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CFP: Modernizing the Modern: The Conundrum and Challenge of Preserving and Restoring Modern Architecture

Paper session at the 2014 Southeastern College Art Conference to be held in Sarasota, Florida, USA, 8-11 October 2014.

This session aims to highlight the conundrum and challenge of 'modernizing' modern architecture.  Preserving and restoring Modern architecture is, in itself, a conundrum: at the time that such buildings were designed and built, they were meant to be new and contemporary, turning their backs on the past.  Preserving and restoring such architecture means freezing 'the new' and making a museum piece out of it.  Preserving and restoring Modern architecture also presents many technical challenges, given that such buildings often utilized innovative and/or untested materials, detailing and methods of constructions. This session welcomes papers that either treat the topic in a generalized manner or are in-depth case studies of a particular preservation and restoration of a Modern building.  
Session to be chaired by Christopher Wilson, Ringling College of Art + Design.  

Paper proposals due by 20 April 2014.  Submit proposals at