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

100 Years Bauhaus: Which interest do we take in Modern Movement today?
1. March 2019 | Werkstatt der Kulturen

DOCOMOMO Deutschland, the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture and the EU project ‘Reuse of Modernist Buildings (RMB)’ invite you to the 16th DOCOMOMO Germany and 3rd RMB Conference. This first event in Berlin on the 1st of March 2019 at the Kunsthochschule Berlin (KH-Berlin) continues the tradition of the Karlsruhe DOCOMOMO Germany Conferences. The EU project RMB initiates a pedagogical framework on the European level based on common definitions, methods, and approaches for the ‘reuse’ of modern buildings, with the aim of offering a ‘Joint Master on Reuse of Modernist Buildings’. In this context, the conference will take place in a new format as a combination of invited keynote speeches and selected scientific lectures – in 2019 with the theme: 100 years Bauhaus: Which interest do we take in Modern Movement today?


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 focus should not be on the Bauhaus itself, but on the concepts, visions and impulses emanating from modern movement. They should 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 must academic and vocational training make and which formats are suitable for this?

8.30 Reception / Registration

9.00 Welcome and Introduction
Franz Jaschke, Chair Docomomo Deutschland

9.15 Keynote #1 / New National Gallery, Berlin
David Chipperfield, Chipperfields Architects, London

10.00 Coffee break

10.15 Session 1 / parallel theme blocks á 4 presentations
\\Education, Moderation: Michel Melenhorst
\\Register, Moderation: Ana Tostões
\\Education an Theory (german), Moderation: Alex Dill

11.15 Panel discussion

11.30 Coffee break

11.45 Session 2 / parallel theme blocks á 4 presentations
\\Education, Moderation: Gonçalo Canto Moniz
\\Technology, Moderation: Uta Pottgiesser
\\Register, Interior Design, Urban Planning und
Landscape Architecture (german), Moderation N.N.

12.45 Panel discussion

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Keynote #2 / Mexican Modernism
Fernando Romero, fr-ee, New York, Miami, Mexico-City

14.45 Session 3 /parallel theme blocks á 3 presentations
\\Education, Moderation: Aslihan Tavil
\\Interior Design, Moderation: Els De Vos

15.45 Panel discussion

16.00 Coffee break

16.15 Poster presentation / Pecha Kucha
Moderation: Zara Ferreira

18.30 Conference dinner

20.00 Keynote #3 / Antwerp Tower
Wiel Arets, Wiel Arets Architects, Amsterdam

20.45 Moderated discussion with the Keynote speakers
Moderation: Michel Melenhorst and Gonçalo Canto Moniz

21.30 Informal Conclusion


The invited keynote speakers will comment on these questions and in particular introduce the role of architecture as a planning and design discipline.

David Chipperfield will report on the preservation and transformation of the listed National Gallery of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in Berlin, which challenges the icons of modernity in conceptual and constructive terms.

Fernando Romero is a Mexico city based Architect, 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. Romero and his office fr·ee are involved in a wide range of educational and cultural activities. Regeneration, a project restoring selected pieces of modern Mexican architecture, preserves culture and creates awareness about the role of architecture and design in Mexico.

Wiel Arets was dean at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture (IIT) for five years, succeeding Mies van der Rohe as an architecture teacher and working in a restored building designed by Mies van der Rohe in Chicago. He has a close connection to the legacy of the Bauhaus in the USA. In his speech, he will comment on the significance of the mod race today, among other things, based on his design for the Antwerp Tower.

In the evening there will be a public podium discussion with Wiel Arets (keynote speaker), Fernando Romero (keynote speaker), Ana Tostões (Docomomo International), Claudia Perren (Director and Chairman of the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and Jörg Haspel (President of ICOMOS/ State Conservator of the Office for Monuments Berlin). The discussion will be moderated by Tim Rieniets (Director of StadtBauKultur NRW).


The event will be accompanied by various excursions to sites of modern movement and post-war modernism in Berlin. These take place on Saturday, 2nd of March 2019 after the conference: Hansaviertel, Neue Nationalgalerie, Akademie der Künste.

Further information will be announced later.


Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstraße 32, 12049 Berlin



Actors from academia, teaching and practice involved in processes of conservation, renovation or transformation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement will address the conference theme in paper presentations in sessions following topics:

– Education + Theory (about programs, concepts and approaches)
– Register (about buildings, typologies or architects/ planners),
– Urbanism + Landscape (about building ensembles, outdoor spaces and policies)
– Technology (via components, materials or techniques)
– Interior Design (about interiors, extensions and atmospheres)




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: New National Gallery, Berlin

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: Antwerp Tower

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.