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Brutalism in Buenos Aires
by info, posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015

By Jessica Smith

This past March I journeyed down south of the border to Buenos Aires, Argentina with classmates from Pratt Institute's Historic Preservation program. Like many South American countries, colonial and traditional architecture reigns supreme in Argentina - especially in Buenos Aires. However, it was the brutalist architecture by renowned architect Corindo Testa, and the stark contrast to the surrounding architecture that his buildings incite that I found most interesting.

Preservation and the Future of Modern Architecture in Mexico and Beyond
by info, posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015

By Angelica Martinez

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 - the current architectural exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City plays a significant preservation role by gathering images of significant modern buildings that need to be known for their contribution to the historic development of Latin America. However, in Mexico many modern buildings have been neglected for years or no longer exist. The question, then, is: what is the future of modern architecture in Mexico?

Modernism in Quito, Ecuador: 1955-1980
by info, posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015

By Glenda Puente

In an effort to promote appreciation towards an unjustifiably unknown heritage, both locally and internationally, this essay will depict the economic, political and cultural context in which mid-century modern architecture took place in Ecuador with a focus on work in Quito, the capital city. The selection of work – see accompanying slide show - excludes single family housing and instead highlights medium and large scale projects built between 1955 and 1980, the same timeframe as that of the current exhibit on Latin American Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.

Discover Modern Cuba: 2015 Travel Tour
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Monday, July 6, 2015

Modern Cuba: Continuity of Past and Present
October 3, 2015 – October 12, 2015
Havana, Cuba - Hotel Capri (8 nights)
Tour Leader: Belmont Freeman
Guest: Eduardo Luis Rodríguez 
Docomomo US is pleased to announce registration for our educational travel tour of modern architecture in Havana, Cuba. Experience the rich architectural past of this long elusive Caribbean island located just 90 miles south of U.S. soil. Modern Cuba offers a unique travel opportunity in a small group setting featuring access to modern homes and buildings considered off the beaten path or not ordinarily open to the public. 
Columbus Update: Civic Inspiration at the Right Scale
by info, posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015

By Richard McCoy

The last time Docomomo US checked in on Columbus, Indiana, T. Kelly Wilson gave us an update on the establishment of the Indiana University Center for Art+Design (IUCA+D) and his efforts to leverage the design heritage and seven modern National Historic Landmarks in the community to create a ‘laboratory for design’ and to teach a new generation of students how to work at the intersection of art and design in the middle of America -- “Notes on Columbus, Indiana” (August 2013 Newsletter). 

Photo (left): Entrance to Columbus City Hall. Photo Courtesy Hadley Fruits

Docomomo US Video Interview Series: Victoria Young
by info, posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015

To kick off the Docomomo US Video Interview Series, Liz Waytkus, Executive Director of Docomomo US sat down with author and professor Victoria Young to talk about her recent book Saint John's Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of Modern Sacred Space.

Mid-Century Modern Structures: Materials and Preservation 2015 Symposium
posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Image: Priory Chapel of St. Louis Abbey. Photo by Michael Allen, Flickr, March 10, 2015.

The Friends of NCPTT, the World Monument Fund, the American Institute for Architects St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial are partnering for a jointly organized symposium on the preservation of Mid-Century Modern Structures. The meeting will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, April 14-16, 2015. A public lecture will precede the meeting on Monday evening, April 13 at Washington University in St. Louis.





Farewell to Jordan Gruzen
by info, posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015

Jordan Gruzen, one of New York's most prolific architects, passed away after a battle with cancer on January 27 at the age of 80. Part of a father/son practice that began in the 1930s and became know for its civic center projects such as 1 Police Plaza, Chatham Terrace towers, and Chatham Green. Gruzen's death also brought to an end his long-standing partnership with Peter Samton who said, "Jordan died very much as he lived. The ultimate optimist." Read the full New York Times obituary here. 

Photo (left): The Jersey Journal









Watergate: Washington D.C.'s Town within a City
by info, posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015

"We wanted to do something different"

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of a landmark in urban planning: Washington, DC’s town within a city known as the Watergate.

By Gary Parker

Too big. Too tall. Too modern. Too different. 

Everything about the Watergate, the town within a city on the banks of the Potomac, was revolutionary. Hard to imagine now, when the brass ring of urban building is the grand mixed-use project (like the dazzling CityCenterDC – a 21st-century version of the Watergate). 

Berkeley Art Museum Vacates Brutalist Building
by info, posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015

By Lacey Bubnash

On December 21, 2014, the Berkeley Art Museum1permanently closed its iconic Modern building in preparation for a move to a nearby new building in 2016. Considered by many to be the Bay Area’s most remarkable example of Brutalism, the structure was known for its unfinished concrete forms and cantilevered interior galleries that radiate out around a large, sky lit atrium. Although the building is a local landmark and listed on the National Register, its intricate concrete forms pose seismic safety risks, leaving a future for the building unclear.

Photo (left): View of skylights over atrium. Credit: Mary Brown, DOCOMOMO US/NOCA.

Sport and Spectacle: Renovating Saarinen’s Ingalls Hockey Rink
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Take in the action and the history during this exclusive Docomomo US tour and afternoon hockey game at Eero Saarinen's Ingalls Hockey Rink on Saturday, February 21, 2015.

Eero Saarinen’s David S. Ingalls Hockey Rink on the Yale University campus “is deliberately not an ordinary building.” Visually compelling in its sculptural forms, the structure is composed of a huge 300-foot parabolic arch held in place by a complex tension grid of cables. As the building neared its 50th anniversary, Yale commissioned Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates to direct the refurbishment, updates and building expansion to address the needs of the current and future Yale Hockey Program while preserving this Architectural Landmark.
Cuba on the Rise
by info, posted on Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cuba is a hot topic following the announcement by President Obama of restored diplomatic relations and relaxed travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba. Within the world of architecture, the most important development has been the passing of esteemed architect Ricardo Porro whose legacy was the creation of Cuba's National Art Schools. Along with these developments, Docomomo US is exploring the possibility an educational tour of Cuba in the Fall of 2015, and there have been a rise in the number of noteworthy articles covering modernism in Cuba.

Photo (left): "Unfinished Spaces" by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray featured in the Dec. 29, 2014 article of The New York Times

The Tyrone Guthrie Theater
by info, posted on Thursday, January 15, 2015
By Jane King Hession
All images are courtesy of the Ralph Rapson Papers (N187), Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.
When it debuted in 1963, the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre put Minneapolis on the national cultural map and ushered in a new era in American regional theater. The opening night performance of Hamlet by the talented repertory company riveted the audience, but the Guthrie’s new modern building dazzled as well. Designed by architect Ralph Rapson, it was like nothing anyone had seen before. 
Photo (left): The Tyrone Guthrie Theatre with original screen. Photograph by Warren Reynolds.
The Modern Theatre
by info, posted on Thursday, January 15, 2015
By Meredith Arms Bzdak
The twentieth century brought new forms of drama and successive waves of technological advancement to the world of theatre. Architecturally, by mid-century, it also brought experimentation. The theatres and performing arts spaces designed and built in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s represent a range of Modern styles, from Neo-Expressionism to Brutalism. By definition, many of these theatres are now historic, having reached fifty years of age. Some have been recognized for their outstanding historical or architectural significance (Jorn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House, completed in 1973, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007) and a handful are world renowned as important cultural landscapes (New York City’s own Lincoln Center), but many more are misunderstood or underappreciated. In fact, pieces of this heritage are increasingly threatened. 
Photo (left): The Morris Mechanic Theater in Baltimore, Maryland
The Grain Silo plopped atop the Alley
by info, posted on Thursday, January 15, 2015
By Ben Koush
First published in the Houston Chronicle on December 17, 2014 
How inept is Houston at preserving its historic buildings? As a case study, consider what ought to be a best-case scenario: The Alley Theatre, one of the city's most culturally and architecturally significant buildings now finds itself in the middle of a $46.5 million remodeling job.
Photo (left): Proposed rendering of The Alley Theater. Credit: The Alley Theater.
Portland’s Epidemic of Teardowns
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Friday, December 19, 2014

By: Liz Waytkus

Real estate in Portland, Oregon, like most places in the country, is at a premium right now. While good for sellers it has created a reverse incentive in Portland for tearing down older modest homes and maximizing lot coverage. As hundreds of these homes come down one by one, thanks to a hot real estate market and a fortuitous demolition loophole, neighbors and neighborhood associations are stepping in to save as much as they can, rallying to close the loophole and preserve each neighborhood’s character and heritage.

NOLA World Trade Center Update
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Friday, December 19, 2014

By Keli Rylance

After previous efforts for redevelopment and a series of talks failed earlier this year, a five-member selection committee representing the city has reviewed qualifications from 11 potential developers and narrowed the field to five. At stake is Edward Durell Stone’s 33-story monument to the city’s foreign commerce, the World Trade Center of New Orleans. Begun in 1959 and partially occupied by 1966, the NRHP-listed building has been vacant since 2010.
Docomomo US: 2014 in Images
by info, posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, we've compiled all of our favorite images into one amazing slideshow. From the inaugural Modernism in America Awards to the National Symposium, Tour Day and other events around the country, these images showcase the active participation of our members as we continue to advocate for Modern architecture. 

Ontario Place, Toronto
by info, posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014
By: James Ashby and Michael McClelland
All Images courtesy of Zeidler Partnership Architects

Designed as an inclusive space for public entertainment, education, culture and recreation, Ontario Place is an internationally renowned, urban waterfront park in Toronto. With its integrated environment of parkland, lagoons and megastructures, Ontario Place crystallized avant-garde ideas in architecture and urbanism of the 1960s. Partially closed since 2012, the entire park will soon be the site of a major rehabilitation project. In this context, it has recently been officially recognized as a cultural heritage landscape of provincial significance.


Tour Day 2014 Recap
by info, posted on Monday, December 1, 2014
Docomomo US' Tour Day 2014 proved to be a tour de force - come rain or shine. More than 1,000 participants across the nation laced up their walking shoes and went on a tour in 31 cities across 19 states making this the most successful event to date.The tours not only provided participants with the chance to see unique modern architecture in their back yard, but generated excitement around the modern architecture that has played a significant role in shaping the community. Mark your calendars for Tour Day 2015 scheduled for October 10, 2015.



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