July 17   Cerda   16:30 - 17:30   |   Enviroment

The 20th Century Presents. Approaches and Practices of Working with the Legacy of Last Century

Historic neighbourhoods in the city and their development has always been a hot point of controversy. Should they be conserved or reconstructed, preserved or redesigned? Architectural heritage, including that of the 20th century, is a potential point of interest for citizens, art historians and tourists. As the White City in Tel Aviv is listed by UNESCO as the world largest collection of building built in the Bauhaus style, the city has launched a complex and multilevel programme for heritage preservation and citizen engagement. In Moscow, the long-awaited restoration of the Narkomfin building is finally set in motion, and Yekaterinburg and Magnitogorsk have recently initiated the programme for the preservation and restoration of the building built in the typical 1920s-1930s style. Nevertheless, before starting work on the site it is essential to carefully consider the format of restoration or redesign, the goals and the necessary resources.  

  • What buildings, neighbourhoods and architectural styles of the 20th century can be considered architectural heritage? 
  • Is it permissible for a historic building to become the subject of commercial redevelopment? 
  • What methods besides restoration are acceptable when working with such buildings? 


Denis Romodin
Architectural ethnographer, Local History Union of Russia


Alexei Emelyanov
Head of the Department of Cultural Heritage of Moscow
Floris Alkemade
Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands
Anna Bronovitskaya
Research Director, Institute of Modernism, professor, Moscow Architectural School
Micha Gross
Co-Founder, Bauhaus Center