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.
Parkmerced: Symbol of future or the past?
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.
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.
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Atlanta architect Joseph Amisano, FAIA died on Saturday April 12. A partner of the firm Toombs, Amisano, & Wells, his work defined the progressive period of post-WWII Atlanta.
AIArchitect Special Edition: Preserving Modern Buildings includes profile of DOCOMOMO/US founding president Theodore H.M. Prudon and article by DOCOMOMO/NE president David E. Fixler.
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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