Docomomo Journal

The Docomomo Journal is a publication produced by Docomomo International and distributed to its members and partners spread throughout more than 70 countries, in the 5 continents. The Docomomo Journal is the only international periodical that, since 1990, regularly summarizes recent research on the sites and buildings of Modern Movement. It is a bi-annual publication featuring articles by noted architecture practitioners and scholars, addressing all facets of Modern Movement architecture, from history and design concepts to conservation, technology or education.

Education and Reuse
Docomomo Journal 61 (2019/3)
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Editorial 100 years back, 100 years forward BY ANA TOSTÕES The theme of this docomomo Journal is that reuse is a key for both a sustainable future and for education. This issue also celebrates the Bauhaus centenary (1919-2019) and tackles the physical and ideological legacy of the German school while confronting it with the challenges we face today and the role that education might play in this fight to value Modern Movement architecture and to pursuit its longevity. The Bauhaus had a pioneering influence on design worldwide which still endures today; through education, experimentation and materialization, a revolution took place…

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Architectures of the Sun
Docomomo Journal 60 (2019/2)
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Editorial The right to holidays or the emergence of an era of optimism in memory of Tiago Freitas (1977—2017) Entitled “Architectures of the Sun” this issue of the docomomo Journal is devoted to the theme of holidays, and considers the key role of Modern Movement architecture in the symbolic and functional affirmation of the new leisure era. The aim is to reflect on the transformation of the terri­tory and to address the architectural challenges arising from the collective happiness and joy contained in what has been called the right to holidays. In 1937, CIAM 5 specifically linked the housing question…

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An Eastern Europe Vision
Docomomo Journal 59 (2018/2)
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EDITORIAL Towards a fresh reading of MoMo historiography While visiting the MAO (Museum of Architecture and Design) in Ljubljana one can appreciate the architectural power of Stanko Kristl’s work [1]. The impressive buildings of this Slovenian architect revealed through the exhibition Humanity and Space, illuminate the beauty of the museum space with some astonishing works and show why Eastern Europe deserves to be included in the historiography of the Modern Movement, to clearly demonstrate the contribution of Iron Curtain countries to the modern avant-garde. As Matevz Celik recognizes, “through his architecture he worked to provide responses to the needs of the people…

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Louis I. Kahn – The Permanence
Docomomo Journal 58 (2018/1)
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Editorial Transcendence and permanence “You can never learn anything that is not a part of yourself.” Louis Kahn, “Silence and Light”, 1969 “The Mediterranean is full of wonder and beauty. The parts I saw around Italy I shall never forget.” Louis Kahn letter to Anne Tyng, 1953 “Louis I. Kahn fascinate us all with his passion for Mediterranean culture. Precisely at the moment when the centre of the dominant culture moved from Europe to North America, he was able to immerse himself in the Roman brick structures of the great classical buildings, interpreting the timeless forms of antiquity. When the glass…

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Modern Southeast Asia
Docomomo Journal 57 (2017/2)
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EDITORIAL Parallel Modernities: Architectural Narratives on Southeast Asia “Following the challenges traced by the mASEANa Project (2015-2020)[1], with the collaboration of docomomo International, the aim of this DJ is to discuss the Modern Movement in the Southeast Asian countries [Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam], addressing the course of the built environment and architectural development of each country, through its practice and discourse. Coming from a common goal of preserving and promoting a sustainable future, a platform has been created to discuss documentation, conservation and reuse of modern architecture based on three main concepts: regeneration, equality and openness. Regeneration by,…

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The Heritage of Mies
Docomomo Journal 56 (2017/1)
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EDITORIAL Baukunst and Zeitwille between Europe and America “As a tribute to Mies Van der Rohe (Aachen, 1886-Chicago, 1969) around the time of the celebrations of his 130th anniversary, this issue of the docomomo Journal focuses on his legacy. As Fritz Neumeyer stated in 1986, “the effort to establish a philosophical foundation for building in the age of technology makes Mies’s statements important witnesses to a period of historical transition, whose importance has been unimpaired by the passage of half a century”. Mies enjoyed great prominence in Europe and America. Starting in Europe, his first incursions resulted in the German Pavilion for the Barcelona…

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Modern Lisbon
Docomomo Journal 55 (2016/2)
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EDITORIAL Lisbon, a Modern City “As a tribute to Lisbon, where the 14th International docomomo Conference – “Adaptive Re-use. The Modern Movement Towards the Future” took place, the argument of this 55th docomomo Journal is Modern Lisbon. In the words of José-Augusto França, Lisbon “is the last of the old European cities and the first of the modern cities”, as confirmed by the 1758 Baixa Pombalina plan undertaken for the reconstruction of the city destroyed by the 1755 earthquake, as a pioneering example of modern urban planning. Following the avant-garde plan, modern architecture in Portugal may be envisaged through three main moments [1] according to specific policies undertaken during the long Estado Novo dictatorship…

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Housing Reloaded
Docomomo Journal 54 (2016/1)
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EDITORIAL The European Large Scale Heritage The theme of this 54th docomomo Journal is Housing Reloaded facing Post-War Housing Complexes in Europe. The debate focuses on the challenges and strategies that have been encountered in efforts to preserve collective housing in Europe, seen as a major issue in the contemporary agenda. Symbols of architectural, technological and social aspirations, these grands ensembles of Mass Housing have nowadays begun to be appreciated by users and authorities, as integral part of the current city. Whether discussing demolition (as faced by the Smithsons’ Robin Hood Gardens and Toulouse’s Le Mirail, and commonly seen as a focus for social marginalization), or the growing phenomenon of…

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LC – 50 Years After
Docomomo Journal 53 (2015/2)
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LC′s Poetic Endurance Time and Space — Light and Matter The theme of this 53rd Docomomo Journal is LC – 50 Years After. As a tribute to Le Corbusier (LC) on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death, this issue of Docomomo  Journal is focused on rehabilitation and conservation processes undertaken on Le Corbusier buildings and sites worldwide monitored by the Fondation Le Corbusier (FLC). LC prolific personality as theorist, painter, sculptor, architect, urban planner, researcher, disseminator, thinker, and provocative activist, helped to make him a universal author. His dual and inseparable theoretical and practical activities represented a source for LC´s…

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Reuse, Renovation and Restoration
Docomomo Journal 52 (2015/1)
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EDITORIAL Reuse, Renovation and Restoration (the 3 R’s) The theme of this 52nd docomomo Journal is Reuse, Renovation and Restoration. The aim is to discuss approaches of intervening in Modern Movement architecture, revealing exemplar processes that go from restoration and renovation to deeper transformations and reuse interventions. The goal is to answer one of docomomo’s main tasks: how to formulate new ideas for the future of the built environment based on past experiences of the Modern Movement. The Modern Movement has demonstrated its long term legitimacy, as a concept endowed with an extraordinary and lasting longevity. Either way, it becomes increasingly important to acknowledge and value this heritage, in order to enable a skilled,…

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