Conference: URB/DOCONF 2017: Facing Post-War Urban Heritage in Central and Eastern Europe
"The second doctoral conference organised by the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME).Throughout Europe, current urban challenges are posed by large-scale ensembles of modernity as a result of post-war development on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The urb/doconf 2017 is the second in a series of a doctoral / postdoctoral conference, to be organised on a biannual basis, which will provide a comparative overview of current doctoral research into the physical – built and natural – environment within Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).Those invited include doctoral researchers – doctoral students, candidates or post-doctoral researchers (maximum five years after obtaining the doctorate degree) – specializing in architecture, urban design, urban planning or landscape architecture. The BME Department of Urban Planning and Design wishes to promote cooperation among CEE doctoral institutions, building up a network for future generations of scholars through their specific fields of research."Key dates:
Submission of abstracts: 28th February 2017Notification of acceptance: 31st March 2017Full papers: 31st July 2017Conference: 6th - 7th October 2017
More details: website
Call for papers details: PDF below
Homework, submission by 1 September 2016
Guidelines for submitting the 2015-2016 Homework
The working parties that have submitted at least (a) 30 fiches
and the information of at least (b) 50 buildings for MOMOVE
(Docomomo Virtual Exhibition http://exhibition.docomomo.com
), can consider this part of their homework fulfilled. However, ISC/Registers strongly advise the inclusion of the 100 buildings in MOMOVE, and to reach 50 fiches.
In this case, the Homework consists of a (c) Commitment Report
, where it must be included the list of the WP activities during these two years, pertaining the documentation of the Modern Movement. The report can consist of publications (books, magazines or bulletins), internet sites, visits, seminars, lectures, etc…In order a WP complete the Homework for 2015-2016, the missing information must be provided to Docomomo International
(firstname.lastname@example.org) with a copy to Louise Noelle
(email@example.com), Chair of ISC/Registers, by September 1st.
Conference: Back to the city. Urbanism, Density and Housing 1976-2016
On 5th and 6th May 2016, the Conference Back to the city. Urbanism, Density and Housing 1976-2016
will take place at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland.
This conference is part of the ongoing research programme The New Tenement, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, currently being undertaken by Professor Florian Urban at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art. Funding for the conference has been provided by the Leverhulme Trust.Conference organisation has been a collaborative effort between Florian Urban and Ambrose Gillick at the Glasgow School of Art, docomomo
ISC/U+L and Miles Geldinning and Ruxandra Stoica at University of Edinburgh.
"On 12 May 1976, Secretary of State for Scotland Bruce Millan announced the cancellation of the plans to expand the village of Stonehouse outside Glasgow into a New Town of 40,000 inhabitants, and the redirection of the corresponding funds to the Glasgow Eastern Area Renewal (GEAR). After three decades, the era of enhanced greenfield developments outside British cities was finally drawing to an end, and policy was increasingly focusing on the renewal of the inner city as a place of residence.
The Glasgow experience was by no means unique. Although, in reality, suburbanisation was continuing virtually unchecked, from the 1970s onwards national and municipal policies in many European countries increasingly promoted living in the inner city. The International Building Exhibition, or IBA, in West Berlin (1979-1987), the regeneration of Rotterdam’s nineteenth-century neighbourhoods (begun 1973), the redevelopments of the London Docklands (begun 1981), Amsterdam Eastern Harbour (begun 1988) and Copenhagen South Harbour (begun 1995) as well as numerous infills and industrial redevelopments in the inner cities of Barcelona, Hamburg, Vienna or Gothenburg evidence the increasing emphasis on housing in the inner cities.
The conference will examine the architectural outcomes of the “return to the inner city” – that is, the numerous variations of dense, multi-storey new tenement architecture, and the conditions that generated this architecture – the political and socio-economic background as well as the different ways in which living in the inner city was both conceptualised and realised."
More details: website
Expo: The early years of Schokbeton
DOCOMOMO ICS/technology event
EXPO: The early years of SchokbetonÂ
28 November 2015 - 20 March 2016, Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands
"Schokbeton is an architectural concrete precasting system, which was developed in the early 30s in the Netherlands. The shock system was invented by two concrete workers who converted a washing machine into a shock table on which concrete during the casting process was shocked for a few minutes to consolidate the material. The founders got an international patent for this technology in 1935. Over the almost 50 years that the shocking process was used by the company, it was exported from the Netherlands to 30 countries around the world, from Japan to USA.
The initial goal of founders, G. Lieve and M. Leeuwrik, was to make low-cost, custom-made artificial stone elements intended to replace natural stone in buildings. In the artificially acquired land from the majority of the Netherlands natural stone was hardly available, thus very expensive to import in the interwar years. The idea to shocked concrete was derived from the knowledge that vibration was necessary to reduce the water content of the concrete mixture while achieving good compaction and high strength with less cement. Cement was also a product that was less available in the Low Lands and difficult to obtain from neighbor countries.
The first products made on schock table were sills, thresholds, window frames and lamppost. Noted Dutch architect Van der Steur and Van Ravensteijn were the first to use the Schokbeton process to produce architectural precast concrete elements for facade architecture in Rotterdam. Van Ravensteijn was the architect of several animal enclosures and the watchtower of Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam (1938-1941). ItÂ´s the first project where Schokbeton is applied in a large architectural scale.
Due to the ability to consistently produce a desired uniform finish and the durability of the material, architectural precast concrete and the Schokbeton process that produced it became popular for the post-war generation of modern architects. Because of the large building task, especially in the bombed city centre of Rotterdam, the Schokbeton company grew to have three branches in the Netherlands and produced complete facades for very large projects such as more than 1000 farm barns in the reclaimed sea landscaped of the Noordoostpolder (1947-1953) and the immense Trade Centre in Rotterdam by architectÂ MaaskantÂ (1953). In the early 60s half of the European countries had Schokbeton precasting plants producing standard products and customized building elements. Schokbeton was the favourite building material of architectÂ Marcel Breuer, who, like the architect John M. Johansen for the US embassy in Dublin (1964), preferred the unique qualities of concrete at the center of a new architectural language.
Due to economic and technical developments, after 1980s the economic competitiveness of the shock system was diminished by the advent of add-mixtures such as plasticizers. The Schokbeton Company however, continued to produce concrete facade elements until 2005 and the name is still used in some international locations, which are still using the name to symbolize the quality architectural concrete.
The original Schokbeton plant in Zwijndrecht, constructed in the 1930s, was until 2015 in use by the concrete company Loveld. It was in this plant the first shock machines were invented and the casting process perfected. Early plants and later office buildings are designed and constructed in Schokbeton.
During the months of December 2015 to March 2016 De Vergulden Swaen, the city museum of Zwijndrecht will tell the history of the firm Schokbeton, exibiting the first wooden shock machine, models of buildings made with patented shocking process and drawings and photographs of international iconic projects from the 20thÂ
Address and opening hours:
Museum The Vergulde Swaen, Rotterdamseweg 53-55, zipcode: 3332AC, Zwijndrecht
open every Wednesday and Saturday from 10.00 to 16.00 and Sundays from 14:00 to 17:00
More details:Â website
Conference: 20th-Century Urbanism and Landscape in Africa.
DOCOMOMO-International Conference and Symposium
20th-Century Urbanism and Landscape in Africa. Research challenges and opportunities.
University of Edinburgh
7-8 October 2015.
Dr Rexford Asassie Oppong – KNUST, Ghana
Prof. Luc Verpoest - KU Leuven
Prof. Johan Lagae – Ghent University
Dr Iain Jackson – Liverpool University
Following on from the successful workshop and conference held at the School of architecture, KNUST, Kumasi in July 2015, this new event will significantly carry forward the discussion about the potential ways in which research into 20th century modernism and landscapes in Africa can be pursued within African research institutions, in collaboration with international partners.
On the first day of the conference, 7 October, keynote speakers will present papers reflecting on their experiences and pedagogic research views on ‘ground-up’ research in Africa. These papers and contributions, which are invited from researchers from PhD level upwards, will form the background to the symposium on the second day (8 October), whose focus will be the research and teaching aspects of Modern Movement heritage and conservation in Africa.
We hope you can attend all or part of this innovative event.
This Conference and Symposium is jointly hosted and organized by the DOCOMOMO International Specialist Committee on Urbanism and Landscape (ISC U + L), in conjunction with the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies and the M.Sc Programme in Urban Strategies and Design (both within the University of Edinburgh)."
Workshop & Conference: Conserving West African Modern, Kumasi, Ghana
You are invited to a workshop and conference which will focus on developing the conservation of modernist buildings and urban landscapes in West Africa.
This development strategy will be tackled at two levels. Firstly, at urban and building level, through the development of the KNUST Architecture Department as a Centre for public engagement with, and professional expertise in, contemporary urban conservation training and research; in West Africa. This discipline is currently not taught at institutional level, despite the existence of a network of African architecture and planning schools, and architectural institutes for whom this would be beneficial.
Secondly, with support from DOCOMOMO International’s African group and Urbanism landscape specialist committee, the workshop will develop a physical archive of modernist buildings in West Africa, using digital technology to scan and record building photographs and plans of the postwar modernist era, and making them available both to researchers linked to the proposed urban conservation training project, and, equally importantly, to the local public, as a visual resource of contemporary West African Modernist history.
The workshop will feature outreach presentations involving junior secondary school pupils and talks from the eminent keynote speakers and research associates involved in the workshop and archive programme.
Prof. Miles Glendinning
Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies University of Edinburgh
Prof. H.N.A. Wellington
(Emeritus) Former Head, Department of Architecture Kwame Nkrumah
University of Science and Technology
Call for Members & Ideas
Hubert-Jan Henket, honorary President of DOCOMOMO International, and Ana Tostões, Chair of DOCOMOMO International, believe that a DOCOMOMO International Specialist Committee on Sustainability
must be created, in order to address the DOCOMOMO future challenges, formulating new ideas for the future of the built environment based on past experiences of the Modern Movement.
DOCOMOMO International challenges everybody interested in participating on it, to send to firstname.lastname@example.org your ideas and suggestions!
Please watch the motivating message by Hubert-Jan Henket.
Meeting, 28 March 2015, Lisbon, Portugal
On 28 March 2015, it was held a docomomo International ISC/Registers Meeting, in MUDE (Museum of Design and Fashion), Lisbon, Portugal.
Architectural Conservation Masterclass, 12 February, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK
Architectural Conservation Masterclass organised jointly by docomomo
ISC U+L and the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies: Brutalist Eyesore and Post Modern Monstrosities: Conserving the C20’s Least Popular Buildings
by Catherine Croft.
Catherine Croft will consider shifting public attitudes to post-war buildings in the UK and discuss strategies to ensuring the best survive. Catherine Croft is Director of C20 Society and runs the Conservation for Historic Concrete course at West Dean College. She is currently editing a book on concrete conservation for the Getty Conservation Institute, and regularly writes and speaks about C20 architecture and design.
Admission for UoE students/staff is by free ticket booked via EventBrite: http://bit.ly/2015MasterclassUOE
Meeting, 28 March, Lisbon, Portugal
An ISC/Registers Meeting will take place, in Lisbon, Portugal, on 28 March, to discuss the expectations of thedocomomo ISC/Registers and the actions to take in the future.
Please fell free to send your suggestions and questions to docomomoInternational (email@example.com) and to Louise Noelle Gras, ISC/Registers Interim Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Homework submission until 31 January 2015
Dear DoCoMoMo Chairs,
As it was decided in Seoul in September, the National Chapters that have not complied with the “homework” and sent the revised fiches with the motivation texts have until the end of January to do so. It is important for us all to participate since the result of these materials will be included in a publication edited by Panayotis Tournikiotis and Marieke Kuipers. Also, the revised fiches, in PDF Format, will be uploaded in the Docomomo Registers website, as well as the list with the 100 most important buildings, sites and neighbourhoods.
Please write and let me know if you have any doubts at email@example.com
Louise Noelle Gras, ISC/Registers Interim Chair
Please find attached the DOCOMOMO ISC/Education+Theory Report (2012-2014) and Plan of Action and Members (2014-2016) received by DOCOMOMO International.
2014-2016 ISC/E+T members
Theodore Prudon (Docomomo USA), Chair
Angela Wheeler (Docomomo USA), Secretary
Andrea Canziani (Docomomo Italy)
Mona Schalin (Docomomo Finland)
Luc Verpoest (Docomomo Belgium)
Tommi Lindh (Docomomo Finland)
Wolfgang Jung (Docomomo Germany)
Ola Wederbrun (Docomomo Denmark)
Angelica Martinez (Docomomo Mexico)
Preservation Technology Dossier 13: Perceived Technologies in the Modern Movement 1918-1975
The ISC/Technology published the Preservation Technology Dossier 13, titled "Perceived Technologies in the Modern Movement 1918-1975". It corresponds to the Proceedings of the 13th International DOCOMOMO Technology Seminar that took place in Karlsruhe, 25-26 January 2013.
You can acquire this publication here
Report (2012-2014) and Plan of Action and Members (2014-2016)
Please find attached the DOCOMOMO ISC/Urbanism and Landscape Report (2012-2014) and Plan of Action and Members (2014-2016), approved in the 13th DOCOMOMO Council Meeting that took place in Seoul, Korea, on 26 September 2014.
2014-2016 ISC/U+L members
Miles Glendinning, Chair
Report (2012-2014) and Plan of Action and Members (2014-2016)
In the 13th DOCOMOMO Council Meeting that took place in Seoul, Korea, on 26 September 2014, Susan MacDonald dropped her position as secretary and Uta Pottgiesser was elected as the new secretary.
Please find attached the DOCOMOMO ISC/Technology Report (2012-2014), Plan of Action (2014-2016) and presentation document "Matter and Time - Perspective of Technology".
2014-2016 ISC/T members
Kyle Normandin (Docomomo USA), Chair
Uta Pottgiesser (Docomomo Germany), Secretary
Iveta Czerna (Docomomo Czech Republic)
Emmanualle Gallo (Docomomo France)
Franz Graf (Docomomo Switzerland)
Prof. Gayoso (Docomomo Cuba)
Ivo Hammer (Docomomo Austria)
Wessel de Jonge (Docomomo Netherlands)
Jong Soung Kimm (Docomomo Korea)
Robert Loader (Docomomo UK)
Susan Macdonald (Docomomo Australia/ USA)
Tapani Mustonen (Docomomo Finland)
Theo Prudon (Docomomo USA)
Jos Tomlow (Docomomo Germany)
Jadwiga Urbanik (Docomomo Poland)
Ola Wederbrun (Docomomo Denmark)
Yoshiyuki Yamana (Docomomo Japan)
Report (2012-2014) and Plan of Action and Members (2014-2016)
In the 13th DOCOMOMO Council Meeting that took place in Seouk, Korea, on 26 September 2014, Panayotis Tournikiotis and Marieke Kuipers dropped their positions as Chair and Secretaty, respectively, and were elected as editors. Louise Noelle was elected as interim chair and Maria Rocha Pinto as secretary.
2014-2016 ISC/R members
Louise Noelle (Docomomo Mexico), Interim Chair
Panayotis Tournikiotis (Docomomo Greece), Editor
Marieke Kuipers, Editor (Docomomo Netherlands)
Maria Rocha Pinto (Docomomo International), Secretary
Henrieta Moravcikova (Docomomo Slovakia)
Carolina Quiroga (Docomomo Argentina)
Louise Cox (Docomomo Australia)
Dorothea Deschermeier (Docomomo Switzerland)
Celestino Garcia Braña (Docomomo Iberia)
Susana Landrove (Docomomo Iberia)
France Vanlaethem (Docomomo Quebec)
Kenji Watanabe (Docomomo Japan)
Émilie d’Orgeix (Docomomo France)
Horacio Torrent (Docomomo Chile)
Please find attached the DOCOMOMO ISC/Registers Report (2012-2014) and Plan of Action and Members (2014-2016).
In order to have more coordination between the ISC’s and other DOCOMOMO bodies regarding publications, the Advisory Board unanimously agreed, on 24 September 2014, on the re-creation of the DOCOMOMO International Specialist Committee on Publications, integrating all the ISC chairs and the DOCOMOMO International Chair. The proposal was unanimously accepted at the 13th DOCOMOMO Council Meeting that took place in Seoul, Korea, 26 September 2014.
Ana Tostões, chair of Docomomo International
Theo Prudon, ISC/E+T chair
Louise Noelle Gras, ISC/R chair
Kyle Normandin, ISC/T chair
Miles Glendenning, ISC/U+L chair
ISC/Registers: Submission of Documents
Request for all Docomomo Chapters
During its last meeting in July 2013, the Executive Committee agreed on the 2013-2014 ISC Registers Plan of Action would be that ALL Docomomo Chapters are kindly asked to submit before the next International Docomomo Conference in Seoul:
A1. To update and resubmit old "International Selection" paper fiches in a digital pdf form.
Docomomo International is trying to collect all the available information to create a Registers website.
Instead of asking for new thematic fiches the 2013 Homework is to "update and resubmit old "International Selection" paper fiches in a digital pdf form to help uploading them in the Register’s website.
The so-called "old International Selection" are the ISC/R fiches older than 2003 (since from 2003 on, the homework was thematic).
A2. To update their thematic selections with a minimum of 10 missing and/or incomplete fiches and to add all missing motivation texts in a digital pdf form to help uploading them in the Register’s website.
Since 2003 the annual "homework" selection is related to a specific theme (so called "the thematic selections"), and the chapters were invited to submit 5 "mini-fiches" + 1 "full fiche" [extending one of the mini-fiches case] + the motivation text per theme.
The motivation is a text explaining the working parties’s [wp´s] selection and giving more national/regional background of the relations between the theme and Modern Architecture.
The last registers theme´s were:
2003 — Recreation/Sports
2004 — Post War
2005 — Modern House
2006 — Other Modernism
2007 — Education
2008 — Industry and Machine
2009 — Power / Public Buildings
2011 — Health and Modern Architecture
Please note that 10 completed fiches means 10 fiches, updated, with free copyrights images and with all the missing motivation texts in a digital pdf form to help uploading them in the upcoming Register’s website.
B1. All WPs are invited to submit proposals for the new documentation strategy and to send a listwith the most important - buildings, sites and neighborhoods - from each national Register.
The aim of this list is to make a Docomomo International Online Exhibition. Every Chapter should present a list with 20 to 100 buildings — including:
. name of work/ building, site or neighborhood
. author/s and dates of birth/death
. year: project and construction
. image free of copyrights
Docomomo International is accepting submissions until the end of this month, 31 July.
The homework should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by www.wetransfer.com
ISC/E+T: 13th Docomomo International Conference - Workshop
19-24th September 2014, Sewoon Arcade, Seoul, South Korea
The 13th Docomomo International Workshop – Strategies for the Sewoon Arcade,
between 19 and 23th September 2014, will take place in Seoul, South Korea, Linked with the 13th Docomomo International Conference – Expansion & Conflict.
This workshop is targeting for “Sewoon Arcade”, which is placed on middle side of Seoul, and reilluminate the birth and developing process of Korean Modern Architecture, and topics, such as metropolis, architecture, history, social issues, surfacing through collision with urban city.
Final Program: website
Online Registration: website
(until 15 August).
15th August: Deadline for Students Application
19-20th September: Opening Event / Pre-Workshop Lectures & First Night at Temple Stay
20-24th September: Workshop
Students: 100 (50 Foreign + 50 Domestic)
Tutors: 10 (5 Korean, 5 International)
Directors: 2 (one Korean, one International)
10 Architecture Studios
Registration Fee: 200 Euro.
ISC/U+L Symposium: Inventorisation of Modern Heritage - Urbanism and Landscape 2014
Edinburgh College of Art
Inventorisation of Modern Heritage - Urbanism and Landscape 2014
Thursday, 13 March 2014
Edinburgh College of Art
74 Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF
MORNING SYMPOSIUM, 09:05-10:45
Free of Charge, but please pre-book online at: http://bit.ly/1fjsMDS
WESTER HAILES FIELD EXCURSION, 12:20-15:30
Free of Charge, but please pre-book online at: http://bit.ly/1jLghS5
EVENING MASTERCLASS 17.30 -19.00
£20 for general public, £5 for ECA/ESALA students
POSTER AND BLURB:
ISC/E+T: 13th International Docomomo Conference 2014, Seoul, Korea
Conference Preparation. Please complete the survey
In preparation for the 2014 Docomomo International Conference
in Seoul, we would like to gather information from architecture, planning, design, and conservation education programs around the world. This conference will emphasize the need for sustainable practices in the preservation of modern architecture. We would like to learn more about how the idea of sustainability is taught and practiced at your institution, to better inform the conference workshops and panels.
Please complete the following brief survey [or forward it to relevant program faculty/staff]. The survey is available both in English and Spanish. Your answers will help us to create conference programs that best serve the needs of students and professionals seeking to integrate conservation and sustainability.
Chair, Docomomo ISC E+T
President, Docomomo US
ISC/T 2013 13th International DOCOMOMO Technology Seminar
13th International DOCOMOMO Technology Seminar
January, 25th/26th 2013
10. Karlsruher Tagung „Das architektonische Erbe“
Perceived Technologies in the Modern Movement 1918-1975
Technologische Konzepte in der Moderne
ISC/T 2013 Meeting in Karlsruhe
January 25-26, 2013
The next International DOCOMOMO Technology Seminar, + 10. Tagung „Das architektonische Erbe“
Perceived Technologies in the Modern Movement - Der Technologiebegriff in der Moderne (1918-1975) will be celebrated in Karlsruhe, Germany in January 25 and 26 following these questions:
How was Technology received in that time by designing architects?
Did they search for engineering help?
How did they find adequate building material and systems?
How proper MoMo technology knowledge was transferred?
The New Tenement Conference 2013
A one-day conference at the Mackintosh School of Architecture on Friday 10 May 2013 Mackintosh Building, Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ
Organised by Miles Glendinning (University of Edinburgh) and Florian Urban (Mackintosh School of Architecture), in partnership with the Mackintosh School of Architecture and DOCOMOMO-International, and with support from the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) and the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies (University of Edinburgh), the conference will examine the re-emergence of the tenement as an urban building form.
The tenement has been ‘reinvented’ all over Europe since the 1970s. The conference will focus on the renaissance of this widespread and, until recently, very controversial housing type, which for the purpose of this conference will be defined as dense flatted residences on a street block plan. Tenements are particularly prominent in Scottish cities and have been a symbolic battleground in the long-running confrontation of ‘history’ and ‘modernity’ in the built environment. There, and in many other European countries, nineteenth-century tenements inspired a variety of new buildings that adapted features such as perimeter block plans, variations of small-scale design, multifunctional spaces, and regional aesthetics to contemporary uses and preferences – in the process synthesising elements of ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity.’ While the New Tenement is now widely accepted as a desirable dwelling-type, the new visions of the city and its inhabitants are subject of ongoing debates. This includes questions of difference and local identity as well as ideas about self-responsibility, civic engagement, and bourgeois values as opposed to the state paternalism and equal living conditions that had been inherent in the ‘high modernist’ formulae of the 1950s and 1960s. Against this background, the conference will contextualize the international ‘tenement renaissance’ since the 1970s and its continuation today.
Ruxandra Stoica (University of Edinburgh) & Ambrose Gillick (Mackintosh School of Architecture)
New Architectures World Heritage
Re-Learning Modernism for the 21st Century
Developing on Wroclaw’s unique Modern heritage, the conference will create a platform to share ideas and showcase best practices that make the modern movement relevant in today’s world. We are looking for examples of activities from around the world that demonstrate how modernist architecture takes on new meaning through education, public diplomacy and dialogue, private initiatives and business ventures as well as conservation and urban renewal projects.
In proposing „Re-learning Modernism for the 21st Century” we are building on the unique modernist heritage of Central Europe with special focus on the vibrant Polish city of Wroclaw. As early as 1900, in this once-German metropolis of Breslau, the Academy of Arts, under the leadership of Hans Poelzig, launched a pioneering educational program where tailored programs and workshops produced novel solutions for real-world projects in rapidly changing urban context around them. The well-grounded, highly practical education program used Breslau as an urban laboratory, which meant that faculty and students understood key issues and problems of the city and region, and took active part in discussions and searches for viable, innovative solutions. It is also earned the city the label of having produced the “Bauhaus before Bauhaus”.
The conference will be a focal point in the 100th anniversary celebrations of the creation of Max Berg’s Centennial Hall and Exhibition Grounds, Wroclaw’s most daring contribution to modernist discourse. Opened in May 1913, Centennial Hall remains dynamic, multifunctional meeting place serving Wroclaw and the region. Added in 2006 to UNESCO’s register of World Heritage Sites, Centennial Hall is undergoing a rousing revitalization effort – to be completed prior to 2013 – that is infusing this iconic modernist landmark with new significance and vibrancy for the 21st century.