Modern Housing. Patrimonio Vivo
Docomomo Journal 51 (2014/2)

Editors: Ana Tostões, Zara Ferreira

Guest editors: Josep Maria Montaner, Zaida Muxí Martínez

Keywords: Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Living heritage, Modern housing, Housing preservation.

Housing is a central program in contemporary architectural production. Incorporating civilizing values of 19th century culture, the house arrives in the 20th century at the time notions of private space and domestic comfort come to the fore in Western Culture as values inseparable from the emergence of the family in domestic space: the home. In 1951 Martin Heidegger (1889–1976), in his Darmstader sprache, “Bauen, Wohnen, Denken”, relates the word building (bau) with the verb “to be” and the action of “being” (bin), to conclude that dwelling is the fundamental trait of being, the mortals’ living condition. Looking to reframe the sense of construction and to identify the meaning of “being”, Heidegger’s criticism is moved by the failure of the so-called rational materialistic solution, and opens the discussion up to the re-evaluation of the design action as a unique, magical and creative action.
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The House, the Home and the Housing Question
Ana Tostões


Housing and City: Old Problems, New Approaches
Joan Busquets


Modern Housing: Heritage and Vitality
Josep Maria Montaner, Zaida Muxí Martínez

Modern Housing Envisaged as a Patrimonio Vivo (Living Heritage)
Josep Maria Montaner

Robin Hood Gardens and the Rehabilitation of Post-War Mass Housing in London
Aranzazu Melon

Citizen Activation in Contemporary Collective Housing. Barcelona Experiences
Isabel Aparici Turrado

How to Deal with Halen Estate
Bernhard Furrer

Santa María Micaela Housing Cooperative in Valencia: a Critical Assimilation of the Modern Legacy
Carmen Jordá, Maite Palomares

El Tunal Experimental: 40 Years Later an Experimental Housing Project in Bogotá, Colombia, 1972
Ramón Bermudez, José Roberto Bermudez, Daniela Sanjinés

Paradigms of Social Housing in Buenos Aires. Lessons from Juan XXIII
Soledad Armada

Social Housing in the 60s in São Paulo
Maria Luiza Sanvitto

From the Late 19th Century House Question to Social Housing Programs in the 30s: the Nationalist Regulation of the Picturesque in Portugal
Rui Jorge Garcia Ramos, Eliseu Gonçalves, Sérgio Dias Silva

Poker Faces: Seeing Behind the Mask of Convention
Alice T. Friedman

Women in Modern Neighborhoods: Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky; Jakoba Mulder, Lotte Stam-Beese; and Carmen Portinho
Zaida Muxí Martínez

Documentation Issues

The Preservation of Authenticity and the Awareness of the Necessary
Luciana Rocha

Two Mexican Housing Units developed by the Social Security Institute
Juan Pablo Rodríguez Méndez


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