RUNNING NOW (6.-7. April 2018)The 2nd RMB (Reuse of Modernist Buildings) Conference: Teaching Through Design, organized by RMB Project, Department of Architecture (University of Coimbra) and Centre for Social Studies, is taking place at Santa Clara a Nova Convent, Coimbra, Portugal. To know more check website.#rmb_eu #rmbconference #erasmusplus #reuseofmodernistbuildings #reuse #modernbuildings #modernarchitecture #awesome #coimbra #portugal #ERASMUS #universidadedecoimbra #hochschuleowl #universityantwerp #tecnicolisboa #itu #detmolderschulefürarchitekturundinnenarchitektur #teaching #education #university @aslihann #itu1773 @itu1773 @itugezii @itu.anlik #uantwerpen @tecnico_lisboa #ucoimbra @ucoimbra #docomomo #docomomointernational #centrodeestudossociais @anozerocoimbra #AquiHaDelta @delta_cafes @sanitana.official @coimbracity @franciscotbastos

RUNNING NOW (6.-7. April 2018)The 2nd RMB (Reuse of Modernist Buildings) Conference: Teaching Through Design, organized by RMB Project, Department of Architecture (University of Coimbra) and Centre for Social Studies, is taking place at Santa Clara a Nova Convent, Coimbra, Portugal. To know more check website.#rmb_eu #rmbconference #erasmusplus #reuseofmodernistbuildings #reuse #modernbuildings #modernarchitecture #awesome #coimbra #portugal #ERASMUS #universidadedecoimbra #hochschuleowl #universityantwerp #tecnicolisboa #itu #detmolderschulefürarchitekturundinnenarchitektur #teaching #education #university @aslihann #itu1773 @itu1773 @itugezii @itu.anlik #uantwerpen @tecnico_lisboa #ucoimbra @ucoimbra #docomomo #docomomointernational #centrodeestudossociais @anozerocoimbra #AquiHaDelta @delta_cafes @sanitana.official @coimbracity @franciscotbastos

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 , before 31 March 2018.

All the info is available at

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

Apply now: 2nd RMB-Student-Workshop in Portugal

Apply now for the 2. RMB International Student Workshop in Coimbra, Portugal. It takes places from 6.-11. April 2018. The workshop topic is: “Reuse of Modernist Buildings: Coimbra Modern City today – from funtional buildings to community spaces”.

After the 1st RMB Student-Workshop 2017 in the region of Marl (Germany), now is the time to work in Coimbra, a historical university city in the centre of Portugal. In April 2018, the Reuse of Modernist Buildings (RMB) project, financed by ERASMUS+, is going to organize the 2nd RMB Workshop to rethink the urban areas developed according to the De Groer Urban Plan of 1940.

In 1955 de Groer and then Almeida Garrett proposed the expansion of Coimbra urban centre through the creation or consolidation of settlements in the first or second ring of the existing city. In this sense, Coimbra developed one neighbourhood for industrial activity and social housing in Pedrulha (north), and other for medium class housing, education and sports in Calhabé (south). These modern plans established in the 1940s and 1950s were built by a functional architecture for industrial, housing, educational buildings and for complexes to install the third sector services. These architecture is either out-dated, abandoned or in bad condition, or even in ruins, due to political, economic, and social changes. More and more, it is needed that most of these housing, educational and industrial project typologies will be re-evaluated, in order to understand its capacity to be adapted to current demands, needs and aspirations of the people, from neighbours to institutions.

Workshop themes
\\ Triunfo Factory (Pedrulha) – facilities for Ano Zero Art Bienal 2018
\\ SAAL Neighbourhood (Pedrulha) – community areas for SAAL Relvinha
\\ SOLUM Neighbourhood (Calhabé) – “Fourth” Tower, design the missing link
\\ Bairro Norton de Matos Neighbourhood (Calhabé) – Community School
\\ Fernão Magalhães Neighbourhood – Urban Block (housing, commercial)

Further Info
For this workshop a total of 40 Master students will be selected, eight from each university, to form five different working groups. Each group will be constituted by students from the five partner universities of RMB project and tutors that will support the team work. Each international team will work on a specific architectural typology and will have a tutor from Coimbra, a second from one of the four other universities and one more from another field such as art, anthropology, engineering or geography. The students also have to participate, as start of the student workshop, in the RMB Conference – Design Colloquium, where the lectures and debates will take place in the two first days, 6th and 7th April 2018.

\\ A letter expressing the willingness and interest to participate – interest on reuse, on housing, school and industrial modern architecture (maximum: 300 words).
The workshop is open for students, who are in one of the Detmold Masters programmes (MID | MIAD | MIAR | Master Städtebau NRW).

Scholarship\Financial support
If you are one of the 8 selected students you get following grant:
\\ Travel costs: 275,00 €
\\ Excursion money: 150,00 € (for 8 days)
\\ 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!

Please send your application u to theresa.kellner(at)
For more information on the workshop please contact: michel.melenhorst(at)

Don’t tear it down – convert it

With the influences of demographic developments and climate change, it is becoming impossible to meet the demand for suitable and affordable housing exclusively by building new houses. So how can we use existing modernist buildings and convert them in a way that will suit the growing need for urban residential homes and create an identity at the same time?  As part of the project ‘Reuse of Modernist Buildings (RMB)’ design tools and strategies have been developed for sustainable reuse of buildings from the 50s to the 80s.On Thursday, 23 November 2017, the RMB conference on ‘Resilience’ met in Detmold.

The topic of current use and reuse of modernist buildings was broached by several members of the RMB project and by the European guest speakers in their talks. The subjects presented ranged from architectural projects to research studies; they were based on sound research processes and presented numerous reference projects from the European area.

Continue reading “Don’t tear it down – convert it”

Lezing / Paulo Providencia

Datum: 27.11.2017, 20:00


deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus, Blauwe Foyer

In de lezingenreeks Exploring Fundamentals treedt architect Paulo Providencia op 27 november in dialoog met het werk van Dom Hans van der Laan, over wie momenteel een tentoonstelling loopt in deSingel.

In zijn lezing focust de Portugese architect op onderwerpen die van der Laan hoog in het vaandel droeg; zoals getal en proportie, ruimte en materialiteit, licht en design. Aan de hand van gebouwde en ongebouwde projecten en zijn belangrijkste  architecturale referenties geeft hij inkijk in zijn persoonlijke ontwerpproces. Verder zoomt hij in op het belang van ontwerpinstrumenten als ervaring, tekenen en perceptie.

@Regranned from @susannella_stracciatella – Detmold Conference Week Publication !!!!