Resuming its biennial recurrence, which has been on since 1995, and the promotion of national events every odd year, the DOCOMOMO Brazil and the DOCOMOMO | mg (Minas Gerais Regional Chapter) are hereby inviting researchers, students, professionals et al. who are involved in the documentation, conservation and enhancement of the Modern Movement to participate in the 12th DOCOMOMO Brazil Conference to be held in Uberlândia-MG, between the 21st and the 24th of November, 2017. These dates were chosen based on the wish of giving a warm welcome to all the attendees during a good season in terms of temperature and humidity in the vast and sunny Brazilian Highlands.
In the DOCOMOMO Brasil conferences and its regional events which have taken place until now, many documentary and analytical researches on the Modern architectural, landscaping and urbanistic production have been presented at the same time that the number of graduate programmes both in Brazilian institutions and in foreign ones grew and, consequently, there was a large production of researches carried out by scholars and professionals from various areas and institutions, including those from the recently created professional master's degrees. Much has been studied, documented and discovered in the last decades. Despite some sparse protection measures having been taken to cover this legacy, this growing knowledge has not been matched outside the academic sphere, which still lacks technical studies of this heritage for the benefit of its conservation and for a wider spread of information about it.
The proposal of the 12th DOCOMOMO Brazil Conference intends to contribute to this very discussion on the conservation and on the spread of knowledge about the architectural and urban heritage of the Modern Movement, aimed at achieving acknowledgment by the society as a whole. Thus, this Conference intends to broaden the study of such practices and to come up with different ways of amplifying the dialogue and the actions of DOCOMOMO Brazil with the communities involved and the different conservation organizations, keeping in mind that both agents are responsible for the guardianship of such cultural inheritance. Therefore, the purpose is to discuss the ways DOCOMOMO Brazil may expand its social commitment by working alongside social movements, cultural associations, institutions, non-governmental organizations and even other sectors of the universities to devise alternatives for the usage, management and value attribution of Modern heritage as well as to promote their appropriation and that of the neighbourhoods which surround them.
DOCOMOMO is a non governmental (NGO) and non-profit organization, founded in 1988 in Eindhoven, Netherlands, present in more than sixty countries worldwide and widely known as one of the most important world organizations fighting for conservation. The acronym stands for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement. Its headquarters are currently located in the Instituto Superior Técnico at the University of Lisbon (Universidade de Lisboa), where the last International Conference was held in September 2016, following its biennial tradition started in 1992. Its goal is the documentation and the conservation of the Modern Movement in architecture, in urbanism and in similar manifestations.
In this same year (1992) the DOCOMOMO Brazil was founded following the premise of the DOCOMOMO International. Nowadays, the Executive Comission of DOCOMOMO Brazil has its headquarters at the Programa de Pós-Graduação em Desenvolvimento Urbano (MDU) of the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE) with the support of the Fundação Joaquim Nabuco (FUNDAJ/PE), the Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (IPHAN/Superintendência de Pernambuco) and the Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (UNICAP). The DOCOMOMO Brazil Conferences, held every odd year since 1995, are acknowledged nationally and internationally for their contribution to the research and discussion on architecture and urbanism in the Brazilian Modern Movement. The work carried out by DOCOMOMO Brazil has been further promoted by the regional sections, which promote local actions and events. Learn more at http://www.docomomo.org.br.