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Location: Scilla, Calabria

Date: 16-17 May 2019



Scilla SBE 19

Calabria Region and iiSBE Italia are pleased to announce the SBE19 conference, to be held on May 16-17, 2019 in Scilla, Italy.

The objective of SBE19 Scilla is focused on policies, programs and action plans targeted to improve the sustainability of the built environment.

The conference will address policies at all levels, from EU to cities. Attention will be given to the integration of assessment systems in policies and in the decision-making processes of public authorities. The use of assessment systems in green public procurement (GPP), funding programs, regulations, urban plans, incentive-based policies will be debated. Strategies for the harmonization of public assessment systems at building, urban and territorial levels will be also discussed.

Thematic sessions will be organized in cooperation with international organizations on:

  • Planning and managing sustainable Mediterranean cities
  • Architecture, energy efficiency and housing in the framework of Urban Agenda for the EU
  • Built environment and climate changes in the Mediterranean

The conference is organized under auspices of international conveners CIB, iiSBE, UN Environment and FIDIC and belongs to the Sustainable Built Environment regional conference series leading towards World Conference SBE20 Gothenburg.


  •  Assessment methods and tools at neighborhood, city and territorial scale;
  •  Policies, programs, regulations and standards;
  •  Cost, financing and taxation approaches for high performance;
  •   Economic and social externalities;
  •   Training and education to promote adoption of sustainable approaches;
  •   Sustainable neighborhoods and cities: case studies;
  •   Building design and operation in warm climates.


Scilla is a famous tourist destination located on a promontory at the entrance of the Strait of Messina, rightly called the “Bosphorus of Italy”: the strait looks like a large river that separates the two coasts, the Calabrese from the Sicilian.

Considered one of the most beautiful and characteristic villages in Italy, it has ancient origins: the first inhabited area of Scilla dates back to the Trojan war.

According to Greek mythology, Scylla was a sea nymph and Glaucus, a marine god, half man and half fish, son of Poseidon, fell in love with her. Glaucus went to the sorceress Circe to get a love filter. Circe, given the beauty of Scylla, taken by envy and jealousy, and after being rejected by Glaucus, turned the nymph into a monster. The story is told both in the Odyssey and in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Confused between mythology, history and legend, Scilla stands out for its magnificent views, for the castle of Ruffo (whose origins date back between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC), for the beach and for its characteristic neighbourhoods.

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