Technical Dossiers & Proceedings
Docomomo International produces a series of technical Dossiers and International Conference Proceedings in association with its biennial conference. Print copies of these publications can be purchased on the Docomomo International website.
Dossier 8: Restoring Postwar Heritage
In the fall of 2004 the VIIIth International Docomomo Conference titled Import-Export: Postwar Modernism in an Expanding World, 1945-1975 took place in New York City. This was the first International Docomomo meeting fully devoted to the postwar period and the first to evaluate the reciprocal relationship and its consequence between modernism and preservation. In conjunction with this international conference Docomomo US saw the need to address separately the much neglected or misunderstood technological challenges presented by modern architecture.
A series of technical seminars was organized around the conference’s general theme but focused specifically on technology. Focusing on postwar building technologies and their particular technical and conservation issues, professionals from different parts of the world presented their expertise and experience within the four technical topic areas, which were titled: The 20th Century Metal and Glass Curtain Wall, Concrete Restoration in Modern Buildings, Stone and Technology in the Modern Movement and Chroma: Color and Conservation in Modern Buildings. Most of those papers are included in this dossier.
This publication was financially made possible through a grant from the Getty Foundation, the sponsorship of the firm Conproco and the generous support of Brent Harris.