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Marion Greenwood: A Modern Woman in Modern Mexico
by info, posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017

By Angelica Martinez-Sulvaran

During the first three decades of the twentieth century, Mexico experienced several social and political transformations. As a nation transitioning from a dictatorship to a democratic state, Mexico needed to find an identity as a modern and liberal country. The economic and political reconstruction materialized through the arts and architecture, and these transformations were most evident in the Mexico City; not only the capital of the country but also its creative hub. It was here that American artist Marion Greenwood’s murals and artwork contributed to one of the first projects that would embody post-revolutionary ideals: the Abelardo Rodriguez Market.

Philemon Sturges: Rhode Island’s Modernist Architect
by info, posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017

By Catherine W. Zipf - Executive Director, Bristol Historical and Preservation Society

The Citizen’s Bank Building, in Bristol, Rhode Island, is like no other. Located at the end of a row of mid-nineteenth century structures, its dynamic concrete facade and curious decorative symbols mark an abrupt change from the past. Most viewers remember it vividly.

Unfortunately, its architect has been forgotten. The Citizen’s Bank Building, formerly the Old Stone Bank Building, was designed by Philemon Sturges, one of Rhode Island’s premier Modern architects. Well known during the 1960s, today only his buildings are left document his ideas, and the prominent role he played in Rhode Island’s architectural community.

Unexpected Modern: Valparaiso University’s Chapel of the Resurrection
by info, posted on Friday, February 10, 2017

By Amy Borland, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA)

I have a confession to make: When I first started my career in historic preservation 15 years ago, I wasn’t a fan of Modern architecture. It simply didn’t interest me. You may be asking how that is possible when the modern Mecca of Columbus, Indiana, is less than an hour away. Modern buildings just seemed cold and stark. There simply wasn’t that hook to draw me in. Then in 2009 a coworker and I happened upon the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University located in northwest Indiana and designed by architect Charles E. Stade.1My thoughts on Modernism changed.

Ambassador Grill and UN Plaza Hotel Lobby designated as a New York City Interior Landmark
by info, posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Docomomo US is pleased to announce our efforts to landmark Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo’s Ambassador Grill and UN Hotel Lobby interior (now ONE UN New York) have been successful. The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to designate the spaces making them New York City’s 118th Interior Landmark. The Ambassador Grill and UN Hotel Lobby join the ranks of many celebrated interiors including Grand Central Station, Radio City Music Hall and the Ford Foundation (also designed by Roche).

Chapters kick off 2017: Advocacy, Tours, Lectures and more
by info, posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Docomomo US/Greater Philadelphia's January One Building One Brew event

In additon to national events like the National Symposium in Phoenix, the Modernism in America Awards, and Tour Day and monitoring ongoing advocacy issues like the Parker Center, Thompson Center, Peavey Plaza and more, Docomomo US chapters and friend organizations have planned amazing tours and lectures, launched initiatives and are monitoring advocacy issues of their own.

Below are some of the highlights taking place in the coming months.

Update: The Fate of the Parker Center to be decided soon
by info, posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017

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
by info, posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017

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
by info, posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017

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
by info, posted on Thursday, January 12, 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
by info, posted on Monday, December 19, 2016

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
by info, posted on Thursday, December 15, 2016

 

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
by info, posted on Thursday, December 15, 2016
 
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
by info, posted on Friday, December 2, 2016

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
by info, posted on Friday, December 2, 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
by info, posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016

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.

Mark your calendars for Hawaii's Fifth Annual Holiday Party
by info, posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016

Docomomo US/Hawai'i invites you to it's 5th Annual Holiday Party set in a beautiful Kahala residence designed during the 1950s. We hope you will join us for an evening of celebration as we look forward to the new year.

Exploring Vincent Kling: Houses
by info, posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016

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
by info, posted on Friday, November 18, 2016

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 info, posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016

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
by info, posted on Friday, November 4, 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!
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