NEWSLETTER

Update: The Fate of the Parker Center to be decided soon

UPDATE from the Los Angeles Conservancy:

On January 10, the City of L.A.'s Entertainment and Facilities Committee held a meeting to review the City’s environmental analysis for Parker Center (renamed from the Police Facilities Building in 1966 to honor Chief William H. Parker), calling for the demolition of the historic building. Following a lengthy discussion and public comments, the committee, chaired by Council member Mitch O'Farrell, decided to continue the item until the pending Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) nomination is addressed. The nomination is awaiting to be scheduled and heard before the City Council Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee.

Parker Center continues to face threat of demolition

This past week, The Los Angeles Conservancy reported that the City of Los Angeles' Municipal Facilities Committee recently voted in favor of demolishing Parker Center based on the Bureau of Engineering’s (BOE) claim that the preservation alternative will cost nearly $107 million more. The plan to replace the building was presented before the City’s Entertainment and Facilities Committee on Tuesday, January 10, 2017Read more about why the Parker Center is being demolished for the wrong reasons and view the Conservancy's alternative proposal.

Save the Historic Lexington Center

In 1966, Hideo Sasaki, Norman Fletcher, and Walter Pierce, all renowned practitioners of modernism and residents of Lexington, Massachusetts, produced a “Plan for Lexington Center,” an elegant design to turn a drab suburban center into a series of “living rooms” in which the community of Lexington could congregate. This design, executed in 1967, has been highly successful and has stood the test of time, as evidenced by a 2008 Tufts University study designating Lexington as a “Model Town Center.” However, now this iconic streetscape is threatened.

What is in store for 2017

 

As we head into the new year, Docomomo US is excited to build upon the positive developments that took place during 2016. However, there is still much at stake as we face an unknown political environment that could jeopardize long and hard fought preservation efforts. See what is taking place in 2017.

2017 Modernism in America Awards

Submissions now being accepted.

Docomomo US is accepting submissions for the 2017 Modernism in America Awards in the following categories: Design, Inventory/Survey and Advocacy. Now in its fourth year, the Modernism in America Awards acknowledges the people and projects working to preserve, restore and rehabilitate our modern heritage sensitively and productively.

2016 Year in Review

 

This past year Docomomo US has seen incredible things take place as buildings have been saved and the recognition of the importance of modern architecture, sites, and landscapes has gained national attention. These positive developments are due largely because of the efforts of the volunteers and members of our chapters, friend organizations, partners, sponsors and active participants. We look forward to what the new year will bring as we continue to celebrate and advocate for the modern heritage found in our neighborhoods. Here are the hightlights from 2016.

Modern Holiday Gift list

 
With the holidays just around the corner we've pulled together a few gift ideas that are now on our wish list and perfect for your last minute holiday needs. Don't forget, there is always the gift of a Docomomo US membership for the modern enthusiast in your life!
 

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.

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