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.
On the weekend of April 16th, the Docomomo U.S. Board convened for its annual “face-to-face” meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The gathering was organized by members of the New England Chapter and meetings were hosted in the Cambridge office of Bruner-Cott & Associates. The 2-day session focused on a review of the U.S. organization’s operational mission and strategies.
Renowned architect John Carl “Jack” Warnecke died on April 17 at his home in Sonoma County, California at age 91.
Warnecke led one of the largest architectural firms in the nation — John Carl Warnecke and Associates - and produced designs for the Hawaii statehouse, embassies in Washington and abroad, structures at the U.S. Naval Academy, international airports and major universities. Warnecke was also responsible for designing the John F. Kennedy gravesite memorial at Arlington Cemetery.
Read his obituary here in the Press Democrat.
A federal court has halted the National Park Service plan to demolish the 1961 Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander designed Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg.
In a comprehensive ruling, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia upheld a challenge filed by the Recent Past Preservation Network, Christine Madrid French and Dion Neutra. The court held that the U.S. National Park Service failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) before deciding to tear down the historic building, and ordered the agency to consider alternatives to demolition.
Join Theo Prudon and Graham Balkany, leader of the 2009 international preservation campaign to save Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital as a newly attributed work of Walter Gropius, in a discussion of the synergy between research discoveries and advocacy for understudied and underappreciated modernist buildings. Members of DOCOMOMO, preservationists, historians, and enthusiasts of modernism are invited
to share accounts of research that has come to the rescue of “non-iconic” modernism.
DOCOMOMO US at the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Columbian Room
April 23, 2010, 12 - 1:30pm
Theo Prudon, President, DOCOMOMO US, Facilitator
The Cape Cod Modern House Trust will welcome visitors to the Kugel/Gips House, which it restored and updated with the help of volunteers including Fox Diehl Architects. The 2,200-square-foot residence was designed by Charles Zhender, one of the most prolific Modernist architects on the Cape during the 1960s and ’70s.
Read the full story here: http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/2010/100402capecod.asp
The DOCOMOMO US Newsletter is here! Highlights include articles on Breuer, the DOCOMOMO US annual Modern Architecture Tour Day (save the date: October 9, 2010), and the upcoming Docomomo International conference in Mexico City, August 19-27, 2010.
Download the PDF here
The 'Kreuzberg Tower' in Berlin, one of John Hejduk's few realized buildings and one of his largest, is being threatened. After years of neglect, the building's new owner, BerlinHaus Verwaltung GmbH, plans to significantly alter the exterior of the building.
Please sign the petition to save the "Kreuzberg Tower'!!
Join DOCOMOMO US President Theo Prudon at New York's Center for Architecture (CFA) for "Modernism by Choice: The Economy, Politics, and Sustainability of Preservation." The symposium is in conjunction with the World Monuments Fund's Modernism at Risk exhibition, currently on view at the Center For Architecture.
Modernism by Choice:The Economy,Politics, and Sustainability of Preservation
AIA CES: 4.5 LU, 4.5 HSW
When: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM SATURDAY, MARCH 20