Docomomo US/SoCal's mission is to increase awareness of, and celebrate the unique legacy of, Southern California's Modern Movement and its influences, through education, documentation, and advocacy. We partner with other local, regional, and statewide organizations and agencies to enhance understanding and appreciation of the area's diverse Modern resources.
Modern Main Street: South Coast Plaza
Join Docomomo US/Southern California and the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter for a look at the global shopping designation, South Coast Plaza. This free Zoom program will feature three experts: Alan Hess, author and advocate from Preserve Orange County; Matthew Parrent, AICP, Principal Associate at Gruen Associates; and Ashok Vanmali, AIA, Partner at Gruen Associates.
South Coast Plaza: Meet Me at the Carousel
On October 23, 2022, the Southern California chapter of Docomomo US and Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter are presenting a thematic tour of South Coast Plaza. The original design for South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa embodied Victor Gruen’s seminal ideas that defined shopping malls across the country. Built by the Segerstrom Co. in 1967 on agricultural fields next to the newly minted 405 freeway, South Coast Plaza helped open a new chapter in Orange County living by providing both retail stores and a social center for the new suburbs.
South Coast Plaza3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
Exuberant Architecture: Exploring Late Modernism through the Lens of Wayne Thom
Photographer Wayne Thom’s iconic images of key projects by groundbreaking architects and firms such as AC Martin, William Pereira, and A. Quincy Jones not only capture the cool glamour of 1960s and ’70s West Coast late modernism but help to define the era. The USC Libraries celebrate the release of Wayne Thom: Photographing the Late Modern with a talk by author Emily Bills, followed by a conversation with Bills, Docomomo US/SoCal’s Katie Horak, and USC architecture professor Trudi Sandmeier, about architectural photography and preservation of late-modern architecture. Wayne Thom, whose archive is housed at the USC Libraries, will join the Q&A.
What's Out There Weekend San Diego
San Diego's landscape legacy includes myriad parks and plazas, cultural institutions, historic sites and neighborhoods, and the world-renowned Balboa Park.