The future of the 28-year-old Marcel Breuer designed Central Library of the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System is in doubt due to a push by members of the Fulton County Commission to pursue construction of a new “world-class” library facility. In November, Fulton County voters will consider approval of a $275 million bond issue, which would allow partial funding for the new facility.
The City of Miami Historic Preservation and Environmental Board (HEPB) approved, by a 7-1 vote, the nomination of the Miami Marine Stadium for Historic Designation. The HEPB now will conduct and study to determine whether the structure should be designated. The study should take 2-4 months; then the Stadium will go back to the HEPB for approval.
Selected issues from John Entenza's Arts & Architecture Magazine (1945-1967), including the historic Case Study House Projects are now available on the internet. The A&A website is made possible by Benedikt Taschen and his eponymous publishing house, which is re-issuing the magazine in book form in the Fall of 2008.
The DOCOMOMO Turkey National Working Party has learned with great concern that Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality and Erciyes University plan to demolish some of existing parts of the Sümerbank Textile Factory Complex in Kayseri (Turkstoj, 1935) for a landscaping and land-development project.
The Sümerbank Complex was one of the earliest industrial production plants of the young Turkish Republic. It was not only intended for the development of the local and national economy but also as a part of the socio-political revolution aimed at nation-building and modernization.
On May 13th, presumably due to a short circuit caused by a faulty water pipe, a disastrous fire occurred at the Faculty of Architecture Technical University of Delft. The building was designed and completed in the late 1960’s by Jaap Bakema of the architecture firm Van den Broek and Bakema.The building, also home of Docomomo Netherlands and the Organizing Committee of the 10th International Docomomo Conference, was completely destroyed. Fortunately, the building was evacuated in time and there were no injuries. However, the loss of work of faculty and students, including damage to the library collection, one of the best in Europe with over 40,000 publications is regrettable.
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected a development proposal that would have demolished nine buildings in the Greenwich Village Historic District, including Albert Ledner's 1964 National Maritime Union.
By Dave Weinstein, San Francisco Chronicle. Published May 3, 2008
Parkmerced Investors plans to make major changes to one of San Francisco's most unusual neighborhoods, including demolishing the garden apartments, preserving the high-rises and adding others, along with new midrise dwellings. Many of the streets and most of the open space would be reconfigured as well.
PRESERVATION OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE by Theodore H.M. Prudon is now available.
As Modern architecture ages to a point where preservation is necessary, the methods and technology used in preservation must be carefully considered to maintain the design integrity of the building. This book is a guide for the professional architect who is interested in a broad background in preservation as a field as well as specific material and technology issues in preservation.
DOCOMOMO US has launched a new service for its members to stay current and connected to topics related to the architecture of the modern movement. The network offers the opportunity for members to engage in discussions, networking, national events and more.
The Dutch chapter of Docomomo is honoured to host the 10th International Docomomo Conference: The Challenge of Change, Dealing with the Legacy of the Modern Movement. The conference will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in September 2008 and will mark the 20th anniversary of DOCOMOMO.
DOCOMOMO US is pleased to offer a limited number of travel scholarships for full time students registered in historic preservation programs at US universities to participate in associated Student Workshop.
The Modern movement in architecture produced a body of work of a scale and impact unprecedented in the history of humankind. Modern architecture was the physical manifestation of a broad social and philosophical movement that forever changed the course of human history. At its best, the Modern movement captured a spirit of progress, openness, and an uplifting of the human condition, offering to convert lofty civic ideals into physical reality. These ideas not only reflected the sweeping social and cultural aspirations of the day, but were also a manifestation of a response to the Enlightenment promise of progress that continues to resonate around the world. It is therefore imperative that we continue to take into account the context and essence of this generative philosophy as we formulate preservation strategies, so that they may yield interventions that both reveal and clarify the meaning of the heritage of the Modern movement.
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Theo Prudon is a Dutch-born architect and principal of Prudon & Partners, a firm specializing in restoration. As the founding president of DoCoMoMo/US (The Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites, and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement), Prudon leads the U.S. chapter of the international organization dedicated to preserving Modernist structures. Prudon also is a DoCoMoMo International board member and an adjunct associate professor of historic preservation at Columbia University. His book on the preservation of modern architecture will be released on April 18.