OBSOLESCENCE and RENOVATION – 20th Century Housing in the New Millennium

14-15 December, 2015
University of Seville, Spain


Today, approximately 80% of people live in buildings that are thirty years old or more. Around 50% of people live in houses that are fifty years old and more. The possible obsolescence of this housing stock is a critical issue – both across the continent of Europe and beyond.  The reasons for this obsolescence are various: changing lifestyles; changed demographics; an aging population; poor quality of construction; the emergence of new communities etc.

Amongst the questions asked at this conference is how is the modernist legacy of housing in Europe to be conserved, adapted and reused in the future? This is a key practical, technical, cultural and heritage issue across the continent.

Key Dates:

01 September 2015: Abstract Submissions

14-15 December 2015. Conference

01 April 2016: Publication of Full papers begins