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International Summer School I Yesterday´s Future for Tomorrow | Big Beautiful Buildings. When we built the future

The Summer School will take place May 22th to May 26th 2018 at TU Dortmund University and July 26th to July 28th at VHS Bochum. It is a cooperation project with StadtBauKultur NRW.


Currently, the post-war modernism of the 1950s to 1970s is being rediscovered. Especially in the social media, interest for these architectures is growing, as for example the Facebook group “The Brutalism Appreciation” Society” shows. Till now, there is only a small group recognizing the innovative, experimental and forward- looking character of the buildings and structures of this phase.

Therefore, our aim is to trace, analyse, take forward and mediate the special and the characteristic features– but also the everyday part – of these architectures and urban spaces. Like no other region, the Ruhr Area is characterized by buildings

and structures of the post-war period. Therefore, the Ruhr Area serves as a case study for an on-site research in the first part of the Summer School, and for the “exhibition” and knowledge transfer in the second part.



Part 1 (May 22-26, 2018): TU Dortmund

the on-side work deals with the discovery and recording of the postwar modernism at different levels. In addition, a communication concept for part two of the Summer School will be jointly developed and defined. The aim is to reach a wide range of target groups with a variety of formats.

Part 2 (July 26-28, 2018): VHS Bochum

presentation, discussion and reflection of the results with „interactive“ formats (e.g. workshops, excursions) which are performed by the participants and are open to the public.


Europaen Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

The Summer School is part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 within the project „BIG BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS. When we built the future“.

Even though the Ruhr Area is the focus of the summer school, contexts from other regions in Germany and abroad are explicitly encouraged. This exchange is supported by cooperation with universities from the European network of the project "Big Beautiful Buildings"(BBB).



Dipl.-Ing. Yasemin Utku
Tel.: 0231 755-4828