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ISR Graue Reihe 43

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Stephanie Herold, Biljana Stefanovska (Hrsg.)

Post-War Modern Architecture in Europe

Berlin 2012 - 212 S. 
ISBN 978-3-7983-2435-0




During the last decades, especially in professional circles, the interest in post-war modern architecture increased throughout Europe. At the same time the buildings, ensembles and spacial structures of the generation 45+ can still be regarded as an endangered heritage. This is partly due to the often difficult intercession of the values of these objects to a wider public (or the lack of attempts to do so), and also to the economic, environmental and infrastructural pressure to which they are exposed. These two aspects go hand in hand, especially since a lack of societal acceptance and appreciation increases the probability to give in the pressure yielded by other factors. This is evident not only in Germany but also in the international and European context. Especially in Eastern Europe, buildings from the post-war times paradoxically are both highly endangered and subject of an increasing number of new scientific research at the same time. These research projects mostly take place on the initiative of individuals and are often linked to specific objects. A multidisciplinary, transnational exchange hardly takes place, and if it does, mainly on an unplanned and unstructured level. Moreover, information on the objects themselves is often difficult to access and is scarce in many places. Research beyond the local or national boundaries is hardly possible without the support of local scientists, which can be difficult if there is no already existing communication network. This is regrettable, especially since most architectsof that time integrated international influences in their work. In consequence the international orientation of this architecture is only understandable by re-contextualizating the artists and objects through international networking and information sharing. Following these thoughts, the here documented conference which took place at the TU Berlin the 22nd to 24th of July 2011 wanted to give young scientists from different European countries the opportunity to talk about current or recently completed research projects and to discuss them in a broader context. These case studies from the former Yugoslavian countries, Scandinavia, Germany, England and Spain allow a first overview of current research trends and can be a first step to a broader approach and international knowledge-transfer concerning architectutre and planning of the post-war years. 


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