Docomomo US joins Climate Heritage Network
Docomomo US has signed on as an endorsing organization of the Climate Heritage Network, a voluntary, mutual support network of local and city, state/provincial and regional, indigenous peoples’, and national arts, culture and heritage governmental and quasi-governmental boards, offices, ministries and site management agencies as well as NGOs, universities, businesses and other organizations committed to aiding their communities in tackling climate change.
Docomomo US Response to Draft Executive Order
Docomomo US became aware in the last few weeks of a draft executive order that is circulating for consideration by the White House officials that would designate “classical” architecture as the preferred style for federal buildings. This significantly alters the long-standing Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture written in 1962 by Daniel Patrick Moynihan which states that Federal architecture and new buildings should place major emphasis “on the choice of designs that embody the finest contemporary American architectural thought.” The policy continues to explicitly state, “The development of an official style must be avoided. Design must flow from the architectural profession to the government and not vice versa”.
The '70s turn 50
Docomomo US announces its thematic focus for 2020: the '70s turn 50. Love it or hate it, architecture of the 1970s now has another label: historic. The 1970s turn 50 in 2020 and Docomomo US will spend the year looking at a time of great change and an even greater variety of forms, technical advances and ideas of architectural thinking.
Enjoy a stay at this early passive solar home, thanks to preservationists
The Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation has completed Phase I restoration of the historic Ball-Paylore home designed by architect Arthur T. Brown, FAIA in 1952 for clients Phyllis Ball and Patricia Paylore. The property is now available for limited tours and overnight stays.
Glass House joins Explore Modern Houses Partnership
Docomomo US believes one of the best ways to foster increased awareness and appreciation for significant sites is to experience them firsthand, which is why we started the Explore Modern Houses Partnership. Today, we are excited to welcome the Glass House to the partnership.
Your Impact on Modernism
It has been nearly twenty-five years since the founding of Docomomo US in 1995. Working as a small group of volunteer professionals in uncharted territory, we laid the foundation for our work by contributing suggestions for the first tentative list of American Modern heritage proposed for inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Since our founding, hundreds of significant modern sites have been saved or designated because of our collective work, our network, and people like you.
Restoration of Philip Johnson's NY State Pavilion finally set to start
After years of sitting forlorn and abandoned, the New York City Parks Department finally has enough funding to move forward with the long-awaited restoration of the New York State Pavilion, designed by Philip Johnson for the 1964 World's Fair.
Indiana Modern announces Instagram photo contest
Do you love all things Mid-Century in Indiana? Indiana Modern, an affinity group of Indiana Landmarks has announced a contest on Instagram, #INModernLove, starting Aug. 19 and running through Oct. 1, that challenges people to post their best images of Indiana mid-century structures and landscapes.
New Book on Thin Shell Modernism and Structural Engineer Jack Christiansen
A new book on the thin shell concrete designs of innovative structural engineer Jack Christiansen (1927 - 2017) has just been published by University of Washington (UW) Press. Christiansen made significant contributions to modernist architecture in the Pacific Northwest. An exhibition of Christiansen’s work, co-sponsored by Docomomo US/WEWA, will be on view at the University of Washington this fall.