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CALL FOR PAPERS: NEW DEADLINE: Feb 12th. 2024/ 18th International Docomomo Conference

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CALL FOR PAPERS

Exciting News for the Docomomo Community! We’re thrilled to announce that the deadline for abstract submissions for the 18th International Docomomo Conference has been extended to February 12th!

Don’t miss this golden opportunity to share your insights and research on modernist architecture and heritage preservation. Whether you’re a seasoned scholar or a fresh voice in the field, we want to hear from you!

Hurry and submit your abstracts by February 12th to be part of this global conversation shaping the future of modern architecture

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More information: https://docomomoconference2024.com/call-for-papers/

Written by Claudio Galeno

January 13th, 2024 at 10:39 am

Pre event: Documentation, conservation and archives / 28/11/2023 11:00 am

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Type of event: Online

Speakers

Lucia Maria Sá Antunes Costa, PROURB-FAU/UFRJ

Maria Cristina Nascentes Cabral, PROURB-FAU/UFRJ

Carla Urbina, PROURB-FAU/UFRJ and PUC-Rio

Isabel García Pérez de Arce – Original Archives- FADEU- Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Michelle Llona, Archivo de Arquitectura, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Date: 28/11/2023 11:00 am

Date details: Santiago Chile 11:00 hrs (UTC -3)

Image: Roberto Burle Marx’s gardens in progress for the Faculdade Nacional de Arquitetura, Rio de Janeiro, circ. 1960. Source: NPD – FAU/UFRJ

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Archives and restoration: Roberto Burle Marx’s gardens for the Faculdade Nacional de Arquitetura, Universidade do Brasil.

Abstract :   

Archive collections allow different forms of manipulation as primary records for the restoration of listed gardens. This presentation discusses how the NPD’s collection – Research and Documentation Center, FAU-UFRJ, has being driving the restoration of Roberto Burle Marx’s gardens for the then Faculdade Nacional de Arquitetura of the Universidade do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro, which building was designed by the architect Jorge Machado Moreira. Created in the 1960s, it is an important and representative set of modern architecture and landscape in Brazil. The NPD’s Burle Marx collection, which mainly includes the original landscape design, institutional documents and photographs, is being explored by an interdisciplinary team that includes landscape architects, historians, designers and botanists. This work aims to support decisions to restore Burle Marx’s gardens for the University Campus, aiming to value and disclose their relevance within the scope of Modern Landscape Architecture.

Between archive and event: Ephemeral works from the Museum of Solidarity, 1971-1973

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The Museo de la Solidaridad (Santiago, Chile, 1971–73), or Museum of Solidarity, is a singular attempt to reconcile the conflicting couple of art and politics. The Museum of Solidarity was the materialization of president Salvador Allende’s Unidad Popular Government’s ideas on artistic visibility, in relation to the shared agendas of both projects: the cultural change of Socialism in Chile and the new experimental model of the Museum. 

Renowned artists, curators and critics such as Harald Szeemann, Guy Brett, Sol Levitt, Helio Oticica and others participated in the inception of this Museum. This was possible thanks to the social and ethical commitment that Mario Pedrosa’s experimental curatorial? proposal, which involved participating in this unique museum based on the word «Solidarity».The experimental museum project of Allende and Pedrosa was left unfinished, as consequence of the military coup of 11 September 1973. The documents kept from this period are footprints left from an interrupted conversation. Non-objectual works of art, which are now in the archive, raise relevant questions related to their activation: how can we confront these artistic works that were created under specific motivations and contexts, without tearing the poetic and political memory contained in their original proposal?

Lima Civic Center. Promenade axis perspective (c.1966). García Bryce collection. Archivo de Arquitectura PUCP.

José García Bryce: Collections for a history of Peruvian architecture

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The exhibition is a story told from architectural documents. It focuses on showing its value as proof of the intellectual activity inherent to the project, as tangible and conceptual evidence of a story, establishing a parallel between the constructed work and the documents—plans, perspectives, photographs, articles and essays—; in this case, by the architect José García Bryce. I selected nine of his productions, and brought them together in a chronological narrative that allows us to take a glimpse at the evolution of his thought. 

In search of a dialogue, and to achieve diverse readings of the documents and ideas that García Bryce handles, we review the selected material with other architects and artists. I invited people who maintained some connection with García Bryce to review a set of documents from the archive and to propose hypotheses about the built works compiled here. To this dialogue we added analytical texts on the written essays, as well as graphics and photographs, which allow us to reflect on the architect’s research.

Written by Claudio Galeno

November 27th, 2023 at 6:11 pm

Pre event: Concrete’s Latin American relatives / 14/11/2023 11:00 am

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Speakers

Juan José Fontana Architect PhD Universidad de Alicante,  Professor Instituto de Tecnologias  FADU, UDELAR, Uruguay.

Jorge Gambini Architect, Professor Instituto de Tecnologias  FADU, UDELAR, Uruguay.

Mary Méndez Architect, Magister of History of architecture Universidad Torcuato Di Tella 

Professor Instituto de Historia FADU, UDELAR, Uruguay.

Fernando Tomeo Architect, Professor Instituto de Tecnologias  FADU, UDELAR, Uruguay.

Ruth Verde Zein, Brazil

Date: 14/11/2023 11:00 am

Date details: Santiago Chile 11:00 hrs (UTC -3)

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Absolute limit. The Municipal Columbarium of Nelson Bayardo in Montevideo, Uruguay

Abstract:  

The Municipal Urnarium in Montevideo, Uruguay, was designed in 1959 by architect Nelson Bayardo and engineer José Pedro Tizze to house funerary urns (National Historic Monument since 2014). It is one of the most significant works built in Uruguay in the second half of the twentieth century. A carefully studied implantation shows the intimate relationship of the building with the surrounding landscape. In contrast, the continuity of the building evidences the identity between reinforced concrete and a system of spatial organization proposed in dynamic terms. The Urnarium reflects the main discussions of the time, such as the sculptural valuation of the load-bearing system and the respect for the constructive qualities of the materials. It manifests the search for integration of the arts and the obsession with geometry. It even allows the exploration of problems related to symbolism; themes also present in other examples of the period.

Photo Nelson Kon

4 x 1961(2). Vilanova Artigas & Contemporaries

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About four buildings designed in 1961/2, situated on the American continent, sharing similarities and differences. Almost like a family. FAU-USP Building, Artigas & Cascaldi, São Paulo, Brazil; Boston City Hall, Kallmann, McKinnell & Knowles, Boston, United States; CEPAL Building, Duhart, De Groote, Goycolea, Santelices, Santiago, Chile; National Library, Testa, Bullrich, Cazzaniga, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rereading them in the light of the disciplinary culture, activating the possibility of understanding them through the complex relationships they establish with their predecessors and contemporaries. 

Written by Claudio Galeno

November 13th, 2023 at 10:30 am

Pre Event: Transformation: the future of Housing / 07/11/2023 11:00 am

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Type of event: Online

Speakers

Giulia Marino (Docomomo Switzerland)

Richard Klein/Caroline Bauer (Docomomo France)

Zara Ferreira (Docomomo ISC/UL/ID)

Ana Tostoes (Docomomo ISC/P/ID/R)

Date: 07/11/2023 11:00 am

Date details: Santiago Chile 11:00 hrs (UTC – 3)

Olivais Manuel Costa Martins

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Abstract:

The debate focuses on the challenges and strategies that have been encountered in efforts to preserve collective housing, seen as a major issue in the contemporary sustainable agenda.Symbols of architectural, technological, and social aspirations, neighbourhoods and ensembles of Social Housing have nowadays begun to be appreciated by users and authorities, as a value being part of the current city. The obsolescence of these big complexes is determined on two different levels: the technical one (regarding comfort, such as thermal or acoustic, and the need for mechanical and safety improvements, as infrastructures, systems, elevators), and the functional one (involving space dimensions, organisation, orientation, and the introduction of new uses); all while complying with environmental demands following climate changes and current regulatory standards. 

Today the main topics become centred on the question of how to keep these large structures alive, while meeting contemporary indoor and outdoor standards of comfort? Characterized by adventurous experiments in the use of new materials and techniques, green space creation and gender changes, the aim is to envisage the transformation necessary to assure the future of these complexes.

Written by Claudio Galeno

November 7th, 2023 at 9:48 am

2° Seminario Territorio, Ciudad y Arquitectura en la Araucanía siglos XIX-XX / Concepción, Universidad del Bío-Bío / 06 y 07 noviembre

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Transmisión en vivo / Visite Canal de Youtube Fondecyt Frontera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ1gFS3U_G4

Programa día Lunes 06 noviembre y día Martes 07 noviembre

Written by Claudio Galeno

November 6th, 2023 at 8:31 am

Pre Event: Modern architecture, design, construction, restoration / 31/10/2023 11:00 am

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Speakers

Arch. Flavia Rinaldi -Infrastructure and Architecture ex Manager in Urban Regeneration Direction, Environment and Public Space Ministry, Buenos Aires City Government. 

Juan Vaca

Claudio Vasquez – PUC

Date: 31/10/2023 11:00 am

Date details: Santiago Chile 11:00 hrs (UTC – 3)

House studio for Artists. Bonet, Vera Barros, and López Chas.

Description

Artists’ ateliers in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Abstract:

In 1938 Antonio Bonet, Horacio Vera Barros and Abel López Chas designed “Casa de Estudio para Artistas” in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They were members of Grupo Austral -local avant-garde group- concerned with Rio de la Plata modern architecture, landscape and urbanism. They proposed an unusual program for a 1930´s building seven ateliers combined with independent stores.

Since 2012, the building has been the object of interventions whose goal was to consolidate the city center’s urban landscape by revaluing existing historic buildings while incorporating modern concepts of urban sustainability, walkability, environmental protection and enjoyment of public space. 

The intervention of this exceptional building is one of the first conservative actions addressed by a public office on the modern heritage assets in Buenos Aires City. This project motivated a series of historical investigations that supported the restoration process and allowed us to read the work from different analysis levels. The presentation addresses the facade’s restoration process and the building’s revalorization. 

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Le Corbusier’s design for Maison Errázuriz in Zapallar, Chile

Abstract:

Le Corbusier visited South America for the first time between September and December 1929, when he visited Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Asunción, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In Buenos Aires, the Chilean diplomat Matías Errázuriz Ortúzar (1866-1953), formalized the second commission that the Le Corbusier-Jeanneret office received from South America. It involved the construction of a summer house in Zapallar, an exclusive seaside resort located on the central coast of Chile. This commission had, from every point of view, a complicated configuration; architects in Paris, France; client in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and work in Zapallar, Chile. Finally, the Project was not built, however, it reached a relevance that the architects themselves attributed to it in publications, exhibitions and events.

This presentation will show the circumstances of the commission, the characteristics of the project and will interpret its relevance as a piece within the work of the Le Corbusier-Jeanneret office.

Written by Claudio Galeno

October 31st, 2023 at 9:49 am

Pre Event: Modern Cities: About the Heart and the Edge

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Type of event: Online

Speakers

Dra. Arq. Sonia Mercedes Fuentes Padilla. Professor Faculty of Architecture, University of San Carlos, Guatemala. Docomomo Guatemala.

Carlos Eduardo Comas. Universidade Federal do Río Grande do Sul – Docomomo Brasil.

Date: 24/10/2023 11:00 am

Date details: Santiago Chile 11:00 hrs (UTC -3)

Guatemala Civic Center (2019), Sonia Fuentes

The consolidation of Modernity in Guatemala: the Civic Center

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Throughout the years, architecture in Guatemala City was predominately colonial until a series of earthquakes in the early 1910s destroyed most of the city. Between 1920 and 1940, there was this transition in the city’s morphology, and new materials were used to rebuild, so modernity and industrialization began to emerge in Guatemala. Colonial center needed to be renewed and decentralized, so the Civic Center was designed and constructed in the new areas in the south of the city.
The City Centre is known as the consolidation of modern architecture in Guatemala. The four buildings of the first phase -Municipality of Guatemala, Guatemalan Social Security Institute IGSS, Bank of Guatemala, and National Mortgage Bank CHN- are already cataloged as national heritage since they were designed by Guatemalans and integrated art and architecture.
Considering all the architectonic and cultural values and as an initiative of Docomomo Guatemala, the Ministry of Culture created the Technical Committee for the preservation, and because of their work, the Civic Center was declared a National Cultural Heritage of the Nation. The declaration is the first step before it can be considered for the indicative list and then to be eligible to become a World Heritage Site.

Image Credits: Marcel Gautherot/IMS. Aerial View Three Powers square, Brasilia, Brazil 1960.

Beijing – Brasilia: a match of two squares

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The contemporariness as well as the programmatic and formal similarities of the Plaza of the Three Powers in Brasilia (by Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeryer) and Tiananmen Square in Beijing (by  Liang Sicheng, Lin Huiyin, Yang Tingbao, XU Yinpei, and others) have escaped notice so far. Yet, they demonstrate in a very vivid way the complicated relationships between architecture and politics as well as between progressive and conservative values regarding the nature of modernity and its architectural expression.

Written by Claudio Galeno

October 17th, 2023 at 12:57 pm

Pre event: Urban residences, heritage in transformation / 10/10/2023 11:00 am

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Speakers

Andrés Téllez  – Docomomo Chile

Hannia Gómez – Docomomo Venezuela

Date: 10/10/2023 11:00 am

Date details

Santiago Chile 11:00 hrs (UTC -3)

Empart Nº 4 “Serrano-Eyzaguirre” Housing Estate, Valdés Castillo Huidobro, 1955-1958. Photo: Archive Eliash-Moreno of Modern Architecture

Description

Housing complexes in Santiago, 3 cases of urban transformation

Abstract:

During the period 1935-1955, different administrative, economic and technical mechanisms were put into practice to offer both public and private sector employees the possibility of living in the center of Santiago and its nearby area. In the 3 cases presented here, the architectural response to different modes of management to boost the economy and improve living conditions in the city, had the horizon of collective housing raised from its ability to transform the spatial relationships between private apartments, places for community use, and the resulting urban space. The Huemul II complex managed by the Caja de la Habitación Popular, dependent on the State, the Santa María building formulated under the concept of Horizontal Property, and the Serrano-Eyzaguirre complex, promoted by a private employees savings found under a mixed public-private management model.

Caraballeda Residence. View from the east. Benacerraf & Gomez, (d.1974, Ana Luisa Figueredo – Anala and Armando Planchart Foundation)

Caraballeda Residence, Venezuelan modern heritage

Abstract:

They were also designing the Hotel Melia Caribe (1975) in the surroundings, and has just finished Torre Europa (1971), for whose design they received the National Award of Architecture 1976. 

The building stands on a 10,000 square meters lot. A long and curved slab that runs parallel to the sea line departs from Calle El Indio, where the entrance is placed. The wave-building unfolds its long shape from this corner site, where the cylindrical volume of the chapel works as an anchor, detached from the complex to guarantee its operational autonomy. Inside, a major stained-glass (“Cenital Color”), by Venezuelan artist Alejandro Otero, spectacularly covers the circular space. 

Consisting of five stories plus a service basement (with a children’s medical dispensary), the building was designed to accommodate 75 guests. It has 66 rooms, 9 suites, many collective spaces and terraces overlooking the sea and a landscaped garden that extends to the north. The elevators shaft, covered in bright yellow glass mosaics, rises higher to act as a street sign, but also indicating the scission between of the two very distinct façades of the building; one more brutalist, facing the mountain, covered with big industrial aluminum louvers which create a climate-controlled tall space for the corridors, and the other, lighter, lineal, sinuous and evocative of Aalto’s architecture, made with the lines of the ramps and the railings of the balconies.

Written by Claudio Galeno

October 9th, 2023 at 6:09 pm

Pre Event: The futures of modern past: Diagnosis of health architecture / 03/10/2023 11:00 am

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Speakers

Logan Leyton / UC / DOCOMOMO CHILE

Claudio Galeno-Ibaceta / MAZA UCN / DOCOMOMO CHILE

Marco Moro / Università degli Studi di Cagliari / Harvard University

Pier Francesco Cherchi / Università degli Studi di Cagliari

Ana Amora / PROARQ UFRJ / DOCOMOMO BRASIL

Date: 03/10/2023 11:00 am

Date details: Santiago Chile 11:00 hrs (UTC -3)

Ospedale Marino, Colonia Dux Cagliari. Image credits: Claudio Galeno, 2022.

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Abstract:

Health occupied a privileged place when the principles of modern architecture were established. Health architectures challenged the paradigms of their time and were key to defining the history of the Modern Movement. However, currently there is a physical high degree over these buildings, lack of knowledge and insufficient appreciation, so that it becomes essential to make a diagnosis to know what the real health of these pieces of architecture are now, since their daily nature and pragmatism leaves them unnoticed. We must ask ourselves: Are these works still capable of provide health to their users? Are they really obsolete and hopeless? How did these buildings become invisible, inert, deformed and obstructed bodies? What strategies could lead to dreaming better futures for these architectures?

Written by Claudio Galeno

October 2nd, 2023 at 8:49 am

18th International Docomomo Conference: Call for sessions, deadline extended 30 september, 2023

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Visit the website: https://docomomoconference2024.com/

Call for sessions instructions, template and submit access: https://docomomoconference2024.com/calls-sessions/

Written by Claudio Galeno

September 25th, 2023 at 3:49 pm