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Restoring Modern Architecture
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We present the TPJ article “The Restoration of the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale,” by Alberico Barbiano di Belgiojoso. In this article, the author explains that the structure was inspired by the anti-monumental teepee. The native people of the Canadian plains lived in these tents, and the pavilion pays tribute to their community by borrowing the conical characteristics of their residences. Using modern construction, the form's plan takes its shape from the spiral of Archimedes

Lastly, we share information from the book Modern Heritage: Reuse, Renovation and Restoration (2022).

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The Restoration of the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

In “The Restoration of the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale,” about the exhibition structure designed in 1958 by the Milanese firm BBPR, the author Alberico Barbiano di Belgiojoso explains that they:

“are interested in the historical document in its integrity – otherwise the intervention would be useless or deviating – and we feel it is important to decide on the use of the building in a way to imply the less possible change, where eventual additions or changes must allow to read the original architecture in its wholeness.”

BBPR, Canada Pavilion Venice Biennale: sketch for photomontage, 1958 (a); plan, 1958 (b); entrance, 1958 (c); Canadian tepee (d). BBPR, Canada Pavilion Venice Biennale: sketch for photomontage, 1958 (a); plan, 1958 (b); entrance, 1958 (c); Canadian tepee (d).

 

The design solution needed to meet stringent requirements of the Venice Biennale,  Municipality of Venice, Italian Superintendence for Historic Preservation, and National Gallery of Canada. Ultimately, the relationship between nature and architecture was one of the major considerations.

>> The abstract is available in THE PLAN Journal vol. 4/2019, no. 1

We thank the author! 

Alberico Barbiano di Belgiojoso is an architect and urban designer.

 

Modern Heritage: Reuse, Renovation and Restoration

In the book Modern Heritage: Reuse, Renovation and Restoration by Ana Tostões (Editor) describes modern buildings of the twentieth century that now need repurposing. This book published with Docomomo looks at successful examples of such projects. Included are scholarly essays by Barry Bergdoll, Franz Graf, Jörg Haspel, and Ana Tostões. Additionally, this collection of research is accompanied by beautiful illustrations and photography.

Modern Heritage: Reuse, Renovation and Restoration

English 
256 pages 
Birkhäuser
July 31, 2022
8.75 x 1 x 11 inches
ISBN 10: 3035625085
ISBN 13: 978-3035625080

 To learn more, check out: Modern Heritage: Reuse, Renovation and Restoration

The article “The Restoration of the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale” and the book Modern Heritage: Reuse, Renovation and Restoration provide the reader with a wealth of knowledge about restoring modern architecture. We encourage you to explore and learn more!  

 

Why support + read TPJ? 

The Plan Journal is intended to disseminate and promote innovative, thought-provoking, and relevant research, studies, and criticism related to architecture and urbanism. The journal grew out of an awareness that academia is all too often engaged in research that’s disconnected from the real-world challenges that face different professions, and that research is only possible for a small number of professional organizations, and, even then, with limited platforms for its dissemination. The overarching aim of TPJ is therefore to enrich the dialogue between researchers and professionals so as to foster both pertinent new knowledge and intellectually driven modes of practice. 

 
How does it work + why does it matter? 

Prospective contributors are encouraged to submit proposals or complete manuscripts to the Editor-in-Chief. Subject to positive feedback, proposals can then be developed into complete manuscripts and submitted for review, using the dedicated portal on the TPJ website.  
After preliminary approval, manuscripts will be forwarded to suitably qualified people for commenting. TPJ is committed to following a rigorous double-blind peer review process using at least two reviewers. The Editor-in-Chief may also occasionally invite recognized academics, critics, or professionals (including members of the editorial board) to contribute to the journal without going through the peer review process, if warranted by the author’s reputation. 

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