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Symposium

BIG Az W: Renovating the Modern Heritage II

Wed 16.04.2008, 19:00-21:00

BIG Az W: Renovating the Modern Heritage II
© Dan Perjovschi

It is not just listed Classical Modern buildings that require extensive conservation measures, many far more recent buildings from the second half of the 20th century are now also in urgent need of renovation — famous examples being Karl Schwanzer’s ’20er Haus’, a number of schools by Viktor Hufnagl, or the legendary indoor baths at Gastein by Gerhard Garstenauer. Similarly, there is a whole range of such projects currently in the BIG real estate portfolio, primarily high quality school buildings with the surviving substance entirely in tact. Experimental projects of their time, in particular, are presenting architects and building physics specialists with tough new formal as well as technological challenges. Specialist lectures and practical examples at the BIG Az W event Renovating the Modern Heritage II show how these buildings are conserved with their features as far as possible intact but with the spatial agenda, thermal insulation and infrastructure adapted to suit the radically changed demands of contemporary use.

Speakers (in German)

Introduction to the BIG building from the second half of the 20th century, Wolfgang Gleissner, BIG
Renovation and extension of the Bundesschulzentrum Kirchdorf an der Krems, Peter Riepl, Riepl Riepl Architekten
Current examples, Martin Kohlbauer, architect
Renovation problems from the viewpoint of building science and technology, Walter Prause, building scientist
Renovation: 20er Haus, Adolf Krischanitz, architect

Panel Discussion (in German)
Wolfgang Gleissner
Peter Riepl
Martin Kohlbauer
Walter Prause
Adolf Krischanitz
Eva-Maria Höhle, Generalkonservatorin Bundesdenkmalamt
Moderated by: Dietmar Steiner, Director Az W; Ute Woltron, Architecture Journalist