Launching – lancement – lancering DOCOMOMO Belgium

By DOCOMOMO Belgium / January, 7, 2012 / 0 comments

free LECTURES | 15.03 & 16.04.2012 | 20:00 | Brussels

DOCOMOMO Belgium will introduce itself to the general public with international guest speakers on the 15th of March with the architects Hubert-Jan Henket and John Allan and on the 16th of April with the architect and historian Jean-Louis Cohen.

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Penguin Pool London © John Allan

Hubert-Jan Henket, co-founder and honorary president of DOCOMOMO International will speak about DOCOMOMO and its importance as international network and collaboration platform on Thursday, March 15th.  The Dutch architect Henket was actively engaged in the architectural education at the Barlett School London, TU Eindhoven and TU Delft for years. He was promoter of the doctor honoris cuasa for Sir Norman Foster. Next to his activities for DOCOMOMO, he is also chairman of the Rietveld-Schröderhuis-foundation  Utrecht, of the Rietveld archive and of the foundation ‘Van Doesburghuis’  Meudon (France). In 2010 he won the World Monument Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for the restoration of the Sanatorium Zonnestraal Hilversum (The Netherlands).

After the lecture by Henket, the British architect John Allan (Avanti Architects) gives a disquisition about the conservation problems of modern heritage, using different examples closely allied to its applications. Allan won several prestigious prices for the restoration and extension of modern masterpieces including the RIBA Conservation Award in 2005 for the restoration of the Isokon apartment building London. The restoration of the famous iconic Penguin Pool at the London Zoo belongs as well to his oeuvre. For this Penguin Pool, Allan invented together with the original designer Lubetkin, ingenious solutions for the very fragile reinforced concrete structure. The Penguin Pool, with his spiral ramps is now one of the monumental masterpieces of the U.K..

The French architect and historian Jean-Louis Cohen will discuss the documentary of the modern movement on Monday, April 16th. Cohen will guide us through his years of research in architecture and urban planning during the 20th century and will explain this according to a broader political and social context. Cohen is Professor at the prominent Columbia University New York and has distinguished international and academic respect for his architectural-historical reflection. Cohen is especially known for his publications on the life and work of Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. He also is regularly curator of several exhibitions in international renowned art institutions including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) New York and the Centre Pompidou Paris.

WHEN: Thursday, March 15th and Monday, April 16th 2012 at 20h00
WHERE: Auditorium Stynen, Abbaye de La Cambre 21, B-1000 Brussels