NEW DOCOMOMO JOURNAL 52: Reuse, Renovation and Restoration

By DOCOMOMO Belgium / March, 9, 2015 / 0 comments

The theme of this 52nd docomomo Journal (2015/1) is Reuse, no rx Renovation and Restoration.
The aim is to discuss approaches of intervening in Modern Movement architecture, find revealing exemplar processes that go from restoration and renovation to deeper transformations and reuse interventions. The goal is to answer one of docomomo’s main tasks: how to formulate new ideas for the future of the built environment based on past experiences of the Modern Movement.

The Modern Movement has demonstrated its long term legitimacy, stuff as a concept endowed with an extraordinary and lasting longevity. Either way, it becomes increasingly important to acknowledge and value this heritage, in order to enable a skilled, informed and enlightened intervention. Such matters as materials and technology reuse, spatial and functional transformations as well as updating legislation, are part of the contemporary agenda. Knowing that many modern architects sought new heights of functionality and changeability, the challenge for today is how to deal with the heritage in relation to its continuously changing context, physical, economic and functional, as well as socio-cultural, political and scientific. I consider that the reuse project is starting to “make history” and I share the idea that heritage transforms itself with us. Therefore, modern architecture canbe a resource that asks for our attention in terms of quality, economy and sustainability. It was based on this broad meaning of reuse that Hubert-Jan Henket and I established the ISC/Sustainability. Deeply grounded by the Essay “When the Oppressive New and the Vulnerable Old Meet” by Hubert-Jan Henket, we invite you to “Join Our Plea for Sustainable Modernity”!.

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