Teaching the Laboratory of the Techniques and Preservation of Modern Architecture (TSAM) at the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne

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https://doi.org/10.52200/61.A.8CHD4L9K

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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

More than a decade ago the TSAM addressed the question of teaching the preservation of modern and contemporary buildings as a new discipline, specifically and radically different from that of new architecture, both in terms of theoretical courses and the contemporary architecture project. It has established a methodology and a practice based on its research that embrace the whole of polytechnic or university education, whether basic or advanced. Finally, the TSAM affirms the richness and the educational power of preservation and its project, and, beyond the subjective feelings and formalistic emotions, base them on an objective and multidisciplinary argumentation combining fine observation of materiality, essential theoretical knowledge and thoughtful creativity.

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Graf, F. (2019). Teaching the Laboratory of the Techniques and Preservation of Modern Architecture (TSAM) at the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne. Docomomo Journal, (61), 61–66. https://doi.org/10.52200/61.A.8CHD4L9K

Published

2019-11-01

Author Biography

Franz Graf, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Full Professor of Technology at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio since 2005 and Associate Professor of Architectural Theory and Design at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne since 2007. He has been President of docomomo Switzerland and a member of the International Specialist Committee on Technology (2010), and since 2012 member or the Comité des experts pour la restauration de l’oeuvre of the Le Corbusier Fondation.

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GRAF, Franz; DELEMONTEY, Yvan (Eds.), Understanding and Conserving Industrialised and Prefabricated Architecture, Lausanne, PPUR, 2012.

GRAF, Franz; DELEMONTEY, Yvan (Eds.), La sauvegarde des grandes oeuvres de l’ingénierie du XXe siècle, Cahier du TSAM 1, Lausanne, PPUR, 2016.

GRAF, Franz; MARINO, Giulia (Eds.), Building Environment and Interior Comfort in 20th-Century Architecture: Understanding Issues and Developing Conservation Strategies, Lausanne, PPUR, 2016.

GRAF, Franz; MARINO, Giulia, La buvette d’Evian. Maurice Novarina, Jean Prouvé, Serge Ketoff, 1955-2018, Lausanne, Infolio, Golion, 2018.

GRAF, Franz; MARINO, Giulia (Eds.), Restaurer les objets techniques. Actualité de l’oeuvre de Jean Prouvé, 1945-2019, Cahier du TSAM 3, Lausanne, PPUR, in press.