Modern and Green: Heritage, Energy, Economy

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https://doi.org/10.52200/44.A.ZLENV5L1

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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

Built between 1963 and 1971, the Lignon satellite precinct in Geneva (Georges Addor, Dominique Julliard, Louis Payot, Jacques Bolliger) is regarded as the most spectacular housing development in post–war Switzerland. For some, it is an energy–guzzling black hole; for others, an historical monument. Either way, the Lignon has been in the spotlight. Faced with new imperatives to reduce energy consumption, a pilot project in the area of “conservation and thermal improvement” of the Lignon façades has been carried out by the Laboratory for Techniques and Preservation of Modern Architecture at the École Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne. The aim of this study is to introduce measures that will allow us to conserve the outer skin of the existing façades, while respecting energy standards, thereby guaranteeing the consistent level of intervention, across all 100,000 square meters of curtain walling, that the site deserves.

How to Cite

Graf, F., & Marino, G. (2011). Modern and Green: Heritage, Energy, Economy. Docomomo Journal, (44), 32–39. https://doi.org/10.52200/44.A.ZLENV5L1

Published

2011-08-01

Author Biographies

Franz Graf, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Has been an independent architect in Geneva since 1989 and is currently Professor of Construction at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (since 2005), and Associate Professor in Theory and Design at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, were he runs the Laboratory for Techniques and Preservation of Modern Architecture (TSAM) since 2007. His research focuses on the understanding of modern and contemporary structural systems and his publications have featured in major reference works on Perret (2002), Prouvé (2005), Viganò (2008), Mangiarotti (2010), and Honegger (2010).

Giulia Marino, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Is an architect and graduate of the University of Florence. She obtained a higher degree in Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Built Heritage at the Institute of Architecture, University of Geneva, in 2006. A researcher at the Laboratory for Techniques and Preservation of Modern Architecture (TSAM) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne since 2005, she enrolled for a PhD in 2008 (with a thesis that deals with interior comfort, heating and air–conditioning systems in the architecture of the 20th century). Her scientific interests lie in the field of history of 20th–century construction techniques and conservation/preservation of Modern and contemporary architecture.

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