The New England Chapter brings together members of the professional design, architecture, preservation, and real estate development communities; academics; and interested lay persons committed to bringing the extremely broad knowledge base of its diverse membership to bear on our understanding and appreciation of both the canonical and "hidden" works of the modern movement. They cooperate to publicize, register, and, when needed, advocate for the rich legacy of the modern movement in a region that contains works by famed pioneers (Aalto, Gropius, Le Corbusier, Wright and others) and postwar architectural and landscape designers such as Louis Kahn, Dan Kiley, I.M Pei and Paul Rudolph, as well as by a growing list of previously unrecognized practitioners of interwar "invisible modernism." It works closely with museums, universities, architecture schools, local preservation organizations, regulatory agencies and historical commissions on education and advocacy; serves as a primary information source for owners of modernist properties; and organizes public lectures and tours for both specialists and nonspecialist audiences. Massachusetts-based since its foundation in 1997, it is eager to collaborate with interested individuals, agencies and institutions throughout the entire region.
Brutalism + the Public University: Past, Present and Future
This two-day symposium will provide a unique platform that brings together nation-wide scholars, industry professionals and passionate citizens with an interest in concrete Brutalist architecture and preservation of the architectural icons.
Claire T. Carney Library, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth285 Old Westport Rd, Dartmouth, MA, 02747
Travel Tour: Mass Modernism 2021
From the 1930s to the 1970s, modernist architecture thrived in New England. Despite economic problems and a conservative culture, the region fostered the practices of Bauhaus refugees and their students. This tour examines the buildings they made for clients and themselves, from monumental buildings for a renewed downtown Boston to their family houses in the suburbs to experimental weekend houses on Cape Cod. Modernism in New England demonstrates how regional and international tendencies could be in dialogue with one another to make a unique landscape which holds many lessons for the 21st century.
Planning for the Future of the Boston Government Services Center
The Boston Government Services Center (BGSC), also known as the Lindemann-Hurley complex, was arguably the most architecturally ambitious project of the Government Center development. Today, the complex is in need of comprehensive renewal, and the Commonwealth is beginning to explore options. Henry Moss, AIA, Principal of Bruner/Cott Associates, will present the steps and findings of this process both as they inform preservation efforts and potential future development.