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Honoring Two Great Modernists
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

As we reflect on the impact and legacies of John Johansen and Oscar Niemeyer, we thought we share some of the published work for the Docomomo International Journal and the Docomomo US E-News related to both architects.

Modern Meets Modern Design
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

By: Katherine Malishewsky

As contemporary architects continue to deal with the delicacies of creatively intervening in existing buildings, designing alongside iconic modern buildings has specifically proven to be a challenge (as seen in the struggle of adapting Eero Saarinen’s TWA terminal or in the controversial addition to Corbusier’s “Ronchamp” chapel by Renzo Piano). The most recent announcement in October of The Bacardi headquarters in Miami, Florida, now under its new owners (the National YoungArts Foundation), has hired Frank Gehry to convert the corporate complex into an art campus.

Braniff Operations and Maintenance Building: Threatened
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014
A number of preservation advocates, including the North Texas (NTX) chapter of Docomomo US, are concerned about the future of the iconic Braniff Operations and Maintenance Building (OMB), located at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. Recent briefings to the Dallas City Council by City of Dallas Aviation Department have included recommendations for demolition of the OMB to allow construction of an automobile showroom dealership.
Docomomo Central Bank in the 21st Century Competition
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014
The Headquarters of the Central Bank of Ireland on Dame Street in Dublin, designed by Stephenson & Gibney Associates, in 1980, may soon be vacated by its current occupants. What will become of this iconic building? Docomomo Ireland presents Central Bank in the 21st Century: an open design competition to develop ideas for what the building might become.
Announcing Docomomo ISC E+T Newsletter
by info, posted on Monday, December 17, 2012

Docomomo International Specialist Committee on Education and Theory (ISC E+T) is one of the four committees of Docomomo International. It concentrates on the fundamental relationship between education, theoretical approaches, and the preservation of the modern movement.

Membership Renewal Time
posted on Friday, January 3, 2014
Its membership renewal time in the Docomomo US office. Because of your participation and membership, our organization continues to lead local and national discussions on the preservation of modern architecture and promote public awareness of the significance of modernist works. Modern architecture and design is featured more prominently as evidenced in the increased coverage in publications such as the New York Times and television shows like Mad Men and Pan Am. As a member-based organization, your Docomomo US membership is essential in promoting that public awareness and interest. As the end of the year approaches, please consider renewing your membership or become a first-time member.
The Fuller Dome: Bucky’s Personal Residence Preservation Project: Carbondale, IL
by info, posted on Friday, November 30, 2012

Dome ExteriorBy Shannon McDonald 

“All of humanity now has the option to “make it” successfully and sustainably, by virtue of our having minds, discovering principles, and being able to employ these principles to do more with less”

R. Buckminster Fuller Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, 1969 © The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller. All rights reserved.
Many do not know that Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIUC) was a hotbed of modernism in the 1960’s. Academics, artists, writers, poets, doers and thinkers found shelter and conversation in the complex landscape of southern Illinois where the hills and forest mediate the confluence of the farming plains and the Mississippi delta. The area is defined by its railroads and river boats, the New Madrid fault and where coal, timber, salt and the river trade developing our country long before the city of Chicago emerged. As a professor for 12 years at SIUC, R. Buckminster Fuller was one of those visionaries that made Carbondale his home base to connect with the world.
Words Of Wisdom?
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

By: Emily Rinalidi

Last month, Michael Kimmelman, the current architectural critic for the New York Times, wrote an article regarding Chicago’s landmark battle over Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital entitled, “A Vision to Avoid Demolition for a 70’s Pioneer.” The vision was Kimmelman’s own invention, preservation with a twist. Northwestern University wants to demolish Goldberg’s Prentice in order to build a new structure designed to accommodate scientific researchers. Kimmelman’s response: “So here is a suggestion: Build a research tower on top of Prentice.” (NYT, Oct 15, 2012) He solicited architect Jeanne Gang to draw a mockup of what such a structure might look like, the results being a 31-story tower precariously perching over Goldberg’s cloverleaf cantilevered core. Ironically the solution is one very much in vogue in the 1970s a a preservation option for important low-rise structures as evidenced by the hotel behind New York's Villard Houses.

Gabe's Tower- A Photo Essay
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

By: John Lumea

It opened in November 1963 as Gabe's Motor Inn --- but everybody who knows this building calls it Gabe's Tower.

With its groovy cylindrical form, its pastel-paneled façade, its 12th-floor restaurant and cocktail lounge, and its heated roof garden with swimming pool and retractable glass roof, this Owensboro, Ky., hotel — designed by local architect R. Ben Johnson (1921-2009) for restaurateur and local legend Gabe Fiorella, Sr. (1900-1977)  — was the hippest place in town in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Docomomo US Tour Day 2012: Recap
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

With 33 events in 21 states, the sixth annual Tour Day 2012 saw a number of advances in the evolution of the event. In addition to Docomomo US chapters and partner organizations, we were thrilled to have eight new organizations participating in the event including: Historic New England, The Harry Ransom Center: University of Texas at Austin, Mid Century Modern RI, Schweikher House Preservation Trust, 2020 Omaha, First Presbyterian Church of Stamford, and the prospective Docomomo US chapter in Hawaii. A special thanks to all our partners for making this year a great success.

2012 Holiday Book List
by info, posted on Monday, December 17, 2012

To celebrate the holiday season, Docomomo US has assembled its annual Holiday Book List. It is a compilation featuring all the books reviewed this year, plus a few bonus items that we recommend for the architecture and design enthusiasts on your gift list or for your own personal enjoyment! Best yet, every purchase originating from the Docomomo US website is a small gift to us, via our partnership with Amazon Associates.

Typewriters Have A Connection To Modern Architecture? Who Knew?
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

By Emily Rinaldi

Olivetti began as an Italian office machine manufacturer and grew into an international corporation, transforming into the leader of modern industrial design. Today, there is not only a renewed interest in reexamining the products they produced, but also a new movement, among contemporary industrial designers, in emulating Olivetti’s groundbreaking corporate philosophy that revolutionized the industrial design of the post-World War II era.

The Unique Modernism of Oregon
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

By Peter Meijer & Patience Stuart

Oregon’s Modern Movement legacy spans the spectrum from the exquisite Memorial Coliseum, to the benign Drive-in Restaurants, and world renowned structures such as the Michael Graves Portland Building that push the edges of its modern architecture inventory. As we welcome our fourteenth chapter, Docomomo US/Oregon, chapter President Peter Meijer discusses the state's modern resources and its unique interpretation of modernism defined as the Northwest Regional Style.

2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize
by info, posted on Friday, January 24, 2014

The 2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize has been awarded to the Architectural Consortium for Hizuchi Elementary School for its restoration of Hizuchi Elementary School in Hizuchi, Yawatahama City, Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku Island, Japan. Designed by the Japanese municipal architect Masatsune Matsumura, the school was nominated by a consortium of Japanese architects and professors including Docomomo Japan Chair Hiroyuki Suzuki.

Introducing Docomomo ISC Education + Theory
by info, posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

This summer, students of the Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Jennifer Whisenhunt and Mary Park joined Docomomo International as editors for the International Specialist Committee on Education and Theory (ISC E+T).

Victor Christ-Janer House Under Threat of Demolition
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

The late architect Victor Christ-Janer’s home located on 77 Frogtown Road in New Canaan, Connecticut has been threatened to be demolished.

Call for Papers: APTNE 2013 Historic Concrete Restoration
posted on Monday, September 17, 2012

Call for Presentations – APTNE 2013 Annual Symposium: Historic Concrete Restoration

The Association of Preservation Technology, Northeast Chapter invites the submission of presentations for the February 1, 2013 Symposium to be held at a venue in Stamford, Connecticut. There will be 1 Keynote Speaker, approximately 8 presentations, and 2 student presentations. The focus of the Symposium will be Historic Concrete Restoration.

Papers on the following topics are encouraged:

Modern League Visits NYC Pocket Parks
posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

Join the Modern League this Sunday, September 16th and bask in the last moments of NYC summer glory with a Pocket Park Tour. The event begins at 3:30 pm at the Greenacre Park (located on 51th Street between 2nd and 3rd Aves) and will conclude at the outdoor seating of Blockheads on 50th Street.
Let’s enjoy some crisp air and urban foliage this Sunday with The Modern League!

Docomomo International Conference: Finland
by info, posted on Monday, September 17, 2012

TapiolaIn early August, roughly thirty Americans joined our Docomomo colleagues in Finland for the 12th annual Docomomo International Conference entitled The Survival of Modern, From Coffee Cup to General Plan. The week-long event took place in Tapiola, the lush garden city neighborhood of Espoo, and included a number of evening receptions in Helsinki and more in-depth Doco Tours throughout the area. With delightful temperatures in the low 70s and long days where the sun hovered at the horizon during the evenings, Docomomo US members were treated to stimulating discussions of the challenges facing architecture and conservation professionals across the globe.

Will Neutra's Cyclorama Survive The War On Demolition?
by info, posted on Friday, January 3, 2014
By: Emily Rinaldi
Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander’s Cyclorama Building (1959 - 1962) remains significant both because of its built form, as well as its connection with the renowned post-World War II public program, Mission 66. Unfortunately, its location within Gettysburg National Park has placed it in the line of fire, conflicting with the National Park Service’s 1999 decision “to rehabilitate the North Cemetery Ridge to its historic 1863 and commemorative-era appearance.” 
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