2019 | 3rd RMB and 16th Docomomo Germany Conference | Germany

1. March 2019 | Werkstatt der Kulturen



DOCOMOMO Germany with the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture, Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences (OWL UAS) and the EU project ‘Reuse of Modernist Buildings‘ (RMB) invite you to the 16th DOCOMOMO Germany and 3rd RMB Conference.
The International Conference in Berlin takes the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus as an opportunity to discuss the significance of modernity in the 21st century. The conference focus will be on the concepts, visions, and impulses emanating from Modern Movement and how they can be related to today’s social, economic, cultural and in particular creative issues.

Are the social, spatial and constructional concepts formulated by modern movement and post-war modernism still sustainable today?

What role do cultural and climatic conditions play in the preservation, renovation and transformation of spaces, buildings, and modern
movement sites?

How can the basic ideas of classical modernism be continued 100 years later and thus contribute to solving current challenges?

What contribution can be expected from academic and professional education, and which learning formats are suitable for this?

The 2019 DOCOMOMO Germany event will move from Karlsruhe and be held for the first time in Berlin, Neukölln at the Werkstatt der Kulturen. It continues the tradition of the Karlsruhe DOCOMOMO Germany Conference. This year the conference is co-organised by ‘RMB‘, a project that is funded by the EU and coordinated by the OWL University of Applied Sciences. RMB initiates a pedagogical framework on a European level on the reuse of modernist buildings based on common definitions, methods, and approaches. RMB prepares a Joint Master on Reuse of Modernist Buildings. This cooperation of DOCOMOMO Germany and RMB resulted in a new conference format: a combination of invited keynote speakers and selected scientific lectures under the theme of ‘What interest do we take in the Modern Movement today?‘.

The conference is open to the public and is of special interest to design practitioners including, architects, interior designers, engineers, researchers and to those who are interested in the topic. The conference language is English and German.




Werkstatt der Kulturen
Wissmannstraße 32
12049 Berlin | Germany

Underground: Hermannplatz | subway line U7 and U8

PROGRAM | FRIDAY, 01.03.2019

8.30 Reception | Registration

9.00 Welcome and Introduction
Franz Jaschke, Chair Docomomo Deutschland
Michel Melenhorst, OWL University of Applied Sciences, RMB

9.15 Keynote | Skin and Bones. Restoring Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie
David Chipperfield, Chipperfields Architects, London

9.45 Coffee break

10.15 Parallel sessions
1 Education, Moderation: Michel Melenhorst
Post-Socialist Rural Regions – Emily Bereskin

Pontine Plain – Victoria Capresi
Liquid World – João Pedro Cardoso

2 Register, Moderation: Ana Tostões
Honarmandan Forum – Somayeh Bahramjerdi
Freak Architecture – Deborah Ascher Barstone
Dona Leonor High School – Francisco T. Bastos

3 Education and Theory (German), Moderation: Alex Dill
N.N. – Katja Szymczak
Framing Bauhaus – Sophie Stackmann
Bau1haus – Kaija Voss

11.15 Panel discussion

11.30 Coffee break

12.00 Parallel sessions
4 Education, Moderation: Gonçalo Canto Moniz
Modern cathedrals – Sara di Resta
TAC Office Rome – Alessandra Capanna and Susanne Clemente
Modern School Ankara – Haluk Zelef
Eye of Modernist Photography – Jülide Akşiyote Görür

5 Technology, Moderation: Uta Pottgiesser
The Danish Window – Eva Storgaard
Portuguese Secondary School – Patrícia Lourenco
Architectural Glass Churches – Zsuzsanna Böröczs
Value Concept Residences – Su K. Erdogan

6 Register, Interior Design, Urban Planning and
Landscape Architecture (German), Moderation Monika Markgraf
Moholy-Nagy – Andrea Karpati
Salvisberg – Steigenberger and Gstöhl
Kantgarage – Thomas Katzke

13.00 Panel discussion

13.15 Lunch break

14.00 Keynote | Mexican Modernism
Fernando Romero, fr-ee, New York, Miami, Mexico-City

14.45 Parallel sessions
7 Education, Moderation: Aslihan Tavil
An Architectural Palimpsest – Jasmine Benyamin
University as a Society – Ayşen Savaş
Teaching Modernism – Rita Karácsony and Zoran Vukoszavlyev

8 Interior Design, Moderation: Els De Vos
Bauhaus Worldwide Shift – Ana Tostões
The Minimum Dwelling – Anica Dragutinovic
Mendez da Rocha – Fernando Delgado Páez

9 Discourse and Detail (German), Moderation: Luise
Denkmal Ost-Moderne – Mark Escherich
Grabstätten – Nina Nedeljkov and Pedro Moreira
Bauhausküche – Max Korinskiy

15.45 Panel discussion

16.00 Coffee break

16.30 Parallel poster presentations | Pecha Kucha
10 Poster presentation, Moderation: Sílvio Alves and Beatriz Agostinho
Unforeseen Impulses of Modernism: The case of New Belgrade – Anica Dragutinovic, Ana Nikezic, et.al.
Unforeseen Impulses of Modernism: The case of New Belgrade_Block 23 – Anica Dragutinovic, Ana Nikezic, et.al.

11 Poster presentation, Moderation: Thomas Ludwig
Craftmanship in Turkey – Ciler Tosun
The Zeitgeist – Zaida Garcia Requejo
Haus am Horn – Its Experimental Spirit – Moe Omiya
The Vertical Village – Sanne Kunst and Sanne Louwerens

Restore the old Promise of Modernism – Ellen Mollen, Anne Wisse and Pieternel Van Steenbrugge

17.45 Documentary movie | Off Season, 2018
Director: Andrea Kalinová

18.30 Conference dinner

20.00 Keynote | Interventions
Wiel Arets, Wiel Arets Architects, Amsterdam

20.45 Moderated discussion
Moderation: Tim Rieniets

21.30 Informal Conclusion


In the evening there will be a panel discussion with invited guests.

Wiel Arets
Fernando Romero
Ana Tostões
Regina Bittner
Jörg Haspel

Wiel Arets Architects, keynote speaker
Office fr-ee, keynote speaker
President of Docomomo International
Deputy Director of the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau
President of ICOMOS | Former State Conservator of the Office for Monuments Berlin

The discussion will be moderated by Tim Rieniets (Professor at the Leibniz University Hannover).


The event will be accompanied by guided excursions to sites of the modern movement in Berlin. The group tours will be held in the morning and afternoon of 02.03.2019. Sites include:

Residential Area – Schillerpark | by Bruno Taut, 1924-30
Museum – Neue Nationalgalerie | by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, design and realisation, 1962-68

Confirmation of the exact schedule, starting point and group details will be announced via e-mail and website (www.rmb-eu.com). The fee to attend the excursion is 25,00 Euro per person and must be paid with the event participation fee at the time of registration.


Professional Ticket
Professional Ticket (Early Bookers | until 31.01.19)

Member of German Chamber of Architects
Graduate and PhD student

100,00 Euro
80,00 Euro

80,00 Euro
50,00 Euro
50,00 Euro
30,00 Euro
15,00 Euro

All fees include the catering.


Account holder DOCOMOMO Deutschland e.V.
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David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield established David Chipperfield Architects in 1985. He was Professor of Architecture at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart from 1995 to 2001 and Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University in 2011, and he has taught and lectured worldwide at schools of architecture in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 2012 David Chipperfield curated the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

Topic: Skin and Bones. Restoring Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie

He is an honorary fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the Bund Deutscher Architekten, and a past winner of the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal, the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, and the Grand DAI (Verband Deutscher Architekten- und Ingenieurvereine) Award for Building Culture. David Chipperfield was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004, appointed a Royal Designer for Industry in 2006, and elected to the Royal Academy in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and in 2010 he was knighted for services to architecture in the UK and Germany. In 2011 he received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, and in 2013, the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association, both given in recognition of a lifetime’s work.

Wiel Arets


Wiel Arets was born in Heerlen, the Netherlands, in 1955. His father was a printer and his mother was a fashion designer, and from them, he learned both the love of books and reading, as well as a deep respect for craft, materials and making. Heerlen, an ancient town founded by the Romans, located in the Limburg region in the south of Holland, near the borders of both Belgium and Germany, was from 1896 to 1966 the center of an important coal industry. As a result, the people of Heerlen were drawn from all over Europe, and together formed a strongly multicultural society. Arets grew up speaking four languages; French, German, Dutch and the regional dialect of Limburg. One of Arets’ grandfathers was a farmer, from whom he learned a respect for the unique aspects of the landscape of the Limburg region, while his other grandfather was a mining engineer, from whom he gained an abiding interest in technology.

Topic: Interventions

Intensely involved as a youth in soccer, and initially drawn to study physics, having been inspired by the first man landing on the Moon, Arets decided to focus on architecture after his grandfather gave him a book on the history of the Dutch house. After completing engineering school in Heerlen, he attended architecture school at the Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e), where, in addition to his classes and studio work, he spent three hours in the library every day. Among the writers who most inspired Arets from his youth was Paul Valéry, whose lifelong writing project, the Cahiers(Notebooks), Arets read in the original French, and Giorgio Grassi, whose La Construzione Logica della Architettura Moderna Arets translated into Dutch while a student. In addition, Arets has always been inspired by the works and thinking of the filmmaker, Jean-Luc Godard. It was at this time that Arets developed his admiration for the dialogue as an operative method, as exemplified by Valery’s Eupalinos, or the Architect, Cesar Cattaneo’s Giovanni e Giuseppe, and Plato’s Politeia.

While still in school, Arets undertook research in the archives and library of F.P.J. Peutz, an architect who built over 500 works in Heerlen, including the Town Hall and the Glaspaleis, which Arets would renovate and restore in 2004. In 1981, Arets organized an exhibit on Peutz at TU/e, and co-authored the book, F.P.J. Peutz Architekt 1916-1966, the only study on this important architect. While still a student, Arets co-founded the journal Wiederhall; organized a series of visiting lectures at the TU/e by architects such as Zaha Hadid, Peter Eisenman and John Hejduk; organized the first European exhibit of the work of Tadao Ando; as well as organizing student research trips to Paris, Como, and Russia.

Upon graduating from the TU/e in 1983, Arets went on a six-week research trip to Japan, where he met and wrote articles for the Dutch magazine De Architekt on the work of Ando, Maki, Shinohara, Hasegawa, Yamamoto, and others. Upon returning he opened his own office in Heerlen, where in the next years he designed his two most important early works, the Academy of Art and Architecture in Maastricht (1989-93) and the AZL Pension Fund Headquarters in Heerlen (1990-95), both of which were published in monographic form, and both of which received international awards. His work also received early recognition through the Rotterdam Maaskant Award of 1989, the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture ‘Emerging Architect’ in 1994, and the publications Wiel Arets Architect (1989), An Alabaster Skin(1992), Wiel Arets Strange Bodies (1996), as well as the El Croquis monograph issue, Wiel Arets (1997).

Starting in 1986, Arets taught at the Architecture Academies of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and from 1988-92 he was invited by Alvin Boyarsky to teach the Diploma Masters Unit at the Architectural Association in London. During this time, Arets organized research trips for his students to the Villa Malaparte in Capri, designed by the writer Curzio Malaparte, where they were among the first to enter the house after its return to the family (resulting in Arets’ ground-breaking article on the design of the house in the AA FilesCasa Come Me); to Hong Kong to study the walled city of Kowloon; as well as to Mexico City to study the work of Luis Barragán. From 1991-94, Arets was invited by Bernard Tschumi to teach at Columbia University in New York, and during this same time he was invited by John Hejduk to teach at Cooper Union, also in New York.

From 1995-2002, Arets was the Dean of the Berlage Institute School of Architecture, which moved from Amsterdam to Rotterdam during his tenure. He reorganized the Institute as a research laboratory focused on thematic issues of contemporary urban import at both the national and global scale. He also co-founded the journal Hunch as a way of documenting and presenting the research work of the school. From 2004-12, Arets was a tenured Professor at the UdK, Berlin; served on the Advisory Council for the Princeton University School of Architecture; as well as teaching as a visitor at selected schools including the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and Washington University in St. Louis.

In autumn 2012 Arets was appointed Dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture (IIT CoA), in Chicago, Illinois, USA, where he is also the Rowe Family CoA Dean Endowed Chair Professor. Under his leadership, the IIT CoA has revitalized the school and restructured its curriculum, which now culminates in the innovative ‘horizontal studio’—a school-wide educational and research laboratory in which students in all degree programs (B.Arch, M.Arch. MLA and PhD), work together on research and design topics related to the metropolis, undertaken with the guidance and with criticism from internationally recognized visiting teachers and lecturers.

Starting in 1995 with the Stealth furniture line produced by Lensfelt, Arets has been involved in product design in both mass and limited production. Since 2001 he has designed almost one hundred products for the Italian company Alessi, including the Il Bagno dOt series of bathroom fixtures, a salt shaker, pepper mill, corkscrew, coffee maker, mixer, coffee-tea-milk-sugar set, espresso cup, saucer and spoon, tableware, and other kitchen products, as well as jewelry, a mobile phone, and a wristwatch; in 2009 Arets received the Good Design Award for his designs for Alessi. Arets has also worked with the jewelry maker Leon Martens, as well as designing three chairs that have gone into production, including the B’kini Chair by Gutzz and the Jellyfish Chair by Quinze & Milan. As with the Stealth furniture line, designed for the AZL Pension Fund Headquarters, many of Arets’ product designs have originated in his architectural commissions.

In 1997, Arets built his home and office in Maastricht, where his practice then moved from Heerlen. A second office was opened in Amsterdam in 2004, and a third office was opened in Zürich in 2008. A life-long fascination with Japanese culture, resulting in many trips to that country over the years, culminated in Arets designing and building a house for his family in Tokyo, completed in 2013. In 1997, Arets was one of ten finalists in the competition to design the addition to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and from 1995-99 he saw realized a series of four innovative police stations in Vaals, Cuijk, Boxtel, and Heerlen. Over the past more than twenty years, Arets has designed and built a series of innovative and highly successful urban multi-family housing projects, both in the Netherlands and abroad, including the Four Towers Osdorp, in Amsterdam, for which Arets received the Amsterdam Architectural Prize in 2010.

The University Library Utrecht, which was completed in 2004, was the subject of the monograph, Living Library: Wiel Arets, as well as the site and subject of a ballet, staged by the Dutch National Dance Theater in the library during its construction. In 2005 Arets received the Rietveld Prize for the design of the University Library Utrecht, and that same year he received the BNA Kubus Award for his entire oeuvre. More recently, he received the AIT Innovation Award for Architecture and Technology, for Allianz Headquarters; the German Sustainable Building Council Silver Certification, for Schwäbisch Media; and the Victor de Stuers Award, for The Post. The book, Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References, won the Best Dutch Book Design Award in 2012. Arets was President of the Jury for the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture, and in 2013, Arets was Chair of the Jury for the Mies van der Rohe Award.

Other monographs on the work of Wiel Arets Architects include Wiel Arets Architect (010, 1998), Wiel Arets (C3, 1999), Wiel Arets: AZL Heerlen (010, 1999), Wiel Arets (Ediciones Poligrafia, 2002), Wiel Arets (Electa, 2004), The Bathing Dutchman (Alessi, 2007), Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References (Birkhäuser, 2012), Wiel Arets: Inspiration and Process in Architecture (Moleskin, 2012), and TC Cuadernos: Wiel Arets 1997-2013 (TC Cuadernos, 2013), and NOWNESS (IIT CoA, 2013), published to coincide with Arets’ investiture as the Rowe Family CoA Dean Chair at IIT; forthcoming publications include a new monograph and a book of photographs of Arets’ works by Bas Princen.

In 2010, Arets won the competition to design the expansion of the IJhal at the Central Train Station in Amsterdam, and in 2013 he won the competition to design Europaallee ‘Site D’ in Zürich. Recently completed works include the Allianz Headquarters, Zürich, Switzerland; Schwäbisch Media, Ravensburg, Germany; AvB Tower, The Hague; B’ Tower, Rotterdam; Campus Hoogvliet, Rotterdam; E’ Tower, Eindhoven; V’ House, Maastricht; The Post, a renovation project in Maastricht; and the Jellyfish House, Marbella, Spain. Arets has numerous projects under construction throughout Europe, and ongoing projects include the Cathedral and new urban district in Cape Coast, Ghana.

Fernando Romero

Fernando Romero, Hon. FAIA is recognized as one of the leading architects of his generation. He was named a Global Leader of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum in 2002, one of the 50 Most Influential Designers by Fast Company in 2012 and became an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2013. His many accolades include the Bauhaus Award and the ‘Best of the Best’ Red Dot Award.

Topic: Mexican Modernism


Tim Rieniets

As a trained architect, Tim Rieniets dedicated his professional life to the research, teaching and discussion of contemporary questions regarding architecture and city planning. In this profession he worked as a freelancing curator und publicist as well as visiting professor at TU München and as a lecturer at ETH Zürich. He was involved in research- and exhibitionprojects domestic and abroad and is author of many specialist books. Since 2013 he was CEO of the Landesinitiative StadtBauKunst NRW and made a name for himself transpassing the borders of NRW for innovative and well recieved projects in the branch of city planning.


Alex Dill (Germany), Ana Tostões (Docomomo International, Portugal), Anica Dragutinovic (Germany), Aslihan Tavil (Turkey), Els de Vos (Belgium), Goncalo Canto Moniz (Portugal), Kathrin Volk (Germany), Luise Schier (Germany), Michel Melenhorst (Germany), Miquel Amado (Portugal), Monika Markgraf (Germany), Teresa Heitor (Portugal), Thimo Ebbert (Germany), Thomas Ludwig (Germany), Uta Pottgiesser (Belgium/Germany), Zara Ferreira (Docomomo International, Portugal)


DOCOMOMO Deutschland e.V.
Gropiusallee 38, 06846 Dessau | Germany
Franz Jaschke and Uta Pottgiesser

Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences
Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture
Emilienstr. 45, 32756 Detmold | Germany
phone +49 5231 769 6041
Michel Melenhorst and Theresa Kellner