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  • 2012 Modernism Prize - Call for Nominations

    World Monuments Fund (WMF) invites nominations for the 2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize, which will be awarded this fall to a design professional or firm in recognition of innovative design solutions that preserved or saved a modern landmark at risk. The biennial prize was established to raise public awareness of the contribution modernism makes to contemporary life, the important place modernism holds in the architectural record, and the influential role that architects and designers play in preserving modern heritage. 

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    E-NEWS ARCHIVE - DOCOMOMO US currently produces a monthly e-news brief including recent events, news and notices concerning the modern movement in the United States and around the world. E-news is developed and edited by Edith Bellinghausen with assistance from DOCOMOMO US members and chapters.

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    Palm Springs Modernism Week

    Palm Springs Modernism Week
    Tramway Gas Station (1965) by Albert Frey and Robson C. Chambers
    Modernism Week is an exciting 11-day celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, and culture in Palm Springs, California. This design aesthetic originated in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, and was typified by clean, simple lines which came to define desert modernism. Modernism Week is filled with a variety of events including architectural tours, films, lectures, an architectural symposium, educational events, and chic, fun parties in cool mid-century modern homes.
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    May 26, 2016

    Docomomo US has been made aware of a looming threat to Paul Rudolph's Blue Cross/Blue Shield building (1960) in Boston. The city is considering five proposals from firms to develop a prominant site next to the Blue Cross/Blue Shield building. Four out of the five proposals pose no threat to the Rudolph designed building and one proposal is unclear of its effects on the building. The proposal from developer Trans National plans to demolish the building during the second phase of construction. Candidates will be interviewed in the beginning of June. Docomomo US and Docomomo US/New England are monitoring the situation as it unfolds.

     

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     Docomomo US and Docomomo US/Michigan will launch the 2016 National Symposium Beyond Modernism? Moving the Recent Past Forward. The two-day symposium will look at the diverging design and theory of the late 1970 and early 1980s through examining its leading architects and designers and their iconic architectural contributions. Beyond Modernism seeks to broaden the discussion and expand our understanding of how those examples fit into the discourse of modernism.

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    January 11, 2016

    By Docomomo US/Georgia

    For several years members of the Atlanta/Fulton County Library Authority, the agency responsible for area library service, have proposed abandoning its Central Library, Marcel Breuer’s last built project before his death, for a new “iconic” library. The structure is similar in character to the recently restored and adapted Met Breuer, the former Whitney Museum in Manhattan. The stated justification for this proposal is one part criticism of Brutalist architecture and one part failure to maintain the relevancy of the library system in a time when the primacy of the printed book is being called in to question by a plethora of digital offerings.

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    SELECTIONS FROM THE REGISTER
    Transamerica Pyramid
    August 17, 2012
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    Holyoke Center, Harvard University
    August 17, 2012
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    Docomomo Ireland Hosts Conference

    Docomomo Ireland will host a one-day conference on Wednesday, November 10th entitled:

    What shall we do with the Modern Movement?

    The conference will feature some of Ireland's and Europe's leading experts about contemporary best practice in relation to the inventorying, protection, management, reinterpretation, repair and conservation of modern 20th century architecture. The event will explore the significance of Ireland's Modern Movement heritage in a unique event intended to feed into the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage survey of Dublin, beginning in 2011.

    Pre-registration is required.

    The Architecture of Harry Weese

    On Tuesday, October 26, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts will host a free lecture celebrating the release of The Architecture of Harry Weese, a new book by Robert Bruegmann and Kathleen Murphy Skolnik. The public is invited to experience the architecture of Harry Weese firsthand by joining Bruegmann for a lecture on the architect’s legacy in one of his most important buildings, the Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago. Built in 1968, the church is a consummate example of the architect’s pioneering style and his significant contributions to Chicago’s architectural history. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

     

    SAVE THE DATE: TOUR DAY 2010!

    The fourth Annual DOCOMOMO US Tour Day is upon us! Join DOCOMOMO US, our regional chapters and local
    preservation organizations for  more than twenty modern
    architecture tours throughout the United States.

    Saturday, October 9, 2010

    Click here for the schedule and additional information.

    Call for Papers: 1960 Rome Olympics

    A multi-disciplinary conference hosted by the American Academy in Rome from 30 September-2 October 2010 will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics. The conference focuses on these Games as a cultural turning point, with a significance—for Italy, the United States, the Soviet Union, and many other countries—that far transcends the actual sporting events, where the level of competition was unusually high.

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