IN THE NEWS: Architect David Fixler on Preserving Modern Architecture in the Postmodern World

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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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.

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