This issue includes the first version of the international Conference on Utopian & Sacred Architecture Studies (USAS) was held from 11 -13 June 2019 in association with Universita degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. The conference included many discussions that covered extremely important topics and presented theories and practices stimulated over the last five centuries in a wide range of scientific areas such as historiography, political science as well as literary and art studies. 


  1. Utopia and religious and spiritual architecture
  2. Historical influence of ancient cities on new life
  3. Reconstruction of old theological buildings
  4. Utopian views for the future of cities: beyond sustainability
  5. Art, life, and prefiguration: stories of contemporary art and intentional communities
  6. Sacred spaces: opportunities for promoting social inclusion and diversity
  7. Fictional spaces and imagery places: the language of built space
  8. Religion enquiry in art & architecture


Published: 2019-11-12

Residential neighbourhoods: utopia and sustainability

Claudia De Biase, Bianca Petrella

20 - 30

Votive altars: domestic signals to inhabit the Sacred

Claudio Gambardella, Valentina Sapio

31 - 38

Sacred places: spaces for a dialogue among cultures

Olimpia Niglio, Luigi Guerriero

90 - 95

The lighting refurbishment of places of worship: The case study of the Church of “Santa Maria di Piedigrotta”

Laffi Roberta, Sibilio Sergio, Scorpio Michelangelo, Ciampi Giovanni, Rosato Antonio, Yorgos Spanodimitriou

102 - 112

The role of cloisters in historical cities

Luigi Maffei, Massimiliano Masullo, Roxana Adina Toma, Danila Jacazzi

114 - 118

Application and Analysis of Axial Symmetry in Sacred Architecture

ZHANG Junjun, HU Xinyi, ZHANG Hong

130 - 135

Pozzolanic Mortars for Restoration of Sacred Tuff Masonry Structures

Mariateresa Guadagnuolo, Giorgio Frunzio, Michelina Monaco, Anna Tafuro

160 - 164

The Conservation of Sixteenth Century Church Santa Maria of Montedecoro in Maddaloni

Mariateresa Guadagnuolo, Giuseppe Faella, Marianna Aurilio, Mariano Nuzzo

165 - 170

Religions Culture Sharps the Space

Xiaowen Wu, Claudio Gambardella

184 - 193

The Sacred Freespace

Francesco Costanzo, Gaspare Oliva

202 - 209