Parker Center continues to face threat of demolition

This past week, The Los Angeles Conservancy reported that the City of Los Angeles' Municipal Facilities Committee recently voted in favor of demolishing Parker Center based on the Bureau of Engineering’s (BOE) claim that the preservation alternative will cost nearly $107 million more. The plan to replace the building was presented before the City’s Entertainment and Facilities Committee on Tuesday, January 10, 2017Read more about why the Parker Center is being demolished for the wrong reasons and view the Conservancy's alternative proposal.

Save the Historic Lexington Center

In 1966, Hideo Sasaki, Norman Fletcher, and Walter Pierce, all renowned practitioners of modernism and residents of Lexington, Massachusetts, produced a “Plan for Lexington Center,” an elegant design to turn a drab suburban center into a series of “living rooms” in which the community of Lexington could congregate. This design, executed in 1967, has been highly successful and has stood the test of time, as evidenced by a 2008 Tufts University study designating Lexington as a “Model Town Center.” However, now this iconic streetscape is threatened.

2017 Modernism in America Awards

Submissions now being accepted.

Docomomo US is accepting submissions for the 2017 Modernism in America Awards in the following categories: Design, Inventory/Survey and Advocacy. Now in its fourth year, the Modernism in America Awards acknowledges the people and projects working to preserve, restore and rehabilitate our modern heritage sensitively and productively.

The Story of Superlite

This March Docomomo US is traveling to Phoenix to host the fifth National Symposium titled Modernism and Climate in partnership with Modern Phoenix Week. One of the nine tours offered during the four-day event is the Superlite Block Manufacturing Plant tour. The article below, written by Taz Loomans, gives an inside look into the history of Superlite as a building material and company. The article was first published on Modern Phoenix's website in 2011. 

 

 

Exploring Vincent Kling: Houses

By Daniel Vieyra and Grace Ong Yan, President of Docomomo-US Greater Philadelphia, and adapted from the event brochure, Vincent Kling: Houses, written and designed by Daniel Vieyra with graphics by by Karen Ramsey

On October 15, 2017, Docomomo US-Greater Philadelphia ran a successful tour, Vincent Kling: Houses that was months in the making. The sold out event was organized by board member, Daniel Vieyra, Ph.D., AIA. Vincent Kling: Houses was attended by fifty modern enthusiasts including architectural historians, architects, designers, and modern homeowners. It was part of both Docomomo's National Tour Day 2016 and DesignPhiladelphia.

National Symposium 2017: Phoenix, Arizona

National Symposium 2017: Phoenix, Arizona

Docomomo US is pleased to announce we are partnering with our colleagues at Modern Phoenix to host the 2017 National Symposium in conjunction with the annual Modern Phoenix Week. Dates for the Symposium: March 29th through April 2nd are a bit earlier in the year to take advantage of the milder spring weather in Arizona. Additional details including tours and lectures is now available. REGISTER TODAY.


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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 1:00PM

Testimony needed in support of the Ambassador Grill

In a stunning turn of events, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to hear the UN Plaza Hotel (now ONE UN New York owned by Millennium Hotels and Resorts) lobby and Ambassador Grill as the city's 118th interior landmark. 

The public hearing date has been set for November 22, 2016 and Docomomo US requests the participation of willing individuals to deliver testimony and all who are available join us in a collective show of support for this important designation.
 

Ambassador Grill calendared for Interior Landmark Designation

In a stunning turn of events, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously this week to hear the UN Plaza Hotel (now ONE UN New York owned by Millennium Hotels and Resorts) lobby and Ambassador Grill as the city's 118th interior landmark. 

Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair of the LPC said in her remarks this was an exciting designation for a number of reasons as it reflects the values of its time, and is different from any designation the Commission has ever seen before. Described as remarkable examples of "cusp architecture", Kevin Roche's lobby is in fact the first example of postmodernism to be considered for calendaring in New York City. Chair Srinivasan added that this designation confirms the evolution over time of the Commission and strongly recommended the spaces for a hearing and designation. The public hearing date for the spaces has been set for updated November 22, 2016 (October 25, 2016). 
 
 

Ralph Haver: Everyman's Modernist

Next spring, the Docomomo US National Symposium is heading west to the desert paradise, Phoenix, Arizona where attendees will get a chance to experience not only Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West and Paolo Soleri's Arcosonti, but also the rich heritage of modern architecture designed by its regional architects.

Below is an article by the founding editor of ModernPhoenix.net, Alison King, on Ralph Haver; one of the local architects responsible for shaping modern Phoenix and who will be featured during the symposium, which takes place March 29 through April 1, 2017. Click here to see the full Ralph Haver Archive.

Docomomo US begins next phase of new website

After more than a year of planning, research and development, Docomomo US is pleased to be embarking on a next phase for the Docomomo US website. Redesigned to be more visual with a simpler user experience, the new site feature new functionality as well as content from the current website and Docomomo US’ important Register of modern buildings and sites.

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