Welcome to the 14th International Docomomo Conference_Updated Programme
Adaptive Reuse. The Modern Movement Towards the Future (6-9 September 2016, Lisbon, Portugal)
DATE: 6/9/2016
Lisbon, Portugal, 6-9 September 2016

Adaptive Reuse. The Modern Movement Towards the Future

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
ORGANIZED by: docomomo International

. 1-5 September - WORKSHOPprogram
. 6-9 September - CONFERENCE -  program
. 4, 5, 10-12 September - DOCOTOURS program

Free tickets to the afternoon keynote lectures taking place at the Main Auditorium of Calouste Gulbenkian Foudation will be available, each day, at the FCG Box Office:​ Juan Domingo Santos (6 Sept, 16:00); Rem Koolhaas video interview (7 Sept, 17:00); Lacaton & Vassal (8 Sept, 17:00); Caruso St John (9 Sept, 15:00).

docomomo International is looking forward to receive you in Lisbon for the 14th Internationaldocomomo Conference that will take place from 6th to 9th September, in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (FCG). 

Sudden and unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of docomomo International caused some changes in the afternoon Keynote Lectures programme which is now the following: 

6th September, 16:00h-18:00h
[Opening Ceremony &]
Juan Domingo Santos — Memory and Experience
Juan Domingo will launch Adaptive Reuse by presenting his project for the Alhambra’s New Gateway, developed with Álvaro Siza. We invite you to tease your mind with this brief showcase of Juan Domingo´s work and of what the keynote lecture is expected to be! Unfortunately, Álvaro Siza and Juhani Pallasmaa won´t be able to participate, as it was scheduled to debate Alhambra.

7th September, 17:00h-18:00h
Rem Koolhaas — Video interview exclusively made for the 14th International Docomomo Conference by Hubert-Jan Henket. The teaser will be spread soon!

8th September, 17:00h-18:00h
Lacaton & Vassal — Transform, Re-invent, for the Pleasure of Inhabiting

9th September, 15:00h-17:00h
Caruso St John — Old/New
[& Closing Ceremony – Docomomo Awards]
Docomomo International wishes you a meaningful Conference week!

Please download below the complete programme.

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.


Juan Domingo Santos

Joan Busquets
Gonçalo Byrne

Josep Maria Montaner
Rem Koolhaas
João Luís Carrilho da Graça
João Gomes da Silva
Lacaton & Vassal
Winfried Brenne
Caruso St John


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 ReUse
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

Professor Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
President of the Portuguese Republic

António Costa
Prime Minister of the Portuguese Republic
Luís Filipe de Castro Mendes
Minister of Culture of the Portuguese Republic
Manuel Heitor
Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of the Portuguese Republic
Fernando Medina
Mayor of the Municipality of Lisbon
Guilherme Pinto
Mayor of the Municipality of Matosinhos, President of Casa da Arquitectura
Josep Maria Montaner
Councillor for Housing - Municipality of Barcelona
António Cruz Serra
Rector of the University of Lisbon
Arlindo Oliveira
President of Técnico - University of Lisbon
João Santa-Rita
President of the Portuguese Order of Architects
Lídia Sequeira
President of the Port of Lisbon
Artur Santos Silva
President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Ana Pinho
President of the Serralves Foundation
Outi Holopainen
Ambassador of Finland in Portugal
Jean-François Blarel
Ambassy of France in Portugal
Govert Bijl de Vroe
Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Portugal
Kirsty Hayes
Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Portugal
Mechtild Rössler
Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Michel Richard
Director of the Fondation Le Corbusier
Mirko Zardini
Director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture
Sheridan Burke
President of the ICOMOS ISC20th Century Heritage


docomomo International

Ana Tostoes
Chair of docomomo International
Zara Ferreira
Secretary General of docomomo International

Executive Committee
Ana Tostões
Chair of docomomo International
Zara Ferreira
Secretary General of docomomo International
Louise Noelle
ISCS Representative
Panayotis Tournikiotis
ISCS Former Representative

Ana Tostoes
Chair of docomomo International (PT)
Andrea Canziani
Politecnico di Milano (IT)
Carlos Guimaraes
FA - University of Porto (PT)
Franz Graf
ENAC - École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH)
Horacio Torrent 
FADEU - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (CL)
Jong Soung Kimm
SAC International, Ltd., Architects-Consultants (KR)
Jose Antonio Bandeirinha
DARQ - University of Coimbra (PT)
Kyle Normandin
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (USA)
Louise Noelle
FA - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (MX)
Miles Glendinning
ESALA - University of Edinburgh (UK)
Panayotis Tournikiotis
SA - National Technical University of Athens (GR)
Timo Tuomi
DPHCAS - University of Helsinki; Espoo City Museum (FI)
Victor Perez Escolano
ETSA - Universidad de Sevilla (SP)
Yoshiyuki Yamana
Tokyo University of Science (JP)
Zara Ferreira
Secretary General of docomomo International (PT)

Celestino Brana
Fundación docomomo Ibérico; Colegios de Arquitectos de España (SP)
Eduardo Julio
Tecnico - University of Lisbon (PT)
João Belo Rodeia
docomomo International; DA - University of Évora; DA - Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa (PT)
João Santa-Rita
Portuguese Order of Architects (PT)
Jorge Figueira
DARQ - University of Coimbra (PT)
Joseph Tomlow
University of Applied Sciences Zittay/Gorlitz (DE)
Miguel Judas
docomomo International (PT)
Nuno Sampaio
Casa da Arquitectura (PT)
Paulo Tormenta Pinto
University Institute of Lisbon (PT)
Ricardo Carvalho
DA - Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (PT)
Rui Alexandre
Port of Lisbon (PT)
Rui Ramos
FA - University of Porto (PT)
Scott Robertson
docomomo Australia
Teresa Heitor
Tecnico - University of Lisbon (PT)
Vincenzo Riso
SA - University of Minho (PT)

Under the High Patronage of
Professor Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
President of the Portuguese Republic

The 14th International docomomo conference was made possible through the generous support of:

Strategic Partners:
Municipality of Lisbon
Técnico - University of Lisbon
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Main Partners:
Port of Lisbon
Casa da Arquitectura
FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Institutional Partners:
Ambassy of German in Portugal
Ambassy of Finland in Portugal
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Portugal
Embassy of France in Portugal
Embassy of the United Kingdom in Portugal
Goethe Institut

Official Carrier:
TAP Portugal

Altis Hotels
Viagens Abreu
VIP Grand Lisboa Hotel & Spa

Media Partners:

For more details, please contact the Conference Secretariat and check the Conference Website.

Detailed Conference Program for download: