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International Conference – Towards a Sustainable Urban Environment (EBUILT-2016) , brings international experts together to share recent progress and push forward for a sustainable built environment.

The recent economic crisis has shown the world that short-term thinking is not beneficial for the society. Moreover, the effects of past short-term goals are becoming clearer and more evident, ranging from climate change, pollution to social impacts. This is not only affecting an already panting global economy but also significantly impacts the quality of life in terms of basic needs such as fresh air, clean water and healthy food. Thinking in terms of sustainability is the new way to go and will, with certainty, lead to fundamental changes in the way the society thinks and acts to preserve resources for future generations.

Civil engineering is traditionally focused on construction. The meaning of “construction” however gradually extended to include all aspects of the built environment: buildings, lifelines, infrastructures and foundation soil. The issues the modern civil engineer has to solve became so complex and so intricately connected to each aspect of the built environment that teamwork and collaboration between the fields of expertise has become a must. Engineers are now faced with new challenges, like ageing infrastructure and buildings coupled with a strong demand to reduce the environmental impact of the construction industry as a whole.



The objective of the EBUILT-2016 Conference is to strengthen the cooperation between the major players in the field of Civil Engineering: Academia, through fundamental or applied research, Industrial Partners, who are facing ever stricter regulations in terms of environmental protection and Decision Makers, who should enhance the welfare of society.

At the same time, the year 2016 represents an important milestone in the history of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Building Services from The “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, marking 75 years of Civil Engineering higher education in Romania.

In March 1937, when the Parliament of Romania voted the Law of Education, the technical higher education is transferred to the new established Polytechnic School which was, at that time, one of the few higher education institution in Romania qualified to issue engineer’s degrees. The new institution took from the very beginning the name of Gheorghe Asachi, the founder of the Romanian technical education.

Based on the Enactment no. 989 from November 13th, 1941, published in the Official Journal of Romania no.270, the Faculty of Civil Engineering was set up at the Polytechnical Institute of Iasi. After the 1948 education reform, the civil engineering education in Iasi has passed through a continuous development and diversification period. There were established several curricula based on type of attendance (day, evening and long distance courses), duration of studies (long or short term), admission requirements as well as the number of specialization fields.