Track 3: Conservation of modern and post-modern heritage
The plenary session builds on a dialogue captured during the international conference held in Casablanca in October 2018 titled “Conserver la ville moderne [Preserving the Modern City]”. The conference focused on a series of “Mediterranean Modern Cities” whose traditional urban fabric of streets and blocks was eventually built, during the first decades of the 20th century, with modern buildings ranging from Art Deco to Modernism to Brutalism. With the support of UNESCO, representatives from Miami Beach, Tel Aviv, Casablanca, Beirut, and others, emphasized how modern architecture was implemented within the historic context rather than against it. They presented the strategies that public and civic actors have developed in order to maintain the integrity of the modern urban image while allowing for necessary transformations and adaptations.
This plenary session proposes to extend the discussion to the modern urban context inherent in Latin American cities and specifically those where modern architecture has strongly contributed to their contemporary urban landscape: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Havana. Farès el-Dahdad will introduce various initiatives of preservation that are taking place in cities like Rabat, Casablanca, Beirut, or Tripoli, that all share a Modernism that proliferated during the 50s and 60s. The Latin American and Caribbean participants will engage and respond with the discussion of their own unique dialogue and situation in from a public, academic and professional point of view.