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Taking stock

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Off to Columbia University, New York, where the eighth Docomomo international conference took place last week, attracting nearly 450 delegates from 25 countries.

The event was titled 'Import/ export: Post-war Modernism in an expanding world 1945-75' and was the first such conference to be devoted to post-war architecture, planning and development, attracting more than 300 papers.

The papers covered six broad areas: 'internationalisation', 'polarisation', 'reconstruction and rebuilding', 'resistance and independence', 'time zones' and 'utopias'. The themes were not too thinly disguised as a homage to the discussions at CIAM (International Congress for Modern Architecture) in the post-war period, leading up to the emergence of Team X.

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