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Docomomo US Wraps First National Symposium
posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013
By Brittany Reilly
 
Attendees of the conference enjoyed an unforgettable sunset reception on the second evening of the program. Paul Rudolph’s open-air 1952 Sanderling Beach Pavilion, located along the shoreline, offered stunning views toward the Gulf. The breeze and white-sands made it even more enjoyable to discuss the day’s inspiring events and topics over refreshments. Reception sponsored by Guy Peterson OFA and Mary Kenealy Events.
 
Sarasota, Florida became a home-away-from-home in mid-April for Docomomo US chapter leaders, the Docomomo US Board, and our growing and dynamic network of members, professionals, academics, and enthusiasts – proving to us all that, Modern Matters. 
 
 
X DOCOMOMO SEMINAR BRAZIL
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

X DOCOMOMO SEMINAR BRAZIL
MODERN AND INTERNATIONAL: brutalist connections 1955-75
Curitiba, Oct/15-18/2013

In architecture, the 1960’s decade exceeds its temporal limits; and today, it is more alive than ever. And so is Modernism - although it has been transformed, along the last hundred years, from avant-garde to tradition. Besides, when critically considered, several of the current architectural and urban professional practices can have their roots traced back to the heritage and legacy of the optimistic, progressive and fertile years 1955-75.
 
The extended 1960s decade is a rich period of significant events, works, trends and debates. The X DOCOMOMO SEMINAR BRASIL 2013 wants to be an appropriate opportunity to explore, without depleting, some ofthat decade’s themes. It proposes a more focused approach on the Brutalism, and welcomes the possibility ofopening-upas many paths as possible to approach this subject. It aspires to stimulate and inspire a plurality of contributions, aiming into a comprehensive and variedparticipationand debates.
 
Is “Green” Being Used to Validate Removal of Our Layered Cities?
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Monday, April 15, 2013

By Barbara Campagna

My last posting was a plea to stop viewing everything as black or white – architecture, politics, life.  The last sentence in that posting was, “So, while green has been the color of the decade, maybe gray should be the color of the next.“  And now I think that’s the perfect sentence to start off this essay with.
HemisFair ’68 at Risk
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Monday, April 15, 2013

By Kim Barker on behalf of the Docomomo US/MidTexMod Chapter

Changes are planned for San Antonio’s world’s fair site, HemisFair ‘68, and they have fans of modern architecture concerned. Intended to celebrate the city’s 250-anniversary and a confluence of cultures, HemisFair ’68 was a six-month exposition opened by First Lady Ladybird Johnson in April 1968.  Typical of a world’s fair, various states, nations, and corporations built new exhibition halls in the styles of the period, some of which are exceptional examples of modern architecture.  Given San Antonio’s established preservation ethic, they also retained and repurposed some of the nineteenth century residential buildings already on the site before the rest of the neighborhood was sacrificed for fair construction.  HemisFair ’68 attracted 6.3 million visitors but under-utilization since is now prompting redevelopment plans.
 
Save the Date: Tour Day 2013
posted on Monday, April 1, 2013

Join us for the 7th annual Docomomo US Tour Day on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Save the date for this annual event gathering chapters, members, students, architects, historians and the general public to celebrate the modern movement in the US. Click here for more information.

Docomomo US 2012 Annual Report
posted on Friday, March 15, 2013

 Annual ReportEach year, Docomomo US and our chapters takes some time to look back at our achievements of the previous twelve months and highlight the events and people who continue to work tirelessly to raise the awareness of modern architecture in the United States. Included in the report are summaries from the chapters, contact information as well as the Year in Architecture, a visual archive of the sites we won, the sites we lost and those still threatened.

Updates from the Modern League
posted on Friday, March 15, 2013

Modern LeagueBy Katherine Malishewsky
Image: Modern League organizers (l-r) Eliana Gallego, Julie Rosen, Adam Rubin and Brittany Reilly in the Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the second annual Scavenger Hunt

 

The Docomomo US young professional’s initiative, the Modern League, continues to grow and improve since its inception in September of 2012. Working with like-minded professionals in New York, Boston and now Florida, Docomomo US and Modern League organizers recap recent events and initiatives.
The Fight for the Melnikov House
posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013

Text and photos by Natalia Melikova
NEW! Text now available in Russian.

Designed by the Russian avant-garde architect Konstantin Melnikov and completed in 1929, the well-known and highly praised Melnikov House currently finds itself in imminent danger. Natalia Melikova, a recent MFA graduate student of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, writes from Moscow about the threats to the house in her ongoing project on Russian avant-garde architecture.

Preserving the Modern Century: The Research and Activities of the University of Florida Historic Preservation Program
posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
By: Morris (Marty) Hylton
 
The Complexities of Teaching the Preservation of Modern Architecture
posted on Friday, March 15, 2013
By: Theodore Prudon
 
With the gradual and general acceptance, in the US and abroad, that modern heritage like any other heritage is to be preserved, has come the realization that proper professional expertise is needed and to how to best prepare them for that task. Putting definitional or nomenclature issues aside – such as whether we call it preservation or conservation or whether we use modern versus recent past or mid-century – the question of whether the academic curriculum is the same or different and, if not the same as traditional preservation education as existing today, how does it differ. While the scale and ubiquity of modern heritage is often presented as a challenge, it is fundamentally a management challenge and does not require any substantial educational changes. Establishing significance and the related methodologies remain largely unaltered, although scholarship and knowledge that serves as a base will continue to expand as it does for any period.
 
Educational Collaboration for the Philadelphia Police Headquarters
posted on Friday, March 15, 2013

Written by the Georgia Tech and UPenn studios - See end for details

Through a series of fortunate circumstances a unique collaboration has developed between the University of Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Graduate Program and Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture around the future of the Philadelphia Police Headquarters affectionately and not so affectionately known as the “Roundhouse”. Designed in 1962 by Geddes, Brecher, Qualls and Cunningham with structural engineer August Komendant, a cross-discipline collaboration has united the UPenn historic preservation graduate studio with a 3rd and 4th year architecture design studio in an effort to contribute to the conversation in Philadelphia about the future of this important building.

Photo: UPenn and Georgia Tech students site visit, Credit: Suzanna Barucco

Greater Philadelphia Chapter Consults on Casa Farnese
posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Casa FerneseBy: The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Docomomo US
Images: Dr. Emily T. Cooperman

In the spring of 2012, the Greater Philadelphia Chapter was invited to participate as a consulting party in the federal review (Section 106) process of a proposed lobby addition on the Casa Farnese in Philadelphia. Originally known as Casa Enrico Fermi (renamed in 2004 in memory of its developer, Philadelphia attorney Andrew N. Farnese), was designed and built in 1964-1966 by the architectural firm of Stonorov and Haws. The building is 19-story, reinforced-concrete, senior citizen housing apartment building set at the western edge of the Washington Square West neighborhood of downtown Philadelphia. Casa Fermi was the first senior housing development to be created in Philadelphia under the Section 202 housing program of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and thus corresponds to the enduring “group housing” practice of important Philadelphia modernist Oskar Stonorov (1905-1970) into the last phase of his career.  

Second Annual Modern Architecture & Design Scavenger Hunt
posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Join Docomomo US and OHNY on Saturday, February 9th Saturday, March 9th (rescheduled due to snow storm) for the 2nd Annual Modern Architecture & Design Scavenger Hunt. Spend the day exploring the city and taking photographs of the best examples of modern architecture and design in New York for a chance to win great prizes!

Hunt alone or as a team and learn about modernism in New York - the buildings and public spaces as well as the architects who designed them. The hunt begins with an opening event at Room & Board in SoHo at 11:00am and concludes back in SoHo with a special closing reception at the Trespa Design Centre New York, where hunters can enjoy a drink and commiserate about their experiences.

Edward Durell Stone: A Belated Appreciation by Hicks Stone
posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Edward Durell Stone: A Belated Appreciation by Hicks Stone

Pops-Hicks-Agrigento-1959Edward Durell Stone was my father. Father and I had a tenuous and at times a difficult relationship. He would have found it both comically improbable and deeply touching if he had been aware that I had written his biography. Even though our relationship was distant, I had a closely-held but deeply-seated admiration for his achievements. The underlying impetus to write his biography extends back to my childhood in New York during the 1960s. Anyone who came of age during those years recalls them as a time when activists would champion the rights of people unjustly relegated to living life at the margins of society. It was this sensitivity to injustice and an activist’s desire to right wrongs that set me on the course that led me to submit a proposal to Rizzoli for my father’s biography in the spring of 2008. Simply stated, Father has been unfairly treated for over a half-century, and the time for him to be accorded the simple decency, recognition and respect that he deserves from the architectural community is long overdue.

 

 

Modern STL New Friend Organization
posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

Docomomo US is pleased to welcome Modern-STL as an official Friend Organization. Led by local architectural enthusiasts and historic preservationists, Modern-STL was formed in 2010 as a membership-based non-profit seeking to protect and foster a deeper appreciation for the St. Louis region’s mid-century modern heritage. The organization fulfills this mission through events, tours, and lectures, and serves as St. Louis’ leading advocate for the preservation of local modern architecture.

Modern Meets Modern Design
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

By: Katherine Malishewsky

As contemporary architects continue to deal with the delicacies of creatively intervening in existing buildings, designing alongside iconic modern buildings has specifically proven to be a challenge (as seen in the struggle of adapting Eero Saarinen’s TWA terminal or in the controversial addition to Corbusier’s “Ronchamp” chapel by Renzo Piano). The most recent announcement in October of The Bacardi headquarters in Miami, Florida, now under its new owners (the National YoungArts Foundation), has hired Frank Gehry to convert the corporate complex into an art campus.

Honoring Two Great Modernists
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

As we reflect on the impact and legacies of John Johansen and Oscar Niemeyer, we thought we share some of the published work for the Docomomo International Journal and the Docomomo US E-News related to both architects.

Braniff Operations and Maintenance Building: Threatened
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014
A number of preservation advocates, including the North Texas (NTX) chapter of Docomomo US, are concerned about the future of the iconic Braniff Operations and Maintenance Building (OMB), located at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. Recent briefings to the Dallas City Council by City of Dallas Aviation Department have included recommendations for demolition of the OMB to allow construction of an automobile showroom dealership.
Docomomo Central Bank in the 21st Century Competition
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014
The Headquarters of the Central Bank of Ireland on Dame Street in Dublin, designed by Stephenson & Gibney Associates, in 1980, may soon be vacated by its current occupants. What will become of this iconic building? Docomomo Ireland presents Central Bank in the 21st Century: an open design competition to develop ideas for what the building might become.
Announcing Docomomo ISC E+T Newsletter
by info, posted on Monday, December 17, 2012

Docomomo International Specialist Committee on Education and Theory (ISC E+T) is one of the four committees of Docomomo International. It concentrates on the fundamental relationship between education, theoretical approaches, and the preservation of the modern movement.

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