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Fire Destroys Faculty of Architecture at Technical University, Delft
by info, posted on Thursday, May 22, 2008

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.

IN THE NEWS: Dallas Hilton Named in National Trust's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List
by info, posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008
IN THE NEWS: Berlin's Tempelhof Airport to Close
by info, posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008
IN THE NEWS: Albert Ledner's National Maritime Union
by info, posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected a development proposal that would have demolished nine buildings in the Greenwich Village Historic District, including Albert Ledner's 1964 National Maritime Union.

THREATENED: Parkmerced, San Francisco
by info, posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Parkmerced: Symbol of future or the past?

By Dave Weinstein, San Francisco Chronicle. Published May 3, 2008

Parkmerced Investors plans to make major changes to one of San Francisco's most unusual neighborhoods, including demolishing the garden apartments, preserving the high-rises and adding others, along with new midrise dwellings. Many of the streets and most of the open space would be reconfigured as well.

Published! Theodore Prudon's Preservation of Modern Architecture
by info, posted on Monday, April 28, 2008
PRESERVATION OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE by Theodore H.M. Prudon is now available.
 
As Modern architecture ages to a point where preservation is necessary, the methods and technology used in preservation must be carefully considered to maintain the design integrity of the building.  This book is a guide for the professional architect who is interested in a broad background in preservation as a field as well as specific material and technology issues in preservation.  

 

Join Docomomo's new Social Network
by info, posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2008

DOCOMOMO US has launched a new service for its members to stay current and connected to topics related to the architecture of the modern movement.  The network offers the opportunity for members to engage in discussions, networking, national events and more.

Join now! http://docomomo.ning.com

2008 Docomomo International Conference & Student Workshop
by info, posted on Monday, October 27, 2008

The Dutch chapter of Docomomo is honoured to host the 10th International Docomomo Conference: The Challenge of Change, Dealing with the Legacy of the Modern Movement.  The conference will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in September 2008 and will mark the 20th anniversary of DOCOMOMO.

DOCOMOMO US is pleased to offer a limited number of travel scholarships for full time students registered in historic preservation programs at US universities to participate in associated Student Workshop.

Obituary: Joseph Amisano 1917-2008
by jon buono, posted on Thursday, April 17, 2008

Atlanta architect Joseph Amisano, FAIA died on Saturday April 12. A partner of the firm Toombs, Amisano, & Wells, his work defined the progressive period of post-WWII Atlanta.

IN THE NEWS: AIArchitect Profiles Author Theodore Prudon
by info, posted on Monday, March 10, 2008

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.

IN THE NEWS: Architect David Fixler on Preserving Modern Architecture in the Postmodern World
by info, posted on Friday, March 7, 2008

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.

To read the full article on AIArchitect's website, please click on the link below:

http://www.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek08/0307/0307t_fixler.cfm

THREATENED: Suburban Corporate Office Complexes
by info, posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2008

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
by info, posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2008

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.

THREATENED: Phillis Wheatley Elementary School, New Orleans
by info, posted on Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Phillis Wheatley Elementary School is in danger of demolition by the School Facilities Master Plan for Orleans Parish.

DOCOMOMO Residence Grant 2008
by info, posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008

DOCOMOMO International is delighted to open the 2008 call for candidacies for its residence grant in Paris to support research on the conservation and the documentation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods' of the Modern Movement.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS- The Preservation of Modernist Buildings!
by info, posted on Monday, October 1, 2007

At the request of its readers AIArchitect's next theme issue is focusing on the preservation of modernist buildings!

Call for Papers and Case Studies- 10th International DOCOMOMO Conference
by info, posted on Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Dutch chapter of DOCOMOMO is honoured to host the 10th International DOCOMOMO Conference, 13-20 September 2008, with the general theme 'The Challenge of Change'. The 2008 edition will mark the 20th anniversary of DOCOMOMO.

The venue will be the Van Nelle factory in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
This renowned Modern Movement icon will accommodate the conference programme of Parallel Paper and Case Study Presentations, Round-table Sessions, the 2nd edition of the International DOCOMOMO Student Workshop and public evening lectures by distinguished invited speakers. Pre- and postconference tours to Dutch MoMo buildings and other landmarks of Dutch
architecture will also be part of the conference programme.

EXHIBIT: Preservation as Provocation
by info, posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2007
2007 ACSA International Architectural Design Student Competition, June 4-22, 2007
EVENT: DOCOMOMO National Modern Movement Architecture Tour Day—Saturday, June 9, 2007
by info, posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007

DOCOMOMO US is planning with our chapters a day of tours nationwide on June 9, 2007 to bring attention – collectively – to the important modern buildings that are in our cities, towns and neighborhoods.

APPLY: Docomomo Summer Residence Grant in Paris
by info, posted on Monday, February 19, 2007
Docomomo International is delighted to announce the creation of an annual summer residence grant in Paris to support research on the conservation and the documentation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement.
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