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Friday, 10 May 2013

The New Tenement: Tradition and Modernity

Mackintosh Building, Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ

Organised by the Mackintosh School of Architecture (Glasgow School of Art) in partnership with the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies (University of Edinburgh) and DOCOMOMO-International (ISC Urbanism + Landscape), with support from the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS)

About the conference:

The tenement has been ‘reinvented’ all over Europe since the 1970s.  

The conference will focus on the renaissance of this widespread and, until recently, very controversial housing type, which for the purpose of this conference will be defined as dense flatted residences on a street block plan. Tenements are particularly prominent in Scottish cities and have been a symbolic battleground in the long-running confrontation of history and modernity in the built environment.  

There, and in many other European countries, nineteenth-century tenements inspired a variety of new buildings that adapted features such as perimeter block plans, variations of small-scale design, multifunctional spaces, and regional aesthetics to contemporary uses and preferences – in the process synthesising elements of tradition and modernity.

While the New Tenement is now widely accepted as a desirable dwelling-type, the new visions of the city and its inhabitants are subject of ongoing debates. This includes questions of difference and local identity as well as ideas about self-responsibility, civic engagement, and bourgeois values as opposed to the state paternalism and equal living conditions that had been inherent in the ‘high modernist’ formulae of the 1950s and 1960s. Against this background, the conference will contextualise the international ‘tenement renaissance’ since the 1970s and its continuation today.

Programme: http://thenewtenement2013.wordpress.com

Proceedings will be published shortly on this website.

 

Wednesday 7 – Thursday 8 September 2011

Conference on Mass Housing in the Socialist Bloc

Edinburgh College of Art (University of Edinburgh)

  • Full programme will be released in due course
  • Initial details from organizers, Miles Glendinning (m.glendinning@eca.ac.uk) and Carmen Popescu (crmv@noos.fr)
  • Conference followed by EAHN Tour of Central Scotland, 8-11 September

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Day conference: LANDSCAPES OF THE RECENT FUTURE programme