Modern Heritage – Reuse, Renovation, Restoration

A talk by Ana Tostões
Thu 3 November 2022 at 7.00pm

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Ana Tostões is Professor & Architecture Scientific Board Chair at IST University of Lisbon. She has also been Chair of Docomomo International from 2011 – 2021 and is Editor of the recently published book Modern Heritage.

Modernism is the most defining architectural expression of the 20th century – a movement that transformed built environments around the world in an unprecedented way. Many of these buildings are in need of repair now or their original function is no longer needed.

Modern Heritage, produced in cooperation with Docomomo, explores strategies of rehabilitating works of this era. Architects and art historians discuss challenges in the preservation of Modernist buildings. Twenty-four best-practice examples are highlighted, illustrating various approaches to restoration. This worldwide tour of outstanding monuments of Modernism comprises many unknown gems. All interventions were guided by a deep respect for the authenticity of the architecture and were based on substantial research.

Among the projects highlighted is the restoration of the Isokon and Isokon Gallery by Avanti Architects.