12.–14. Oktober 2022, Bauhaus Dessau and Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
The second annual meeting of the DFG Priority Program Cultural Heritage Construction once again provided the participants with opportunities for intensive professional exchange and networking. Lectures, discussion panels and site visits offered opportunities to look beyond the boundaries of one’s own disciplines, both in terms of one’s own project work and in relation to the annual theme 2022 “Authenticity”“.
Common Ground #2 – Historic Preservation
As in the spring, the researchers of the different subprojects, who come from different professional backgrounds, met again this time in the context of the annual meeting of the SPP 2255 for a separate event. Supported by external speakers, the workshop “Common Ground” serves to create common ground with regard to the core disciplines of the SPP. After the focus in Cottbus was on the history of building technology, this time on 11.10.2022 important aspects of the preservation of historical monuments were dealt with.
Thinking Workshop „Authenticity“
The public think tank 2022 on the annual theme „Authenticity“ in the auditorium of the Bauhaus Dessau on 12.10.2022 was the start of the annual meeting of all participants in the SPP 2255. From different perspectives, the levels of meaning of a key concept of monument preservation were explored and its relevance with regard to the cultural heritage construction was discussed.
Excursion to the cultural heritage construction in Dessau
After the theoretical discussion, the 13.10.2022 was dedicated to the confrontation with concrete buildings and the challenges they face. Under the expert guidance of Dr.-Ing. Dorothea Roos (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation) the Bauhaus building was used in the morning as an example to explore the question of what role can be accorded to the ideal of authenticity in the context of dealing with ultra-modern constructions in top works of architectural modernism. In the afternoon, under the leadership of Dr. Andreas Butter (Leibniz Institute for Spatial Social Research, Erkner) various buildings at several locations in Dessau were visited, with particular attention to aspects of the (authentic?) preservation of historical building constructions in the context of industrial heritage in structurally weak regions.
The annual meeting 2022 heralded the final phase of the first funding period of SPP 2255, which runs until the end of 2023. On the morning of October 14, 2022, there was first the opportunity to discuss concrete collaborations between individual subprojects at cluster level or in smaller groups in seminar rooms at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. Afterwards, a general assembly of all participants in SPP 2255 in the Audimax of Anhalt University of Applied Sciences served as an opportunity to look back on the work done so far and to look forward to the currently upcoming call for proposals of the second funding period.