NEWSLETTER

Flashback: Ennobling the Ordinary: Postwar Mass Housing and the Challenge of Change

Welcome to another installment of our Flashback series. This month we are highlighting an article on post war mass housing titled "Ennobling the Oridinary: Postwar Mass Housing and the Challenge of Change" first published in the Docomomo Journal No. 39 - September 2008: Public Housing. Docomomo US is co-sponsoring and moderating the upcoming symposia Designing Better Affordable Housing taking place at the Museum of the City of New York on Tuesday, December 1st. The lecture is part of a series of programs related to the exhibition: Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy.

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Cuba’s Vanishing Modernity: The Architecture of Nicolas Quintana (1925-2011)

By Josef Asteinza

The architecture of the Cuban Modern Movement is represented in a broad collection of exceptional and original buildings, especially in Havana and Varadero. In spite of their quality, duly recognized in Cuba and abroad, the survival of many of these works is threatened by neglect, lack of resources, or more recently, the forces of development, as the fate of Nicolás Quintana’s works clearly demonstrates.

Recap: Tour Day 2015

Explore Modern

This Tour Day, thousands of participants took advantage of the beautiful fall weather and explored both modern masterpieces and local gems all across the United States. Some sites celebrated anniversaries, some victories, while others were rediscovered, but all the tours and events brought attention to our rich modern heritage and the necessity to preserve it. We are extremely grateful to Martie Lieberman and The Architect's Newspaper for being our official Tour Day sponsors and to all of our chapters, partners, and participants who joined us in exploring modern. Save the date for Tour Day 2016, which will be held on Saturday, October 8th!

Threats to Chicago's Late Modernism

As we go to press in the newsletter, Docomomo US has been made aware of demolition threats to a number of Chicago's significant examples of late modernism. In addition to demolition plans already in the works for the 1971 Gene Summers designed Malcolm X College, the James R. Thompson Center and McCormick Place Lakeside Center are also being discussed as potential redevelopment sites. 

Saving a Cold War Era Building in Seattle

By Docomomo US/WEWA

The Nuclear Reactor Building at the University of Washington

In the wake of World War II, the atomic technology that sealed victory for the United States was welcomed by the American public as a source of cheap and efficient energy. With enthusiasm for the new technology, the University of Washington and many other universities sought to establish programs in nuclear engineering.

Flashback: Preserving MoMo-interiors in the USA

For the third installment of our Flashback series we are highlighting an article on preserving modern corporate interiors written by Docomomo US president, Theodore Prudon titled "Preserving MoMo-interiors in the USA" first published in the Docomomo Journal No. 22 - May 2000: Modern Houses.

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Postmodernism Preserved: Michael Graves' Reinhold Apartment

By Timothy Rohan

Inside a Brooklyn Museum warehouse is a remarkable relic of postmodernism: a suite of rooms designed and built between 1979 and 1981 by Michael Graves for Susan and John Reinhold’s apartment at 101 Central Park West, New York. This little known artifact has never been publicly displayed since being dismantled and donated to the museum in 1986. Part of a larger duplex, the suite consists of a library and child’s bedroom. Built-in bookshelves, wall paneling, and multi-tiered ceilings define the rooms, forming a completely designed, cohesive interior recalling French boiserie in concept. The suite exemplifies Graves’ signature style of muted colors and abstracted classicism, best known from his landmark Portland Building of 1982.1

 

Campaign to Restore Kiley Garden

By: Amanda Brown and Friends of Kiley Garden

A Dan Kiley designed landscape without trees or water features is a sad sight. Yet, the Tampa garden that now bears the name of landscape architect, Dan Urban Kiley, is just that. Dan Kiley was the leading American modernist landscape architects working in the postwar period, known for his work on the Lincoln Center plaza, Fountain Plaza in Dallas, Miller house garden and US Air Force campus garden designs.

UPDATE: The Looming Threat to Orange Coast College

Our June Brief brought attention to the potential threat facing the buildings designed by Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander and Garrett Eckbo designed landscapes on the campus of Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California as a result of the district’s new master plan titled “Vision 2020.” Since then, an Environmental Impact Report, including a Historical Structures Report and Alternatives, has been completed. The district recently held a public forum to discuss their plans to move forward with Vision 2020, and though these buildings have been deemed worthy of designation on the National Register, their future is still threatened.

Visiting Breuer's House in the Garden

By Meredith Arms Bzdak 

Images: Liz Waytkus

Last December, the DOCOMOMO US Board of Directors had a special opportunity to spend several days at the Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in Pocantico Hills, NY. Many happy hours were spent engaged in strategic planning meetings, but there was also time to explore the beautiful estate. The Pocantico Center is managed by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as part of its agreement with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and includes a range of historic structures. While many are familiar with Kykuit, the John D. Rockefeller Estate completed in 1913, fewer are aware that the Pocantico Center also serves as the home of a Modern residence designed by Marcel Breuer.

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