High Density and the Investigations in Collective Form






Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


The debates that followed the World Design Conference (WoDeCo, Tokyo, 1960) on the search for a “total Image for the 20th Century” pointed out among worldwide designers, architects and planners, viewpoints and intellectual ideas concerning the future of the city, particularly in the wake of technological and scientific advancement in industry. At the time of the WoDeCo, progressive architects formed the “Metabolism” group and proposed their concepts for dealing with the increasing complexity of the cities rising. Debating over the ideal city and promoting a kind of experimental architecture based on ideas of life styles and communities for a new era, its biological name suggests that buildings and cities should be designed in the same organic way that the material substance of a natural organism propagates adapting to its environment by changing its forms in rapid succession.

How to Cite

Tostões, A. (2014). High Density and the Investigations in Collective Form. Docomomo Journal, (50), 2–4. https://doi.org/10.52200/50.A.ECSQ8MYJ







Author Biography

Ana Tostões, IST–UTL

Is chair of docomomo International (www.docomomo.com). Architect, architecture historian and associate professor with habilitation at IST–UTL, Lisbon, where she is coordinating the architectural PhD Program. Her research field is the twentieth century architectural and urban history with an emphasis on rehabilitation practices, focusing especially on post–war architectural culture and relations between European, African and American. On these topics she has published widely, curated exhibitions, and taken part in juries and scientific committees. Tostões has been vice–president of the Portuguese Border of Architects and the Portuguese section of the International Association of Art Critics. She’s actually coordinating the research project (PTDC/AUR–AQI/103229/2008) EWV: Exchanging World Visions. The project aims to study Sub–Sahara African architecture and planning mostly built in Angola and Mozambique during the Modern Movement period.