Conservation of Modern Architecture MARC 2011
4th International Course on the Conservation of Modern Architecture
Metamorphosis - Understanding and Managing Change
Dates:28 May - 23 June 2011
Place: Helsinki, Finland
ICCROM - International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of
National Board of Antiquities
Alvar Aalto Academy
Tampere University of Technology
Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia
University of Oulu
The City of Seinäjoki
The MARC 2010 course aims to improve architectural conservation practice by:
identifying specific values in modern architecture;
recognizing and evaluating ideas and contexts of the modern movement;
understanding problems in preservation of modern buildings undergoing changes;
recognizing the decision-making processes involved in conservation of the 20th century
promoting discussion among specialists in these fields.
The architectural heritage of the recent past forms a substantial part of the existing building
stock in many countries. It is currently facing challenges to its rehabilitation and survival.
Responding to the needs of professionals, this international course will address the practical
problems encountered in the process of conservation, restoration and adaptive use of
buildings from an architectural point of view.
The course will feature a range of learning strategies that will draw upon participants' own
professional knowledge while adding new information and skills through readings,
discussions, and a number of collaborative practical exercises.
The field work reference site of MARC 2011 is the Helsinki 1952 Olympic Stadium (Yrjö
Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti, built in 1938 for the cancelled 1940 Olympics, several alterations
1939-1994) and the Administrative and Cultural Centre of Seinäjoki (Alvar Aalto, competition
1951, built 1960-1987) which are in process of being altered and repaired again.
The course will include a required preparatory task prior to arrival in Helsinki. This
preparatory task will allow participants to increase their background knowledge in key topic
areas through readings and a preliminary exercise that they will undertake while in their home
The international course is designed for a maximum of 24 professionals. The course will be
for e.g. architects, engineers, architectural historians, conservator-restorers and interior
designers involved in the the field of architectural conservation.
Preference will be given to candidates working in positions in which they can share, transmit
and disseminate the skills and information gained during the course. Preference will also be
given to applicants from ICCROM Member States.
Teaching staff will be composed of recognized heritage conservation professionals having
both practical and theoretical experience and knowledge in training. They will represent a
broad international perspective in their fields of expertise.
The official language of the course will be English.
A certificate of attendance will be awarded to participants who satisfactorily complete the
Course fee:1200 EUR (Euro)
Travel, accommodation and living expenses
Participants will be responsible for their round trip travel costs to and from Helsinki and their
accommodation and living expenses during the course. Participants should plan for a
minimum allowance of Euros 1800 for living expenses. Candidates are strongly encouraged
to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and
Please fill out the ICCROM application form (obtainable from the ICCROM web site:
www.iccrom.org) and send it together with a full professional Curriculum Vitae (in English) to
the contact address below. Electronic versions of applications sent by email are welcome. In
the event that it is not possible to provide a scanned version of the necessary photographs
and signatures, it will also be necessary to send a paper copy.
MARC 2011 Course
Via di San Michele 13
I-00153, Rome, ITALY
Tel: +39 06 58553 1
Fax: +39 06 58553 349
Applications should reach ICCROM by 12 October 2010to ensure inclusion in our selection
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