dedicated to the RIPAM.

It insures the link between the permanent committee and the local steering community.

The General Secretary is insured by the CICRP from 2014 to 2017 and Roland May is designated as general secretary from 2014 to 2017


A Local steering committee

A local steering committee is created by the authority which organizes the RIPAM in the country which application was retained by the permanent committee.

It is in charge for the organization of the RIPAM session with the respect to the specifications (see. below): call of communication, material organization and logistics, distribution and communication about the RIPAM session, the availability of summaries to congress participants.

It appoints 2 representatives (a permanent and his deputy) who will be member of the permanent committee.

It establishes a scientific committee including the permanent committee. The scientific committee is in charge of peer review the communications proposals, selecting them and establishing the scientific program of RIPAM, colloquium. It is also in charge of selecting articles to be published.


• RIPAM’s Colloquium : organization and specifications

To guarantee the scientific value and the balance of the RIPAM colloquiums, the following principles are defined and overseen by the permanent committee:

– The colloquium takes place every two years. A call of application and a timetable are launched at the end of a RIPAM’s colloquium by the permanent committee for a RIPAM N+2 (ex. Call of application for the RIPAM 8, 2019 during the RIPAM 6, Tunis, 2015)

For the oral communications, the local steering committee facilitates an easily understood ensuring their translation in one of the official and international language.

Publications and supports of distribution are published in one of the three languages : English, French or Arab with an abstract in one of the others two languages, at least

The local steering committee is responsible of the material organization of the colloquium.

Charter reviewed and adopted in Meknès the 28 February 2015
 Kamel Said, Mustapha Haddad Ripam 1, Université de Meknès, Maroc, 2005.
Mili Mohamed, Ripam 4, Université de M’sila, Algérie, 2012.
Roland May, Philippe Bromblet, Ripam 5, CICRP, France, 2013
 M Fabio Fratini, Ripam 7, Italie, 2017