Track 3: Conservation of modern and post-modern heritage
The plenary session builds on a dialogue captured during the international conference held in Casablanca (12-13 October 2018) with the support of UNESCO. Titled “Conserver la ville moderne [Preserving the Modern City],” it focused on a series of “Mediterranean Modern Cities” whose traditional urban fabric of streets and blocks was eventually built, during the first decades of the 20th century, with modern buildings ranging from Art Deco to Modernism to Brutalism. Present to the conference were representatives from Miami Beach, Tel Aviv, Casablanca, Beirut, and others, who emphasized how modern architecture was implemented within the historic context rather than against it. They presented the strategies that public and civic actors have developed in order to maintain the integrity of the modern urban image while allowing for necessary transformations and adaptations.
The plenary session proposes to extend the discussion to the modern urban context inherent in Latin American cities and specifically those where modern architecture has strongly contributed to their contemporary urban landscape: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Havana. Farès el-Dahdah will focus on unexpected connections between two very different urban contexts, Tripoli and Brasilia, both of which pose challenges to how the modernism of their architecture ought to be preserved. The Latin American and Caribbean participants, from Brazil to Argentina to Santo Domingo, will engage and respond with the discussion of their own unique dialogue and situation, from a public, academic, and professional point of view.
1.5 LU | HSW | PDH