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The recently restored Tugendhat House by Mies van der Rohe has just reopened to the public. In the words of Jean-Louis Cohen in The Wall Street Journal, the House's restoration "has benefited from a new approach to preserving Modernist buildings", and now "a new generation of experts takes an "archaeological” view, yielding superb results." The Tugendhat House recovered "its grand atmosphere from the 1930s".
Having worked for many years as curator of Gio Ponti's Villa Planchart in Caracas (1957), I witnessed a totally different – much slower, less scientific, but very successful – preservation process. Similarly perfect results were achieved through years of intuition and passion for architecture.
How will the latest trend in preservation process and interest in Modernist buildings impact the threatened/saved Modern heritage of the world?
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To have a real/positive impact on the Modern heritage of the world, the new trend on preservation process of Modernist buildings and sites must reach universal status. Debate should be encouraged so we can reach a definite and instrumental agreement, and thus end with “the lack of a clear ethic on how to preserve the ethos of modernism”
Comment by Hannia Gómez with quote by Sam Batchelor.
Monday, April 9 at 4:34pm
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