Docomomo 14th International Conference, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation,
Lisbon, Portugal, September 6 – 09, 2016
Deadline: Oct 18, 2015
CALL FOR PAPERS
Docomomo International invites researchers and practitioners involved
in the process of preservation, conservation, renovation or
transformation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern
Movement, to investigate on the theme: Retrofitting the Modern: The
Preservation of Post-War Social Housing Estates and their Adaptation to
Contemporary Environmental Standards.
Retrofitting the Modern: The Preservation of Post-War Social Housing
Estates and their Adaptation to Contemporary Environmental Standards.
Since the advent of the Industrial Revolution, the need for housing has
remained one of the main preoccupations of modern architecture. The
leap from London’s 1870s suburbs, famously and dramatically depicted by
Gustave Doré, to the Existenzminimum adopted as the topic for CIAM 2 in
Frankfurt (1929) shows the growing concern with low income housing.
Defining the minimum requirements of habitability, and designing
affordable yet respectable housing estates thus turned into an ongoing
theme since the beginning of the 20th Century, and a major concern of
modern architects. This concern became even more prevalent in the
post-war period, when the need for massive amounts of inexpensive
dwellings appeared perhaps as the most urgent task in the
reconstruction of a war-devastated Europe. Thus, the 1940s and 1950s
saw an unprecedented increment in the urban housing stock, led by the
creation of social housing complexes, which, in countries such as
Spain, extended well into the 1960s, and produced an extensive and
varied catalogue of modern architectures.
This session, which is framed within the EcoRegen Research Project,
founded by the MIMECO (Spanish Ministry of Economy and
Competitiveness), seeks papers that engage critically with the
preservation of modern social housing estates and their adaptation to
today’s standards. We welcome essays that deal with the topic from a
historical point of view, tracing big narratives on the history of
social housing restoration and retrofitting, as well as theoretical
reflections on the intervention in the patrimony of modern social
housing. However, we strongly encourage presentations that focus on
actual interventions on modern housing complexes, as a means to discuss
the specifics of their retrofitting of those, and trace general
strategies to deal with this vital part of the patrimony of modern
The session will consist of four papers, followed by 20 minutes for
discussion. Each paper should be in English and take no more than 20
minutes to present. Conference papers will be published in the
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
You may submit your abstract by visiting the Ex Ordo abstract
submission system: http://docomomo2016.exordo.com. You will be required
to setup an account first.
Once registered, the submission must be done, in English, by filling
the following required information:
1. Title (65 characters max) & Abstract (400 words max);
2. Authors information (Name, University/Company/Organization, Country);
3. Biography (200 words max);
4. In the “Topics” section: COMPLEXES.
5. In the “Additional Info” section, please indicate your phone number
Abstracts should define the subject and summarise the argument to be
presented in the proposed paper. The paper’s content should be the
product of well-documented original research that is primarily
analytical and interpretive rather than descriptive.
Papers may not have been previously published, nor presented in public.
Only one submission per author/co-author will be accepted. Each speaker
are expected to pursue their own institutional or other support to
register, and for travel and accommodation.
Read the paper submission guidelines, in case of your abstract being
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