Management Committee Meeting for the COST Action C16 The Department of Architecture & Urban Design at the University of Malta has just hosted a Management Committee meeting in Malta for the COST action C16. The activity coordinated by Dr Vince Buhagiar and Perit Ruben Paul Borg, at Vilhena Palace Mdina. Professor Dennis De Lucca delivered an introductory lecture on the History of Mdina, followed by a guided tour of the old city.

COST is a concerted initiative in Co-operation in Science & Technology, an EU funded programme, running various actions. R&D results combined with practical experience of scientists are disseminated through regular meetings followed by publication of results. The COST action C16 dealt with "Improving the quality of existing urban building envelopes" with an accent on refurbishment of post-war building stock. Four workgroups were set up with members form EU member states, focusing respectively on ‘The State of the Art’, ‘Community Needs’, ‘Structural Integrity’ and ‘Cladding Elements’.

An international symposium will be held in Delft, Netherlands, on 19-20 April 2007, where a series of four publications will disseminate results on the four workgroup themes. Malta will be represented by architects Buhagiar and Borg. Results will also be available after this date on the web through