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The conference in English language addresses the history of modern architecture from a horizontal and non-hierarchical perspective, overcoming outdated and simplistic categories such as East and West. It will focus not only on design and urban planning issues, but also on questions related to the transformation of societies, the exchange of ideas, the building of relationships and the struggle for a better future.
The conference approaches architecture from a broader perspective – presenting it as a „seismograph“ of the visionary and at the same time ambivalent experience of Modernism, which has much to say not only about the particular moment in history but also about the present.
The conference brings together various perspectives and areas of expertise represented by researchers, architects, designers, architectural historians, urban activists and civic society actors. The main goal is to critically rethink the legacy of Modernism and its associated transformations in Central and Eastern Europe in the context of international relations, dependencies, influence, and power.
The conference has been organized by the Pilecki-Institute in cooperation with the initiative for a “European Triennial of Modernism (ETOM)“ and ETOM´s alliance with DOCOMOMO International and ICOMOS.
The rooms of the Pilecki Institute at Pariser Platz 4A are accessible without barriers. The conference will be held in English without simultaneous translation. A good knowledge of English is required.
Note: The rooms of the associated exhibition "Soft Ground" in the BHROX bauhaus reuse are unfortunately not barrier-free accessible, as the central island of Ernst-Reuter-Platz can only be reached via the stairs of an exit of the subway station.