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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.

 

 

The Story of Superlite

This March Docomomo US is traveling to Phoenix to host the fifth National Symposium titled Modernism and Climate in partnership with Modern Phoenix Week. One of the nine tours offered during the four-day event is the Superlite Block Manufacturing Plant tour. The article below, written by Taz Loomans, gives an inside look into the history of Superlite as a building material and company. The article was first published on Modern Phoenix's website in 2011. 

 

 

Holiday Book List 2016

 

It is that time of year again! Docomomo US is pleased to present our annual list of notable books of 2016. This year's list is packed full of must-have books, many written by Docomomo US members, that will inspire you to unplug for a while.

Annual Jingle & Mingle hosted by Docomomo US/Oregon

Join & get decked out with holiday spirits at Docomomo US/Oregon's holiday party located in the Director's Building (eighth floor) in downtown Portland. OH WHAT FUN!

$5 bucks gets you in the door, and we will be providing the drinks & food, plus a DJ spinning the best mid-century vinyl - all you have to do is bring a friend and come show some cheer.

Exploring Vincent Kling: Houses

By Daniel Vieyra and Grace Ong Yan, President of Docomomo-US Greater Philadelphia, and adapted from the event brochure, Vincent Kling: Houses, written and designed by Daniel Vieyra with graphics by by Karen Ramsey

On October 15, 2017, Docomomo US-Greater Philadelphia ran a successful tour, Vincent Kling: Houses that was months in the making. The sold out event was organized by board member, Daniel Vieyra, Ph.D., AIA. Vincent Kling: Houses was attended by fifty modern enthusiasts including architectural historians, architects, designers, and modern homeowners. It was part of both Docomomo's National Tour Day 2016 and DesignPhiladelphia.

Announcing the 2017 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 2017 National Symposium, set to take place in Phoenix, Arizona March 29 - April 2, 2017.

Your membership plays a significant role in preserving our modern heritage and allows our community to advocate, provide education about, and tour significant modern buildings and sites across the country. Thank you for being a part of our collective voice!

Advocacy for Henri Jova's Round Bank continues

By Docomomo US/Georgia

In early October, the building's new owners, Broward Development, brokered a deal with the Atlanta Urban Design Commission to have the nomination for landmark designation withdrawn. In return, Broward has withdrawn their SAP which included a request for a permit to demolish the building and build a self-storage facility in its place. Both parties have until April 2017 to determine an agreeable path forward.

Exploring Modernism in Your Backyard 2016

 

Thousands of participants across the country explored both modern masterpieces and local gems during Tour Day's ten year anniversary, Modernism in Your Backyard. All the tours and events that took place October 8th and throughout the month of October, celebrated, discovered, and brought attention to our rich modern heritage and the necessity to preserve it. We are extremely grateful to Martie Lieberman for being our official Tour Day sponsor and to all of our chapters, partners, and participants who joined us in exploring modern. Save the date for Tour Day 2017, which will be held on Saturday, October 7th!

A landmark day for Dallas' historic Meadows Building

a Modern architecture is celebrating another preservation win in the state of Texas; this time in Dallas. Just a couple weeks after the Harris County Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with a major renovation project for the Astrodome, the Dallas Morning News featured an article announcing that the Chicago-based developers, GlenStar Properties are now going to "spare and restore" the historic Meadows Building.

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