Symposium Keeping It Modern

Conservation and Management of Modern Heritage

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The symposium Keeping It Modern: Conservation and Management of Modern Heritage, takes place in the context of the exhibitions No place is deserted. Álvaro Siza: Ocean Swimming Pool (1960-2021) and Beira Central Station, Mozambique (1957-1966), on display in the Atrium of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Art Library and part of projects funded by the Getty Foundation, based in Los Angeles.

The symposium aims to discuss central issues in the field of modern heritage conservation and management, with the direct contribution of representatives and members of prestigious institutions in this field such as the Getty Foundation, Le Corbusier Foundation, the World Monuments Fund, Docomomo, the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee of 20th Century Heritage (ISC20c), as well as the Universities of Porto and Minho.

The symposium is organized in two sessions: the first one dedicated to the conservation and reuse of modern heritage with the participation of international speakers who will present concrete cases of cooperation and intervention projects in emblematic works of modern architecture; the second one will focus on the projects funded by the Getty Foundation’s Keeping It Modern initiative for the Ocean Swimming Pool (Matosinhos, Portugal) and Beira Railway Central Station (Beira, Mozambique), from their contextualization to the presentation of the respective Management and Conservation Plans.

The symposium will close with a debate and a visit to the Exhibitions with the curators.


14:00 / Opening session

Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins – Calouste Gulbenkian FoundationAntoine Wilmering – Getty FoundationLuís Urbano – Faculdade de Arquitetura da Universidade do PortoPaulo Lourenço – Escola de Engenharia da Universidade do Minho

14:30 / Conservation and Reuse of Modern Heritage

Fallingwater e o Museu Solomon R. Guggenheim: restauro vs. autenticidade progressiva
Pamela Jerome – Architectural Preservation Studio, New York
The Architectural work of Le Corbusier, the new challenges of its restoration
Bénedicte Gandini – Fondation Le Corbusier
Cooperation as Practice: Reimagining the Conservation of Modern Architecture
Javier Ors Ausin – World Monuments Fund
Rui Fernandes Póvoas – Faculdade de Arquitetura da Universidade do Porto— Intermission —

16:00 / Keeping It Modern: Conservation and Management

Modern Heritage between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic
Ana Tostões – Instituto Superior Técnico of Lisbon, Docomomo, ISC20C
Ocean Swimming Pool by Álvaro Siza: from recent intervention to the future management of change
Teresa Cunha Ferreira – Faculdade de Arquitetura da Universidade do Porto, ISC20C
The challenges of Built Cultural Heritage in Mozambique
Luis Lage – Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Making of Beira Central Station, Mozambique
Elisiário Miranda – Escola de Arquitetura, Arte e Design of the Universidade do Minho
João Vieira – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

17:30 / Debate

João Vieira – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

18:00 / Visit to the exhibitions


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