Author: Cristina del Bosch Martín
Date: 2017
Director: Federico Arévalo Rodríguez
University: Universidad de Sevilla
Department: Departamento de Expresión Gráfica Arquitectónica
Panel members:

Juan Manuel Franco Taboada, Carmen Escoda Pastor, Javier García-Gutiérrez Mosteiro, Francisco Javier Rodríguez Barberán y Vicente Julián Sobrino Simal 

Source: Deposito de Investigación de la Universidad de Sevilla


During the last years, European public buildings, which have been created by the second and third generation of Modern Movement architects, have endured heterogeneous intervention methods, obviating essential theoretical features of this complex architecture. In some cases, it came to be formulated under the concept gesamtkunstwerk. Recovering original texts and essays, which have been carried out by architects and 20th century architecture critics, philosophers, anthropologists and historians, we establish unifying thread of this research work.

Firstly, we approach this new monumentality from hermeneutical method applied to this theoretical base and propose the recovery of technical knowledge of Modern Movement buildings. We reflect on the meaning and authenticity of this architecture that has seen how its concept of integral work has been irreversibly altered by certain conservation works which have denaturalized its negative space due to a lack of accuracy heritage management.

Subsequently, we formulate ethical knowledge about this theoretical-practical executed work and the negative pressure suffered by buildings. Since, paradoxically, this inaccuracy situation is developing within a framework of extensive but insufficient regulation. We need to evolve towards a dynamic heritage compression, similar to an element which is in constant progress. Demanding a planned and preventive conservation where the re-use of a building becomes a determining factor for its conservation.

Finally, from creative knowledge to practical wisdom, we defend the rights of this heritage in order to be respected, disseminated and taught, enhancing the objectheritage-citizen relationship, to avoid further involuntary losses. To reach this objective, we enunciate the heritage action concept in which we collect the artistic or plastic, scientific or technological and social or functional aspects of this architecture.

From this holistic study, supported by diverse architectural references, we pursue the theoretical reformulation of the conservation and preservation of the Modern Movement heritage to renew the heritage intervention strategy.

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