International Conference

Basic Info

August 26, 2020 at 09:00 to August 28, 2020 at 14:00
Municipality of Nova Gorica, Big Congress Hall. Adress: Trg Edvarda Kardelja 1, Nova Gorica

Organizer: Mestna občina Nova Gorica, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, računalništvo in informatiko Univerze v Mariboru, Filozofska fakulteta Univerze v Mariboru


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.

The conference will be held simultaneously by zoom web conferencing (https://zoom.us/freesignup/). As the number of participants will be limited, pre-registration is required. Please, send an email with attached application to the address uifs@zrc-sazu.si by 23 August 2020, and specify if you wish to attend live in Nova Gorica or via zoom. You will then be sent a zoom link for each session of the conference on Monday 24th August 2020. We look forward to welcoming you.