2018 | 2nd RMB Conference | Portugal



Date: 6th and 7th April 2018
Venue: Santa Clara a Nova Convent | Coimbra



The RMB Conference 2018 will be held in Coimbra, within the framework of the Colloquium ´Teaching through Design´ that is organised by the Department of Architecture and the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, since 2012.
The RMB Conference is an activity of the European Erasmus Project “Reuse of Modernist Buildings – Design tools for sustainable transformations”, coordinated by Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (Detmold, Germany), with the University of Coimbra, the University of Antwerp, the Instituto Superior Técnico Lisboa, the Technical University of Istanbul and Docomomo.

The conference will be organized in four sessions – tools, methods, interdisciplinarity, research – focusing on the fundaments and on the advanced issues of the design process related to the Reuse of Modernist Buildings (RMB).
Architecture education is facing new challenges due to crises of the globalisation and climate change, that has strong impacts on the role of the architect today. The profession is changing and therefore different ways of training architects are demanded. This question is especially relevant for the renovation of those urban areas where modernist buildings from the second part of the  20th century are waiting for strategic interventions – to be repaired, to be renewed, to be reconstructed or to be demolished.

The architect needs new tools because just drawing is not enough anymore to understand neither the building nor the people who live there. The methodologies are more complex because they have to integrate not only the technical and spatial dimension but also the social one. This inclusive approach demands not only for new tools but also needs the dialogue with other disciplines, promoting an effective interdisciplinarity. Considering these topics, the architecture classroom is becoming more lab than a workshop, where new tools and methods are researched and explored, developing hypotheses that are tested in the design studios.



The conference is free of charge for:

– CES and RMB members (professors, researchers and students)
– Participants with paper presentation

The fee for other participants is:

– Regular:  50,00 €
– Students: 10,00 €

Registration is needed to attend the sessions and receive the documentation.


The RMB Conference is organised by the consortium of the Erasmus+ project ‘RMB: Reuse of Modernist Buildings. Design Tools for Sustainable Transformations.’ The partners (Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universidade de Coimbra, Institutio Superior Técnico Lisboa, Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi and Docomomo International) are developing and discussing new design and educational concepts for the reuse of modern postwar buildings for housing and other purposes.

In this sense, we invite scholars to present an abstract to one of these four sessions:

  • Tools for Reuse of Modernist Buildings
  • Methods for Reuse of Modernist Buildings
  • Interdisciplinarity on Reuse of Modernist Buildings
  • Research on for Reuse of Modernist Buildings

The proposals can be focus either on a professional practice or on a pedagogical experience.

All the papers will be peer reviewed and publish in the RMB Conference Proceedings. Some papers will be selected for further development and will be published in the Journal of Architectural Culture, Joelho.

Please submit your abstract with 400 words in English language!


2. January 2018 – Open the call for papers
10. February 2018 – Deadline call for papers
25. February 2018 – Results call for papers
20. March 2018 – Deadline full texts



The registration is possibly until 31.03.2018. Please click on the red button to register for the 2nd RMB Conference in Portugal.

Paper Submission

According to Organizing Committee’s decision, the authors were able to submit their papers directly until 10.02.2018. Now paper submission is no longer possible.



RMB Project
Department of Architecture, University of Coimbra
Centre for Social Studies


Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium)
Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal)
Universidade de Lisboa – Instituto Superior Técnico (Portugal)
Istanbul Teknik Universitesi (Turky)
Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (Germany)
Docomomo International (Portugal)
The Energy and Resources Institute, TERI (India)



More Information will follow soon.