Every two years docomomo (the international committee for documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement) organizes an international conference, bringing together docomomo members and friends from its 70 national Working Parties, as an opportunity for in-depth exploration of an important theme or aspect of the Modern Movement.
The forthcoming conference is being hosted by docomomo International and will take place at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon, Portugal, from 6 to 9 September 2016, under the theme Adaptive Reuse. The Modern Movement Towards the Future.
docomomo International conferences combine paper sessions, round-tables, workshops and tours, in accordance with the following schedule. In order to foster transnational and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the Modern Movement, the 2016 edition of the international docomomo conference will incorporate for the first time a preliminary call for sessions.
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Adaptive Reuse. The Modern Movement Towards the Future
In pursuit of the mission of docomomo, as updated in the Eindhoven-Seoul Statement 2014, the theme of the 14th International docomomo Conference will be Adaptive Reuse. The Modern Movement Towards the Future: "The aim is to promote the conservation and (re)use of buildings and sites of the Modern Movement, to foster and disseminate the development of appropriate techniques and methods of conservation and (re)use, and to explore and develop new ideas for the future of a sustainable built environment, based on the past experiences of the Modern Movement."
The Modern Movement has demonstrated its long term legitimacy, as a concept endowed with an extraordinary longevity. Relating technology, form and social commitment to one another, through an optimistic faith in progress, modern architects sought to attain new heights of functionality and flexibility in use. The challenge for today is how to deal with this modern legacy in relation to the continuously changing context of the current times, including physical, economic and functional changes, as well as fast-moving socio-cultural, political and scientific contextual values.
Preserving the architectural heritage of the 20th century requires us to take account both of the opportunity and the duty to reuse buildings which have lost their original function, which are physically and/or technically obsolete, and which no longer meet today’s ever-more demanding standards. Such matters as the demand for material and technology reuse and for spatial and functional transformations, and the updating of regulations concerning fire, seismic stability, user safety, energy efficiency and environmental comfort legislation, are all part of the contemporary agenda. This inevitably highlights the question of the value of the existing built fabric, which can be a strong resource that calls for our attention in terms of social, economic and environmental sustainability.
In its pursuit of the task of conserving and rebuilding, docomomo must itself be modern and sustainable in order to continue to fulfil the Modern Movement’s social and collective project, as modernity and sustainability are part of the primary nature of Modern Movement project itself. In our view, the Modern Movement still carries on today and into the future, as an ever-present social, spatial and technological project engaged with the community, constantly engaging with the challenge of creating a better place to live.
Contributions are invited to put together under discussion themes such as the interrelationship of modernity and modern heritage, economy and energy saving, the social mission of architecture and the responsibility of architects towards the future. These themes are intended to be discussed both as MoMo concepts, to be analysed chiefly through documentation, and as contemporary modern interventions, to be debated in accordance with the needs and conditions of today. As a multidisciplinary platform, this conference aims to investigate a cross-section of subjects that are raised by the challenge of preserving, renovating and transforming the Modern Movement legacy worldwide, alongside with the complex background of today’s changing times. In the end, the goal is to achieve a pluricultural comparison of standards and practices for intervention on 20th century heritage.
In pursuit of a holistic approach, the general theme of the conference will be elaborated through eight sub-themes: 1) Landscapes, 2) Cities, 3) Public Spaces, 4) Complexes, 5) Buildings, 6) Construction and Technology, 7) Interior Design and Furniture and 8) Theory.
What new challenges are there in the field of landscape conservation? What are the key questions related to modern authenticity in landscape? How did landscape frame the regionalist approach to Modern Movement and its preservation? Which techniques are available nowadays to document landscape? How can we increase awareness of the importance of landscape architecture in the renovation of Modern ensembles and neighbourhoods?
Keywords: Nature; Skyline; Landmarks; Earth; Identity; Ecology; Mapping technologies; Representation; Natural vs. Artificial; Townscapes; Environment.
S01 Marginal Landscape (Session Chairs: Andrew John Saniga, Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator in Landscape Architecture, docomomo ISC U+L, Australia; Jan Haenraets, Atelier Anonymous Director, docomomo ISC U+L, Belgium.)
S02 Outside In: Landscape and Building (Session Chair: Marc Treib, Professor of Architecture Emeritus, University of California, USA.)
S03 Architecture and Tourism: Rethinking Modern Leisurescapes (Session Chairs: María Macarena Cortés Darrigrande, Architecture School, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile; Susana LuísaMexia Lobo, Architecture Department, University of Coimbra, Portugal.)
How can we build innovative cities while preserving architectural heritage? Is it possible to find a balance between sustainable development and urban change? What response can we expect from the property development industry in a context of crisis? Where can we find successful strategies to fight against demolition? What can we learn from the past experiences of the Modern Movement that we can apply today in urban developments?
Keywords: Urbanity; Urbanism; Urban planning; Sustainability; Lifestyle; Infrastructures; Density; Networks; Transport; Mobility.
S04 Reuse and Valorisation of Modern Architecture in Small Towns: Images, Plans, Strategies (Session Chair: Emma Tagliacollo, National Research Council of Italy, Institute for the Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage, Italy.)
S05 Urban Conservation, Modern Heritage and Public Policies: Towards a Sustainable Approach (Session Chair: Horacio Torrent, Pontificia Univerasidad Católica de Chile, Chile.)
3) Public Spaces
New attractions and activities are constantly being promoted in order to hold the interest of the public: how can we reconcile innovation with the preservation of recreational areas? How can we manage intervention in areas belonging to many different stakeholders? What are the chief present-day problems in public areas? How should we protect and improve modern urban space?
Keywords: Urban space; Sport; Recreation; Collective; Public; Co-presence; Community; Civil Society; Appropriation; Occupation.
S06 Reinventing Modern Children’s Spaces and Places (Session Chairs: Alexandra Nave Alegre, Assistant Professor, CEris, ICIST, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Teresa Valsassina Heitor, Full Professor, CEris, ICIST, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal; Sandra Marques Pereira, Invited Professor, DINÂMIA-CET' ISCTE-IUL, Portugal.)
S07 Large Spaces into Specific Places. Challenges in Converting Buildings for Cultural Uses (Session Chair: Timo Tuomi, Adjunct professor, Department of Art History, University of Helsinki; Director, Espoo City Museum, Finland.)
Complexes are groups of ensembles of buildings that complement each other. As in a living being, when one of the organs has to be taken out, the body struggles to survive. Their sheer size and scale make the renovation of obsolete complexes a long and challenging task, but one with infinite possibilities. Which strategies have succeeded best in the renovation of complexes? Which elements can be removed and which can be added while still preserving unity?
Keywords: Infrastructures; Megastructures; Synergies; Industrial complexes; Mass housing; Health complexes; Sports complexes; Systems; Complex design; Multi-purpose.
S08 Industrial Buildings and Areas as Zones of Transformation (Session Chair: Aino Niskanen, Professor, Aalto University, Finland.)
S09 Conservation Planning for C20 Buildings (Session Chair: Catherine Croft, Director, C20 Society, United Kingdom.)
S10 The Modern Campus: Landscape Identity and Architectural Adaptation (Session Chairs: Hannah Lewi, Associate Professor University of Melbourne, Australia; Cameron Logan, University of Sydney, Australia.)
S11 Retrofitting the Modern: The Preservation of Post-War Social Housing Estates and their Adaptation to Contemporary Environmental Standards (Session Chairs: Luis Miguel Lus Arana, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering and Architecture, Zaragoza University, Spain; Lucía C. Pérez Moreno, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering and Architecture, Zaragoza University, Spain.)
S12 Revisiting African Modernism (Session Chairs: Ola Uduku, University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Miles Glendinning, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.)
What are the chief motivations that drive people to demolish modern buildings in each different country - and how can we combat these? How can we preserve character and memory in reuse projects? Are the increasing calls for the raising of environmental standards beneficial or harmful to heritage conservation? Which are the most effective new strategies to “design over a design”?
Keywords: Restoration; Conversion; Renovation; Reuse; Conservation; Occupation; Icon; Monument; Architectural programme; Functionalism; Rationalism.
S13 “A Mass of Tradition and Association:” Reviving and Reliving the Buildings Of Brutalism (Session Chairs: Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler, Sapir Academic College / Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; Ruth Verde Zein, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, São Paulo, Brazil.)
S14 Conservation and Reuse of Modern Movement Houses (Session Chair: Louise Noelle Gras, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, docomomo México, México.)
S15 The Modern Healthcare Architecture: Obsolescence and Transformation (Session Chairs: Renato da Gama-Rosa Costa, Heritage Department, Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, Fundação Oswaldo cruz (FIOCRUZ), Ministry of Health, Brazil; Ana Amora, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Claudio Galeno-Ibaceta, Architecture School, Catholic University of North, Antofagasta, Chile; Daniela Arnaut Godinho Antunes, Assistent at Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal.)
S16 Intangible Heritage and Re-Design (Session Chair: Sara Stroux, TU Delft, Netherlands.)
S17 Fifty Years after the Second Vatican Council. Taking the Modern Church into the 21st Century (Session Chairs: Sven Sterken, Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Leuven, Belgium; Thomas Coomans, University of Leuven, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Architecture, and Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, Belgium.)
6) Construction and Technology
What are the most up-to-date technologies that can improve living in modern buildings? Which are the latest technologies to conserve and restore the materiality of modern buildings? Within the decision-making process, how can we deal with “authoritative” changes? What are the most pertinent and recent case studies in modern architectural heritage restoration? Is it possible to avoid disastrous interventions?
Keywords: Restoration and rehabilitation techniques; Construction details; Energy efficiency; Seismic Retrofit; Legislation impact.
S18 Structures of the Modern Movement in the Post- WW II, Post-Colonial Societies (Session Chair: Jong Soung Kimm, SAC International, Ltd., Architects-Consultants, Korea.)
S19 Balancing Material Selection Process with Conservation (Session Chair: Kyle Normandin, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE), USA.)
S20 Innovative Construction Experiments (Session Chair: Tapani Mustonen, docomomo ISC-Technology, Finland.)
7) Interior Design and Furniture
When a building is reused, what happens to its furniture? Is it possible to conserve the concept of total work of art when a new use is imposed? Is the musealization of entire interior layouts a proper option? How can we reuse a building without destroying its character? How can one preserve modern interior designs and furnishings? How can we find a balance between the interior and its surroundings, the detail scale and the concept of global design?
Keywords: Total work of art; Atmosphere; Furniture; Lighting; Arts; Paintings; Fashion; Decorative arts.
S21 The Modern Interior – Toward a Re-Evaluation in the Context of Adaptive Reuse (Session Chairs: Zsuzsanna Böröcz, KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture, Belgium; Bárbara Coutinho, MUDE Museum (Lisbon) and IST – University of Lisbon, Portugal.)
How present-day concerns influence the historian enquiries to the past? Which theoretical matters are imperative today and why? Which buildings and sites have not yet been thoroughly studied? How the prominent architects of the Modern Movement were educated and which studying activities can we transpose to the future? Which is the role of education and acknowledgment nowadays in the preservation of modern heritage? What new insights can we arrive at concerning modern theories and history of architecture? What is still left to learn from the leading theorists of the 20th Century? What is the future of modern heritage conservation? Can we establish a network of experts to help to act in developing countries where the pressures of rapid growth impel the destruction of Modern Buildings? In the context of a new society substantially based on communication, what is the future of documentation?
Keywords: Authenticity; Ethics; Aesthetics; Unity; Integrity; Market; Society; Hypothesis; Prognostics; Reflexions; Permanence; Education; Conservation.
S22 Between Theories and Practices in the Conservation of Modern Heritage (Session Chair: Andrea Canziani, docomomo Italia, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.)
S23 CIAM Revisited (Session Chair: Carlos Eduardo Comas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.)
S24 Second Life: Modern Housing and the Aesthetics of Growth and Change (Session Chairs: Dirk van den Heuvel, TU Delft, Netherlands; Nelson Mota, TU Delft.)
S25 Education for Reuse (Session Chairs: Gonçalo Canto Moniz, Department of Architecture, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal; Carolina Quiroga, University of Buenos Aires, University of Belgrano, Argentina; Uta Pottgiesser, Ostwestfalen-Lippe, University of Applied Sciences, Germany.)
S26 Reuse as Activism: Towards Hybrid Strategies of Curating and Preservation of Modern Architectural Heritage (Session Chairs: Henrieta Moravčíková, Department of Architecture, ÚSTARCH SAV, Slovakia; Maria Topolčanská, Department of Architecture, ÚSTARCH SAV, Slovakia.)
S27 docomomo International of Tomorrow (Session Chairs: Maristella Casciato, Universitédu Québec à Montréal, Québec, Canada; France Vanlaethem, Universitédu Québec à Montréal, Québec, Canada.)
S28 Exploring Theories for Adaptivity (Session Chair: Marieke Kuipers, Delft University of Technology, NL Cultural Heritage Agency, The Netherlands.)
S29 Disruption and Continuity: the Challenge Of Conversive Modernism (Session Chair: Panayotis Tournikiotis, docomomo Greece, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Greece.)
May - 28 June 2015
31 July 2015
3 August - 18 October 2015
30 November 2015
14 February 2016
13 March 2016
17 April 2016
1-5 September 2016
6-9 September 2016
10-12 September 2016
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Call for papers.
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