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Obituary: Dorothy Miner, 1936 - 2008
by info, posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2009

DOCOMOMO US is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dorothy  Miner on October 21, 2008.

Dorothy served as the counsel for the Landmarks Preservation Commission for two decades and played a critical role in the 1978 Penn Central case. After retiring from the Commission in 1994 she taught at Columbia ’s Historic Preservation program, Pace University School of Law, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where her dedication to her students was inspiring.

She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

by info, posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Isabelle Hyman

DATE: October 28, 2008

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

LOCATION: Georgia Tech Architecture Library

FEES: none

Teri Nagel, College of Architecture
Contact Teri Nagel

At a public lecture co-sponsored by the Georgia Chapter of DOCOMOMO and Georgia Tech College of Architecture, Isabelle Hyman will explore the 28-year-old Central Library of the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System designed by Marcel Breuer.

9/29/08-10/03/08 Debate and Conference: Preserving Modern Concrete Architecture
by info, posted on Monday, October 27, 2008


Monday, September 29, 2008, 6:30 PM
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall
GSAPP, Columbia University

Debate: With Mark Pasnik, Architect and Visiting Professor, Carnegie Mellon University; Norman Weiss, Conservator, Columbia University; Tim Rohan, Architectural Historian, University of Massachusetts. Moderated
by Theodore Prudon, GSAPP and DOCOMOMO US

Breuer-Designed Atlanta Central Library Endangered
by info, posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The future of the 28-year-old Marcel Breuer designed Central Library of the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System is in doubt due to a push by members of the Fulton County Commission to pursue construction of a new “world-class” library facility. In November, Fulton County voters will consider approval of a $275 million bond issue, which would allow partial funding for the new facility.


Obituary: Paul Byard, 1940-2008
by info, posted on Monday, October 27, 2008

DOCOMOMO US is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Paul Byard on July 15, 2008.

DOCOMOMO US is Celebrating 10 years!
by info, posted on Thursday, May 14, 2009

Throughout the year we will be organizing events, starting with a day of tours on October 4th celebrating modern architecture across the nation.

ENDANGERED: The Fell Company Store in Winnetka, IL Faces Demolition
by info, posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Designed by Walter H. Sobel the Fell Company Store is currently facing demolition due to new redevelopment plans.

IN THE NEWS: Miami Considers Marine Stadium for Landmark Status
by jon buono, posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The City of Miami Historic Preservation and Environmental Board (HEPB) approved, by a 7-1 vote, the nomination of the Miami Marine Stadium for Historic Designation. The HEPB now will conduct and study to determine whether the structure should be designated. The study should take 2-4 months; then the Stadium will go back to the HEPB for approval.

RESOURCE: Arts & Architecture Magazine on the web
by jon buono, posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Selected issues from John Entenza's Arts & Architecture Magazine (1945-1967), including the historic Case Study House Projects are now available on the internet. The A&A website is made possible by Benedikt Taschen and his eponymous publishing house, which is re-issuing the magazine in book form in the Fall of 2008.

IN THE NEWS: School Board votes to raze Paul Rudolph's Riverview
by jon buono, posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The sarasota County School Board voted Tuesday to move forward with plans to tear down a historic building at Riverview High School, ending a two-year-long effort by local activists to save it.

THREATENED:The Kayseri Sumerbank Textile Factory Complex
by info, posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The DOCOMOMO Turkey National Working Party has learned with great concern that Kayseri Metropolitan
Municipality and Erciyes University plan to demolish some of existing parts of the Sümerbank Textile
Factory Complex in Kayseri (Turkstoj, 1935) for a landscaping and land-development project.

The Sümerbank Complex was one of the earliest industrial production plants of the young Turkish
Republic. It was not only intended for the development of the local and national economy but also as a
part of the socio-political revolution aimed at nation-building and modernization.

Obituary: Jan Pokorny, 1915-2008
by info, posted on Friday, May 23, 2008
Fire Destroys Faculty of Architecture at Technical University, Delft
by info, posted on Thursday, May 22, 2008

On May 13th, presumably due to a short circuit caused by a faulty water pipe, a disastrous fire occurred at the Faculty of Architecture Technical University of Delft. The building was designed and completed in the late 1960’s by Jaap Bakema of the architecture firm Van den Broek and Bakema. The building, also home of Docomomo Netherlands and the Organizing Committee of the 10th International Docomomo Conference, was completely destroyed. Fortunately, the building was evacuated in time and there were no injuries. However, the loss of work of faculty and students, including damage to the library collection, one of the best in Europe with over 40,000 publications is regrettable.

IN THE NEWS: Dallas Hilton Named in National Trust's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List
by info, posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008
IN THE NEWS: Berlin's Tempelhof Airport to Close
by info, posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008
IN THE NEWS: Albert Ledner's National Maritime Union
by info, posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected a development proposal that would have demolished nine buildings in the Greenwich Village Historic District, including Albert Ledner's 1964 National Maritime Union.

THREATENED: Parkmerced, San Francisco
by info, posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Parkmerced: Symbol of future or the past?

By Dave Weinstein, San Francisco Chronicle. Published May 3, 2008

Parkmerced Investors plans to make major changes to one of San Francisco's most unusual neighborhoods, including demolishing the garden apartments, preserving the high-rises and adding others, along with new midrise dwellings. Many of the streets and most of the open space would be reconfigured as well.

Published! Theodore Prudon's Preservation of Modern Architecture
by info, posted on Monday, April 28, 2008
PRESERVATION OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE by Theodore H.M. Prudon is now available.
As Modern architecture ages to a point where preservation is necessary, the methods and technology used in preservation must be carefully considered to maintain the design integrity of the building.  This book is a guide for the professional architect who is interested in a broad background in preservation as a field as well as specific material and technology issues in preservation.  


Join Docomomo's new Social Network
by info, posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2008

DOCOMOMO US has launched a new service for its members to stay current and connected to topics related to the architecture of the modern movement.  The network offers the opportunity for members to engage in discussions, networking, national events and more.

Join now!

2008 Docomomo International Conference & Student Workshop
by info, posted on Monday, October 27, 2008

The Dutch chapter of Docomomo is honoured to host the 10th International Docomomo Conference: The Challenge of Change, Dealing with the Legacy of the Modern Movement.  The conference will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in September 2008 and will mark the 20th anniversary of DOCOMOMO.

DOCOMOMO US is pleased to offer a limited number of travel scholarships for full time students registered in historic preservation programs at US universities to participate in associated Student Workshop.

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