Your Impact on Modernism
It has been nearly twenty-five years since the founding of Docomomo US in 1995. Working as a small group of volunteer professionals in uncharted territory, we laid the foundation for our work by contributing suggestions for the first tentative list of American Modern heritage proposed for inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Since our founding, hundreds of significant modern sites have been saved or designated because of our collective work, our network, and people like you.
Restoration of Philip Johnson's NY State Pavilion finally set to start
After years of sitting forlorn and abandoned, the New York City Parks Department finally has enough funding to move forward with the long-awaited restoration of the New York State Pavilion, designed by Philip Johnson for the 1964 World's Fair.
Indiana Modern announces Instagram photo contest
Do you love all things Mid-Century in Indiana? Indiana Modern, an affinity group of Indiana Landmarks has announced a contest on Instagram, #INModernLove, starting Aug. 19 and running through Oct. 1, that challenges people to post their best images of Indiana mid-century structures and landscapes.
New Book on Thin Shell Modernism and Structural Engineer Jack Christiansen
A new book on the thin shell concrete designs of innovative structural engineer Jack Christiansen (1927 - 2017) has just been published by University of Washington (UW) Press. Christiansen made significant contributions to modernist architecture in the Pacific Northwest. An exhibition of Christiansen’s work, co-sponsored by Docomomo US/WEWA, will be on view at the University of Washington this fall.
Identity and Change in the Reuse of Masieri Memorial by Carlo Scarpa in Venice
Adaptive use remains an important and essential part of the preservation strategies. The case presented by Sara di Resta and Roberta Bartolone is particularly interesting. The Masieri Foundation originally asked Frank Lloyd Wright to design a new building along the Grand Canal in Venice to house its offices, replacing a typical Venetian building. After several attempts the Wright design was officially rejected by the city and Carlo Scarpa – who in turn was an admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright – was commissioned. Rather than designing a completely new building he kept the original facade, a solution typical for many projects in the 1960s and 1970s. It is this building that is being adapted for student housing to host visiting professors and students.
Architecture and Society: White Arkitekter and Swedish Post-war Architecture
Claes Caldenby’s “Architecture and Society. White Arkitekter and Swedish Post-war Architecture” sketches the design and business trajectory of a large Swedish architectural firm and how its portfolio evolves in response to the changes in policies and the move away from the government’s involvement in housing.
What is the legacy of architectures of change?
Richard Klein’s contribution, “What is the Legacy of the Architectures of Change?” addresses that other ubiquitous postwar phenomenon of prefabrication and particularly what was then described as industrialized building. Here large factories produced elements, mostly in concrete, that were assembled on-site in multi-story residential buildings of simple shapes allowing quick and efficient assembly. Recognizing the pushback against their monotony, the program Modéles Innovation sought to make the buildings more attractive and unique. Many aspects of this program are reminiscent of the US Housing and Urban Development program Operation Breakthrough of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The Multiple Lives of the Unité d'habitation
The Unités d’habitation designed by Le Corbusier and André Wogenscky represent an exceptional moment in the development of the culture of housing in the 20th century. Here, Franz Graf looks at the evolution of the five Unites d’habitation sites. In many instances they are no longer the social housing they were intended to be and have become quite fashionable residences.
Preservation Is Not Just Local
Preservation of modern architecture is not just a local but a global concern. Recent high profile events including the fire at Nore Dame, the inscription of Frank Lloyd Wright sites on the World Heritage List, and the announcement of the Getty's Keeping it Modern grants, remind us of this fact. In this special edition of the newsletter, we take a look international efforts to preserve modernism which remind us that preservation is not just local and that Docomomo US is part of an international network working to save our modern heritage across the globe.
New England Modernism Documentary GoFundMe
New England Modernism: Revolutionary Architecture in the 20th Century is a six-part documentary series produced by Jake Gorst and Tracey Rennie Gorst, with project consultant Hicks Stone. They are raising funds for the project through a GoFundMe campaign.
Get AIA credits at the National Symposium
AIA, the American Institute of Architects, is the profesionnal organization for architects in the US. AIA members must take courses and meet a minimum requirement every year to stay up to date on skills and recent developments in the field. Docomomo US is an approved AIA CES provider. Some portions of the 2019 National Symposium have been approved for AIA credits.
Announcing the travel grant recipients for the 2019 National Symposium
This year, two travel grants were made available to students and emerging professionals with an interest in studying the Modern Movement to attend the 2019 National Symposium in Hawaii. We are pleased to announce the recipients of this year's awards.