Track 3: Conservation of modern and post-modern heritage
The modern movement was ubiquitous and vast in its scope and variety. This session brings together a group of presentations on a range of topics taken from throughout the Americas that exemplify the breadth and diversity of the kinds of issues that affect the large number of durable, serviceable buildings of varying degrees of significance that merit proper preservation treatment even if they do not necessarily rise to the level of the icons.
The first talk by Ben Baaske is about the digital documentation of the mid-century Teague Building on the campus of Texas A&M University, an effort that brings needed attention to an overlooked structure while providing a technical baseline for future conservation and rehabilitation efforts. The second presentation, given by Pablo Guiraldes and M. Gabriella Dines, discusses efforts to plan for the documentation, preservation and rehabilitation of an important early modern structure in Buenos Aires, the 1939 Casa de Estudios des Artistas by Antonio Bonet, particularly the signature early curtain wall envelope and the ground floor retail space.
The last two papers focus respectively on repair solutions for two types of building envelope issues that together bracket two poles of common 20th century building technology. The first, presented by Vishal Joshi and Pamela Jerome, is an in-depth discussion of the process undertaken to repair the brick masonry facade of Ely Jacques Kahn's Bricken Casino building in New York City - a distinguished building that is also a great example of the typical masonry construction of the 1920s. This work involved extensive research and work with manufacturers to ensure accurate and technically sound material replacement, and creative scheduling to be able to effectively re-skin much of the building while occupied. The final paper, given by Vanessa Sing and Corey Glaser, is a more broad ranging discussion of how to apply preservation technology to the myriad problems arising from the use EIFS a a cladding system - one of the most common and problematic exterior wall systems in use from the 1970 right up to the present day.
The session will include a period of discussion following the papers. Taken together, these presentations are vignettes into four distinct areas of practice that are important to the continuing development of our discipline as we address the vast heritage of the 20th and early 21st century.