National Symposium New Haven Session Recordings Now Available


Michele Racioppi


Docomomo US staff


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The Docomomo US 2023 National Symposium took place in New Haven, CT, where you will find one of the country’s most densely woven collections of mid-century art, design, and architecture. Packed with panels and presentations by noted authorities on architecture and preservation, the Symposium considered the triumphs and complexities surrounding the design and building of the Modern city and the impacts on our collective communities.

A selection of recorded Symposium sessions are now available to view on Vimeo.

Sessions can be purchased individually or as a package.

Individual sessions: $10/each

All Symposium sessions: $100

We are pleased to make Session 3, "Telling the Full Story: African Americans, Activism and Architecture," available to the public to stream for FREE. 

Symposium attendees can access the recordings for free (as a perk of attendance) and Docomomo US members receive $25 off the full package. Attendees and members should have received an email with a discount code. If you did not receive an email, please contact us at

Recordings will be available to view for one (1) year from the date of purchase.

If you have any questions, or are affiliated with an academic institution and would like to provide access for students, please contact us at

Many thanks to our speakers for making their presentations available to the public and promoting knowledge in this capacity.

Here is a list of the available recorded presentations. For details about each session please visit the Thursday and Friday schedule pages. 

Session 1: Arts and the City
  • Public Art in New Haven: For the Elite, For the People, For the City (Laura A. Macaluso, Ph.D.)
  • Museums of the Future: How Redevelopment Shaped San Franscisco's Public Art (Hannah Simonson)
  • Changing Purpose: Changing Community (James Mallery)

Session 2: Activism in the Face of Modernity and Urban Renewal
  • Lady Bird Johnson and Washington DC: Mid-Century Environmental Design, Activisim, and Influence (Julie McGilvray, MLA, MSHP, and Daniel T. Weldon, MHP)
  • A Feminist and Environmentalist Figure in Architectural Modernism (May Khalife, Ph.D.)
  • The Architectural Photography of Annette and Rudi Rada Tourism & Peril in mid-Twentieth Century Florida (Victor Deupi, Ph.D.)

Session 3: Telling the Full Story: African Americans, Activism and Architecture (FREE)
  • 'Leaders and Revolutionaries:' Two Works by Robert Traynham Coles (Jennifer Walkowski
  • (Un)Redact the Facts of Teaching Modernism to Tell a Full(er) (Hi)Story for Racial Equity (K. Kennedy Whiters, AIA)
  • Urban and Activist Continuities at J. Max Bond Jr.'s King Center (Dr. Daniel Williamson, Ph.D.) 

Session 4: Beyond the Canon
  • Modernism and National Identity: Case of Lithuanian WWII Refugees in US (Vaidas Petrulis, Ph.D.)
  • Architect Robert G. Boughey: A 'Shadow Canon' in the Context of Post-colonial Modern Architectural History (Fatema Tasmia, Ph.D. student)

Session 5: The Story of Hotel Marcel
  • The Story of Hotel Marcel: How a Brutalist Building by Marcel Breuer Got a Second, More Sustainable Life (Bruce Redman Becker, Aaron Kreuger, Robert Gregson, Peter Swanson)

Session 6: No One Said it was Easy: Making Conservation Decisions for Modern Heritage
  • More than Just Cleaning: Preserving Public Art in the Modern American City (Silvia Callegari)

Session 7: Unpacking the Modern in Postwar North America
  • American Architects Design Modern Public Space (George Thomas Kapelos, OAA FRAIC)
  • Modern Facelifts: Post-WWII Façade Reclads in Downtown St. Louis (Amy Van Gessel)
  • A Ton of Bricks: The Life and Proposed Demolition of the Red Brick of SF’s Market Street Redevelopment Project (Petra Marar, ASLA)

Session 8: Reexamining the Model City and the Model Campus
  • Campus U.S.A. - Portraits of its Late-Modern Architecture (Jon Buono, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP)

Session 9: Modernist Residential Experiments
  • Postwar Modern Townhomes: Early Chicago Work of Homer Rissman (1949-1953) (Susan Singh Ph.D. Student)
  • La Luz del Oeste: A Modernist Residential Experiment in the Southwest (John R. Van Ness, Ph.D. and Glenn Mallory)

Session 10: Connecticut Trailblazers: Carrying the Legacy
  • Robert and Jean Coolidge: Rediscovering New Haven's Forgotten Early Modernists (Robert T. Coolidge II, AIA LEED AP)
  • Engagements and Interventions on behalf of a Legacy (Eamon Roche)

Session 11: Urban Repair: The Southwest Corridor Transit Project in Boston
  • Restructuring: The Southwest Corridor as Critique of the Postwar American City (Lucy M. Maulsby)
  • Stitching: Southwest Corridor Park and the Modern Linear Landscape (Sara J. Carr)
  • Activating: Communities and Anti-Highway Protest Along the Southwest Corridor (Mary Hale)
  • Bridging: Ruggles Station, Neighborhoods and Histories (Amanda R. Lawrence)

Session 12: Urban Renewal at 30,000 Feet
  • Concrete & Steel: Reimagining the Modern in Boston and Pittsburgh (Chris Grimley and Michael Kubo)
  • An Oasis for the Privileged Few:' Urban Renewal as Reported by the Chicago Defender (Lisa Napoles)

Session 13: Revisiting Urban Renewal in the US
  • Marine Plaza: Private Sector Urban Renewal in Downtown Milwaukee (Justin Miller)
  • Think Tanks and Urban Renewal in Oklahoma during the Cold War Era (Selena Bagnara Milan)
  • America's New Frontier:' Master Planning & Sponsoring Urban Renewal (Dr. Marci Clark)

Session 14: Live Laugh Preserve: Stories and Strategies for Saving Modern Homes
  • Cape Cod Modern House Trust (Peter McMahon)
  • Hampton's 20th Century Modernism (Timothy Godbold)
  • Avant-Garde in the Suburbs (Frederick Noyes, FAIA)

Groundbreaking Again: Contending with the Legacy of Urban Renewal Through Re-Use
  • Preservation Architecture in San Francisco's 1960s Marketplaces (Barrett E. Reiter)