Updates: 14th Int. Docomomo Conference 2016 Lisbon

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DOCOMOMO Int. CONFERENCE | 1-12 September 2016 | Lisbon, troche Portugal

First names keynote speakersÁlvaro Siza Vieira (Portugal), salve  Anne Lacaton and Jean Philippe Vassal (France), hospital  Joan Busquets (Spain), Juhani Pallasmaa (Finland) and Winfried Brenne (Germany)

Early registration will be available here on 4 January till 28 February 2016.

14th International Docomomo Conference 2016
Adaptive Re-use. 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.


T01 Landscapes
S01 Marginal Landscape
S02 Outside In: Landscape and Building
S03 Architecture and Tourism: Rethinking Modern Leisurescapes

T02 Cities
S04 Reuse and Valorisation of Modern Architecture in Small Towns: Images, Plans, Strategies
S05 Urban Conservation, Modern Heritage and Public Policies: Towards a Sustainable Approach

T03 Public Spaces
S06 Reinventing Modern Children’s Spaces and Places
S07 Large Spaces into Specific Places. Challenges in Converting Buildings for Cultural Uses

T04 Complexes
S08 Industrial Buildings and Areas as Zones of Transformation
S09 Conservation Planning for C20 Buildings
S10 The Modern Campus: Landscape Identity and Architectural Adaptation
S11 Retrofitting the Modern: The Preservation of Post-War Social Housing Estates and their Adaptation to Contemporary Environmental Standards
S12 Revisiting African Modernism

T05 Buildings
S13 “A Mass of Tradition and Association:” Reviving and Reliving the Buildings of Brutalism
S14 Conservation and Reuse of Modern Movement Houses
S15 The Modern Healthcare Architecture: Obsolescence and Transformation
S16 Intangible Heritage and Re-Design
S17 Fifty Years after the Second Vatican Council. Taking the Modern Church into the 21st Century

T06 Construction and Technology  
S18 Structures of the Modern Movement in the Post-WW II, Post-Colonial Societies
S19 Balancing Material Selection Process with Conservation
S20 Innovative Construction Experiments

T07 Interior Design and Furniture
S21 The Modern Interior – Toward a Re-Evaluation in the Context of Adaptive Reuse

08 Theory
S22 Between Theories and Practices in the Conservation of Modern Heritage
S23 CIAM Revisited
S24 Second Life: Modern Housing and the Aesthetics of Growth and Change
S25 Education for Re-Use
S26 Reuse as Activism: Towards Hybrid Strategies of Curating and Preservation of Modern Architectural Heritage
S27 docomomo International of Tomorrow
S28 Exploring Theories for Adaptivity
S29 Disruption and Continuity: the Challenge of Conversive Modernism

Álvaro Siza Vieira (Portugal)
Anne Lacaton and Jean Philippe Vassal (France)
Joan Busquets (Spain)
Juhani Pallasmaa (Finland)
Winfried Brenne (Germany)

May–28 June 2015_Call for sessions [CLOSED].
31 July 2015_Call for sessions’ notification of acceptance.
3 August–18 October 2015_Call for papers [CLOSED].
30 November 2015_Call for papers’ notification of acceptance.
4 January 2016_Opening date for registration.
28 February 2016_Full paper submission deadline (1st version).
Registration deadline for speakers and session chairs.
27 March 2016_Deadline for session chairs return papers with comments to speakers.
1 May 2016_Full paper submission deadline (final version).
1-5 September 2016_docomomo Student Workshop
6-9 September 2016_14th International docomomo Conference
10-12 September 2016_doco Tours

Ana Tostões, Chair
Zara Ferreira, Secretary General
Joana Gouveia Alves, Researcher

The local organizing committee is working in close cooperation with the following committees, constituted by experts from national docomomo Working Parties and from the Portuguese universities and partner institutions.

Ana Tostões (Portugal)
Andrea Canziani (Italy)
Carlos Guimarães (Portugal)
Franz Graf (Switzerland)
Horacio Torrent (Chile)
Jong Soung Kimm (Korea)
José António Bandeirinha (Portugal)
Kyle Normandin (USA)
Louise Noelle (Mexico)
Miles Glendinning (Scotland)
Panayotis Tournikiotis (Greece)
Timo Tuomi (Finland)
Víctor Pérez Escolano (Spain)
Yoshiyuki Yamana (Japan)
Zara Ferreira (Portugal)

Celestino Braña (Spain)
Eduardo Júlio (Portugal, IST-Lisboa)
Joao Belo Rodeia (Portugal, CIALP)
João Santa-Rita (Portugal, Ordem dos Arquitectos)
Jorge Figueira (Portugal, DAFCTUC-Coimbra)
Joseph Tomlow
Miguel Judas (Portugal)
Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal, UAL-Lisboa)
Rui Alexandre (Portugal, OASRS)
Rui Ramos (Portugal, FAUP-Porto)
Scott Robertson (Australia)
Teresa Heitor (Portugal, IST-Lisboa)
Vincenzo Riso (Portugal, EAUM-Minho)
Paulo Tormenta Pinto (Portugal, ISCTE)

With the support of:

Picture: Alberto Pessoa, Pedro Cid, Ruy Athouguia, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal, 1969. Gardens by Viana Barreto e Ribeiro Telles. © AFCG, Mário de Oliveira, 1969.