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The Fourth International Course on Conservation of Modern Architecture

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METAMORPHOSIS: Understanding and Managing Change

CONTENTS OF THE COURSE:
The architectural heritage of the recent past forms a substantial part of the existing building stock in many countries. It is currently facing challenges to its rehabilitation and survival. Responding to the needs of professionals, this international course will address the practical problems encountered in the process of conservation,restoration and adaptive use of buildings from an architectural point of view.
Focusing on Finnish examples, this international interdisciplinary group of professionals will aim at the development of a theoretical basis and methodology for dealing with both technical and philosophical aspects of modern architecture. Identifying the qualities and values of modern architecture, applying current conservation principles to it and documenting its conservation are also a major target.
Theory and practice will be closely related throughout the course. Seminars and workshops as well as lectures given by leading specialists, field tasks and case studies form the main content of the course. Participants are expected to actively contribute to the program. The reference site of MARC 2011 course is the Helsinki Olympic Stadium built in 1938 for the cancelled 1940 Olympic Games (venue in the 1952 Olympics).

AIMS OF THE COURSE:
Since 1999, the MARC initiative has already provided international courses for ca. 60 conservation professionals. At the conclusion of the course the participants will be able to identify values, recognize and evaluate ideas and contexts and understand problems related to the aspects of architectural construction of the recent past. Further they will understand the decision-making process for conservation and develop arguments for the conservation of the 20th century heritage.

SEINÄJOKI AALTO CENTRE WORKSHOP:
During the MARC course there will be a workshop in Seinäjoki focused on the Administrative and Cultural Centre by Alvar Aalto (see picture above). Combined with the workshop there will be a field study trip to the Paimio Sanatorium (by Alvar Aalto 1929–1933) and other sites.

DATE: 28 May – 23 June 2011

PLACES: Helsinki and Seinäjoki, Finland

PARTICIPANTS:
Mid-career professionals with different backgrounds (e.g. architects, landscape architects, interior designers, engineers, researchers, project managers and art historians). A total of 24 participants can be admitted.

LANGUAGE: English

PARTICIPATION FEE: EUR 1200

DEADLINE for applications 12 October 2010

ORGANIZERS:
ICCROM, Rome, Italy
National Board of Antiquities, Finland
Alvar Aalto Academy, Helsinki, Finland
Aalto University, Finland
Tampere University of Techology, Finland
Estonian Academy of Art, Tallinn, Estonia
University of Oulu, Finland
The City of Seinäjoki, Finland
Stadium Foundation, Finland
Senate Properties, Finland

ASSOCIATES:
DOCOMOMO International
ICOMOS International
DOCOMOMO Finland
ICOMOS Finland

MORE INFORMATION: merja.h.vainio@alvaraalto.fi

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