Seminar / High Rise – The transformation of post-war large-scale housing

Organized by Martino Tattara and Andrea Migotto.
Department of Architecture, KU Leuven Research group Architecture, Interiority, Inhabitation A2I

18 February 2021
Zoom webinar: registration link

The seminar aims to reflect on the legacy of modernity and of the modern housing project. It questions the intellectual categories, the working methodologies and the concrete artefacts of Modernist architectural production by looking at one of its most paradigmatic fields of action and experimentation: large-scale housing estates of the post-war period. Exploring the long life of post-war housing projects is a means to bridge what is often considered both a closed chapter in the intellectual and material architectural culture of the last century and one of the most urgent questions of our time. Read more (pdf).

Seminar Program
The seminar is organised in two sessions, each of four presentations. Presentations should be 20 minutes long, followed by 20 minutes discussion on the submitted paper. At the end of each session there will be a collective discussion on the papers of the session.

9.00–9.20 Introduction
Title: The transformation of post-war housing estates. Themes, Heritage, Project
Speaker: Andrea Migotto and Martino Tattara

Morning Session

9.20–10.00 Presentation 1
Title: 1980s: Modernism is dead, Long live modernity. OMA’s Bijlmermeerand the ‘project of incompleteness’.
Speaker: Andrea Migotto (KU Leuven)

10.00–10.40 Presentation 2
Title: Living together: writing the story of post-war Italian housing estates
Speaker: Gaia Caramellino (Politecnico di Milano)

10.40 –11.00 Coffee break

11.00–11.40 Presentation 3
Title: Social housing and the restructuring of the sphere of production
Speaker: Michael Klein (TU Vienna)

11.40–12.20 Presentation 4
Title: Below the shadows. The progressive vanishing of the design culture in post-war Modernist neighbourhoods’ public spaces
Speaker: Nicola Russi and Federico Coricelli (Politecnico di Torino)

12.20–13.00 Round Table Discussion

13.00 –14.00 Lunch break

Afternoon Session

14.00–14.40 Presentation 5
Title: Gossip and Complaint: Expertly ways of (re-)producing the social in housing
Speaker: Heidi Svenningsen Kajita (University of Copenhagen)

14.40–15.20 Presentation 6
Title: Negotiating Scale. The Flexibility of White-Collar Work in the London County Council Architects’ Department, 1945-1956
Speaker: Jesse Honsa (KU Leuven)

15.20 –15.40 Coffee break

15.40–16.20 Presentation 7
Title: The Common Space Project
Speaker: Umberto Bonomo (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

16.20–17.00 Presentation 8
Title: Is There an Architecture of Social Housing?
Speaker: Martino Tattara (KU Leuven)

17.00–18.00 Round Table Discussion and Conclusion

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