Import/Export: Postwar Modernism in an Expanding World, 1945-1975

DOCOMOMO US, the United States chapter of the international organization dedicated to the Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement, will host the VIIIth International DOCOMOMO conference called "Import/Export: Postwar modernism in an Expanding World, 1945-1975." Running from September 26-October 2, 2004 at New York’s Columbia University, this is the first DOCOMOMO conference devoted entirely to the postwar period. It is also first to consider the impact of preservation on modernism and conversely, the impact of modernism on preservation.

The conference will be divided into three distinct components. During the two main conference days, September 27 and 28 at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, 68 historians, architects, planners and preservation professionals from 25 countries will present their papers in three parallel sessions. The presenters were selected from 288 abstracts submitted in response to a Call for Papers. Presentation themes are Internationalization, Polarization, Reconstruction and Rebuilding, Resistance and Independence, Time Zones, Utopias.

A separate series of technology sessions organized by DOCOMOMO US will be held at Baruch College September 30 through October 2. International professionals will give presentations on topics such as the restoration of curtain walls, concrete, stone and colour in postwar structures.

The New York Tri-State Chapter of DOCOMOMO US has programmed a series of local and regional walking and bus tours of important Modern Movement buildings in New York City, Long Island, Upstate New York, New Haven and New Canaan, CT, for September 29-October 2. For more information please visit