Data infographics on ‘Geographical attributes (AG)’, ‘Chronological attributes (AC)’, ‘Building use: Function-related attributes (AF)’, and ‘The status of intervention (AI)’ of the dataset. © Authors, 2023.
Connecting the Dots

A global exploration of local Docomomo Inventories





built heritage, DOCOMOMO, documentation, modern architecture, systematic review


The Modern Movement encompasses a diverse collection of both iconic and ordinary treasures of architecture worldwide, among which some are safeguarded with respect to their values, while others were demolished, have undergone alterations, neglect, or lack of maintenance and preservation over time. Docomomo has been playing a pivotal role in documenting and safeguarding significant architectural works of the 20th century. Its National and Regional Working Parties (WPs), spread across the globe, have diligently compiled archives of photographs, drawings, historical records, and research materials related to Modern Movement architecture, town planning and landscape design. However, the decentralized nature of these archives poses challenges in terms of accessibility, coordination, and attaining a more comprehensive record of the Modern Movement with a global perspective. Therefore, this study undertakes the explorative task of compiling data from these separate online-available archives of the WPs to attain a broader overview of the documented objects of Modern Movement architecture on a global-scale. The collected data is analyzed to identify patterns, trends, and influential architects and to elaborate on the potential factors contributing to the current status. The study involves analysis of the predominant format of building use/function among documented architectural works, examination of the geographical and chronological coverage of available lists, and the distribution of intervention status within the inventory. These aspects provide valuable insights into the functional diversity, geographic spread, and preservation status of architectural works documented in the dispersed archives. This study also facilitates comparative studies between different regions and countries, shedding light on the shared characteristics and unique contributions of the Modern Movement across diverse cultural contexts. The results help identify trends, gaps, and areas of focus for future research and documentation efforts, ensuring the holistic appreciation of architectural works, and contributing to the scholarly understanding and preservation of this modern heritage.

How to Cite

Altintas Kaptan, M., Ünlü, A., & Pottgiesser, U. (2023). Connecting the Dots: A global exploration of local Docomomo Inventories. Docomomo Journal, (69), 76–85.




Author Biographies

Meric Altintas Kaptan, Istanbul Technical University

Is a PhD candidate at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Construction Sciences Program. She received her B.Sc. in Architecture (2015) and M.Sc. in Environmental Control and Building Technologies (2018) from ITU. Between 2018-2019, she has participated as a researcher in an Erasmus+ partnership project entitled “Re-use of Modernist Buildings (RMB)”. In 2021, she joined COST Action-MCMH EU as a WG3 member and she was recently involved in the FOMA Forgotten Masterpieces project. Meriç serves as a research assistant in ITU Architecture Department since 2018 and is a Docomomo-TR Technology Committee member. Currently, she is pursuing her studies at TU Delft as a guest PhD researcher.

Aslıhan Ünlü, Özyeğin University

Graduated from Istanbul Technical University (ITU) with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. She received her MSc and PhD degrees from ITU. In 2003-2004, she served as a visiting researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In 2012-2013 being a Fulbright Fellow, she worked as a visiting professor at Roger Williams University. She received her “Full Professorship” in 2014. Prof. Ünlü has been the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Ozyegin University (OzU) since 2020. She has conducted research studies on sustainable building technologies, façade systems and performance evaluation. She is a member of Association of Architecture Education, European Façade Network and editorial board member of JFDE.

Uta Pottgiesser, Delft University of Technology

Is Professor for Heritage & Technology at TU Delft (NL) and Professor of Building Construction and Materials at TH OWL (GER). 2017-19 she was Professor of Interior Architecture at the University of Antwerp (BE). In theory and practice, she is concerned with the protection and conservation, reuse and rehabilitation of the built heritage. Chair of Docomomo International with 79 national working parties and editor-in-chief of the Docomomo Journal since 2022. Licensed architect and board member of Docomomo Germany, and from 2016-21 chair of the Docomomo International Specialist Committee of Technology (ISC/T). She graduated in Architecture from TU Berlin and holds a PhD from TU Dresden.


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