From Conventional to Experimental – Mass Housing and Prefabrication

DOCOMOMO Israel-Germany Conference

14/06/2021
09:00
LIVE ZOOM

International conference Docomomo Israel-Germany

Mass housing owes much of its social ideas and design to architectural prefabrication. However, it seems that the history of prefabrication and its relationship to modernist architectural concepts and their dissemination, has remained somewhat at the margins of contemporary scholarly debates. This is perhaps because most scholarly contributions discuss phenomena that do not engage canonic or iconic case studies of industrialized architecture, while other aspects of research are in the fields of engineering, rather than history.
This conference seeks to explore the connection between prefabrication and mass housing worldwide. The 17 papers and keynote propose new research that deepens our understanding of the inherent and crucial connection between the revolutionary advances in prefabrication that characterized the modern era, and their impact on design.

 Program:

 

June 14, 2021

10:30

Opening remarks

Conference scientific committee:

Dr. Regine Hess, Prof. Dr. Inbal Ben Asher Gietler, Dr. Tzafrir Fainholtz and Prof. Dr. Yael Allweil

10:45

Welcoming Address
Prof. Dr. Uta Pottgiesser, Incoming Chair, Docomomo_International

11:00

Keynote Address –

Highly Visible & Highly Valuable: Big Housing Estates of the Boom Years

Prof. Dr. Silke Langenberg, Chair of Construction Heritage and Preservation, Institute of Construction History and Preservation, ETH Zurich

Morning session: Prefabrication: Materials and Typologies

11:30

The emergence of the single-family home out of prefabrication /
Regine Hess, ETH

12:15

“Dragonfly Architectures”: Experimental eco-fabrication of treehouses from New York to Berlin /
Virginia De Jorge Huertas, Independent Researcher

12:45

Prefabricated wooden buildings exported by Finnish Consortium Puutalo Oy /
Laura Berger, Philip Tidwell and Kristo Vesikansa, Aalto University

13:30

Norwegian Experiments in Timber: Mass Housing of Moelven Brug /
Maryia Rusak, Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Afternoon session: Prefabrication in colonialism and nation building

15:00

Assembling a home – politics, trauma and the Finnish export of prefabricated homes1940-1970 /
Mia Åkerfelt, Åbo Akademi University; Tzafrir Fainholtz, Technion; Anna Wilczyńska ,Estonian  University of Life Sciences

15:30

Decolonizing Prefabrication: IMS Žeželj System’s Journey Around the World /
Jelica Jovanović, University of Technology in Vienna

16:15

Hygiene, Prefabricated Housing, and the Évoluéin Postwar Tunisia /
Nancy Demerdash-Fatemi,  Albion College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 15, 2021

Morning Session: Prefabrication at exhibitions

10:30

Re-use of Innovation and Innovative Re-use: Forms of Prefabrication at the Swiss Exhibition on Women’s Work (Saffa) 1958 in Zurich /
Helene Bihlmaier, Zurich University of Applied Science

11:00

The Milan Triennale’s exhibitions and the culture of prefabrication in post-war Italy /
Ilaria Giannetti, Stefania Mornati, University of Rome

11:45

Prefabricated steel homes for all /
Andreea Cel Mare, “Ion Mincu” University 

12:15

Individuality amongst Plurality: Housing the Void in the Solid /

Simran Singh, Architecture Association

13:00

Le Corbusier, The typology of a living cell: Le Corbusier’s study on the Cabanon de vacances /
Maria Tassopoulou, Technical University of Athens

Afternoon Session: Prefabrication and Urbanization

14:30

Massive blocks for the Soviet mass housing: Standardization and prefabrication in USSR (1935-1945) /
Angelo Bertolazzi, Giorgio Croatto and Umberto Turrini, University of Padua

15:00

Ramat Hanasi Bat Yam–An innovative Prefabricated Neighborhood of the 1960 /

Daphna Levine and Liat Savin Ben Shoshan, Technion

16:15

Skopje housing estates–a new model of city reconstruction after natural disasters /

Tamara Bjažić Klarinis, Institute of Art History Zagreb

16:45

Thamesmead: Prefabrication Between Utopia and Dystopia /

Alberto Franchini, Politechnico di Milano

 

 

The conference will be held online and is hosted by the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, DoCoMoMo Israel, DoCoMoMo Germany, and EU COST action Middle Class Mass Housing.

 

Meeting Registration:

https://technion.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0uf-ugrTIvHNJ50C-A2F0ij0KL_gv4IQK6

 

Zoom Meeting Link:

https://technion.zoom.us/j/99382839566

 

 



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