Call for papers
Notification of selected papers and start of Early registration
8 November 2017
Full paper submission deadline (1st version)
30 January 2018
End of Early fee, authors registration payment deadline and final full paper submission deadline
30 March, 2018

To submit your abtract click here. Abstract submission is closed. Notification of selected abstracts and full paper template will be known on 8th November.


  • Authors are invited to submit abstracts. It should focus on one of the Congress Sub-themes and must be written in English. If the abstract will be accepted, authors will be invited to submit a full paper that will be peer-reviewed. The final full papers will be published in the congress proceedings book given to the all delegates upon registration at the registration desk.
  • Abstracts should contain 400 words
  • Each presenting author may submit up to 1 full paper with abstracts.

We ask the authors to register and submit abstracts electronically via the on line submission form where you will be taken step-by-step through the submission process.

  • Figures, tables and other illustrations may not be included in abstracts.
  • The organizers will publish only papers submitted by authors, who will settle their registration fee by 30 March 2018.
  • It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct full paper and abstract; any errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific fact will be reproduced as typed by the author
  • Papers must be submitted by the presenting author who should complete all fields on the online submission form.
  • If the first author (presenting author) is unable to present, he or she must immediately inform the Congress secretariat in writing form which of the co-authors will be responsible for presentation. Only as a last resort the presenting author should send a written withdrawal to the Congress secretariat. Enter the authors in the order (with the presenting author) that they should appear in the abstract.

Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be sent electronically to the corresponding author on 8 November, 2017. 

Deadline for submission of full papers (first version) is 31 January, 2018 and final version 30 March, 2018.


Information for speakers and poster presenters

Presentation Formats

A considerable part of the invited talks will be selected based on scientific merit of submitted abstracts.

The scheduled time for each oral presentation is 20 minutes, followed by a 20-minute discussion. With this in mind speakers are requested to stay within the time given. While the names of five authors may be included on the title of the abstract, only one author will be allowed to give the oral presentation.


Speaker Centre

Technical organizer offers a high-performance network between all different presentation rooms. The technical organizer will give you an additional instructions concerning your session and the presentation of your paper in the Speaker Centre. Congress staff will make sure that your presentation will be downloaded on the computer in your specific session room. Please make sure that your computer presentation is fully operational before your talk. Only Power Point presentations, CDROM, USB Memory cards will be accepted. Newest version of MS PowerPoint is recommended. We suggest that your computer presentation be installed and tested at least two hours before your talk. A technician and a room attendant will be in every room to provide assistance when needed. All projectors have 16:9 ratio.

We do not allow the use of personal laptops for presentations except in rare circumstances (for example, when the presentation has been created with Corel, Apple Keynote or movie creating software). If you bring your laptop to the congress, the technician will copy the files on your hard disk of the laptop into the central congress network, so the laptop will no longer be needed.

At the end of the congress, all presentations will be deleted so no copyright issues will arise.

The Speakers Centre will have the same opening hours as the registration desk. 



At the 15th International Conference in Ljubljana, DOCOMOMO will address the history of Modern Movement transformations. This will be done in relation to cultural and natural aspects within the overall continuity of change. Both theory and practice will be considered. 

In 2018, DOCOMOMO will celebrate 30 years of effort to preserve and adapt the technical, social and aesthetic goals of the Modern Movement – values which have always been intrinsically intertwined with change. As Badiou put it, change is the law of the world; the absence of change is death. When we think, we think change (Introduction to the Philosophical Concept of Change, 2012).

Today we are experiencing a huge escalation of change in all areas of life, even surpassing the radical transformations that characterised the Modern Movement era of the mid-20th century; Kafka’s Metamorphosis (Die Verwandlung, 1915) is becoming close to reality. Human and social values, authenticity and identity, are undergoing fundamental changes in their meaning or relevance. The difference between the original and its copy is waning. The social and aesthetic values of the Modern Movement, as well as its status as heritage and element of identity, are very much under attack. So, what does DOCOMOMO stand for in this rapidly changing context?



1) Cities

Our cities are evolving in response to continuously changing forces. These involve many different layers of economics, politics and science. What can we learn from past experiences of the Modern Movement urban developments? How can we reconcile Modern Movement ideals and built legacy with the digital revolution, worldwide mobility, migration and increasing environmental awareness? How can our attraction towards the ever new, and incessant innovation, be reconciled with sustainable urban conservation? Which examples of success and failure can be identified?

Keywords: Neighbourhoods; Megastructures; Complexes; Multifunctionality; Urbanity; Urban planning; Public Space; Lifestyle; Infrastructures; Networks; Transport; Mobility; Density; New towns; Inner city; Suburbia; Civility; Digital technology.

2) Buildings

During the process of restoration or adaptive reuse, the paradigmatic challenge is to adapt the buildings concerned to different functions, users, lifestyles, environmental and safety standards. How can we select what must be preserved and what can be changed? How to combine preservation with legal energy efficiency directives? What are the most up-to-date technologies and processes of material selection that can improve the experience of living in modern buildings? How can new technologies and materials' improvements be assessed? Within the decision-making process, how can we effectively address authoritative changes? How are interiors, well-being and atmospheres affected by these changes? Which are the most informative examples of modern architectural heritage restoration or adaptive reuse, and their successes and failures? 

Keywords: Restoration; Conversion; Renovation; Reuse; Icon; Ordinary; Programme; Functionalism; Prefabrication; Construction; Technologies; Energy efficiency; Seismic Retrofit; Legislative impact; Safety; Interiors; Atmosphere; Furniture; Lighting; Arts.

3) Identity

Human migration plays a fundamental role in all societies today. The forced interaction of people and places is now increasingly central to the development of cities and architecture. In the context of a society substantially shaped by physical and virtual transfers, how can identity be created, from the generic to the specific? Which is the role of the architectural heritage? What can we learn from the Modern Movement ideals of equality and progress, nowadays still perceivable through its built legacy? In the fact of rapid and uncontrolled urbanization and the fragmentation of the urban and social fabric, how can a sense of community and solidarity survive in our ever more pluralistic societies? In this context, is it realistically possible to preserve character and memory in conservation and adaptive reuse projects? If so, is it possible to pinpoint clear cases of success and failure? 

Keywords: Migration; Speed; Society; Culture; Aesthetics; Community; Civil Society; Appropriation; Occupation; Public; Co-presence; Identity; Representation; Collectivity; Authenticity; Ethics; Unity; Integrity; Society; Permanence; Ephemerality; Participation; Planning processes.

4) Environment

The accelerating processes of contemporary development, coupled with lack of commitment and responsibility, have created incredibly damage on an ever-vaster scale, including phenomena such as climate change, breakdown of traditional cultures, or hyper-individualization. Also, the overall context of the economic crisis requires a better management of natural resources. How can the modern built environment help foster a sustainable environment? How can we combine sustainability and modernity? Is it possible to identify exemplary cases (as less successful examples) of reuse projects set within different traditions, social and physical environments, and employing sustainable architecture and urban design to reflect local requirements? 

Keywords: Nature; Earth; Ecology; Natural versus Artificial; Sustainability; Energy efficiency; Seismic Retrofit; Natural resources; Local resources; Climate change; Environmental damage; Tradition; Modernity.