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Modernism, modernisation and the rural landscape

Call for papers,
10-13 JUNE 2018 (Tartu, Estonia)

Simon Bell, Estonian University of Life Sciences,
Axel Fisher, Université Libre de Bruxelles,
Vittoria Capresi, Technische Universität Berlin,

The impact of the Modern Movement and modernisation processes on rural landscapes in Europe and beyond is a widespread but little known, recognised or understood phenomenon which still exerts effects today. Within the third joint research programme of HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) dedicated to “The uses of the past” which started in 2016, this subject is now being studied through several lenses within the MODSCAPES project.

Read more > MODSCAPES_conference2018


Abstracts should be submitted by January 7 2018 (23:59@EET) to the conference management system (via submission Platform

Abstracts will be double peer reviewed and decisions on acceptance, rejection or revision will be sent out by February 9 2018.

Revised abstracts should be submitted by February 19 2018

Full paper text should be submitted by March 31 2018

Papers will be double peer reviewed and decisions on acceptance or revision will be sent out by April 30 2018

Final papers should be submitted by May 14 2018


Padise Kindergarten (Estonia). Architect: Anastasja Varus, 1970ies-80ies. Source: Museum of Estonian Architecture, Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum (EAM Fk 7801)


Weltkulturerbe-Stadt Ilha de Moçambique. Auch ein Erbe Salazars

Article by Harald Bodenschatz, together with Uwe Altrock and Christian von Oppen
Mosambik Rundbrief 94

Harald Bodenschatz, Technische Universität Berlin,

Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama’s statue, the “discoverer” of Ilha de Moçambique, in the main square of the island, in front of the former government palace. Photograph: Christian von Oppen 2016.

Download full Text (in German): Auch ein Erbe Salazars 2017

Historical City Centres: Stage and Showcase of Dictatorships

Lecture series
21 April 2017, 14h00 – 19h00
Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon
Main Building, Salão Nobre
Coordination Ana Tostões in collaboration with Bauhaus—Universität Weimar and Technische Universität Berlin

Ana Tostões, Técnico-Universidade de Lisboa,

2017 PhD Week Spring_en

El urbanismo bajo las dictaduras en el siglo XX

Conference panel (24) at the PRIMER CONGRESO IBEROAMERICANO DE HISTORIA URBANA, Santiago de Chile, November 23-25, 2016

Coordinated by Ana Tostões and Max Welch Guerra

Ana Tostões, Técnico-Universidade de Lisboa,
Max Welch Guerra, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar,

Download programme > El urbanismo bajo las dictaduras en el siglo XX

Hauptstadt und Diktatur – Städtebau in Berlin, Rom, Lissabon, Moskau, Madrid

Publication by Harald Bodenschatz, with contributions from Christian von Oppen, Thomas Flierl, Max Welch Guerra, and Tilman Harlander, 72 pages, 21 images, Berlin: Werkbund Berlin und DOM publishers, 2016

Christian von Oppen, Technische Universität Berlin,

Die Publikation erschien anlässlich der gleichnamigen Ausstellung des Werkbundes Berlin (2. bis 30. September 2016 in der Werkbund Galerie, Goethestraße 13, 10623 Berlin). Sie fasst einige Ergebnisse der langjährigen Forschung von Harald Bodenschatz zum Städtebau der Diktaturen während der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts in fünf europäischen Hauptstädten zusammen. Im Mittelpunkt stehen 20 Fotografien, die für ein vielschichtiges Verständnis von Städtebau und Diktatur werben, das über „monumentale Bauten“ und „große Achsen“ hinausgeht. Neben realisierten oder zerstörten städtebaulichen Formen sowie Gebäuden, Gebäudedetails und öffentlichen Räumen von städtebaulicher Bedeutung werden auch gesellschaftliche Programme, Projekte, Ausstellungen und Medien angesprochen, die dem Städtebau der Diktaturen dienten oder diesen befeuerten, ebenso Akteure und Adressaten, nicht zuletzt auch Wirkungen, Wertungen und bauliche wie künstlerische Umgangsformen bis heute. Dabei zeigen sich immer wieder internationale Zusammenhänge: Städtebau und Diktatur – das ist nicht nur und nicht in erster Linie ein nationales Thema.


European Urbanism in the 20th Century. The Tension between Real and Written History

Lecture series at the Bauhaus University Weimar

Piero Sassi, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar,
Max Welch Guerra, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar,

The debate on a common European identity is by no means novel. However, over the past few years the escalation of multiple crises and the consequent discussion about the future of the European Union have extended this debate to ever larger segments of society. A shared European history is a fundamental part of the European identity. Discussing it is today more important than ever.

Professional and cultural exchange throughout Europe was very intense in the 20th century. It had a strong effect on urbanism in the individual countries. Therefore, the history of urbanism in Europe during the 20th century should be discussed in an international context, as a shared history. In doing so, it shouldn’t be neglected that dictatorships, wars, oppression and exile, that strongly characterized 20th century history, produced migration flows. These increased the exchange between the European debate and those of overseas countries, for instance in South and North America.

Within the lecture series, we will tackle some major issues, such as housing policies, large-scale projects and urban renewal in different geographical contexts (Germany, Portugal, Serbia, Spain and Argentina) and historical periods. On the one hand, this will allow to underline similarities between case studies and to recognize the exchange of models, experts and know-how between different countries. On the other hand, by considering the single case study in a broader international context, this will make it possible to understand its peculiarities. Doing so, the lecture will take on a European perspective. Lectures will be given both by scholars of the BUW and by invited guests. Results of ongoing research projects will be discussed in order to provide an overview of contemporary debate on 20th century urbanism, in Germany and in Europe. Topics and case studies will follow a chronological order. In order to receive credits and an attendance certificate, students are required to pass a written examination at the end of the course.
Sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Download programme > Urbanism_in_Europe_2016

Urban design and dictatorship in the 20th century: Italy, Portugal, the Soviet Union, Spain and Germany. History and Historiography

Conference Publication

Piero Sassi, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar,

For decades in Germany, historical research on dictatorial urban design in the first half of the 20th century focused on the National Socialist period. Studies on the urban design practices of other dictatorships remained an exception. This has changed. Meanwhile, the urban production practices of the Mussolini, Stalin, Salazar, Hitler and Franco dictatorships have become the subject of comprehensive research projects. Recently, a research group that studies dictatorial urban design in 20th century Europe has emerged at the Bauhaus-Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur und der Planung. The group is already able to refer to various research results.

Part of the research group’s self-conception is the assumption that the urban design practices of the named dictatorships can only be properly understood from a European perspective. The dictatorships influenced one another substantially. Furthermore, the specificities of the practices of each dictatorship can only be discerned if one can compare them to those of the other dictatorships. This approach requires strict adherence to the research methods of planning history and urban design theory. Meanwhile, these methods must be opened to include those of general historical studies.

With this symposium, the research group aimed to further qualify this European perspective. The aim was to pursue an inventory of the various national historiographies on the topic of “urban design and dictatorship”. This inventory should offer an overview on the general national level of historical research on urban design as well as on the level of particular urban design projects, persons or topics.

The symposium took place in Weimar, November 21-22, 2013. It was organized by Harald Bodenschatz, Piero Sassi and Max Welch Guerra and funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

About the Internationality of Urbanism: The Influence of International Town Planning Ideas upon Marcello Piacentini’s Work
Christine Beese
Kunsthistorisches Institut – Freie Universität Berlin – Germany

Landscape and City during Fascism: Enrico del Debbio’s Foro Mussolini
Maria Luisa Neri
Università di Camerino – Scuola di Architettura e Design – Ascoli Piceno – Italy

Planning the Industrialization. The Technical and Theoretical Toolbox for the Post-War Program for the Industrial Development Areas of Southern Italy
Nicla Dattomo
Università Iuav di Venezia – Italy

Restelo Neighbourhood: Expanding the Capital of the Empire with the First Portuguese Urban Planner
Patrícia Bento d’Almeida
Instituto Universitário de Lisboa – Portugal

Portuguese Social Housing under Dictatorship. A Morphological Analysis of Some Residential Agglomerations in Lisbon (1933-1950)
Maria Amélia Cabrita
Architecture – ISCTE, Lisbon, Portugal

Restelo in Lisbon – The Non-implementation of the Original Urban Design by Faria da Costa during the Dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar
Salete A. F. Cravo
Instituto Universitário de Lisboa – Portugal

Granite on the Ground: Former Nazi Party Rally Grounds, Nuremberg/Germany. A brief introduction
Marie Luise Birkholz
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany

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