Edward Durell Stone: A Belated Appreciation by Hicks Stone

Edward Durell Stone: A Belated Appreciation by Hicks Stone

Pops-Hicks-Agrigento-1959Edward Durell Stone was my father. Father and I had a tenuous and at times a difficult relationship. He would have found it both comically improbable and deeply touching if he had been aware that I had written his biography. Even though our relationship was distant, I had a closely-held but deeply-seated admiration for his achievements. The underlying impetus to write his biography extends back to my childhood in New York during the 1960s. Anyone who came of age during those years recalls them as a time when activists would champion the rights of people unjustly relegated to living life at the margins of society. It was this sensitivity to injustice and an activist’s desire to right wrongs that set me on the course that led me to submit a proposal to Rizzoli for my father’s biography in the spring of 2008. Simply stated, Father has been unfairly treated for over a half-century, and the time for him to be accorded the simple decency, recognition and respect that he deserves from the architectural community is long overdue.



Designate Aalto's Edgar J. Kaufmann Conference Center

In an attempt to deal with the enormous backlog of properties awaiting designation, the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission has created the "Backlog 95 Initiative." As part of that initiative, the Commission is hearing testimony and public comments on whether to designate or remove 95 calendared buildings, interiors and sites that were placed on the Commission's calendar prior to 2010, some which have been on the docket over 20 years. The Edgar J. Kaufmann Conference Center designed by Alvar and Elissa Aalto is one of the 95 properties being considered and support is needed as time is running out. 

It's open season on Chicago modernism

Last month we featured an update on potential threats to Chicago's late modern architecture. The following Op-Ed was submitted to the Chicago Tribune on October 16, 2015 by Bonnie McDonald, president and CEO of Landmarks Illinois and Gunny Harboe, preservation architect and president of Docomomo US/Chicago. The Op-Ed was never published.

The Case to Restore Portland’s Memorial Coliseum

By: Docomomo US/Oregon

It’s been six years since Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum was saved from demolition and three years since plans to restore the building were stalled by city council. This past August, The Veterans Memorial Coliseum Option Study was released by the Mayor’s office which found that the building still provided a viable civic purpose and its restoration would contribute to economic growth and development. Despite these findings and the City Council’s rejection of Commissioner Steve Novick’s most recent proposal to redevelop the site for affordable housing, the building’s future still remains uncertain.

Architect Bhavnani Revisits Roosevelt Island

It is with great sadness that Docomomo US acknowledges the passing earlier this year of Ashok Bhavnani, architect and artist, and former partner of John M. Johansen. Co-designer of Island House and Rivercross on Roosevelt Island, Ashok graciously led a number of walking tours of Roosevelt Island for Docomomo US and other organizations over the years. As Docomomo US prepares for our upcoming symposia, Designing Better Affordable Housing taking place at the Museum of the City of New York on Tuesday, December 1st, we thought it would be appropriate to share this interview with Ashok revisiting his work on Roosevelt Island. The article was originally published in the September 13, 2014 issue of The Mainstreet WireDesigning Better Affordable Housing is part of a series of programs related to the exhibition: Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy.

2016 Membership Drive Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's membership drive. As promised, those who renewed or became a member before October 31st, were entered to receive one of five complimentary registrations to the 2016 National Symposium, set to take place in Detroit, Michigan May 5-8th.

Your membership support allows our community to organize, speak out and advocate for a significant site that is threatened with demolition. Thank you to everyone for participating and for renewing your support.

Flashback: Ennobling the Ordinary: Postwar Mass Housing and the Challenge of Change

Welcome to another installment of our Flashback series. This month we are highlighting an article on post war mass housing titled "Ennobling the Oridinary: Postwar Mass Housing and the Challenge of Change" first published in the Docomomo Journal No. 39 - September 2008: Public Housing. Docomomo US is co-sponsoring and moderating the upcoming symposia Designing Better Affordable Housing taking place at the Museum of the City of New York on Tuesday, December 1st. The lecture is part of a series of programs related to the exhibition: Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy.

The Docomomo Journal is published twice a year and is a benefit to Docomomo US International members. To renew or join as an International member, click JOIN.

Cuba’s Vanishing Modernity: The Architecture of Nicolas Quintana (1925-2011)

By Josef Asteinza

The architecture of the Cuban Modern Movement is represented in a broad collection of exceptional and original buildings, especially in Havana and Varadero. In spite of their quality, duly recognized in Cuba and abroad, the survival of many of these works is threatened by neglect, lack of resources, or more recently, the forces of development, as the fate of Nicolás Quintana’s works clearly demonstrates.

Recap: Tour Day 2015

Explore Modern

This Tour Day, thousands of participants took advantage of the beautiful fall weather and explored both modern masterpieces and local gems all across the United States. Some sites celebrated anniversaries, some victories, while others were rediscovered, but all the tours and events brought attention to our rich modern heritage and the necessity to preserve it. We are extremely grateful to Martie Lieberman and The Architect's Newspaper for being our official Tour Day sponsors and to all of our chapters, partners, and participants who joined us in exploring modern. Save the date for Tour Day 2016, which will be held on Saturday, October 8th!

Threats to Chicago's Late Modernism

As we go to press in the newsletter, Docomomo US has been made aware of demolition threats to a number of Chicago's significant examples of late modernism. In addition to demolition plans already in the works for the 1971 Gene Summers designed Malcolm X College, the James R. Thompson Center and McCormick Place Lakeside Center are also being discussed as potential redevelopment sites. 

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