Headquarters of DOCOMOMO International coming to TU Delft
At the end of the 1980s, many modern masterpieces had already been demolished or had changed beyond recognition. This was mainly due to the fact, that many were not considered to be elements of heritage, that their original functions had substantially changed and that their technological innovations had not always endured long-term stresses.
DOCOMOMO International is an organisation that focuses on the challenge of the protection and conservation of Modern Architecture and Urbanism. In the last decades, the architectural heritage of the Modern Movement appeared more at risk than during any other period. This built inheritance glorifies the dynamic spirit of the Machine Age. DOCOMOMO was initiated in 1988 by Hubert-Jan Henket, architect and professor, and Wessel de Jonge, architect and research fellow, at the School of Architecture at the Technical University in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Today, it counts for more than 70 national working parties.
The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft will be hosting the headquarters DOCOMOMO international from January 2022 onwards. Professor of Heritage & Technology, Uta Pottgiesser, current vice-chair of DOCOMOMO Germany, will be Chair of DOCOMOMO International for the period from January 2022 to December 2025. Wido Quist, assistant professor in building conservation and historic building materials and current chair of DOCOMOMO Netherlands will be Secretary General of DOCOMOMO International for the same period. From the Section Heritage & Architecture, dott. Silvia Naldini will act as executive editor for the internationally recognized DOCOMOMO Journal. Under the title of “Multiple Modernities and Changing Perspectives” their work will focus on three thematic areas: digitization, education and sustainability.
Hosting the DOCOMOMO international headquarters fits neatly in the mission of the Section Heritage & Architecture, i.e. by actively addressing the legacy of the 20th Century, contributing to raising awareness, to identification of heritage and to conservation for a sustainable future.
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