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IN THE NEWS: AIArchitect Profiles Author Theodore Prudon
by info, posted on Monday, March 10, 2008

Theo Prudon is a Dutch-born architect and principal of Prudon & Partners, a firm specializing in restoration. As the founding president of DoCoMoMo/US (The Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites, and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement), Prudon leads the U.S. chapter of the international organization dedicated to preserving Modernist structures. Prudon also is a DoCoMoMo International board member and an adjunct associate professor of historic preservation at Columbia University. His book on the preservation of modern architecture will be released on April 18.

IN THE NEWS: Architect David Fixler on Preserving Modern Architecture in the Postmodern World
by info, posted on Friday, March 7, 2008

The Modern movement in architecture produced a body of work of a scale and impact unprecedented in the history of humankind. Modern architecture was the physical manifestation of a broad social and philosophical movement that forever changed the course of human history. At its best, the Modern movement captured a spirit of progress, openness, and an uplifting of the human condition, offering to convert lofty civic ideals into physical reality. These ideas not only reflected the sweeping social and cultural aspirations of the day, but were also a manifestation of a response to the Enlightenment promise of progress that continues to resonate around the world. It is therefore imperative that we continue to take into account the context and essence of this generative philosophy as we formulate preservation strategies, so that they may yield interventions that both reveal and clarify the meaning of the heritage of the Modern movement.

To read the full article on AIArchitect's website, please click on the link below:

http://www.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek08/0307/0307t_fixler.cfm

THREATENED: Suburban Corporate Office Complexes
by info, posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2008

New York Times columnist David Dunlap explores the fate of numerous suburban corporate campuses confronting 21st-century realities, including the battle surrounding Saarinen's Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs in Holmdel, N.J.

THREATENED: IBM Building, Honolulu
by info, posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The potential doom of Honolulu's 1962 IBM Building, designed by the late Vladimir Ossipoff, has some architects lamenting the loss of what they consider a historic icon.

THREATENED: Phillis Wheatley Elementary School, New Orleans
by info, posted on Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Phillis Wheatley Elementary School is in danger of demolition by the School Facilities Master Plan for Orleans Parish.

DOCOMOMO Residence Grant 2008
by info, posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008

DOCOMOMO International is delighted to open the 2008 call for candidacies for its residence grant in Paris to support research on the conservation and the documentation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods' of the Modern Movement.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS- The Preservation of Modernist Buildings!
by info, posted on Monday, October 1, 2007

At the request of its readers AIArchitect's next theme issue is focusing on the preservation of modernist buildings!

Call for Papers and Case Studies- 10th International DOCOMOMO Conference
by info, posted on Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Dutch chapter of DOCOMOMO is honoured to host the 10th International DOCOMOMO Conference, 13-20 September 2008, with the general theme 'The Challenge of Change'. The 2008 edition will mark the 20th anniversary of DOCOMOMO.

The venue will be the Van Nelle factory in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
This renowned Modern Movement icon will accommodate the conference programme of Parallel Paper and Case Study Presentations, Round-table Sessions, the 2nd edition of the International DOCOMOMO Student Workshop and public evening lectures by distinguished invited speakers. Pre- and postconference tours to Dutch MoMo buildings and other landmarks of Dutch
architecture will also be part of the conference programme.

EXHIBIT: Preservation as Provocation
by info, posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2007
2007 ACSA International Architectural Design Student Competition, June 4-22, 2007
EVENT: DOCOMOMO National Modern Movement Architecture Tour Day—Saturday, June 9, 2007
by info, posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007

DOCOMOMO US is planning with our chapters a day of tours nationwide on June 9, 2007 to bring attention – collectively – to the important modern buildings that are in our cities, towns and neighborhoods.

APPLY: Docomomo Summer Residence Grant in Paris
by info, posted on Monday, February 19, 2007
Docomomo International is delighted to announce the creation of an annual summer residence grant in Paris to support research on the conservation and the documentation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement.
ELIOT NOYES: Lecture and Book Signing in NYC, March 15, 2007
posted on Monday, March 12, 2007
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BUILDING WATCH: Boston City Hall Up for Sale?
by info, posted on Friday, July 13, 2007
The Boston Globe (December 12, 2006) reports that Mayor Thomas M. Menino has refloated his 1998 idea of selling City Hall and its surrounding Plaza for private redevelopment and possible destruction by its purchaser. The building is a 1969 Brutalist design is by Gerhard Kallmann and Michael Noel McKinnell.
NY TIMES ARTICLE: Rudolph's Westport, CT, house demolition
by info, posted on Sunday, December 17, 2006
David Hay of the New York Times wrote an article on the upcoming demolition of the Paul Rudolph-designed Micheels House in Westport, CT.
UPDATE: Demo Permit Filed for Rudolph Building in Westport, CT
by info, posted on Thursday, December 14, 2006
A demolition permit has been filed for 16 Minuteman Hill, The Micheels House designed by Paul Rudolph. Demolition is slated for Tuesday, December 19th, 2006,with the roof membrane already removed earlier this week.
LECTURE: Paul Rudolph: Implications for the Future
by info, posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2006
CIMA meeting for December 2006 will host guest lecturer Nepal Asatthawasi of the Paul Rudolph Foundation.
DOCOMOMO US Fall 2006 Newsletter Available Online!
by info, posted on Monday, May 14, 2007

The Fall 2006 Newsletter focuses on the works of Louis I. Kahn. This is the second DOCOMOMO US newsletter that is available primarily online. During the transition to a completely digital newsletter, a limited number of printed copies are available. E-mail newsletter@docomomo-us.org for more information.

For full access to the newsletter, click here.

 

AGAIN: A Rudolph Threatened with Demolition
by info, posted on Sunday, December 3, 2006

The new owners of a Paul Rudolph-designed residence in Westport, CT, have expressed intentions to demolish the house. The threat to the Rudolph project became known to the national preservation community, many of whom are trying to rally support to save this significant work, including a search for an alternate buyer to ensure the property’s preservation.

THREATENED: Bunshaft's LBJ Library & Plaza
posted on Friday, October 27, 2006
Texas Historical Commission opposes design of Lady Bird Johnson Center at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas. The Museum complex was designed by Gordon Bunshaft of the firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
PETITION: Stop Demo of Antonin Raymond Buildings
posted on Friday, October 27, 2006
DOCOMOMO Japan and other preservation advocates in Tokyo are asking DOCOMOMO US members and friends to help save two important buildings designed by Antonin Raymond on the campus of Tokyo Women’s College.
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