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Symposium on modern architecture

From: Angela Weyer <weyer>
Date: Monday, January 23, 2006
International symposium concerned with the materiality of surface of
the Modern Movement architecture and its conservation.

Brno, Czech Republic
April 27-29, 2006

Under the aegis of ICOMOS international will be held a large
international symposium on the surfaces of classical modern
architecture in Brno in April 2006. The Tugendhat House in Brunn is
currently examined by conservators/restorers and other professionals
and scientists. Conceived and constructed by Mies van der Rohe
between 1928 1930, the Tugendhat House ranks as one of the most
important modern European buildings. In 2001, it was taken up in
UNESCO's list of world heritage sites to protect it for posterity.

The goal of the symposium is to gather worldwide all the information
available on the materials and techniques used in classical modern
structures and their decoration and to initiate discussion on
international practice in conserving and caring for the surfaces of
these buildings. With this, for the first time, a symposium focuses
scientifically on the original architectural surfaces and the
original interiors (in particular on the materials used, wood,
linoleum, metal, glass).

In order to permit as many as possible interested parties to
participate in the discussion, the Hornemann Institute will open a
virtual conference on the Internet where the abstracts of the papers
presented at the symposium and abstracts by other, not present,
scientists will be published (or more comprehensive texts can be
downloaded) inviting for comment. A summary of this internet
discussion will be given at the conference discussion.

A highlight is the venue itself: Brno, the capital of Moravia, which
in the 1920s experienced a period of unprecedented scientific and
cultural prosperity. Hardly any other European city possesses as
many preserved examples of classical modern architecture.

There is a great amount of Modern Movement architecture in Brno
which is still in good condition, as rarely found across Europe.
Hence it is only natural to host a symposium on Modern Movement
architecture in Brno. The symposium takes place in the Rotunde on
the fair grounds of Brno, which was built as part of the famous
cultural exhibition of 1928.

The following institutions helped organize the symposium:

    HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts
    Hildesheim/Holzminden/Gottingen, Faculty of Conservation with
    its Hornemann Institute

    Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture

    City of Brno

    National Technical Museum, Prague

further information see: <URL:http://www.hornemann>

Dr. Angela Weyer
University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Faculty of Conservation
Hornemann Institute
Kardinal-Bertram-Strasse 36
D - 31134 Hildesheim
+49 5121 408179
Fax: +49 5121 408185

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