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DOCOMOMO: Jørn Utzon – Centenary Reappraisal

interior of building18 Sept 2018 (18:30 – 20:30)
77 Cowcross Street, London, UK

Visionary Danish architect Jørn Utzon was just 38 years old in 1957 when he won the international competition to design the Sydney Opera House in Australia. This early triumph brought him worldwide fame, but it also overshadowed a large body of other work – from the National Assembly in Kuwait and Melli Bank in Tehran, Iran, to the Bagsværd Church and numerous houses in Denmark – that demonstrate his belief that Modernism need not sacrifice local character to be forward thinking.

Over the years, his buildings have been modified in different ways, putting his architectural legacy into question. Michael Asgaard Andersen, Associate Professor at the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, now offers Docomomo a reappraisal of Utzon on his centenary.

Further details…

South West Branch – Lime training day at Mike Wye & Associates Ltd

5 October 2018
North Devon

Draft Programme below (the running order may change as the day is finalised).

10:30 Meet for tea/coffee and biscuits
– Lime Introduction, Specification & Case Studies (covering dampness issues, renovation and cob walls): Mark Rees, Mike Wye & Associates
– Practical Demonstrations: Lime render/ plaster build ups, lath and plaster, cob walls
– Traditional and Ornamental Plaster Work: Sean Wheatley Plastering
– Tour of Mike Wye & Associates
13:00 Lunch
– GEOCELL Foam Glass and Limecrete Floors: Carl Sanger, GEOCELL UK Sales Executive
– Pavatex Wood Fibre Retrofit Insulation: Andy Mitchell, Natural Building Technologies
– Q&A
16:30 – Finish

Further details to be circulated, but register your interest with
Kate Baxter-Hunter at

The Work of Faith


Thursday 18th October 2018

Liverpool Medical Institution and Conference Centre
114 Mount Pleasant
Liverpool L3 5SR

Conference website and booking

This year’s conference focusses upon the many challenges faced in the conservation of historic places of worship. These buildings are used by a wide range of denominations and faiths, including churches and chapels, meeting houses, synagogues, gurdawaras, temples, mandirs and mosques. An increasing number of secular buildings are now also being used by faith groups, such as former schools and cinemas. These buildings often have a key presence in the wider historic environment, contributing positively to the quality of the local townscape and a sense of place as well as embodying evidential, historical, aesthetic and communal values.

Managing places of worship to ensure their long term preservation and ongoing use whilst minimising harm to their significance can be a considerable challenge. This may require balancing evolving faith practices, congregational expectations, and accommodating a wider range of activities alongside ongoing maintenance and historic fabric repair. The conference will consider different ways in which this balance can be achieved in order to support their ongoing use as places of worship, particularly where there is a need to make physical changes to the fabric or install new facilities for community use.

Creative Conservation:
Partnerships and Public Value

Creative Conservation: Partnerships & Public Value

Thursday 4th October 2018

Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place
Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE


It is claimed in some quarters that the conservation battle has been won. Exemplary developments such as those at Kings Cross show how a conservation-led approach can bring both private and public benefits. But this is no reason to sit on our heritage laurels. There are still many who are sceptical about the value of the historic built environment. Our challenges range from continuing austerity, the disposal of public assets to the pressure for more housing.

How are we adapting and changing to meet these challenges, and what creative means are there to keep our profession at the forefront of protection of the historic environment? In this, the fourteenth of IHBC’s London Conferences, we will be looking at how national organisations such as Historic England and the National Trust are modernising their agendas; how funding bodies are responding to needs in the third sector and how we can do more to promote the sector.