IN THE NEWS: AIArchitect Profiles Author Theodore Prudon

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.

THREATENED: Suburban Corporate Office Complexes

New York Times columnist David Dunlap explores the fate of numerous suburban corporate campuses confronting 21st-century realities, including the battle surrounding Saarinen's Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs in Holmdel, N.J.

THREATENED: IBM Building, Honolulu

The potential doom of Honolulu's 1962 IBM Building, designed by the late Vladimir Ossipoff, has some architects lamenting the loss of what they consider a historic icon.

URGENT: Help Prevent Oil Drilling Near Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty

Robert Smithson's monumental earthwork Spiral Jetty (1970) is located on the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Using black basalt rocks and earth from the site, the artist created a coil 1500 feet long and 15 feet wide that stretches out counterclockwise into the translucent red water. Spiral Jetty was acquired by Dia Art Foundation as a gift from the Estate of the artist in 1999.

Preservation Alert Update: Impressive Modern Building Available for Adaptive Use

Building 521 - Gunner's Mate School at Great Lakes Naval Station in North Chicago, Illinois is threatened with demolition. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 1954, this amazing Bruce Graham-designed building has been unused for years.

The Navy is moving forward with plans to demolish this building. However, the Navy is open to an outside entity/contractor using the building or to disassembling and moving the building off the base.

 

The Navy is accepting proposals for re-use of the building through Wednesday, February 13, 2008.

Preservation Alert: Impressive Modern Building Available for Adaptive Use

Building 521 - Gunner's Mate School at Great Lakes Naval Station in North Chicago, Illinois is threatened with demolition. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 1954, this notable Bruce Graham-designed building has been unused for years.

On Tuesday, January 29, 2008 the U.S. Dept. of the Navy will hold a public meeting to explore alternative uses for this structure. The Navy is open to an outside entity/contractor using the building or to disassembling and moving the building off the base. The meeting will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Visitor Center at Great Lakes Naval Station Farragut Avenue, Great Lakes, lllinois, phone: (847) 688-5648.

Symposium At Cummer To Honor Mid-Century Modern Architects And Architecture on January 15, 2008

Jacksonville, Florida, January 15, 2008.

The Jacksonville Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and DOCOMOMO Florida are sponsoring a one-day symposium highlighting the achievements of architecture's Modern Movement in Northeast Florida.

The event will be held at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens (829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville) on March 1, 2008. A morning session with presentations by North Florida's most well-know architects and by nationally recognized architectural scholars will begin at 10:30 a.m. and last until 12:45 p.m.

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