20th Century Housing Heritage in Europe Conference

International Conference

20th Century Housing Heritage in Europe: Conserving, Participating, and Adapting

28th– 30th November, 2024

TU Wien
Denkmalpflege und Bauen im Bestand,
Prof. Heike Oevermann
Johann Gallis, MA.
Luisa Omonsky, MA.

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Stadtplanung, Prof. Barbara Schönig
Lena Hecker, M.Sc.

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The conference focusses on housing concepts and built settlements of the 20th century, which often explicitly addressed hygienical, ecological, communal, and social issues and necessities. We ask how these heritage values can be conserved for the sake of sustainable futures. Forms of use, social interaction, and participation might contribute to the care and careful adaptation of such sites, but also create conflicts. Various actors—from business, politics, conservation, and civil society—define, appropriate, and manage this housing heritage and need to be involved. The conference also examines housing and climate policies, development pressure, and vacancy as powerful contexts.

We aim for an exchange of theories, reflections, and approaches in practice within the European context of conservation and planning; and specifically address those settlements that have gained listed status due to their artistic and architectural values, their planning ideas and urban design, and their social concepts. How do different actors value and manage these settlements today?

Call for Papers – March 2024