Avanchet-Parc: “une cité de conception nouvelle et originale” (1969-77)
By Franz Graf and Giulia Marino, Gollion, Infolio, 2021

Docomomo International is pleased to share the publication Avanchet-Parc: “une cité de conception nouvelle et originale” (1969-77) published by Franz Graf, Docomomo Switzerland’s chair, and Giulia Marino, Docomomo Switzerland’s vice prsident. Avanchet-Parc is an extraordinary city, built in Geneva: 7,000 inhabitants – 2,033 apartments – with a very great social mix. It is also the result of real collaboration between unions, employers’ associations and a private developer. When it opened in 1977, Avanchet-Parc was hailed as “the most important operation in the extension of the urban agglomeration”. Everything was in place to break the “monotony” specific to large complexes: star…

Docomomo Switzerland / TSAM: Online Conference Series 2021
Online via Zoom, March-June 2021

Docomomo Switzerland and the TSAM Laboratory of EPFL are inviting for the Docomomo Switzerland / TSAM Online Conference Series 2021, under the theme “Projet, Histoire, Construction: regards croisés sur le patrimoine récent” [Project, History, Construction: Views on recent heritage], happening online via Zoom from March to June 2021 at 6 pm (GMT+1). “For their fifth lecture series, Docomomo Switzerland and the TSAM Laboratory of the EPFL intend to present the multiple facets of modern and contemporary production, by combining different perspectives on the history of 20th-century architecture and its restoration. In this way, Serge Binotto, who formerly worked with Jean Prouvé,…

Under threat: Wohnbedarf shop
By Marcel Breuer and Robert Winkler, Zürich, Switzerland, 1932-1933

Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo Switzerland that the Wohnbedarf shop at Talstrasse 11, Zürich, designed by Marcel Breuer and Robert Winkler, 1932-1933, is under threat due to the proposed renovation works. “On 21 January 1933, Wohnbedarf AG (wobag) moves into the new Zurich business premises designed and built by Marcel Breuer and Robert Winkler. Wohnbedarf still operates a furniture shop at this address today, which is known far beyond the Swiss borders.We recently learned that the owners of the building, which also housed the Zurich Stock Exchange, were going to carry out renovation work on the facades and interiors….

Online conference “Gaston Eysselinck in the footsepts of Le Corbusier” with with Marc Dubois
Thursday, 14 May 2020, 6:00 p.m. (GMT+1)

Docomomo International is pleased to announce the online conference “Gaston Eysselinck in the footsepts of Le Corbusier” with Marc Dubois, chair of Docomomo Belgium. The conference is part of the cycle organized jointly by Docomomo Switzerland and the TSAM laboratory at EPFL, and will be held on Thursday May 14 at 6:00 p.m. It will be streamed at the link below: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/92849483535 The limited ceuvre of the Ghent architect Gaston Eysselinck belongs to the most compelling evidence of an innovative architecture in Belgium. During his studies he comes into contact with pu­blications of the European avant-garde, the Russian architecture and…

Guidelines for submitting the 2019/2020 Homework
Chapters News

Dear Docomomo Chapters, Due to the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19, we are extending the deadline of June 1st to August 15th, 2020. A plan for new documentation homework has been approved in the last Council Meeting, August 30th, 2018 (Ljubljana, Slovenia), proposed by the ISC/Registers. With the aim of moving forward to the documentation of conservation good practices, Docomomo Working Parties (WP) have to submit: Working Parties that already have submitted 30 Documentation Fiches and uploaded 50 sites to MOMOVE: (a) 1 fiche for 2019 and 1 fiche for 2020, on an example of Good Conservation Practice. Download the template here: link, and here: link. (b) A bibliography with 5-10 publications (books or articles) on Modern Movement…

Conference: Projet, Histoire, Construction III
5th March - 22 May 2018, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – Faculté ENAC, Switzerland

The cycle of conferences on Projet, Histoire, Construction III: nouveaux regards sur le patrimoine recent, will begin 5thMarch and proceed until the 22nd May, 2018. “Documenting twentieth-century architectural production through a meticulous material understanding of it and defining strategies for conservation based on appropriate critical and operational instruments: this is the twofold objective shared by the international organisation Docomomo and the TSAM EPFL-ENAC laboratory, which has hosted the association´s Swiss headquarters. For its third edition, jointly organized by TSAM and Docomomo Switzerland in partnership with the Gesellschaft für Ingenieurbaukunst, the spring 2018 conference cycle aims to express the multi-faceted potential for safeguarding…

Symposium: Max Schlup 2017
1st July 2017, Farelhaus, Biel, Switzerland

On 1 July 2017, at the Farelhaus in Biel, Switzerland, the Max Schlup Symposium will happen. “Docomomo Switzerland is pleased to announce the Max Schlup 2017 Symposium organized by the Federation of Swiss Architects – BSA Bern, Solothurn, Freiburg, Oberwallis, in partnership with Docomomo Switzerland, based in the TSAM laboratory. Devoted to the theme “Bauten der Nachkriegsarchitektur zeitgemäss & zukunftsfähig”[Buildings of the post-war architecture are contemporary & future-oriented], this day of study aims to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the architect Max Schlup of Berne (1917-2013) by a reflection on the preservation of the architecture of the second (Program…

Lecture: L´histoire est-elle opératoire? [Is the history operative?] by Richard Klein
12th December 2016, ARCHIZOOM - Project Room, EPF Lausanne, Switzerland

“The complex history of certain buildings, the variability of initial programs, the reluctance of project owners and designers, the different stages of projects, and the difficulty in some cases of establishing a reference state, question the relations between history and safeguarding and / or restructuring projects. What happens when the historical study presents doubts rather than certainties, or when the partners interpret historical facts and material realities differently? Where is the balance between the adepts of a history of the operative architecture for the project and those who refute the instrumentalisation of historical discipline for utilitarian purposes? What is the…

Conference: Une Petite Histoire du Confort [Little History of the Comfort]
5th December 2016, ARCHIZOOM - Project Room, EPF Lausanne, Switzerland

“Comfort is considered today as an objective notion. This is quite wrong. The history of architecture of the last two centuries clearly shows this: far from being a purely technical question, based on the balance between the external climatic conditions and the physiological constants of the human being, comfort is an idea culturally constructed. It is not a matter of considering the well-being as a kind of algorithm, which can be calculated apodictically by the combination of temperature or relative humidity parameters. Comfort is much more; it is a concept that concerns complex and heteroclite factors, such as the relationship…

Conference: Réparations. La rehabilitation des Tours EDF et d’autres projets
31st October 2016, ARCHIZOOM - Project Room, EPF Lausanne, Switzerland

In the context of the conferences cycle of 2016, Paul Chemetov – architect and co-founder of AUA in Paris – will present ‘Réparations. La rehabilitation des Tours EDF et d’autres projets’ [“Repairs. Rehabilitation EDF tower and other projects”] on Monday 31 October at 18h30 in Lausanne. “The days of heritage testify the popularity of the earlier buildings from the industrial age, as well as the democratic age. In this climate, the ‘repair’ of contemporary buildings extends the aphorism by Aurelio Galfetti: ‘[to] Preserve is [to] transform’, a proposition that can be reversed. What it takes to achieve a new intervention…