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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.
Restoration of the 1960 Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan Building
by info, posted on Friday, December 11, 2015

Welcome to our second 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.
 
Photo by David Glomb. Courtesy of Marmol Radziner.
Designate Aalto's Edgar J. Kaufmann Conference Center
by info, posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015

In an attempt to deal with the enormous backlog of properties awaiting designation, the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission has created the "Backlog 95 Initiative." As part of that initiative, the Commission is hearing testimony and public comments on whether to designate or remove 95 calendared buildings, interiors and sites that were placed on the Commission's calendar prior to 2010, some which have been on the docket over 20 years. The Edgar J. Kaufmann Conference Center designed by Alvar and Elissa Aalto is one of the 95 properties being considered and support is needed as time is running out. 

It's open season on Chicago modernism
by info, posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015

Last month we featured an update on potential threats to Chicago's late modern architecture. The following Op-Ed was submitted to the Chicago Tribune on October 16, 2015 by Bonnie McDonald, president and CEO of Landmarks Illinois and Gunny Harboe, preservation architect and president of Docomomo US/Chicago. The Op-Ed was never published.

The Case to Restore Portland’s Memorial Coliseum
by info, posted on Friday, November 20, 2015

By: Docomomo US/Oregon

It’s been six years since Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum was saved from demolition and three years since plans to restore the building were stalled by city council. This past August, The Veterans Memorial Coliseum Option Study was released by the Mayor’s office which found that the building still provided a viable civic purpose and its restoration would contribute to economic growth and development. Despite these findings and the City Council’s rejection of Commissioner Steve Novick’s most recent proposal to redevelop the site for affordable housing, the building’s future still remains uncertain.

Architect Bhavnani Revisits Roosevelt Island
by info, posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015

It is with great sadness that Docomomo US acknowledges the passing earlier this year of Ashok Bhavnani, architect and artist, and former partner of John M. Johansen. Co-designer of Island House and Rivercross on Roosevelt Island, Ashok graciously led a number of walking tours of Roosevelt Island for Docomomo US and other organizations over the years. As Docomomo US prepares for our upcoming symposia, Designing Better Affordable Housing taking place at the Museum of the City of New York on Tuesday, December 1st, we thought it would be appropriate to share this interview with Ashok revisiting his work on Roosevelt Island. The article was originally published in the September 13, 2014 issue of The Mainstreet WireDesigning Better Affordable Housing is part of a series of programs related to the exhibition: Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy.

2016 Membership Drive Winners
by info, posted on Thursday, November 5, 2015

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 2016 National Symposium, set to take place in Detroit, Michigan May 5-8th.

Your membership support allows our community to organize, speak out and advocate for a significant site that is threatened with demolition. Thank you to everyone for participating and for renewing your support.

Flashback: Ennobling the Ordinary: Postwar Mass Housing and the Challenge of Change
by info, posted on Thursday, November 5, 2015

Welcome to another installment of our Flashback series. This month we are highlighting an article on post war mass housing titled "Ennobling the Oridinary: Postwar Mass Housing and the Challenge of Change" first published in the Docomomo Journal No. 39 - September 2008: Public Housing. Docomomo US is co-sponsoring and moderating the upcoming symposia Designing Better Affordable Housing taking place at the Museum of the City of New York on Tuesday, December 1st. The lecture is part of a series of programs related to the exhibition: Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy.

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.

Cuba’s Vanishing Modernity: The Architecture of Nicolas Quintana (1925-2011)
by info, posted on Thursday, November 5, 2015

By Josef Asteinza

The architecture of the Cuban Modern Movement is represented in a broad collection of exceptional and original buildings, especially in Havana and Varadero. In spite of their quality, duly recognized in Cuba and abroad, the survival of many of these works is threatened by neglect, lack of resources, or more recently, the forces of development, as the fate of Nicolás Quintana’s works clearly demonstrates.

Recap: Tour Day 2015
by info, posted on Friday, November 6, 2015

Explore Modern

This Tour Day, thousands of participants took advantage of the beautiful fall weather and explored both modern masterpieces and local gems all across the United States. Some sites celebrated anniversaries, some victories, while others were rediscovered, but all the tours and events brought attention to our rich modern heritage and the necessity to preserve it. We are extremely grateful to Martie Lieberman and The Architect's Newspaper for being our official Tour Day sponsors and to all of our chapters, partners, and participants who joined us in exploring modern. Save the date for Tour Day 2016, which will be held on Saturday, October 8th!
Threats to Chicago's Late Modernism
by info, posted on Friday, October 23, 2015

As we go to press in the newsletter, Docomomo US has been made aware of demolition threats to a number of Chicago's significant examples of late modernism. In addition to demolition plans already in the works for the 1971 Gene Summers designed Malcolm X College, the James R. Thompson Center and McCormick Place Lakeside Center are also being discussed as potential redevelopment sites. 

Saving a Cold War Era Building in Seattle
by info, posted on Friday, October 23, 2015

By Docomomo US/WEWA

The Nuclear Reactor Building at the University of Washington

In the wake of World War II, the atomic technology that sealed victory for the United States was welcomed by the American public as a source of cheap and efficient energy. With enthusiasm for the new technology, the University of Washington and many other universities sought to establish programs in nuclear engineering.

Flashback: Preserving MoMo-interiors in the USA
by info, posted on Friday, October 23, 2015

For the third installment of our Flashback series we are highlighting an article on preserving modern corporate interiors written by Docomomo US president, Theodore Prudon titled "Preserving MoMo-interiors in the USA" first published in the Docomomo Journal No. 22 - May 2000: Modern Houses.

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.

Postmodernism Preserved: Michael Graves' Reinhold Apartment
by info, posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015

By Timothy Rohan

Inside a Brooklyn Museum warehouse is a remarkable relic of postmodernism: a suite of rooms designed and built between 1979 and 1981 by Michael Graves for Susan and John Reinhold’s apartment at 101 Central Park West, New York. This little known artifact has never been publicly displayed since being dismantled and donated to the museum in 1986. Part of a larger duplex, the suite consists of a library and child’s bedroom. Built-in bookshelves, wall paneling, and multi-tiered ceilings define the rooms, forming a completely designed, cohesive interior recalling French boiserie in concept. The suite exemplifies Graves’ signature style of muted colors and abstracted classicism, best known from his landmark Portland Building of 1982.1

 

Campaign to Restore Kiley Garden
by info, posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015

By: Amanda Brown and Friends of Kiley Garden

A Dan Kiley designed landscape without trees or water features is a sad sight. Yet, the Tampa garden that now bears the name of landscape architect, Dan Urban Kiley, is just that. Dan Kiley was the leading American modernist landscape architects working in the postwar period, known for his work on the Lincoln Center plaza, Fountain Plaza in Dallas, Miller house garden and US Air Force campus garden designs.

Save The Church of the Nativity, in Manhattan
by info, posted on Friday, September 25, 2015

By Joseph Masheck 

I am a member of Docomomo because at the principal Mass of my parish church, Corpus Christi, I long sat in front of the indomitable Dorothy Miner (1936-2008). Dorothy, as many of you may know, received a medal from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for her defense of the landmark preservation law. When she invited my wife and me to join the NY/Tristate chapter we were 2% of the membership because there were only a hundred members! I am now faced with a discouraging prospect, and I wish Dorothy were here for advice: the closing, and likely demolition of, the Church of the Nativity, on Second Avenue in Manhattan. Preservation aside, this is unfortunately part of a larger general program of the Archdiocese of New York to close and merge parishes, destroying buildings for the land – and indeed, another Saint Dorothy may be involved.

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