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The Atrium Effect
by info, posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016

By Charles Rice

This article is excerpted from Charles Rice’s newly-published book Interior Urbanism: Architecture, John Portman and Downtown America (Bloomsbury). The book uses Portman’s architecture, and in particular its famous ‘atrium effect’, as a lens through which to reconsider key issues of the 1960s and 70s: the expansion of a commercial imperative in architecture and urban development; growing social and economic instability in cities; and debates about the form and role of public space.

by info, posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016

By Mark Pasnik, Michael Kubo, Chris Grimley

This article is excerpted and adapted from Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston (The Monacelli Press, 2015) which examines Boston's unparalled concetration of concrete architecture built in the postwar decades, an era that initiated the city's wholesale transformation through powerful and often controversial policies of civic intervention. 

UN Plaza Featured NY Times Advocacy Continues
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016

Last week, Docomomo US' efforts to landmark Kevin Roche's UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Hotel Lobby made headlines in The New York Times calling for the protection of these high-significant yet undervalued spaces. The New York Times article calls out our Request for Evaluation (RFE) to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on January 8th and refers to the newly formed coalition of preservation organizations including the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Preservation League of New York State, Historic Districts Council, Municipal Art Society in addition to independent preservationists.

Photo: Nicole Crane for The New York Times (February, 2016)

Pershing Park Update
by info, posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016
By Charles A. Birnbaum, president & CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation
The legacy of M. Paul Friedberg’s modernist and postmodernist works of landscape architecture is finite and delicate. Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis, MN, the genesis of Friedberg’s “park plaza” typology, narrowly avoided demolition thanks to a sustained campaign from 2011 to 2013 to save it that drew a national audience (an effort recognized with Docomomo US’ first-ever Advocacy Award of Excellence in 2014 for The Cultural Landscape Foundation, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and Docomomo US/Minnesota).
St. Augustine By the Sea
by info, posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016

The annual historic preservation “Experts” lecture series, sponsored by the Historic Preservation Program, Department of American Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa; Historic Hawai‘i Foundation and the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace, offers seven free public lectures. This year’s theme explores current issues and opportunities in preserving historic churches and other religious buildings throughout Hawai’i.

The article below is written in conjunction with the featured lecture, “St. Augustine by the Sea: Preservation and Improvement of a Modernist Site,” by architect Glenn Mason, FAIA whose firm is responsible for the preservation of the building and site and who will be presenting the lecture on March 3rd.

First Southern Baptist Church of Pearl Harbor
by info, posted on Friday, February 19, 2016

By Docomomo US / Hawaii Chapter

Along the freeway headed west towards the Honolulu International Airport, the undulating folded plate roofline of the First Southern Baptist Church of Pearl Harbor appears above a flat sea of houses like an island rising from the ocean. Nestled amidst military housing behind Camp Catlin, the church was originally built in 1961, and over the years it has endured considerable development surrounding its site, numerous congregation turnovers, and an impending loss of its lease.

Fates vary for Detroit’s Gruen shopping centers
by info, posted on Monday, April 11, 2016
By Kim Silarski, Docomomo US/Michigan
As many of Detroit’s 1.8 million residents and their employers sprawled away from the city center in the early 1950s, the Motor City’s dominant downtown retailer, family-owned J.L. Hudson Company (known commonly as Hudson’s), did the same, albeit grudgingly. The region’s largest post-war development at the time, the modernist $30 million, two-million-square-foot Northland Center, opened in 1954. It was the brainchild of Austrian émigré architect Victor Gruen (b. 1903, d. 1980), the “father of the shopping mall” who convinced Hudson’s to follow its customers to the suburbs of Detroit, then the nation’s fifth largest city. Northland and its three sister “directional” malls initially thrived and expanded, but all suffered modifications, modernization, and additions that disguised their modernist bones over time.
REGISTER TODAY: 14th International Docomomo Conference 2016
by info, posted on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Every two years docomomo (the international committee for documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement) organizes an international conference, bringing together docomomo members and friends from its 70 national Working Parties, as an opportunity for in-depth exploration of an important theme or aspect of the Modern Movement.

Picture: Alberto Pessoa, Pedro Cid, Ruy Athouguia, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal, 1969. Gardens by Viana Barreto e Ribeiro Telles. © AFCG, Mário de Oliveira, 1969.

Update on Roche UN Plaza Ambassador Grill
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Thursday, January 21, 2016

It has been a busy few days since Docomomo US announced this past Monday the imminent demolition threats to Kevin Roche’s UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Hotel Lobby. Considered by many to be Roche’s most important interiors and among the best modern public spaces in New York City, we have received numerous letters and emails of support to designate the spaces as an Interior Landmark.

Docomomo US Chapter Updates
by info, posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016

The year 2015 was a full of news worthy events surrounding modern architecture in the United States and abroad and 2016 is already looking to be just as exciting. In addition to the Docomomo US Enews Dispatch and Brief, many of our chapters and friend organizations send out their own newsletters and email updates on the issues affecting the significant modern architecture their neighborhoods and communities.

To stay informed and in the loop about what is taking place in the Docomomo US network, sign up for one or all of the newsletters below, and don't forget to follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Kevin Roche’s UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Lobby Closed, Pending Demolition
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Docomomo US has recently learned Kevin Roche’s distinctive and beloved late-modern interiors for the UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Lounge, and Hotel Lobby are in the processing of being closed by its operators and now pending demolition. Located today in what is called ONE UN New York Hotel, the spaces are remarkably intact and highly acclaimed examples of New York City Late Modernism. In an effort to preserve these spaces, Docomomo US filed a Request for Evaluation (RFE) last week to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to designate the UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Lounge, and Hotel Lobby a New York City Interior Landmark.

Flashback: Learning to Love Brutalism
by info, posted on Thursday, January 7, 2016

Welcome to another installment of our Flashback series. This month we are highlighting a keynote lecture on Brutalism given by Anthony Vidler at the 12th Docomomom International Conference titled "Learning to Love Brutalism." The lecture was then included in the Docomomo Journal No.  47 - 2012/2: Global Design. The next Docomomo International Conference Adaptive Re-use. The Modern Movement Towards the Future will be taking place September 6-9, 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal. Visit the 2016 conference website for more information and to register.

The Docomomo Journal is published twice a year and is a benefit to Docomomo US International members. To renew or join as an International member, click JOIN.

Restoration and Expansion of Eero Saarinens’s David S. Ingalls Rink at Yale University.
by info, posted on Thursday, January 21, 2016
Welcome to our third installment of in-depth articles featuring Modernism in America award winning projects. The Modernism in America Awards program, now accepting applications for a third year, seeks to acknowledge the substantial economic and cultural impact such projects had and continue to have on our local communities and to set a standard for how preserving modern architecture can be accomplished. The program seeks to bring attention to the many successful local, regional and national projects and thereby elevate an appreciation for the value of modern architecture to our cultural and architectural history.

Exterior of Ingalls Hockey Rink. Courtesy of Keven Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, LLC.

A New Year and a New Organization in Columbus, Indiana
by info, posted on Thursday, January 7, 2016

By Richard McCoy

I’m thrilled to start 2016 by announcing that we’ve created Landmark Columbus, a new organization in Columbus, Indiana, one whose mission is to care for and celebrate the world-renowned design heritage of this remarkable place. Landmark Columbus was created as a program of Heritage Fund -- The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County

Happy Holidays from Docomomo US
by info, posted on Thursday, December 17, 2015

Last Minute Holiday Gift List
by info, posted on Thursday, December 17, 2015
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 those last minute needs. Snuggle by the fire with Corbusier inspired socks, become a LEGO architect, or strap on a Denise Scott Brown duck apron to bake all those holiday treats. Don't forget, there is always the gift of a Docomomo US membership for the modern enthusiast in your life!
UPDATE: Save the Reactor
by info, posted on Thursday, December 17, 2015

By Docomomo US/WEWA

Since we last wrote in October about Docomomo US/WEWA's advocacy efforts to save the National Register-listed Nuclear Reactor Building at the University of Washington in Seattle, a lot has happened.

We launched our "Save the Reactor" advocacy campaign, collaborating with Historic Seattle and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, and created a great logo that appears on the website, buttons, and stickers.  To learn more about our collective efforts to save this important structure from the atomic era visit our NEW WEBSITE

Conserving Charles and Ray Eames' Mathematica
by info, posted on Thursday, December 17, 2015

Since December 2013, Docomomo US/New England has been advocating for appropriate treatment of Charles and Ray Eames' exhibit Mathematica at the Boston Museum of Science. Board Member Marie S.A. Sorensen AIA was made aware of plans to change the exhibit by Harvard Professor Jay Wickersham, whose Graduate School of Design student alerted him that Boston Museum of Science maps showed the exhibit closing in January 2014. Sorensen, Wickersham, and the Docomomo US/New England Board generated an initial list of national contacts with possible connections to the Museum, and once Wickersham contacted the Museum's press office he learned that the exhibit was being refurbished. Despite repeated attempts to learn more about and advise on the treatment of the exhibit, no successful contact was made. 

Recap: 2015 Cuba Travel Tour
by info, posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Go tropical, go modern. Go now. Be lucky enough to travel with Eduardo and Monty, who are eager to share mid-century Cuban modernism and mojitos with you. – Modern Cuba traveler October 2015

In what could only be described as a once-in-a-lifetime trip, twenty-five architects, art conservators and architectural thrill seekers took part in the first Docomomo US educational travel tour to Havana, Cuba this past October. The tour, which was led by architect Belmont Freeman and architectural historian and Docomomo Cuba President Eduardo Luis Rodriguez, zigzagged the narrow cobblestone streets and expansive Havana suburbs taking in the innovative Cuban architecture, charming vintage cars and its vibrant culture.

Holiday Book List 2015
by info, posted on Friday, December 4, 2015
With the holiday season upon us, Docomomo US is pleased to present our annual list of notable books of 2015. This year's list features a number of must-have books, many written by Docomomo US members. Best yet, every purchase originating from the Docomomo US website is a small gift to us, via our partnership with Amazon Associates.
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