Second Day – Saturday June 12th | From 2.00 to 6.00 pm (CEST)
2.00 pm► Opening of the Workshop
2.10 pm ► Kaunas Case Study
Vaidas Petrulis: the History of the 9th Fort Museum;
Marius Peciulis: Director of the 9th Fort;
David Lopez: INES (investigation and treatments).
3.15 pm ► Round Table Cases Studies
During these three years in which we have developed the lnnovaConcrete project, seven workshops have been held, which, developed around different themes, have all revolved around a common issue: concrete heritage in the twentieth century.
This heritage, in general, are not well considered, very abandoned and poorly preserved. As far as its protection is concerned, it has needed a greater effort, making it known, generating its consideration and studying the best systems and techniques for its conservation. All this, around very different typologies, different built systems, located in varied climates and with very different cultural meanings, but all of them with two issues in common: concrete and its heritage value.
This last workshop held in Kaunas, gives us the opportunity to share the results of all of them and perhaps draw some important conclusion to include in the Benchmark that is being prepared around the criteria of conservation of the concrete heritage of the 20th century.
Moderator – Gunny Harboe
Maria Teresa Bianco; Jerónimo Junquera; Luis Chillida; Gabriella di Carlo; Krzysztof Raszczuk; Blazej Ciarkowski; Maria Isabella Pierigè; Marius Peciulis
4:15 pm ► Reinforced concrete monuments: intentions and consequences
Generally , the reinforced concrete structures con be regarded as a symbol representing 20th century architecture. However, many of the most important examples of reinforced concrete of the 20th century were specifically constructed as symbols. These include museums and monuments of political significance, buildings to commemorate various anniversaries and other places of ideological meaning. Today these monuments are being perceived as a source for multifaceted narratives. On the one hand, they perfectly represent the aesthetic potential of reinforced concrete as a material. On the other hand, close links with political ideologies frequently provoke harsh public reactions. As a result, many of these monuments have been destroyed, relocated or simply abandoned in recent decades. The aim of the session is to present these monuments as a specific phenomenon of 20th-century architecture.
Moderator – Kyle Normandin
Jörg Haspel: ICOMOS Germany;
Sigrid Brandt: Universitat Salzburg , Austria;
Sandra Uskokovic: University of Dubrovnik, Croatia;
Panel discussion: Vaidas Petrulis, Sigrid Brandt, Jörg Haspel, Sandra Uskokovic
5.15 pm ► Conservation strategies and reuse of concrete heritage.
Reinforced concrete represents strength and durability. Paradoxically,the survival of this architecture faces various economic, technological, and cultural challenges. Brutalist architecture is often perceived by the public as “ugly”. Some of the structures, and in particular the monuments, relate to the painful political post. Finally, monumental forms of concrete structures not always easy to adaptable to present needs. Evening discussion will concentrate on recent conservation and knowledge sharing initiatives on concrete architecture. Representatives of ongoing or recent projects will be invited to discuss the possible future scenarios for reinforced concrete architecture.
Moderator – Gunny Harboe
Antoine Wilmering: The Getty Foundation
Aušra Černauskiené: Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania;
Barnabas Calder: University of Liverpool
Panel Discussion: Catherine Croft, Antoine Wilmering, Aušra Černauskiené, Barnabas Calder
6.00 pm► Closing of the Workshop
Vaidas Petrulis, María J. Mosquera