The future of the 28-year-old Marcel Breuer designed Central Library of the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System is in doubt due to a push by members of the Fulton County Commission to pursue construction of a new “world-class” library facility. In November, Fulton County voters will consider approval of a $275 million bond issue, which would allow partial funding for the new facility.
The City of Miami Historic Preservation and Environmental Board (HEPB) approved, by a 7-1 vote, the nomination of the Miami Marine Stadium for Historic Designation. The HEPB now will conduct and study to determine whether the structure should be designated. The study should take 2-4 months; then the Stadium will go back to the HEPB for approval.
Selected issues from John Entenza's Arts & Architecture Magazine (1945-1967), including the historic Case Study House Projects are now available on the internet. The A&A website is made possible by Benedikt Taschen and his eponymous publishing house, which is re-issuing the magazine in book form in the Fall of 2008.
The DOCOMOMO Turkey National Working Party has learned with great concern that Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality and Erciyes University plan to demolish some of existing parts of the Sümerbank Textile Factory Complex in Kayseri (Turkstoj, 1935) for a landscaping and land-development project.
The Sümerbank Complex was one of the earliest industrial production plants of the young Turkish Republic. It was not only intended for the development of the local and national economy but also as a part of the socio-political revolution aimed at nation-building and modernization.
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.