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Patrimonio Moderno en Chile: ¿Por qué? y ¿Para que? / Día del patrimonio en la UC 2024 / jueves 23 de mayo, 18:00 hrs. Salón Sergio Larraín, Campus Lo Contador

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Hablemos de Patrimonio Moderno.

¡No te pierdas la mesa redonda: Patrimonio Moderno en Chile: ¿Por qué? Y ¿Para que?, este jueves 23 de mayo a las 18:00 hrs. Contaremos con grandes exponentes de diversas regiones de Chile como: Boris Cvitanic, Claudio Galeno, Úrsula Exss, Anna Braghini, Erwin Brevis y Horacio Torrent.

Salón Sergio Larraín, Campus Lo Contador, El Comendador #1946, Providencia.

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

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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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Written by Claudio Galeno

January 13th, 2024 at 10:39 am

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

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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.


Artists’ ateliers in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


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


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

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Andrés Téllez  – Docomomo Chile

Hannia Gómez – Docomomo Venezuela

Date: 10/10/2023 11:00 am

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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


Housing complexes in Santiago, 3 cases of urban transformation


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


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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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


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.



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

Pre-event: Chilean Modern Heritage Masterpieces: Montemar Marine Biology Institute and United Nations Building

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Horacio Torrent. President Docomomo Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Maximiano Atria, Docomomo Chile,

Date: 05/09/2023 11:00 am

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

United Nations Building, Emilio Duhart, 1960-1966. Photo: René Combeau / Archivo de Originales CID SLGM, FADEU-PUC.

Reuse and transformation of a Modern Movement Masterpiece: UN-CEPAL-ECLAC Building, Santiago Chile.


Recent interventions in modern oeuvres of high cultural significance have set new challenges, opening discussion on the various positions associated with their preservation and sustainability. In particular, the relationship between newly conceived architecture and modern heritage, for which the analysis of the design in the original building, the ideas promoted in terms of its significance, and the results obtained in material terms, become the key features in each case. The experience of the United Nations ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) building in Santiago, Chile, may, in this sense, be of special interest in order to verify possibilities of sustainability that assume both the contingencies among which the rehabilitation process takes place and the values recognized in the building as a monument.

Marine Biology Institute Research Station. Enrique Gebhard 1941-1960. Photo Andres Tellez  

The Montemar Station as a Case Study

Abstract :   

The building, designed by Enrique Gebhard (1909-1978) for the technical facilities of the University of Chile’s newly consolidated Marine Biology Institute, was built in two stages: the first one between 1941 and 1945 and the second between 1955 and 1959.

As one of the most representative buildings of Chilean modern architecture, the historical vicissitudes of its design and building process make it a perfect case-study through which to look at the development of twentieth century’s architecture.

As a case-study, Montemar has been a test-ground for the efforts made by Docomomo Chile to protect and remediate the present situation. Its relevancy as a key example of the best that modern architecture produced in Chile and Latin America makes it an iconic case in conservation issues regarding buildings that suffer decay by obsolescence, lack of maintenance, and the pressure for new uses.

Written by Claudio Galeno

September 4th, 2023 at 6:52 pm

18th International Docomomo Conference / call for sessions deadline extended 20 sep 2023

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Written by Claudio Galeno

September 1st, 2023 at 10:23 am

Pre-event: Modern Neighborhood Units in Chile, 29/08/2023, 11:00 hrs (Santiago de Chile)

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Type of event: Online (Zoom)


Umberto Bonomo, Associate professor PUC and Cultural Heritage Center Director.

Rodrigo Gertosio Swanston, PHD (c) Architecture and Urban Studies Universidad Católica de Chile.

Date: 29/08/2023 3:00 pm (UTC) / Date details: Santiago Chile 11:00 hrs

Portales Neighborhood Unit. Bresciani, Valdés, Castillo, Huidobro. 1953-1967. Photo: René Combeau / Archivo de Originales CID SLGM, FADEU-PUC.


Modern Neighborhood Units in Santiago. Exploring common space.


The modern neighborhood units built in Chile between 1940 and 1970 reflect the political-institutional transformation of those years. This transformation was promoted and affected the disciplinary development of architecture and urbanism in a symbiotic process that formed a dynamic, where political-institutional changes and theoretical gear (urban and architectural) were translated into increasingly ambitious public policies. The strong criticism of modern architecture during the seventies and eighties led to a condition of oblivion and stigmatization of such works. However, in recent years this condition seems to have changed, the growing sensitivity on the part of citizens towards modern Neighborhood units is an important precedent and demonstrates the validity and importance of cataloging, studying and preserving them both in their physical and spatial dimension as well as in their social dimension.

Image of Villa Los Presidentes (Ñuñoa, Santiago) . Photograph by Felipe Hevia 

Green Heritage: Modern housing complexes and their Ecosystem Services.


During the 1960s, Santiago de Chile expanded towards the east through numerous housing complexes of modern architecture. Between 2009 and 2017, 3 of these complexes underwent heritage processes driven by their communities, who, coincidentally, elevated the same attribute to the heritage category: their green areas. These extend from the parks and squares to the front gardens and patios and along the avenues that link them. However, this sequence is not exclusive to the patrimonialized cases. Still, instead, it is possible to see in many others, which shows that beyond the action of the neighbours themselves to plant and maintain specific vegetation, the continuity of green areas comes from a more extensive scale planning that provides sequences of available spaces for this to occur. 

Today, thanks to satellite images, vegetation indexes (NDVI), temperature (LST) and spectral classification models, it is possible to observe extensive fragments of continuous vegetation and permeable soil between different housing complexes, thus revealing the presence of valuable ecosystem services inside the city, especially relevant to mitigate some of the effects of climate change. Demonstrating the above allows for revealing new values for the same attribute and incorporating these environmental benefits within heritage protection frameworks to ensure their conservation.

Written by Claudio Galeno

August 28th, 2023 at 1:03 pm

Exposición: “Turismo social y derecho al descanso: La construcción de memoria de los Balnearios Populares en Chile, 1970-1973”

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Vía Parque Cultural Valparaíso Ex Cárcel


Los balnearios, que buscaron otorgar equipamiento para el turismo social, fueron invisibilizados, mitificados y desmantelados, borrando casi por completo su registro. El montaje que se presenta propone reconstruir la memoria de estos lugares, mediante la exposición de materiales, como: imágenes de época y actuales, maquetas y documentos, resultado de los viajes realizados a lo largo de Chile, que tuvieron como objetivo comprobar y darle veracidad a su existencia.

Lugar: Primer piso de la Ex Galería de Reos, Parque Cultural de Valparaíso – Ex Cárcel.
Inauguración: sábado 13 de mayo, 12:00 hrs.
Cierre: sábado 10 de junio.

Entrada: liberada.

Enmarcados dentro de la política de turismo de la Unidad Popular, los denominados Balnearios Populares de Allende concretaron la idea del derecho al descanso. El proyecto fue parte de la medida 29 del programa de gobierno, y participaron diversas instituciones centralizadas en la “Comisión Coordinadora del Plan Balnearios Populares” creada en 1971. Así, se concretó la construcción de al menos 16 balnearios, los que se han podido rastrear y que. se presentan en esta exposición, a través de maquetas, imágenes y diversos recursos visuales que dan cuenta de su existencia. A modo de campamentos, estos contaban con varios pabellones en A, donde se distribuían las familias en cabañas, existiendo también zonas comunes: baños, comedores y zonas de esparcimiento como juegos infantiles y canchas deportivas. Los conjuntos fueron diseñados por el arquitecto Renato Hernández —construidos entre 1971 y 1973 bajo la Dirección de Planificación del Equipamiento Comunitario en terrenos fiscales— y ocupados mayoritariamente por trabajadores de la Central Unitaria de Trabajadores (CUT).

Los espacios albergaron a miles de trabajadores durante los meses de verano y durante el resto del año se utilizaban como residencias estudiantiles, espacio de reunión vecinal o habitaciones de emergencia. Tras el Golpe de Estado de 1973, los proyectos fueron tomados por las diferentes ramas de las Fuerzas Armadas y Carabineros de Chile, convertidos algunos de ellos en centros de detención y tortura —destacando los de Rocas de Santo Domingo, Puchuncaví, Ritoque y presuntamente Lota—, otros en lugares de vacaciones para uniformados, o vendidos a privados. De esta manera, fueron utilizados para fines contrapuestos a su vocación original. Los balnearios, que buscaron otorgar equipamiento para el turismo social, fueron invisibilizados, mitificados y desmantelados, borrando casi por completo su registro. El montaje que se presenta propone reconstruir la memoria de estos lugares, mediante la exposición de materiales, como: imágenes de época y actuales, maquetas y documentos, resultado de los viajes realizados a lo largo de Chile, que tuvieron como objetivo comprobar y darle veracidad a su existencia.

Investigadora responsable: Macarena Cortés.
Co-investigadoras: Francisca Evans y Thaise Gambarra.
Identidad visual: Francisca Espinosa.
Producción de Maquetas: Guillermo Zilliruelo, Pablo Gutiérrez y Juan Pablo Valenzuela.

Chile será organizador de la 18th International Docomomo Conference & Students Workshop 2024

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El presidente de Docomomo Chile, profesor de la Escuela de Arquitectura [de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile] Horacio Torrent, anunció que Docomomo Internacional ha aceptado la propuesta de Chile para la organización de la 18th International Docomomo Conference & Students Workshop Chile 2024, titulada “Modern Futures: Sustainable development and cultural diversity”

La propuesta, advierte Torrent, involucra hasta el momento a Docomomo Chile, la Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Estudios Urbanos UC; la Escuela de Arquitectura UC; el Centro del Patrimonio Cultural UC; la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso; la Universidad Católica del Norte; la Universidad del Bio Bio; la Universidad Austral de Chile; la Universidad San Sebastián; y la Universidad Finis Terrae. Ademas de varias instituciones universitarias latinoamericanas: Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú, Universidad de Belgrano, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco y Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.

La propuesta fue aprobada de manera unánime en el Advisory Board, y fue apoyada por 34 países: Armenia, Argentina, Australia, Bélgica, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Iberia, Israel, Itália, Kosovo, Líbano, Macau, México, Netherlands, North Macedônia, Panamá, Perú, Quebec, República Dominicana, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sul, Switzerland, Sudán, Turquía, USA, y Venezuela; además de los reconocimientos de Irán, Hong Kong, y Francia.

“Estamos felices por este tremendo logro, que nos propone el que es el mayor desafío que Docomomo Chile ha enfrentado hasta ahora, y agradecemos el apoyo de todos, que permitió mostrar un capítulo nacional fuerte y unido, y esperamos contar con el apoyo de todos para la organización de este evento”, sostuvo el profesor Torrent.

 Sobre la postulación “Modern Futures: Sustainable development and cultural diversity”

La propuesta tiene como objetivo remarcar la exploración y el desarrollo de nuevas ideas para el futuro de un entorno construido sostenible basado en las experiencias pasadas del Movimiento Moderno.

La arquitectura del Movimiento Moderno se extendió por todo el mundo, y su realización en diferentes lugares fueron fuentes de innovación, nuevos conocimientos y creatividad.

El Movimiento Moderno ha sido muchas veces considerado en su condición unitaria; las historias y teorías han enfatizado tradicionalmente sus significados universales. Pero, de hecho, asumió la diversidad como uno de sus temas. Por lo tanto, hay tantos tipos diferentes de arquitectura moderna en tantos lugares. La conferencia será el momento para debatir el legado del movimiento moderno frente a la diferencia, la diversidad y la necesidad de un nuevo enfoque global.

Por otro lado, la promoción de la conservación del patrimonio moderno requiere la difusión de técnicas y métodos, que pueden ser adaptados a diferentes circunstancias, lugares y climas. La reutilización adaptativa es esencialmente el reconocimiento de la diversidad, pero al mismo tiempo es una forma de lograr la conservación de manera sostenible. La sustentabilidad involucra aspectos materiales y energéticos, así como sociales y de trascendencia. Los objetivos de las Naciones Unidas para el desarrollo sostenible nos brindan un marco para pensar sobre la conservación del patrimonio moderno asociado con las transformaciones globales necesarias.

Nuestro compromiso y conocimiento sobre la conservación del patrimonio moderno puede formar parte de la agenda internacional en busca de la sustentabilidad, entendida en un sentido amplio. El mundo se urbaniza cada vez más, y la reutilización de los espacios creados por el movimiento moderno se vuelve crucial en el entorno metropolitano, más que nada porque la naturaleza se introdujo en el tejido urbano, y las comunidades que la habitan reclaman su derecho a una ciudad más inclusiva, así como una mejor calidad de vida. Y los conjuntos del movimiento moderno brindan un mejor ambiente que la ciudad que se construye hoy.


Docomomo Internacional es una organización sin fines de lucro dedicada a la documentación y conservación de edificios, sitios y barrios del Movimiento Moderno. Fue iniciado en 1988 por Hubert-Jan Henket, arquitecto y profesor, y Wessel de Jonge, arquitecto e investigador en la Escuela de Arquitectura de la Universidad Técnica de Eindhoven, Países Bajos.

Las misiones de Docomomo International son:

  • actuar como guardián cuando los edificios importantes del movimiento moderno en cualquier lugar estén bajo amenaza.
  • intercambiar ideas relacionadas con la tecnología de la conservación, la historia y la educación.
  • fomentar el interés en las ideas y la herencia del movimiento moderno.
  • elicitar la responsabilidad hacia esta herencia arquitectónica reciente.

Desde su creación, DOCOMOMO International ha experimentado un rápido crecimiento, estableciéndose como un actor importante no solo en el ámbito de la conservación, sino también en el campo más amplio de la cultura arquitectónica. La naturaleza pluralista e interdisciplinaria de DOCOMOMO International, debido a su capacidad para reunir a historiadores, arquitectos, urbanistas, paisajistas, conservacionistas, docentes, estudiantes y funcionarios públicos, ha sido un gran activo.


Ver anuncio sobre el congreso en el sitio de Docomomo Internacional, aquí.