Initial information has just been released for the upcoming Docomomo International Conference in Espoo, Finland in 2012. The proposed theme for the conference is The Survival of Modern, From Coffee Cup to General Plan. For dates and information on the call for papers visit the Docomomo Finland website.
Bowing to community pressure, the owners of Richard Neutra's Kronish House in Beverly Hills have agreed to postpone its demolition until at least Oct. 10 to give preservationists a chance to devise a plan to save the residence...and the City seeks to draft a preservation ordinance.
Designed in 1955, the Kronish Residence was one of the largest Neutra residential projects. Built for tract developer Herbert Kronish and his new English bride, the design included unusual requirements such as mirrors on the ceiling of Mrs. K’s dressing room. Rare Carrara Glass lines the walls of the master bath, and there are many other unique features.
DOCOMOMO US/Louisiana reports that less than 24 hours after receiving notice from RSD Superintendent John White, demolition of the historic Phillis Wheatley Elementary School (Charles Colbert, 1954) in the Treme-Lafitte neighborhood of New Orleans began late Friday afternoon. The New Orleans chapter had worked tirelessly to save the structure, with the strong support of local residents, former students, and actors from the critically-acclaimed HBO series Treme, including Phyllis Montana-LeBlanc who witnessed the demolition first-hand: http://docomomo-nola.blogspot.com/2011/06/wheatley-demolition-accelerated.html.
DOCOMOMO US is excited to announce the fifth annual National Tour Day! Join us Columbus Day weekend, October 8-10, for a variety of exciting tours and exclusive access to sites of the Modern Movement. Check individual listings for dates and times as some events begin in September.
Landmarks Illinois has released a report outlining how Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Hospital could be reused rather than demolished. Click here to download the report (PDF). Located at the eastern edge of the medical campus in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, Prentice is considered one of Goldberg’s most innovative and significant buildings.
Orange County Modernism: The Legacy of Paul Rudolph April 16, 2011 Seligman Homestead, Sugarloaf, NY
Join DOCOMOMO US chapter president Theodore Prudon and DOCOMOMO US/New England chapter president David Fixler at a lecture on the legacy of architect Paul Rudolph. The talk will focus on the architectural significance of Late Modern architecture, specifically Paul Rudolph’s work, as well as the challenges and opportunities in preserving Late Modern architecture.
Limited Space available. RSVP to Erin Tobin: etobin(at)preservenys.org or call 518-462-5658 x12
Please consider signing an online petition to save the historic modern Phillis Wheatley Elementary School which is threatened with demolition. This petition was started by Phyllis Montana-Leblanc. Montana-Leblanc spoke passionately at Friday's hearing before the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission in defense of her alma mater, "If you tear down my school, a part of me dies with it."
MiMo in Miami: An International Conference on Mid-Century Modern Architecture
March 11-12, 2011
Join DOCOMOMO US and Dade Heritage Trust at the MiMo Conference. Miami Modern architecture, better known as MiMo, boomed after WWII, translating International Modernism into innovative designs with tropical exoticism, glamour and fun. The conference will discuss MiMo in an international context, with an emphasis on Miami's newest historic designations: the Miami Marine Stadium, the Miami Bacardi Building, the Morris Lapidus District, North Shore on Miami Beach and the MiMo on Biscayne Historic District.
Serge Chermayeff's work spanned six decades and half the globe. He was an architect with no qualifications whose work was internationally acclaimed, a teacher who hoped to redefine architecture and modernism together, and an ecological visionary.
Join Alan Powers, author of Serge Chermayeff, Designer, Architect, Teacher (RIBA Publications, 2001) as he explains the consistent threads in Chermayeff's thinking and the nature of his unique contribution to the Modern Movement.
Monday, February 28, 2011, 6:15 pm New York University Department of Art History
Silver Center, Room 301
100 Washington Square East (entrance on Waverly Place)
If you missed any of our 2010 articles on the preservation of the modern movement, DOCOMOMO US e-news briefs are now archived online. Articles for 2010 include: the Christian Science Center complex in Boston, Tour Day 2010, the Given Institute in Aspen, and the continuing work of our New Orleans, Louisiana chapter to preserve the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School and the George Washington Carver Junior-Senior High School.
For fifteen years, Docomomo US has been at the forefront of the modern architecture preservation movement, and continues today as the resource for advancing education and advocacy about its importance. To maintain this leadership, we rely on the participation of our supporters, members, and advocates from across the nation.
Docomomo Ireland will host a one-day conference on Wednesday, November 10th entitled:
What shall we do with the Modern Movement?
The conference will feature some of Ireland's and Europe's leading experts about contemporary best practice in relation to the inventorying, protection, management, reinterpretation, repair and conservation of modern 20th century architecture. The event will explore the significance of Ireland's Modern Movement heritage in a unique event intended to feed into the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage survey of Dublin, beginning in 2011.
On Tuesday, October 26, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts will host a free lecture celebrating the release of The Architecture of Harry Weese, a new book by Robert Bruegmann and Kathleen Murphy Skolnik. The public is invited to experience the architecture of Harry Weese firsthand by joining Bruegmann for a lecture on the architect’s legacy in one of his most important buildings, the Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago. Built in 1968, the church is a consummate example of the architect’s pioneering style and his significant contributions to Chicago’s architectural history. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.
The fourth Annual DOCOMOMO US Tour Day is upon us!
Join DOCOMOMO US, our regional chapters and local
preservation organizations for more than twenty modern
architecture tours throughout the United States.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Click here for the schedule and additional information.
The School Facilities Master Plan of Orleans Parish has ignored and consistently threatened to eradicate important mid-century modern public schools from New Orleans’s historic neighborhoods. From the outset, DOCOMOMO US/Louisiana identified the George Washington Carver Junior-Senior High School as one of the most architecturally significant buildings of its generation.