Palazo Badoer

Architektur und Staedtebau der Nachkriegsmoderne

Convegno, TU Berlin



TU Berlin, Institut für Stadt- und Regionalplanung, Hardenbergstr. 40A,

10623 Berlin, EB 223 / 224, July 22-24, 2011

Registration deadline: Jul 11, 2011


Veranstalter: Institut für Stadt- und Regionalplanung, Fachgebiet

Denkmalpflege, TU Berlin;

Fachbereich Architektur, TU Darmstadt



During the last decades, especially in professional circles, the interest in post-war modern architecture increased throughout Europe. At the same time the buildings, ensembles and spacial structures of the generation after 1945 can still be regarded as an endangered heritage. This is partly due to the often difficult intercession of the values of

these objects to a wider public (or the lack of attempts to do so), and also to the economic, environmental and infrastructural pressure to which they are exposed. These two aspects go hand in hand, especially since a lack of societal acceptance and appreciation increases the probability to give in the pressure yielded by other factors. Thus

there are two conflicting poles, on one hand a growing professional lobby for buildings, ensembles and green areas of the post-war years, and on the other hand a strong pressure on these same objects inflicted by society. This is evident not only in Germany but also in the international and European context. Especially in Eastern Europe (as well as in other European countries, but here even more due to the political, economic and social changes), buildings from the post-war times paradoxically are both highly endangered and subject of an increasing number of new scientific research at the same time. These research projects mostly take place on the initiative of individuals and are often linked to specific objects. A multidisciplinary, transnational exchange hardly takes place, and if it does, mainly on an

unplanned and unstructured level. Moreover, information on the objects themselves is often difficult to access and is scarce in many places. Research beyond the local or national boundaries is hardly possible without the exchange of scientific ideas. This is regrettable, especially since most architects of that time integrated international influences in their work. In consequence the international orientation of this architecture is only understandable by re-contextualizing the artists and objects through international networking and information sharing.


The first day the conference will give insights into individual research projects and case studies on architecture and urban design. The structure of the conference consciously doesn't follow geographical aspects to offer a possible extension of existing patterns of interpretation. The second day will focus on special issues, such as

the design of urban centres or contemporary concepts of dwelling and their architectural and urban shapes. The conference concludes with case studies on current strategies on preserving and promoting buildings of the postwar era.


On Sunday there will be an internal meeting to establish a scientific network of young researchers in the field of architecture and urban planning of postwar modernism.


The conference will be in English.





Friday, 22.07.2011



Opening session


Planning after 1945. Motives and interpretations



Dr. Blaž Križnik, Ljubljana/Seoul:

Between regionalism and national narratives. Legitimating modernist

architecture in Slovenia and South Korea.



Neza Cebron Lipovec, Piran:

Building the brave new world in a contested land. Koper after 1945.


11:30 Break


Case studies


Panel I: Case studies architecture



Dragana Petrovic/Jelica Jovanovic/Jelena Grbi?, Belgrad:

Prefabrication: visual and aesthetic features of the experiment in

building of the cities and towns in the former Yugoslavia - examples of




Dr. Luka Skansi, Venedig:

Italian architecture of the 50s and 60s. An Atlas of figures, forms and

building techniques.


13:00 Lunch (both panels)



Maren Harnack, Hamburg:

The case of the Trellick Tower. From tower of terror to power tower.



Dr. Sandra Wagner-Conzelmann, Darmstadt:

Otto Bartning - Forward thinker and protagonist of rebuilding after




Tanja Seeböck, Berlin:

Ulrich Müthers concrete shells – between rejection and appreciation. An

architectural survey and practical examples of their treatment.


Panel II: Case studies urban design



Andrea Benze/Christian Dengler, Berlin/Kassel:

Utopian Stirrings in Kreuzberg-Centre? Report on how ideas, realities,


movements and architecture conflict in a controversial example of

post-war Modernism.



Andreas Salgo, Berlin:

The dawn of the Postmodern. Critical reception of modernist urbanism

and architecture in the 1960s and '70s.


13:00 Lunch (both panels)



Galene Haun, Berlin:

More City – More Landscape. Exploration of possibilities for a

conversion of post-war traffic spaces.



Andrea Contursi, Berlin:

The Kollektivplan for Berlin of 1946 between infrastructure planning,

rationalization and city design.



Axel Zutz, Berlin:

Modern ways of preserving and constructing nature and cultural

heritage: The Senftenberg Lake as a social leisure landscape.


16:00 Break


Both panels:



Dr. des. Pablo Tena Gomez, Barcelona:

55+. Modernity in Barcelona.



Dr. Vera Martinez, Darmstadt:

Architecture in the GDR. Between order and socialist esthetics.


17.30 Break


18:00 Keynote lecture Prof. Dr. Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper


18:45 Get Together





Saturday, 23.7.2011


Concepts of city centres



Yolanda Ortega Sanz, Barcelona:

Modern urban centres in Nordic countries.



Dr. Nika Grabar, Ljubljana:

Under-Ground. The Republic Square in Ljubljana.


11:00    Break


Concepts of habitation



Carola Ebert, Kassel:

Casual Modernism – The formation of the West German modernist bungalow

1950-     1969.



Dr. Sebastian Haumann, Darmstadt:

Image Construction and Decline of West-German Public Housing,




Markus Vogl, Wien:

The undetermined space. On the ability of urban overall concepts -

manifestos of architectural modernism.


13:00 Lunch


Urban designs



Dr. Mari Laanemets, Tallin:

Monument reconsidered. Urban design fantasies in the 1970s in Soviet




Marko Sancanin, Zagreb:

Technology of Urban planning of socialist Zagreb. Historical

Development and Institutional Critique.



Dr. Ines Tolic, Venedig:

Contending the city. Global ambitions and local needs in architecture

and city design of     post-earthquake Skopje and Yugoslavia.


16:00 Break


45+ today – Projects and Research



Martin Bredenbeck/Martin Neubacher,  Bonn:

Beethovenhalle Bonn. Defending buildings our grandparents have erected

to save them from our parents. Revaluation of post-war-architecture - a

new generations gap?



Vladimir Kulic/Maroje Mrduljas, Florida/Zagreb:

Unfinished Modernisations. Presentation of the research project.



Nevenka Mancheva/Vesna Mitanoska/Jane Stojanoski, Skopje:

Rejuvenation. Projects for interventions on abandoned and neglected

buildings in     Macedonia


18:00    Discussion and end of the open sections





Sunday, 24.07.2011


Internal meeting of the “Network 45+”