Brutalism + the Public University: Past, Present and Future
Date: UMass Dartmouth, 22nd October 2021, and UMass Amherst, 23rd October 2021

Docomomo International is pleased to share the conference “Brutalism + the Public University: Past, Present and Future”, which will take place on 22nd and 23rd October 2021.

This is a two-day collaborative symposium held at UMass Dartmouth on Friday, October 22, 2021 and at UMass Amherst on Saturday, October 23, 2021.

It aims to provide a unique platform that brings together nation-wide scholars, industry professionals and passionate citizens with an interest in concrete Brutalist architecture and preservation of the architectural icons. The symposium’s goal is to create a dynamic, cross-disciplinary conversation among all participants on how we may conserve and provide stewardship of our buildings for the future.

Participants can attend professional workshops and scholarly lectures, tour the campuses, and engage with local artists and community activists in public events.

Participants will discuss Brutalist architecture (history and design) and explore the issues of preservation and adaption unique to these modernist concrete structures. Both campuses contain extensive examples of mid-century Brutalist concrete architecture by world-renowned modernist architects including Paul Rudolph, Marcel Breuer, Kevin Roche, Hugh Stubbins, and Edward Durell Stone. These landmark structures will be accessible in Dartmouth on Friday, October 22, and in Amherst on Saturday, October 23.

Keynote presentations on both days will include Chandler McCoy and Ana Paula Arato Gonçalves of the Getty Conservation Institute’s Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative. Speakers include faculty from UMass and visiting faculty from Brown, Harvard, Roger Williams, Rutgers, Columbia and the University of South Carolina. Other speakers include distinguished professionals from the fields of architecture, historic preservation, engineering, construction, lighting, graphic, interior design, and professional staff from UMass and the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance.

The full schedule of events can be seen here pdf

To register and more information please visit the UMassBrut website.