In the Ruhr area, but also in many other European cities and regions the 1950s to 1970s were an exceptionally innovative time for economy, culture, technology, and society. All over Europs new schools, universities, town halls, churches, department stores, and housing estates were built. These structures were built for a better future. Now they are the heritage of the past. It is now time to embrace this heritage!
Am 17. Juni 2019 erscheint das erste Buch der dreiteiligen Projektdokumentation zur Big Beautiful Buildings Kampagne: „Architektur der 1950er bis 1970er Jahre im Ruhrgebeit. Als die Zukunft gebaut wurde.“ im Verlag Kettler, Dortmund.
From 26 September to 24 November 2019, the exhibition "SOS Brutalismus - Rettet die Betonmonster" (SOS Brutalism - Save the Concrete Monsters) can be seen at the Musisches Zentrum der Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The exhibition by the German Architecture Museum and the Wüstenrot Foundation will be shown as part of the #SOSBrutalism rescue campaign launched in 2015. At the same time, the exhibition "RUB: brutally beautiful?", which was developed by students of the Art History Institute under the direction of Prof. Dr. Cornelia Jöchner, will be launched. It will be on display in the reading room of the University Library from 26 September to 31 October 2019.
On Friday, 11 October, the symposium "Adaptive Re-Use" will take place at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. On the basis of examples from the European area, strategies for dealing with large residential buildings and settlement structures from the period 1945 - 1975 will be discussed. The aim of the event is to present how settlements in different countries are protected as historical monuments, what role architecture plays in their preservation and how the housing stock can be further developed in a qualified manner.
Nachkriegsarchitektur bewerten, erhalten, sanieren und nutzen – Beiträge zu Bautechnik, Architekturgeschichte und Denkmalpflege
With „Welche Denkmale welcher Moderne“, editor Wolfgang Sonne publishes a book on the confrontation with the architecture of the 1960s and 70s. The new publication, published by Jovis Verlag, is dedicated to the discussion of post-war architecture and its monumental value. On the basis of a series of case studies, this volume deals with monument debates about late modernism.
In the new publication "Faith in the Great in Modern Architecture. Grossstrukturen der 1960er und 1970er" author Sonja Hnilica systematically presents for the first time the theoretical discourse on large-scale structures. The publication, published by the Swiss publisher Park Books, opens up new perspectives for dealing with the much reviled giants and addresses the topicality of the debates on large-scale construction.
Built in 1975, the town hall of Aalen has been the subject of much discussion and controversy ever since. Sometimes reviled as a building sin, the advantages and austere beauty of the Brutalism architecture of the 1970s are now being rediscovered. How to deal with the "old" building substance becomes an important question for the new municipal council. But the city of Aalen would also like to invite the citizens to express themselves on the subject and to join in the discussion. Therefore it invites to lectures with three well-known architects and subsequent discussion in the "Rathaus aus Beton".