3 years RMB


RMB reuse of modernist buildings started 3 years ago, first of September 2016. The EU granted RMB for 3 years, meaning we have come to the end of our first project phase. In this three years we prepared a 2 years Joint Master on the Reuse of Modernist Buildings. The results of our work so far: a curriculum, course descriptions, methodologies, a case study handbook, instructions on e-learning, workshop programs and workshop results, the conference proceedings of the three RMB conferences we, video recordings of keynote lectures,  podium discussions and, two magazines with RMB as guest-editor. These results  are all available for download at the EU Results Platform from October 1th 2019.


RMB will continue in the accreditation process for the new master and by continuing to organise all kinds of activities and events, such as workshops, trainings, lectures, excursions and exhibitions. A workshop was already held 15-21 September in Horn-Bad Meinberg Germany under the name of ´Kurkulturkur`, end of 2019 the Docomomo Journal 61 will be published with RMB  as guest-editor for this issue that is dedicated to -of course- the Reuse of Modernist Buildings,  with a special focus on education and the Bauhaus legacy.


4th RMB International student workshop | Germany 2019


Date: 12th May – 16th Mai 2019
Venue: Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture | Detmold , Germany


After the RMB Workshops in Marl (Germany), Coimbra (Portugal) and Istanbul (Turkey) now is time to work in Detmold. Apply now for the 4th RMB International Student Workshop in Detmold, Germany. It takes places from 12.05. – 16.05.2019.

The workshop topic is:

Over the last 10 years, most of the British Army in Germany returned to the UK. Since the start of their presence after World War 2 they occupied existing barracks, build new ones and also build quarters for their soldiers. Many of those barracks and also complete housing quarters are left empty now. In most cities and dense urban region, it is not a problem to find new owners, new uses. In less populated regions with different dynamics, this is a much more challenging task. For the barracks in Detmold, step by step, new users are found. For the former soldiers and their families dwellings, this is much more difficult. The city of Detmold is considering demolition for the larger part of the former British settlement. A pity, not only because an important part of Detmold´s history will disappear but also since both the structure of the apartment blocks and the rowhouses are flexible enough to allow for more contemporary forms of living and dwelling. Also, the quality of urban space and green has a lot of potentials.

In the workshop, students will develop concepts and strategies for an ex-British military housing quarter in Detmold, Germany. Through the reuse of the existing buildings, new typologies will be developed that will better meet contemporary housing needs and update the neighbourhood as a whole.

Experimental, innovative, inside out and, lateral design thinking will be encouraged. The development of strategies of how these approaches can be put to work in a real project is an inseparable part of the workshop’s end results

Students working in Detmold will get online assistance from peer groups of students in Coimbra, Lisbon, Antwerp and Istanbul. They will feed the Detmold groups with cases and examples, also make designs for parts of the overall projects (i.e. kitchen, layout, windows, garden/green) and act as critical reviewers to the project.

For this workshop a total of international 40 Master students will be selected, 4 – 6 from each university, to form different working groups. Each group will be constituted by students from the five partner universities of RMB project and tutors that will support the teamwork. Each international team will work on a specific architectural typology and will have a tutor from Istanbul, a second from one of the four other universities.

\\ A letter expressing the willingness and interest to participate – interest on reuse, on housing, school, and industrial modern architecture (maximum: 300 words)
\\ The demonstration of the ability to develop analysis and projects in teamwork: Synthesis portfolio showing previous experience (maximum: 1 A4)
\\ A proof of design, draft, and digital skills in a portfolio showing some examples of the required skills (maximum: 1 A4)

If you are one of the selected students you get the following grant:
\\ Travel costs: 275,00 -360,00 €
\\ Free housing (in the workshop working area)
\\ Meals at University canteen or at the accommodation place (RMB will offer the products to be cooked or prepared by the students)

There are no extra fees to attend this workshop and the RMB Colloquium!
Only students from the partner universities from the RMB consortium can receive funding.

Please send your application until the 15th of April  to the coordinator of the RMB project at your university and to theresa.kellner@hs-owl.de
For more information on the workshop please contact: michel.melenhorst@hs-owl.de

Please click here for the workshop poster.



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100 Years Bauhaus: Which interest do we take in Modern Movement today?
01 March 2019, Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin

DOCOMOMO Deutschland, the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture and the project ‘Reuse of Modernist Buildings (RMB)’ invite you to the 16th DO-COMOMO Germany & RMB Conference. This first event in Berlin on the 1st of March 2019 at the Akademie der Künste 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?


DOCOMOMO Deutschland DOCOMOMO Germany 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 move-ment. They should be related to today’s social, economic, cultural and in particular creative issues. Are the social, spatial and constructional concepts formulated by moden movement and post-war modernism still sustain-able today? What role do cultural and climatic conditions play in the preser-vation, 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 for-mats are suitable for this?


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.


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 annouced later.


Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstraße 32, 12049 Berlin


Actors from academia, teaching and practice involved in processes of conservation, conservation, renovation or transformation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement to address the conference theme. DOCOMOMO Germany is pleased to receive abstracts related to one of the following topics according to the Docomomo working groups and international scientific committees:
o Education + Theory (about programs, concepts and approaches)
o Register (about buildings, typologies or architects / planners),
o Urbanism + Landscape (about building ensembles, outdoor spaces and policies)
o Technology (via components, materials or techniques)
o Interior Design (about interiors, extensions and atmospheres)

Abstacts in English or German must follow the abstract submission guidelines below. Thematic sessions (dt or en) are defined after the abstracts have been selected. Selected contributions will be published in a conference proceedings. Please send the abstract by June 30, 2018 (12.00 GMT) to the following email: docomomo@bauhaus-dessau.de.


The submission must be done, in English or German, by filling the following required information:
1. Title (65 characters max) & Abstract (300 words max); Keywords (5 words);
2. Topic selection (Urbanism+Landscape, Education+Theory, Technology or Interior Design).
3. Authors information (Name, University/Company/Organization, Country);
4. Biography (100 words max); please indicate your email and phone number here.
• Abstracts should define the subject and summarise the argument to be presented in the proposed paper. The paper’s content should be the product of well-documented original re-search that is primarily analytical and interpretive rather than descriptive.
• Papers may not have been previously published, nor presented in public.
• Only ONE submission per author/co-author will be accepted, due to the personal presenta-tion.
• Each speaker is expected to pursue their own institutional or other support for registration and for travel and accommodation. DOCOMOMO Germany can not provide financial support.
These guidelines will also be published on the website of docomomo Germany.


12. February 2018 Call for Abstracts
30. Juni 2018 Submission of Abstracts
31. August 2018 Notification on Acceptance
30. September 2018 1. Submission of Papers
30 November 2018 Final submission of Papers


For the evaluation of the abstracts and papers, a Scientific Committee consisting of members of DOCOMOMO Germany and the initiative RMB is founded.


2nd RMB Conference in Coimbra, Teaching Trough Design, 6th and 7th April 2018

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 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.


TOOLSTim Peeters, ZUS, Rotterdam

(Luchtsingel, Schieblock and ´ Incomplete & Unfinished´ )

RESEARCH Albena Yaneva, Manchester

(Mapping Controversies)

METHODSAtelier do Corvo, Portugal

(Pombal School Renovation)


(sociologist – rethink of moden urban culture)


Ana Goes Monteiro

Marta Peixoto

Anna Giovannelli

Tilemachos Andrianopoulos




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 registration is possibly until 04.04.2018. Please click on the red button to register for the 2nd RMB Conference in Portugal.


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


Alessandra Capuano (U. Sapienza, IT)
Ana Goes Monteiro (U. Campinas, BR)
Andrea Canziani (Politecnico Milano, IT)
Carmen Diez (UNIZAR, Zaragosa, SP)
Carolina Quiroga (FAU, Buenos Aires, Belgrano, ARG)
Cidália Silva (U. Minho, PT)
Edite Rosa (U.Lusofona, PT)
Helena Maia (CESAP, PT)
Joaquim Almeida (U.Coimbra, PT)
José Miguel Rodrigues (FAUP, U.Porto, PT)
Konstantina Demiri (NTUA, Athens, GR)
Kostas Tsiambaos (NTUA, Athens, GR)
Luís Miguel Correia (U.Coimbra, PT)
Marta Peixoto (UFRGS, Porto Alegre, BR)
Nelson Mota (TU Delft, ND)
Nivaldo Andrade (UFBA, Salvador, BR)
Paulo Tormenta Pinto (ISCTE, Lisbon, PT)


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)

International Student workshop in Ljubljana

STUDENT PARTICIPATION: the candidacy period ends in TWO WEEKS!

The DOCOMOMO International Workshop  – Education to Everybody / Structures in Ljubljana will take place in Majda Vrhovnik Primary School – in Ljubljana , between 24 and 28 August 2018, in the framework of the 15th International DOCOMOMO International – Metamorphosis – The Continuity of Change (28-31 August, 2018, Cankarjev Dom, Cultural and Congress Centre).

The 5-day workshop will focus on the use of generic structures as a design tool, by analysing and elaborating on the 1936-1964 series of standardised corridor-free school buildings designed by the Slovenian Modern Movement architect Emil Navinšek. The iconic 1964-73 Ferantov Vrt hybrid structure by Edvard Ravnikar will be a second reference – both architects are students of the famous Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik. International and interdisciplinary student teams will be challenged to propose sustainable interventions and extensions for one building, that could serve as a model for other of the 38 corridor-free school buildings that Navinšek designed nationwide, and even for the many standardised school buildings in other countries. The workshop will take place in Emil Navinšek’s 1958s Majda Vrhovnik Primary School, right next to Cankarjev Dom, the Docomomo Conference venue. This area was a centre of Roman Emona and has very rich archaeology, which is represented right next to the school, in Ferantov Vrt and in The Republic Square with Cankarjev Dom. The workshop results will be presented to the international audience in the evening of the conference opening day, as well as online.

To participate in the workshop, candidates must register at docomomo2018.si/index.php/student-workshop , before 31 March 2018.

All the info is available at docomomo2018.si

DOCOMOMO International is looking forward for your participation and/or your efforts on spreading this initiative among your academic and professional networks.