Basic information
11 March 2020 at 9:00 until 13 March 2020 at 13:30
Municipality of Nova Gorica, Big Congress Hall (Trg Edvarda Kardelja 1, Nova Gorica)

France Stele Institute of Art History

More than a quarter of a century since the adoption of the Athens Charter, which established the principle of a functionalist town at the 4th CIAM (Congrès internationaux d’architecture moderne) congress, presents a period long enough for a renewed critical evaluation of its principles and an analysis of the development of housing estates, which were founded on these principles. One such example is Nova Gorica, a town built after the Second World War next to the newly delineated border between the socialist Yugoslavia and the Republic of Italy. From today’s perspective, Nova Gorica represents a pendant to the town Gorica (Gorizia) in Italy, the former historical medieval and modern-day centre of the region, while it is also an excellent example for carrying out comparative scientific research on how these types of towns were created, how they developed in the following years, and how they adjusted to various economic, political and social circumstances. Conference will
aproach questions such as the extent to which the original design of modernist towns and neighbourhoods were carried out and if/whether they are settled in the minds of general and professional public as an important urban heritage, worthy of being known and preserved. What kind of dilemmas does monument protection encounter in the preservation and renovation of modernist towns? How much influence did new urban theories and the critique of functionalist planning have on their further development? To what extent did the advantages, as well as shortcomings and inconsistencies of this type of planning mark the establishment of new buildings in a town and influenced the placement of visual art in public space? All these cases will be examined on examples of newly established functionalist towns in other, European and non-European countries.

All presentations will be simultaneously translated into English or Slovene.

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