Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Heritage of the City – Europe 's Future

International congress
"The Heritage of the City – Europe 's Future, New Opportunities through Integrated Urban Development".
Berlin, December 8 - 9, 2011

If you still have not registered please register yourself on the official website: www.kongress-erbe-der-stadt.de.

Internationalen Kongress
„Das Erbe der Stadt – Europas Zukunft, Neue Chancen durch integrierte Stadtentwicklung“ übermitteln.
Sollten Sie sich noch nicht zum Kongress angemeldet haben, dann lassen Sie sich bitte auf der Seite des Kongresses registrieren:
www.kongress-erbe-der-stadt.de .

Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Best regards
Ludmilla Kreps
Event Consult
Gesellschaft für Messe- und
Congress-Management mbH
Neue Kantstr. 20
D-14057 Berlin

Te.: ++49/ 030-325 52 74
Fax: ++49/ 030-322 64 42
e-mail: kongress-erbe-der-stadt@event-consult-berlin.de

Website: http://kongress-erbe-der-stadt.de
Impressum: http://kongress-erbe-der-stadt.de/impressum/

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Международен конкурс за "Pruitt Igoe" в Сейнт Луйс, САЩ

През март 2012 г. се навършват 40 години от разрушаването
на първата висока сграда в жилищния квартал "Pruitt Igoe"
в Сейнт Луйс, Мисури, САЩ,
проектирана от архитектите Хелмут, Ямазаки и Лайнвебер.
Жертва на сложни политически и икономически обстоятелства,
задълго изоставен, ограбен и накрая сринат,
комплексът остава олицетворение на модерните идеи
за комплексно обитаване.

За разлика от много ревитализирани пространства с подобен мащаб,
кварталът Pruitt Igoe, разположен на площ от 190 дка, пустее до днес.
Взривяването му е едно от обстоятелствата, ознаменуващи началото
на постмодерната ера в развитието на съвременната архитектура.

Цел на конкурса:
приобщаване към действащите пространства на града
като двустранна връзка между северните градски части,
стабилизирани след дълъг упадък,
и Jefferson National Expansion Memorial,
проектиран от Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

Pruitt Igoe Now seeks the ideas of the creative community worldwide:
we invite individuals and teams of professional, academic, and student architects, landscape architects, designers, writers and artists of every discipline to re-imagine the 57 acres on which the Pruitt-Igoe housing project was once located.

Въздушна снимка на Pruitt-Igoe от 1968 г.

Награди - $1,000 ; $750 ; $500.
Всички участници ще получат почетна грамота, а проектите ще се качат в он-лайн галерия.
Обсъждане на конкурса и симпозиум за творческия подход към градските жилища
ще се проведе в Портланд Стейт Юнивърсити през април 2012 г.
Част от идеите ще бъдат включени в пътуваща изложба.

Срок за регистрация: 16 март 2012 г.
Такса за участие: $20
За кореспонденция: nwendl@pdx.edu
Допълнителнa информация на:

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Wed 23 November 2011 – 7.30pm
Were the Constructivists Really Communists?
Language: In English

Architects of the Russian avant-garde are often presented as either ‘western’ aesthetes or unworldly and out of their depth when it comes to politics, but was this really the case?

Writer and journalist Owen Hatherley argues that they were complicit in the ideology under which they were working, and that their buildings and theories make most sense when seen as part of a Marxist project.

Lecture 1: : Wed 2 November 2011, 7.30pm He who works, eats: Samara’s Factory Canteen and other masterpieces of Russian Provincial Constructivism
Lecture 2: Thu 10 November 2011, 7.30pm Building the Revolution: Destroying the Past
Lecture 3: Wed 16 November 2011, 7.30pm Russian Architectural Models of the 1920’s from VKhUTEMAS
Lecture 4: Wed 23 November 2011, 7.30pm Were the Constructivists really Communists?
Lecture 5: Wed 30 November 2011, 7.30pm Constructivism: what are we trying to save?

is organised by Pushkin House and the Moscow Architecture Preservation Society

The CONSTRUCTIVISM TODAY LECTURE SERIES at Pushkin House is run in connection with the Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935 exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.

30th November: DISCUSSION: Constructivism: What are We Trying to Save?
Constructivist buildings are seen by many to be the white elephants of Russian cities. Finding new functions for these radical, experimental buildings is extremely challenging, despite their outstanding designs. They bear the negative associations of times of upheaval, poverty and experiments by the state on the ordinary citizen, as well as mass demolitions in Moscow in the early 1920s, and so are unpopular with most Russians. How should they be treated in the 21st Century?
Discussion to be chaired by architectural historian and theorist Fred Scott, with participation from photographer Richard Pare, writer Owen Hatherley and MAPS co-founder Clementine Cecil, others to be confirmed.

A comprehensive reconstruction is being planned of Moscow’s famous Stalinist-era All Russian Exhibition Centre (AREC), better known by its historic name of VSKhV-VDNKh (All-Union Agricultural Exhibition).
This architectural ensemble was mostly built between 1939 and 1954, with some post-war modernist additions. The entire area is a conservation zone, and contains areas of protected landscapes, within which, according to law, all major new construction is illegal.
The administration of AREC, however, is preparing to reduce the size of the conservation zone and commence the construction of new buildings, which will destroy the integrity of this unusual and important ensemble.
Campaigners are urging the Centre’s administration to rethink the development project and to limit it to a much-needed restoration of its existing architectural monuments.

An outline of this alarming situation, has been published in
The Moscow Times.
More about the history of the site, is on pages 162-163
of the MAPS/SAVE Europe’s Heritage report.

An excerpt from that 2009 report says:
“This complex is a unique open-air museum designed and built by the best architects, sculptors and craftsmen from throughout the Soviet Union... The pavilions of 1939 to 1954 abound in hand-crafted ornament and need careful restoration, yet some of them have already suffered in recent years because of unsympathetic renovation work... Out of a total of 36 original pavilions, only 28 appear on Moskomnaslediye’s register, including the Fur Farming and Forestry pavilion that burned down a few years ago. As for the pavilions of the 1960s, some of which are most remarkable, these appear not to be thought worthy of preservation.”

The Moscow Architecture Preservation Society (MAPS) has been set up in May 2004 by a group of international journalists and architects.
They work in close cooperation with preservationists, architects and historians within Russia and abroad to raise awareness about the present destruction of the city's historical buildings.

Through these contacts, MAPS is working to give Russian preservationists and Muscovites a greater international voice.
MAPS believes that every effort should be made to preserve certain buildings.
Its representatives invite experts to advise on more sustainable approaches to the historic built environment.
Through such work MAPS hopes to convince the Moscow Government, developers and architects that the unchecked demolition of old Moscow is not in the city’s long-term interest.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

ISC20c - ICOMOS Specialist Committee on the 20th Century Architecture

Подготовката на Генералната асамблея на ИКОМОС в Париж,
е във финалната си фаза

Предстои избор на ново бюро на Международния експертен комитет на ХХ в. - ISC20c .
Досегашното ръководство (2008-2011) е следното:
Sheridan Burke (Australia) President
Kyle Normandin (USA) Secretary General
Enrique de Anda (Mexico) Vice President
Fernando Espinosa de los Monteros (Spain) Vice President
Laura Robinson (South Africa) Treasurer
Susan Macdonald (USA) Vice President
Gunny Harboe (USA) Vice President

Номинираните кандидати за периода 2012-2014 са както следва:
По една номинация за
President (Sheridan Burke - Australia),
Secretary General (Kyle Normandin - USA)
Treasurer (Laura Robinson - South Africa),

За позицията на Vice President има 7 кандидатури (по азбучен ред на фамилнте имена):
Nune Chingaragyan (Armenia)
Enrique Xavier de Andas (Mexico)
Fernando Espinosa de los Monteros (Spain)
Natalia Dushkina (Russia)
Gunny Harboe (USA)
Susan Macdonald (Australia/USA)
Yoshiyuki Yamana (Japan)

На 2.12.- петък, предстои кратка работна среща на ICOMOS ISC20c
в Швейцарския павилион от Le Corbusier (Suisse Pavillion at the Cité Universitaire, 1931 - 1933).
Ще се дискутират възникващите въпроси във връзка с номинацията на обекти от ХХ в.
в Листата на световното културно наследство.
Вече има поне 4 архитектурни номинации в предварителния списък:
Le Corbusier, Frank LLoyd Wright, Henry Van der Velde, и евентуално Alvar Aalto.
Явно е, че подходът към Великите не е подходящ в случая, а по скоро ще бъде ключов
фокусът върху качествата, потвърждаващи
OUV = Outstanding Universal Value of Cultural World Heritage Properties
(изключителна универсална стойност на културна ценност на световното наследство).
Ще бъдат изслушани членовете на ISC20C - Alfredo Conti (Аржентина), Susan Macdonald (САЩ) and Susan Denyer.
Поканени са и представители
на САЩ, Белгия, Финландия, Франция, Индия, Япония и Германия,
които биха могли да подпомогнат по-нататъшния процес на номинация.

Friday, November 4, 2011

One Year Without Milka Bliznakov

Prof. Dr. Milka Bliznakov
passed away
at her home
in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
on November 4th 2010.

She was a profound scholar and expert of the 20th century architecture

She was born a gifted teacher who presented her books
and endowed her knowledge how to feel and interpret architecture

She was a passionate classical music and opera lover

She was a dreamer and a passionate democrat
striving for the rights of each and everyone

She was the founder of the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)

She was the most generous person we have ever known
She was a great individual

She is our spiritual mother
She is unforgettable

Rest in Peace, dear Milka
Lju & Pepi


Milka's home in Tall Oaks Drive, Blacksburg - October, 1995

The interior of her house with unique pieces of Modernist furniture

and with a Bulgarian corner

In Tall Oaks Drive before Milka's house in Blacksburg, V.A.
with Solange d'Herbez de la Tour,
then President of the International Union of Women Architects,
on the way to the conference lectures at Virginia Tech
on the occasion of the
10th anniversary jubilee conference of the
International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) -
October, 1995

At the front door of her home in Blacksburg, V.A. -
in a hurry for the farewell party of IAWA's
jubilee conference - October 1995

At the Faculty of Architecture, Virginia Tech, V.A. - October, 1995

In Washington, D.C. - in front of the White House - October, 1995

In Washington, D.C. - at the Museum of Modern Art - October, 1995

The start of a long trip to the West Cost with Greyhound - November, 1995

Farewell to BLacksburg, V.A. - December 12, 1995

At the American University in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria - October, 1996

With colleagues at the rest house of the Bulgarian Union of Architects n Bansko, Bulgaria - October, 1996 (from left to right) :
standing: a Bulgarian architect, Milka Bliznakov, Lois Gottlieb, Ljubinka Stoilova, Petar Iokimov;
sitting: Nikola Kamenov, Sarelle Weissberg, Inge Horton, Kamenov's wife Katya.

At the restaurant to the rest house of the Union of Bulgarian Architects
in the Monastery of St.St. Cyrique and Julita,
near Asenovgrad, Bulgaria - October, 1996
(from left to right) Milka Bliznakov, Lois Gottlieb, Ljubinka Stoilova, Petar Iokimov, Robert Gottlieb, Sarelle Weissberg, Inge Horton

The farewell party in Sofia, Bulgaria - October, 1996

In the Rila Monastery, Bulgaria - August 1997

Hunting for new contributions to the IAWA
with the Bulgarian architect Nadezhda Budevska
during Milka's last stay in Sofia, Bulgaria - September 2008

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Conferences on hot problems in Europe

The ACE draws public attention on some conferences that will be held soon:

LOCAL RENEWABLES Freiburg 2011 “Green Buildings and Renewable Energy: The Way Forward in Urban Development” – 27 and 28 October 2011, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

ELISAN conference "Territories, laboratories for social Europe" – 8 November 2011, in Brussels. To read more on the conference, go to:

JOINT EUKN and Polish EU Presidency Conference “The Urban dimension of Cohesion Policy” – 8 and 9 December 2011, Warsaw.

EU RESEARCH AND INNOVATION: “What role for regions and cities after 2013? ” – Tuesday 13 December 2011 in Brussels.

Friday, September 9, 2011

12th International Docomomo Conference

Docomomo Suomi/Finland will host the 12th Docomomo International Conference
in Espoo, Finland in August 2012.

The conference will be held in cooperation
and with the support of the City of Espoo and Espoo City Museum.


25th July 2011: call for papers -
October 15, 2011: deadline for abstracts
December 15, 2011: notification of acceptance
March 1st, 2012: deadline first version full paper
April 10, 2012: deadline final version full paper
May 31, 2012 early registration ends
August 2-7, 2012: workshop
August 7-10, 2012: conference
August 11-12, 2011: post-conference tours


Espoo is part of the greater metropolitan Helsinki area and parts of the the program are held over the capital region. The program is prepared and realized in collaboration with public and private organizations, the principal ones being the Alvar Aalto Foundation, the City of Helsinki, the Architectural Department of Aalto University, Museum of Finnish Architecture, the National Board of Antiquities, the Ministery of Environment and the Ministery of Culture and Education.

The time of the proposed conference coincides with the greater Helsinki region being the World Design Capital 2012, with numerous events and exhibitions dealing with design in all its aspects.

The proposed theme is




Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Twentieth Century Society

The Twentieth Century Society is a British organization dedicated to safeguarding the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards.
The Society’s prime objectives are conservation - to protect the buildings and design that characterize the Twentieth Century in Britain, and education - to extend the public's knowledge and appreciation of them.

Founded in 1979 as the Thirties Society in response to the need for a conservation focus on structures built after 1914 (where the Victorian Society, founded twenty years earlier, concludes its scope),
it was re-named The Twentieth Century Society in 1992
with the broader mission to create understanding and appreciation of the best of all kinds of buildings erected in Britain in the 20th century.

To learn more about the Twentieth Century Society - www.c20society.org.uk

Preston Bus Station

Author: Alan Powers,
architectural historian,
Chair of the Society

Recessions normally give breathing space to buildings threatened by development. The period up to 2008 was increasingly hectic, and post-1945 buildings were especially under threat owing to the development value of their sites.
In several cases, such as the Commonwealth Institute (RMJM, 1962) in Holland Park, buildings protected by listing suffered attrition from the concessions made by the authorities established to make this protection real.
In others, English Heritage, the government’s expert advisers on listing, recommended major civic buildings such as the Birmingham City Library (John Madin, 1974) or the Preston Bus Station (BDP, 1969) for protection, but the government refused. It was hard not to hear the developers’ money talking off stage. Both of these are large concrete structures, and both still standing in 2011, as the redevelopments proposed for their sites may or may not go ahead.
Both have become national news stories, with local defenders whose enthusiasm has provoked the standard responses of ‘brutalist monstrosity’.

Journalists are often part of the problem, since many of them only see one story where modernist heritage is concerned – the one that goes ‘these crazy people want to keep this rubbish.’ This story came out in the high-profile campaign over the Robin Hood Gardens flats in the East End of London, designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in 1968-72. The Twentieth Century Society challenged the decision not to list and has published a book recording the building and the campaign. It still stands and is fully occupied by people who enjoy living there, even though the building needs refurbishment.

Architecture of the 1920s and 1930s tends to be less problematic.
A large number of the famous London Underground stations have recently been listed, while campaigns are afoot to win lottery money for Lubetkin’s Dudley Zoo (1937) in the West Midlands.
The Twentieth Century Society has played a key role in helping both these campaigns, while continuing to run its programme of events and issue publications, including the series Twentieth Century Architects in association with RIBA Publishing, now comprising six titles since 2009 and more to come.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Museum for Werkbundsiedlung in Vienna

Docomomo Austria would like to ask all Docomomo WPs for support in creating an appropriate on-site museum for the Viennese WERKBUNDSIEDLUNG
similarly to that of Weissenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart, Germany.

Please sign the online petition http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/werkbundsiedlung/
For further information see the Attachment or www.docomomo.com!

Werkbundsiedlung Vienna
Vienna’s Werkbundsiedlung, a workers’ association housing complex, is one of the few Werkbund ensembles from the 1920s and 1930s that remains intact. Thirty-one renowned architects, including Josef Hoffmann and Alfred Loos, worked under the direction of Josef Frank and constructed the modernist architectural complex in 1932. Thirty houses remain, ranging from one to three stories, and sit on a triangular plot of land in the periphery of Vienna. The houses exemplify the architects’ modernist philosophy combined with the Viennese estate house style. They created a comfortable and suitable living space with minimal financial expenditure. Although the different types of houses were made uniform through the similar treatment of facades, fencing and roofs, the architects personalized each house through the creative use of colors.
the true Viennese form of Modernism is exhibited in the Vienna Werkbundsiedlung. The individual houses by Loos, Rietveld, Hoffmann, Plischke, Neutra et al were intended as residential models, not technological or functional manifestos. Josef Frank was the initiator of this housing estate. A scholar of Loos, he wanted to demonstrate a new, modern living culture in small houses using economical means. However the Werkbundsiedlung development, completed in 1934, came late, and Austro-Fascism, the Austrian corporative state, put an end to the Modernist movement in Vienna. Josef Frank emigrated to Sweden, establishing his globally successful “Scandinavian furniture style”.
What had begun in 1934 was over by 1938. Viennese Modernism was forced to emigrate. A whole generation of talented architects and open-minded developers were driven out, and their dwellings, houses and land confiscated. Hitler hated Vienna, and so the Nazi period contributed very little in terms of construction activity. However, six flak towers still leave their mark on the urban skyline as “memorials”.
Today, a majority of the houses are owned by the city of Vienna, and are treated as public housing. The residents are largely unaware of the architectural significance of their surroundings. Repairs and routine maintenance of the buildings are lacking. A participatory planning process that includes the city of Vienna, the private residents, and local and international stakeholders, is sought to ensure the preservation and sustainability of the estate.

Construction: 1932
Architects: Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, Heinrich Kulka, André Lurçat, Ernst A. Plischke, Hugo Häring, Anton Brenner, Josef Frank, J Wenzel, R.Bauer, W. Sobotka, O. Wlach, J. Jirasek, Oswald Haerdtl, Emst Lichtblau, Hugo Gorge, J. Groag, Richard Neutra, G. Schütte-Lihotzky, H. Vetter, A. Grünberger, Josef F. Dex, Otto Breuer, H. Wagner-Freynsheim, K. A. Bieber u. O. Niederoser, Walter Loos, E. Wachberger, C. Holzmeister, Anton Brenner, Oskar Strnad.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Belgrad \\ Momente der Architektur

Архитектурната галерия на застрахователната компания
Viena Insurence Group
подготвя поредната архитектурна изложба.
Този път тя ще бъде посветена на модерната архитектура на Белград
и ще може да се види от 19.07 до 11.11. 2012 г.

The architectural gallery of
Vienna Insurance Group
is preparing the next architectural exhibition.
This time it will be devoted to
the Modern architecture of Belgrade.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Second Wave of Modernism II:

Landscape Complexity and Transformation
November 18, 2011
New York, NY

Today designers are returning to modernist sites with new motivations,
in attempt to balance the complex values of natural and cultural systems.
Three groups of thematic presentations have been assembled in order to investigate this significant evolution of professional practice.
They will collectively explore landscape transformations at residential, urban and metropolitan scales.

Presented by the Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Architecture, Informal Empire, and the Scottish Cast Iron Industry in Argentina

informs about a PhD Scholarship Opportunity
proposed by
University of Edinburgh - School of Arts, Culture and Environment
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentship

The University of Edinburgh and Historic Scotland
seek applicants for a PhD project
entitled 'Trading Nations: Architecture,
Informal Empire, and the Scottish Cast Iron Industry in Argentina
The partner institutions have received
a full AHRC studentship
to fund the project, including fees,
a maintenance grant (14k p.a.),
and research expenses for three years.

The project concerns the study of the Scottish pre-fabricated architectural ironwork industry in Argentina during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. At the time Scotland enjoyed a commanding position in the pre-fabricated ironwork industry, facilitated by its creative response to market demand as well as its extraordinary production and export capacity. Latin America constituted one of the industry's principal markets, with Argentina leading the way through rapid industrialisation, increased wealth, and its strategic importance to British national interests. The project aims to document and analyse for the first time the significant contribution that Scottish foundries made to the built environment of Argentina.

The studentship offers a fantastic opportunity to study architecture in a wider social, cultural, and economic context. Those with an interest in cultural history and architecture are encouraged to apply. A working knowledge of Spanish is required. Funded travel to Argentina to document buildings and work in relevant archives is also expected.

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree (at least 2:1 Honours standard UK or equivalent). The studentship is also open to EU students. However, only fees are payable to non-British residents (i.e., no maintenance stipend is available).

Application procedure
Please send CV, two academic references, and a 500 word statement outlining your suitability for the project, to:

Dr Alex Bremner
School of Arts, Culture and Environment
University of Edinburgh
20 Chambers Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1JZ
or email to: alex.bremner@ed.ac.uk

Deadline for submissions is Friday 22 July.
Interviews will take place on Thursday 25 August.

For further information, please contact Dr Alex Bremner.
c/o TU Delft
RMIT - Faculty of Architecture
PO Box 5043
2600 GA Delft

SCUP Campus Heritage Symposium - Washington, DC

Society for College and University Planning
Integrated Planning for Higher Education

November 3 - 4, 2011
Washington, DC

This symposium brings together together renowned experts to discuss the state of campus heritage planning in light of the lessons learned from Getty Foundation-funded research on 86 campuses.

The intimate, one and a half day event is designed for professionals engaged in planning related to campus heritage, cultural landscapes and the importance of mid-century campus buildings.

For more information and to register, visit the SCUP website.

CAH 20thC Conference - Madrid, June 2011

Approaches for the Intervention
in the Architectural Heritage of the 20th Century.

Madrid, Spain
June 14 - 16, 2011

aims of the conference
to call the attention to the growing recognition of the value of the 20th Century heritage
to consider the resulting conservation, protection and management issues relating to this important heritage resource


T1 – Topic 1 - 14th of June
"Identification and recognition of the 20th Century architectural heritage"

The significance of the architectural heritage of the 20th Century is still a subject of debate and controversy. Because of its newness, often experimental materials and technology and the fact that in many cases it is still used for its original function, its conceptualization as valuable heritage worthy of public recognition and protection remains vague and controversial. Historical context and comparative analysis is needed to identify a typology of styles and historical themes which characterise the development of the Century. The opening day of the conference is dedicated to discussing the scope of the concept of 20th Century architectural heritage, which involves reviewing the history, impact and values of the various social and architectural trends and methods for identification and recognition of significant buildings.

T2 – Topic 2 - 15th of June
"Approaches to the conservation and protection of the 20th Century architectural heritage"

The documentation and protection of significant 20th Century buildings is still incomplete, erratic, and thus subject to continuous disputes. Therefore, the second day of the conference is dedicated to the identification and review of international approaches to the conservation, protection and management of 20th Century architectural heritage, in order to meet its specific characteristics.

T3 – Topic 3 - 16th of June
"Approaches to intervention in the 20th Century architectural heritage"

The intervention concentrates all the previous work of conceptualization, historical research and establishment of guidelines for the treatment of 20th Century architectural heritage, and it must also be compatible with contemporary architectural language of its expansions. Although currently we have a very respectable number of examples of interventions of all kinds and of varying success, there is no general agreement about the validity of the used approaches for a heritage that has its own distinctive character. The third day of the conference is devoted to examining the situation in this regard and trying to establish an agreement on essential approches. The previously circulated draft Madrid Document will be finalised as a contribution to the ongoing process of discussion and international debate.

9th Annual Docomomo Brazil Conference

June 7 - June 10, 2011
Brasília, Brazil

After almost twenty years of DOCOMOMO Brazil’s activities, today an exponential increase of researches on recent built heritage is testified. More Twentieth-Century buildings and sites are acknowledged as cultural heritage, the archives and publications about them have been multiplied, as much as experiences and reflections related to them have.

In this context, interdisciplinarity is paramount to the preservationist culture on Architecture and Urbanism. Fundamental roles are played by History, consolidating critical narratives; by Sociology and Anthropology, assessing cultural values; by the Arts – conserving and restoring works integrated to buildings; by Geography, studying population and regional issues; by Information Science, conserving and disclosing documental archives; by Law, normalizing heritage; by Social Communication, establishing the dialogue with the involved communities.

The purpose of the 9th DOCOMOMO Brazil Conference is to gather and share knowledge and consolidating principles, contributing effectively to the preservation of recent cultural heritage.
Themes for the conference include:

Reflections on recent heritage
Documentation of recent heritage
Preservation of recent heritage

[see the original call for papers]

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Docomomo International Presentation at ETSAB

Президентът на ДОКОМОМО Интернешънъл - Ана Тостоес
представя в Училището по архитектура в Барселона (ETSAB)
организацията за Документация и консервация
на сградите, паметните места и кварталите
на Модерното движение
DOCOMOMO (DOcumentation and COnservation
of buildings, sites and monuments of the MOdern MOvement)
и ще изнесе лекция на тема
"Трансконтиненталният модернизъм"
понеделник - 9 май 2011 г.

ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona http://www.etsab.upc.edu/web/frame.htm?i=2&m=inicio&c=inicio
Barcelona School of Architecture

Friday, April 15, 2011

Architects’ Council of Europe sends the latest items of interest

Today -15th April 2011
The Architects’ Council of Europe has sent the latest items of interest gathered by its Secretariat.

It is intended to bring attention to new or ongoing issues
that the Coordinators of the Thematic Areas and the Secretariat of the ACE
believe are of direct interest to the member organisations and their delegates.

Each item is very briefly presented and
a direct link to the relevant web source
where further relevant information can be found is given below:

Twelve projects for the 2012 Single Market:
together for new growth - video and press release available at:

Six finalists announced for the 2011 EU Prize
for contemporary architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award, read more on:

Calling architects the world over:
World Architectural Festival Awards opens for entries - the search begins for the best buildings in the world;
all entries must be completed by 30th June 2011:

Making City:
the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam
in São Paulo, Istanbul and Rotterdam - April 2012 -
see press release on :

£2,500 Travel Scholarship for Hungarian students and young architects - the RIBA Golfinger Travel Scholarship is now open for applications. For full details and to download the application form, visit the scholarship page on the RIBA website:

New Master Class for post-graduated architects
organised by the International Academy of Architecture, Sofia.
For more information send an email to: iaarch@yahoo.com

The Architext Design Foundation call
for texts to feature in the Exhibition Fluencies Catalogue - read more on:

New architecture book release:
Green Design: From Theory to Practise. Have a look at:

Lets' Speak Sustainable Construction

Brussels, 11 April 2011:
Right at the start of this year's EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW),
the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC),
the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE)
and the European Concrete Platform (ECP)
launched the multilingual sustainable construction glossary -

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bauhaus and its impact on the art education in modern Japan

Prof. Tetsuya Hasegawa
will deliver a lecture on the topic

Bauhaus and its impact
on the art education in modern Japan

at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia
auditorium 413, corpus І.
on March 17, 2011
at 14.30-16.10 O'clock

The lecture is in the frame of the
seminar „The Visual Image”,
conducted by Assoc. Prof. Irina Genova.
Translation into Bulgarian is provided.

Prof. Hasegawa
teaches theory and history of art education
at the University of Wakayama, Japan.
In 1986-1987 he has been a guest-researcher
at the University of Hamburg.
In 2003, at the Tokyo University of Arts
he has defended his Ph.D. theses
on the topic
Study on the History
of Muse-Education Theories in Modern Germany
published in 2005.
In 2009, in collaboration
with Prof. Mikio Suzuki from the Kobe University
he has published the book
Bauhaus and Its Contribution
to the Reformation of German Art Colleges after 1945

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


our dedication to Prof. M.Arch. Milka Biznakov


During Women's History Month, we reflect on the extraordinary accomplishments of women and honor their role in shaping the course of our Nation's history.
Today, women have reached heights their mothers and grandmothers might only have imagined.
Women now comprise nearly half of our workforce and the majority of students in our colleges and universities.
They scale the skies as astronauts, expand our economy as entrepreneurs and business leaders, and serve our country at the highest levels of government and our Armed Forces.
In honor of the pioneering women who came before us, and in recognition of those who will come after us, this month, we recommit to erasing the remaining inequities facing women in our day.
This year, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, a global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future.

International Women's Day is a chance to pay tribute to ordinary women throughout the world and is rooted in women's centuries-old struggle to participate in society on an equal footing with men.
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My Administration has elevated the rights of women and girls abroad as a critical aspect of our foreign and national security policy!

Empowering women across the globe is not simply the right thing to do, it is also smart foreign policy.
This knowledge is reflected in the National Security Strategy of the United States, which recognizes that countries are more peaceful and prosperous when their female citizens enjoy equal rights, equal voices, and equal opportunities.
Today, we are integrating a focus on women and girls in all our diplomatic efforts, and incorporating gender considerations in every aspect of our development assistance.
We are working to build the participation of women into all aspects of conflict prevention and resolution, and we are continuing to lead in combating the scourge of conflict related sexual violence, both bilaterally and at the United Nations.

In America, we must lead by example in protecting women's rights and supporting their empowerment.
Despite our progress, too many women continue to be paid less than male workers, and women are significantly underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. By tapping into the potential and talents of all our citizens, we can utilize an enormous source of economic growth and prosperity. The White House Council on Women and Girls has continued to remove obstacles to achievement by addressing the rate of violence against women, supporting female entrepreneurs, and prioritizing the economic security of women.

American families depend largely on the financial stability of women, and my Administration continues to prioritize policies that promote workplace flexibility, access to affordable, quality health care and child care, support for family caregivers, and the enforcement of equal pay laws. I have also called on every agency in the Federal Government to be part of the solution to ending violence against women, and they have responded with unprecedented cooperation to protect victims of domestic and sexual violence and enable survivors to break the cycle of abuse.

As we reflect on the triumphs of the past, we must also look to the limitless potential that lies ahead. To win the future, we must equip the young women of today with the knowledge, skills, and equal access to reach for the promise of tomorrow. My Administration is making unprecedented investments in education and is working to expand opportunities for women and girls in the STEM fields critical for growth in the 21st century economy.

As we prepare to write the next chapter of women's history, let us resolve to build on the progress won by the trailblazers of the past. We must carry forward the work of the women who came before us and ensure our daughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacles to their achievements, and no remaining ceilings to shatter.

President of the United States of America,
by virtue of the authority vested in me
by the Constitution and the laws of the United States,
do hereby proclaim March 2011 as Women's History Month.

I call upon all Americans to observe this month and to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2011 with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that honor the history, accomplishments, and contributions of American women.
I also invite all Americans to visit
to learn more about the generations of women who have shaped our history.

I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of February,
in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven,
and of the Independence of the United States of America
the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

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