Instagram Project Aims to Put Modernism on the Map
Down in Texas, a special collaboration is brewing to map modernism around the state. modTEXAS, Houston Mod, Mid Tex Mod, and Docomomo US NTX have joined forces to invite participants to seek-out subjects on a monthly theme using the #modtexas tag.
Development Concerns at the Buckminster Fuller Dome at Woods Hole
The Dome at Woods Hole, the oldest extant Buckminster Fuller designed geodesic dome in the world and a unique and delicate structure (the framing members are stock dimensional lumber cut to fit the geometry) is now under serious threat.
Doco Games Epic Architecture Tournament
This year for Giving Tuesday (Nov. 27th), Docomomo US is launching its first ever battle for architectural survival with the “Doco Games.” The #DocoGames is a day-long tournament that features sixteen of Docomomo US’ biggest supporters fighting to save a building they love.
Docomomo US NTX Goes to the Zoo
On a lovely Saturday morning on April 28, 2018, about thirty modern enthusiasts from North Texas toured the historic Dallas Zoo on Marsalis Avenue, located at its current location since 1912, for a memorable tour and lecture co-sponsored by Docomomo US NTX and Preservation Dallas.
Growing up Modern with Harry Bertoia
I didn’t really realize Harry was a well-known sculptor/designer until I was an adult, so his fame did not affect me growing up. I knew he was doing important work when we would visit the shop and see one of his monumental architectural commissions. The way he spoke about his sculptures with a sort of humble pride, how comfortable he seemed in the shop and how he joked with his assistants all indicated to me that he loved his work.
Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman: The House that Love Built
It never occurred to me that growing up modern or Ackerman was special. I’m still surprised and touched when people express admiration for my parents and their designs. Like most children of well-known designers, it took me years to realize the significance of their contributions.
A Wake for a Landmark’s Lost Designation
It had all the earmarks of a wake: people dressed in black, lamenting an unexpected loss, then toasting the departed one at a nearby pub. But the mourners in this case were members of Docomomo US/Philadelphia, who gathered on June 28th to protest the rescinding of a familiar site’s historic designation.
Monuments to a Japanese Era
1993 in Japan saw the end of an era of excess, of the Japanese miracle, but it also saw the completion of many of the greatest architectural monuments to that period, in an architectural style of such strangeness and intensity, that it stands apart from every period that had come before.
Partly Modern and Partly “Other”: Architecture of the 1990s
The focus of this essay is ultimately a brief investigation of architecture of the 1990s, culminating in a list of important works of the last decade of the 20th century, so that we might better comprehend the context within which architecture of that era can be understood and evaluated.