Docomomo US is the working party of Docomomo in the United States. It is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit organization, a union of regional chapters that shares its members' knowledge of and enthusiasm for the Modern Movement, promotes public interest in it through lectures and walking tours, and organizes advocacy efforts to protect endangered sites and buildings.
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- International Views: mAAN Seoul Declaration 2011
- Chapter News: Frank Lloyd Wright Conference in Philadelphia
- Paul Rudolph Vacancy in North Carolina
- Book Announcement: Climate and Architecture
- Save the Date: EAHN 2012, Docomomo International Conference, and more
- Photo Contest
LOST: I.M. PEI SUNDROME
The wrecking ball has officially come down on the 1969 I.M. Pei-designed Terminal 6, also known as the Sundrome, at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, despite pleas from Henry N. Cobb, a colleague at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, and numerous preservation advocates.
Docomomo US has received good news from our colleagues at the Los Angeles Conservancy, who reports that escrow has closed on the Kronish House in Beverly Hills (Richard Neutra, 1955), and that the buyer intends to restore the home.
Last month, Docomomo US became aware of developments to impede on the Louis I. Kahn parliamentary complex, Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban (National Assembly Building), in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The complex, which began construction in 1961 and was completed in 1982, is largely considered one of Kahn’s greatest architectural achievements. The threat involves a proposed railway route which will take up a stretch of lawn on the eastern side of the Sangsad complex.
This month World Monuments Fund (WMF) announced their annual list of Watch Sites. The 67 sites from 41 countries and territories range from prehistoric to brutalist and include gardens, palaces, bridges, and entire neighborhoods. The Modern Movement is represented on the list with the inclusion of 510 Fifth Avenue (Manufacturers Trust Company Building, SOM, 1954), Manitoga (Russel Wright, 1942 through 1976), British Brutalism, Casa sobre el Arroyo (Amancio Williams, circa 1940s), and Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center (1971).
In August 2011, the modern Asian Architecture Network (mAAN) held a conference in Seoul entitled Our Living Heritage: Industrial Buildings and Sites of Asia. A product of the conference is the mAAN Seoul Declaration regarding the conservation of Asia’s industrial heritage.
CHAPTER UPDATE: FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT IN PHILADELPHIA
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy recently held their annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the end of September with over 200 in attendance. Exploring the theme of Frank Lloyd Wright and the East Coast, the conference was structured around panel discussions in the morning and architectural tours in the afternoon, all with a special focus on Philadelphia. Christian Busch and William Whitaker, both members of Docomomo US/Philadelphia, were the co-chairs of this year’s conference.
Docomomo US has recently learned that Paul Rudolph’s 1969-72 Burroughs Wellcome & Company building in Durham, North Carolina has been vacated and is currently on the market for sale. Owned by Glaxo SmithKline, the original building was designed using a steel A-frame structure and terraced floors, and is characterized by a striking elongated hexagonal section.
In connection with the exhibition of the same name, the book was written by several researchers in close association with the Institute of Architectural Technology and edited by Torben Dahl. The book's most important message is that an analysis of the local climatic conditions and an involvement of the quiet climatic adaptation, being in the traditional architecture of the very same environment, imply a rich and unexploited architectural potential.
No one was able to identify the criss-crossed staircase of the Miegs Field Terminal (Consoer & Morgan, 1961) on Northerly Island, the remains of the Merrill C. Meigs Field Airport. This photo was submitted by member Howard Mock. Have a photo for our monthly trivia contest? Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Better luck this month!
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