Architecture and the State, 1940s to 1970s 2-3 April 2010

Columbia University

GSAPP Architecture History and Theory

Architecture Inside/Out Symposium #02


Architecture and the State, 1940s to 1970s

2-3  April 2010


Call for Papers

The worldwide formation and reconfiguration of states in the 1940s presented architectural culture with new ideological scenarios and an increased opportunity for building and planning. From reconstruction of old states to the construction of new ones, from definitions of the limits of the sovereignty of the state to the development of international relationships and transnational organizations, models varied from the Welfare State and Social Democracy Planning to dictatorial and autarchic regimes. Arguably, in the following decades the state operated, overtly or not, as a dominant framework of social, political and cultural life at a global scale. Issues pertaining to the building of the state were also confronted through architectural strategies, such as migration of populations; ethnic diversity; urban and rural territorial management; centralization and de-centralization. In all, state initiatives like planning urban expansion or new towns, the provision of public housing and services (such as health and education), buildings for new institutions, new legislative measures in planning and building, and the international projection of a state’s image through cultural objects, reconfigured the public role of the architect and called for his or her intervention.

The intention of the symposium is to explore the dynamics between architecture, urbanism and the state during the 1940s to1970s: How did architects assess and take a position – of collaboration, critical negotiation, or resistance – vis-à-vis the apparatus of the state? What were the instruments devised, both at conceptual and practical levels, to support these positions? How did this new socio-political frame become the ground for revising the legacy of early modern architecture? In what ways were these revisions circulated, incorporated, and translated internationally? And finally, how did the architectural or urban object embody these dynamics? We call for research that helps to construct the variegated panorama of institutional initiatives, social services, public policies and architectural responses in a broad geopolitical frame that may include the post-World War II reconfiguration of states, the new postcolonial nations, different welfare models, the soviet bloc, and the works and demise of dictatorial regimes. Ultimately, our hope is to open the territory in between the instrumentality of architecture (by the state) and the political agency of architecture for historical exploration.


20 minutes paper abstracts (max. 500 words): October 1 2009

Proposals should be sent via email in WORD or PDF format to: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

Acceptance notifications: November 20 2009; Paper deadline: February 1 2010


Architecture and the State, 1940s to 1970s is part of Architecture Inside/Out a forum for academic discussion organized by the doctoral students in architectural history and theory at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University. Limited financial assistance for speakers will be available upon application. The conference is supported by the GSAPP and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.


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 7. KARLSRUHER TAGUNG,  am Freitag, 29. JANUAR 2010  -  in der Universität KARLSRUHE.
( aktuelle Potentiale des architektonischen Erbes der Moderne   ein internationaler Vergleich )

Ein Schwerpunkt dieses internationalen Vergleichs wird Russland im Vergleich
mit westlichen Beispielen sein.
Die Mitgliederversammlung ist wie immer
am Samstag dem 30.Jan. 2010 vorgesehen.


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Breslau, Symposium `Betonkernsanierung´ Bsp. Jahrhunderthalle von Max Berg


- Mitgliederversammlung von DOCOMOMO Deutschland e.V.



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Joseph Lemaire Sanatorium, Brussles: Sign the petition or send the filled-in pdf document attached.

Support Needed !   Severe Threat to Belgian Modernist Masterpiece, Joseph Lemaire Sanatorium

sign @: http://www.redhetsanatorium.be/petition/list.htm

Some 19km from Brussels lays the Joseph Lemaire Sanatorium, a modernist masterpiece by architects Maxime and Fernand Brunfaut. Both designers were closely linked with the socialist movement in the interbellum period, and played an important role in the introduction of modern principles in Belgian architectural culture. Before embarking on a successful personal career, Maxime Brunfaut was for a longtime Victor Horta’s principal assistant.

Just like Aalto’s famous Paimio Sanatorium and Duiker and Bijvoet’s celebrated Zonnestraal Sanatorium, the Lemaire Sanatorium was conceived in a typically functionalist manner, providing a state-of-the-art infrastructure for the cure of patients suffering from tuberculosis.

From its opening in 1937 on, the Lemaire Sanatorium attracted international attention from both the medical and architectural world who praised its functional organization, the fluid sequence of its interior spaces, the plastic articulation of the building masses and the detailing of the façades, clad with ceramic tiles.

After the building was disused in the late 1980s, it quickly fell pray to decay, vandalism and theft. Paradoxically, its listing as a historical monument in 1993 even stimulated this perishing as it led to a situation of immobility. Propositions for reuse of the structure as lofts, offices or an asylum for political refugees were aborted in an early stage. Despite its current ruinous state, the building continues to attract international attention from scholars, architects and photographers who are impressed by the strength of its forms and its interaction with the surrounding landscape.

In an attempt to safeguard the building and stimulate the debate about its future use, we started in 2007 a preservation campaign called “Save the Sanatorium.” Our aims are threefold:
> Save the Sanatorium strives for a sustainable reuse of the Lemaire Sanatorium with respect for its cultural, architectural and social significance and its relation with the natural environment. We ask that, like in the past, part of the building and the surrounding park remain accessible for the general public.
> Save the Sanatorium demands a proactive concern of all involved parties (public and private) before the dilapidated state of the building becomes irreversible. Given the current harsh winter conditions, time is of utmost essence.
> Save the Sanatorium asks all concerned actors, public and private, to urgently team up in developing a strategy for reuse with respect for the exceptional character and the specific features of this architectural landmark.

We intend to send letters to all parties involved to express our concern and force a breakthrough in the deadlocked debate about the future of the Lemaire Sanatorium. For this, we need your support as an individual, as an institution or organization. We are convinced that a clear call from the architectural community will help raising the awareness about the architectural, historical and cultural importance of this structure and the critical condition of its current state.

Sign the petition 
or send the pdf document in attachment to <Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!>.

We will address this appeal to all public and private actors involved in the future of the Joseph Lemaire Sanatorium.
Many thanks,

Save the Sanatorium
Docomomo Belgium

Information forwarded by the
International committee for
documentation and conservation
of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the
modern movement

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Mitgliederversammlung von DOCOMOMO Deutschland e.V.

Liebe Mitglieder von DOCOMOMO Deutschland,

zu einer herbstlichen Mitgliederversammlung von DOCOMOMO Deutschland e.V.laden wir ein anlässlich des docomomo Seminars in BRESLAU, 23./24. Oktober 2009, vorbereitet von docomomo International Specialist Commitee on Technology und weiteren Institutionen (s. `1   Docomomo Seminar Program.pdf´).

Das Mitgliedertreffen soll am ersten Abend des Seminars im Anschluss an das offizielle Programm stattfinden. Wir bitten um Anmeldungen für diese Mitgliederversammlung und Tagung an Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!. Die Registration zur Tagung sollte über das beigelegte Formular (s. `2   Registration Form of DOCOMOMO Seminar.pdf´) an das Museum of Architecture, Wroclaw (Breslau) erfolgen.

(als Hotel empfehlen wir das günstig zum Tagungsraum gelegene Hotel „Tumski“, s. `3   HOTELS IN WROCLAW -1.pdf´)

FREITAG, 23. Oktober 2009 / Abends Mitgliedertreffen

-       Arbeitsprogramm 2009

-       Bericht des Vorstands (Aktivitäten, Kassenstand, Docomomo International, …)

-       Berichte aus den Arbeitsgruppen (Action, Education+Theory, Register, Technology)

-       Aktuelles

Die nächste DOCOMOMO Deutschland e.V. Jahresmitgliederversammlung wird dann wieder,

wie in den letzten Jahren auch, gemeinsam mit dem internationalen Austausch und Vergleich

in der Universität Karlsruhe stattfinden anlässlich der

7. KARLSRUHER TAGUNG + Ausstellung

„Zum aktuellen Umgang mit den Bauten der Moderne“  - RUSSLAND

29./30. Januar 2010.    -  Wir möchten gerne jetzt schon darauf aufmerksam machen.

Mit herzlichen Grüßen

Der Vorstand: Alex Dill, Monika Markgraf, Anke Zalivako

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Symposium der Ernst May Gesellschaft zum CIAM Jubiläum in Frankfurt

Zum CIAM Jubiläum in Frankfurt hat die Ernst May Gesellschaft ein Symposium geplant, dass in der Zeit, 22.-24.Okt. 2009, stattfindet, Info: www.ernst-may-gesellschaft.de u. www.ciam1929-2009.de
Architekturschaufenster, Waldstraße 8, 76133 Karlsruhe
- Zur Werkbundsiedlung Dammerstock In Karlsruhe gibt es Veranstaltungen, u.a. die Podiums-diskussion, „Götterdämmerung in Dammerstock“, 16. Okt. 2009

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Gdynia Conference `Modernism in Europe´, 24.-26. Sept. 2009

In Gdynia wird eine Konferenz sein über die Bauten der Moderne in Polen mit dem Thema „Modernism in Europe / Modernism in Gdynia – First half 20th century architecture and it‘s preservation“, 24.-26. Sept. 2009, Info: www.gdynia.pl

Gdynia is a very special venue for a conference on Modern Architecture. Due to the historical ups and downs, Poland restored to sovereignty after WWI, had only a tiny stretch of the Baltic coast, with no port. In 1921, following a decision of the Polish government, the construction of a deep-sea port began in Gdynia at the site of a small fishing harbour. The city rose at the same time the 1920s and 1930s no wonder its architecture and planning reflect European trends of the day. Prior to the outbreak of WWII, many outstanding modernist buildings were erected not only tenements and settlements, but also public buildings and port facilities.


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Exkursion zum Musikheim in Frankfurt /Oder von Otto Bartning

Der Termin für die Exkursion der AG Action zum Musikheim in Frankfurt (Oder) von Otto Bartning steht nun fest: Die ganztägige Exkursion findet am Samstag, den 05.09.2009, statt. Im Rahmen einer Führung kann das Äußere und Innere des Baudenkmals besichtigt werden. Am Nachmittag stehen eine Radtour durch das Oderbruch und abschließend - optional - ein kurzer Stadtrundgang durch Eisenhüttenstadt auf dem Programm.

Hier der voraussichtliche Terminablauf für die Exkursion:

 10:15 Uhr Treff mit den Fahrrädern am DB Reisezentrum Bhf Berlin-Friedrichstraße

10:51 Uhr Abfahrt Regionalbahn RB 38011 von Bhf Berlin-Friedrichstraße

12:02 Uhr Ankunft Bhf Frankfurt (Oder), anschließend Fahrt mit dem Fahrrad zum Musikheim (Gerhard-Hauptmann-Straße)

12:30 Uhr - ca. 14:00 Uhr Führung durch Katharina Falkenhagen (Pfarrerin der Evangelischen Kirchengemeinde Frankfurt, derzeitige Trägerin des Musikheims)

14:00 Uhr - ca. 15:00 Uhr Mittagessen in Frankfurt (Oder)

ab 15:00 - ca. 17:30 Uhr Uhr Fahrradtour durch das Oderbruch

Rückfahrt nach Berlin gegen 18:00 Uhr vom Bhf Eisenhüttenstadt

Ankunft ca. 19:30 Uhr am Bhf Berlin-Friedrichstraße


17:30 - 18:30 Uhr Stadtrundgang durch Eisenhüttenstadt

Rückfahrt nach Berlin gegen 18:30 Uhr

Ankunft ca. 20:00 Uhr am Bhf Berlin-Friedrichstraße


Bitte bei Teilnahmewunsch kurze Email an mich: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!.


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7. KARLSRUHER TAGUNG, am Freitag, 29. JANUAR 2010 - in der Universität KARLSRUHE.

Aktuelle Potentiale des architektonischen Erbes der Moderne – ein internationaler Vergleich

Ein Schwerpunkt dieses internationalen Vergleichs wird Russland im Vergleich mit westlichen Beispielen sein. Die Mitgliederversammlung ist wie immer am Samstag dem 30.Jan. 2010 vorgesehen.

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