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Docomomo US Tour Day 2012: Recap
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

With 33 events in 21 states, the sixth annual Tour Day 2012 saw a number of advances in the evolution of the event. In addition to Docomomo US chapters and partner organizations, we were thrilled to have eight new organizations participating in the event including: Historic New England, The Harry Ransom Center: University of Texas at Austin, Mid Century Modern RI, Schweikher House Preservation Trust, 2020 Omaha, First Presbyterian Church of Stamford, and the prospective Docomomo US chapter in Hawaii. A special thanks to all our partners for making this year a great success.

Gabe's Tower- A Photo Essay
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

By: John Lumea

It opened in November 1963 as Gabe's Motor Inn --- but everybody who knows this building calls it Gabe's Tower.

With its groovy cylindrical form, its pastel-paneled façade, its 12th-floor restaurant and cocktail lounge, and its heated roof garden with swimming pool and retractable glass roof, this Owensboro, Ky., hotel — designed by local architect R. Ben Johnson (1921-2009) for restaurateur and local legend Gabe Fiorella, Sr. (1900-1977)  — was the hippest place in town in the 1960s and ‘70s.

2012 Holiday Book List
by info, posted on Monday, December 17, 2012

To celebrate the holiday season, Docomomo US has assembled its annual Holiday Book List. It is a compilation featuring all the books reviewed this year, plus a few bonus items that we recommend for the architecture and design enthusiasts on your gift list or for your own personal enjoyment! Best yet, every purchase originating from the Docomomo US website is a small gift to us, via our partnership with Amazon Associates.

Typewriters Have A Connection To Modern Architecture? Who Knew?
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

By Emily Rinaldi

Olivetti began as an Italian office machine manufacturer and grew into an international corporation, transforming into the leader of modern industrial design. Today, there is not only a renewed interest in reexamining the products they produced, but also a new movement, among contemporary industrial designers, in emulating Olivetti’s groundbreaking corporate philosophy that revolutionized the industrial design of the post-World War II era.

The Unique Modernism of Oregon
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

By Peter Meijer & Patience Stuart

Oregon’s Modern Movement legacy spans the spectrum from the exquisite Memorial Coliseum, to the benign Drive-in Restaurants, and world renowned structures such as the Michael Graves Portland Building that push the edges of its modern architecture inventory. As we welcome our fourteenth chapter, Docomomo US/Oregon, chapter President Peter Meijer discusses the state's modern resources and its unique interpretation of modernism defined as the Northwest Regional Style.

Introducing Docomomo ISC Education + Theory
by info, posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

This summer, students of the Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Jennifer Whisenhunt and Mary Park joined Docomomo International as editors for the International Specialist Committee on Education and Theory (ISC E+T).

2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize
by info, posted on Friday, January 24, 2014

The 2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize has been awarded to the Architectural Consortium for Hizuchi Elementary School for its restoration of Hizuchi Elementary School in Hizuchi, Yawatahama City, Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku Island, Japan. Designed by the Japanese municipal architect Masatsune Matsumura, the school was nominated by a consortium of Japanese architects and professors including Docomomo Japan Chair Hiroyuki Suzuki.

Victor Christ-Janer House Under Threat of Demolition
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

The late architect Victor Christ-Janer’s home located on 77 Frogtown Road in New Canaan, Connecticut has been threatened to be demolished.

Call for Papers: APTNE 2013 Historic Concrete Restoration
posted on Monday, September 17, 2012

Call for Presentations – APTNE 2013 Annual Symposium: Historic Concrete Restoration

The Association of Preservation Technology, Northeast Chapter invites the submission of presentations for the February 1, 2013 Symposium to be held at a venue in Stamford, Connecticut. There will be 1 Keynote Speaker, approximately 8 presentations, and 2 student presentations. The focus of the Symposium will be Historic Concrete Restoration.

Papers on the following topics are encouraged:

Modern League Visits NYC Pocket Parks
posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

Join the Modern League this Sunday, September 16th and bask in the last moments of NYC summer glory with a Pocket Park Tour. The event begins at 3:30 pm at the Greenacre Park (located on 51th Street between 2nd and 3rd Aves) and will conclude at the outdoor seating of Blockheads on 50th Street.
 
Let’s enjoy some crisp air and urban foliage this Sunday with The Modern League!
 

Docomomo International Conference: Finland
by info, posted on Monday, September 17, 2012

TapiolaIn early August, roughly thirty Americans joined our Docomomo colleagues in Finland for the 12th annual Docomomo International Conference entitled The Survival of Modern, From Coffee Cup to General Plan. The week-long event took place in Tapiola, the lush garden city neighborhood of Espoo, and included a number of evening receptions in Helsinki and more in-depth Doco Tours throughout the area. With delightful temperatures in the low 70s and long days where the sun hovered at the horizon during the evenings, Docomomo US members were treated to stimulating discussions of the challenges facing architecture and conservation professionals across the globe.

Will Neutra's Cyclorama Survive The War On Demolition?
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014
By: Emily Rinaldi
 
Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander’s Cyclorama Building (1959 - 1962) remains significant both because of its built form, as well as its connection with the renowned post-World War II public program, Mission 66. Unfortunately, its location within Gettysburg National Park has placed it in the line of fire, conflicting with the National Park Service’s 1999 decision “to rehabilitate the North Cemetery Ridge to its historic 1863 and commemorative-era appearance.” 
Shockwaves Damage Oscar Niemeyer Brasilia Landmark
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

Interview with Elcio Gomes da Silva
By Danilo Matoso Macedo - chair of Docomomo Brasilia

On Sunday, June 1st, a shockwave caused by the passage of two Mirage 2000 fighters, splintered a whole glass-wall of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court Building, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The aircrafts were performing during a monthly flag-change ceremony on the Plaza of the Three Powers, in Brasília, the modern capital of Brazil designed by Lucio Costa in 1957, and listed as World Heritage in 1987. At the plaza, The Supreme Court Building, along with the Palace of Congress and the presidential Planalto Palace, form the most emblematic monumental site of the young town.

Get Ready for Tour Day 2012!
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

Docomomo US Tour Day 2012 is almost here! In less than a month enthusiasts of the modernist movement will be able to take part in one of the largest nation-wide events dedicated to exploring sites and structures. Docomomo US has pulled together an exciting line up of tours and programs taking place in over twenty states exploring the country’s diverse and fascinating modern architecture.

Docomomo International Journal 46
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

Docomomo International Journal 46: Designing Modern Life is complete and will be hitting mailboxes soon. Journal 46 includes essays and articles discussing the interior space as a site for design and modernism through its spatial configuration, devices and furniture. Guest editor Bárbara Coutinho.

Docomomo US Tour Day 2012: Preview
posted on Friday, January 24, 2014

In just two short months Docomomo US will kick off its sixth annual Tour Day 2012 featuring a wide array of programs that seek to celebrate modern architecture. Already with over 30 tours in more than 20 states, Tour Day 2012 continues to be the largest national event devoted to the appreciation and preservation of modern American architecture. Participants can enjoy a variety of events from a historic neighborhood circuit on a double decker bus to an interiors tour of six private residences constructed by six different architects. The number and location of tours continues to grow daily.

Is Mad Men good for preservation?
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

By: Emily Rinaldi

AMC’s fifteen time Emmy Award winning series, Mad Men, has become the pop culture standard for everything 1960s. From fashion to interior design, Mad Men spawned a renewed interest in the period.

Preserving Hawai’i’s Post-War Commercial Development
posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

By: Alison Chiu

Existing shopping centers built between the 1950s through the 1970s on the island of Oahu are unique examples of Modernist architecture in Hawai’i, and they comprise the majority of large-scale commercial buildings on the island (or, even amongst the other islands, which did not experience the same level of commercial impact and tourist travel as Oahu during the post-war era). Precast arches, folded plates, thin shells, and barrel roofs are among the various methods of concrete forms adorning the structures. The Modernist architecture of post-war Hawai’i blended international appeal and construction techniques with a distinct regional style that looked to reinforce traditional Hawaiian heritage and articulate new perspectives on Hawaiian American identity. Although these shopping centers retain varying degrees of design and material integrity, market-driven development and renovation continually threaten to erase this important snapshot of Modern aesthetics and construction.

Potential Threat for Sert Designed School in Cambridge
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

In the latest instance of a potential threat to an important modern era school, the City of Cambridge is in the process of completing a Feasibility Study for Josep Lluis Sert’s Martin Luther King Junior Elementary School (1972) in which the preferred recommendation is the replacement of the school with a new building. This is Sert’s only primary school in the United States and it is located across the street from and complements his earlier Peabody Terrace Graduate Housing complex for Harvard University.

Celebrating the Seattle World’s Fair
posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

By Eugenia Woo

As a project of “The Next Fifty” Docomomo US/WEWA and Historic Seattle presented a three-part lecture series at Seattle Center in June 2012 that focused on the architecture and design heritage of the Seattle World’s Fair and its influence and impact beyond the Fair’s original campus. As part of the larger six-month long (April – October 2012) 50th anniversary celebration organized by the Seattle Center Foundation (“The Next Fifty”), Docomomo US/WEWA was thrilled to present talks by locally and nationally prominent speakers including Docomomo US President Theodore Prudon. The lecture series and project, titled “Welcome to the Future: Century 21 and Living Modern,” presented a great opportunity for Docomomo US/WEWA to develop partnerships and sponsorships with Historic Seattle, The Next Fifty and Pacific Science Center, with grant funding provided by 4Culture and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We also produced a project website/blog at century21mod.com.

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