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Monday, February 21, 2011

DOCOMOMO US February 2011 E-News Brief

DOCOMOMO US is the working party of Docomomo in the United States. It is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit organization, a union of regional chapters that shares its members' knowledge of and enthusiasm for the Modern Movement, promotes public interest in it through lectures and walking tours, and organizes advocacy efforts to protect endangered sites and buildings.
Join the national community of architects, historians, preservationists, students and modern movement enthusiasts dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of modern architecture and landscapes in the United States. Membership is available online at www.docomomo-us.org or by downloading our membership form.
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- Update: Lloyd Wright's Moore House
- Modernist Anthology: Caracas, Venezuela
- Docomomo International: Marine Biology Station at Montemar, Chile
- Advocacy Spotlight: Triangle Modernist
- Book Announcement: Greening Modernism
- Save the Date: MiMo in Miami, Texas MODern Month and more
- Photo Contest
UPDATE: Lloyd Wright's Moore House
As reported in the DOCOMOMO US December 2010 E-News Brief, the Los Angeles Conservancy is leading the cause to Moore Houseadvocate for the preservation of the 1959 Moore House designed by noted architect Lloyd Wright - the son of Frank Lloyd Wright - in Palos Verdes Estates. The deadline to comment on the environmental impact report (EIR) was December 10, 2010, and the Palos Verdes Estates City Council received over 500 letters from area residents, design professionals, architectural historians, historic preservation organizations and concerned individuals across the country. Release of the final EIR is expected shortly, followed by a vote by the Palos Verdes Estates Planning Commission at a public hearing.
(Photo, right: Jennifer Clark)


Docomomo International: A Caracas Anthology

BuildingMuch of the American architecture and the urban and landscaping projects built in the 20th Century in Caracas, Venezuela are now Modern Heritage at Risk -- some more acutely than others -- and therefore an important concern to conservationists. To document these structures, Docomomo Venezuela presents American Architects and Planners in Modern Caracas. A work in progress, this comprehensive photo anthology was assembled by Hannia Gomez of Docomomo Venezuela and features stunning then and now images of the city's most significant Modern structures.
(Photo, left: Planchart & Co. building, f. Archives of Fundacion de la Memoria Urbana, Caracas)



INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Marine Biology Station at Montemar, Chile

MontemarMaximiano Atria, secretario general of Docomomo Chile reports on a recent success: news of the final demolition of the ongoing but suspended addition to the marine biology station at Montemar, Chile. The building, designed in 1941 by Chilean architect Enrique Gebhard (1909-1978) and built in two phases between 1941 and 1959, is one of the country's most interesting modern structures.



ADVOCACY SPOTLIGHT: Triangle Modernist

The Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill "Triangle" region of North Carolina has the third largest concentration of Modernist houses in America -- more than anywhere else except Los Angeles and Chicago. Triangle Modernist Houses is an award-winning 501(c)3 registered nonprofit historical archive dedicated to documenting, preserving and promoting Modernist residential design, and considered one of the largest single archives for residential modern in the United States.



BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Greening Modernism

Greening Modernism
Preservation, Sustainability & The Modern Movement
Carl Stein, Author. Published by W.W. Norton & Company, 2010.
With much of our interest in design and construction focused on sustainability, the preservation of modern architecture has become a subject of much discussion. Buildings created in what author Carl Stein refers to as the "petroleum" era are coming particularly under much scrutiny and in turn becoming the victim of negative perceptions and opinions.



Member News: Docomomo International Journal 42 & Journal 43

Journal 42We have received word from our international colleagues that Journal 43, Brasilia, has gone to press and is expected to be distributed to members shortly. 2010 international members (membership dues received prior to October 2010) are entitled to receive Journal 42, Art & Architecture and Journal 43, Brasilia. Journal 42 was distributed in December 2010.

New and renewing members for 2011 (membership dues received in October 2010 or later) will receive Journal 44, expected in late Spring 2011, and Journal 45, to be distributed in late 2011.



Preserving Post-War Britain
March 2, 2011
American Institute of Architects New York Chapter
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY
MiMo in Miami: An International Conference on Mid-Century Modern Architecture
March 11-12, 2011
Miami, FL
Lecture Series: Texas MODern Month
April 11-13, 2011
Various cities, Texas
Society of Architectural Historians 64th Annual Meeting
April 13-17, 2011
New Orleans, LA


Congratulations to our January trivia contest winner!

Andrew Danish correctly identified the signature corrugated aluminum used by Albert Frey at the North Shore Yacht Club in Mecca, California, on the North Shore of the Salton Sea. In 2010 the building received new life as the Salton Sea History Museum.


Name this architect and building for a chance to win a prize from the Docomomo archives.

Email your responses to info@docomomo-us.org by February 28.


The ongoing strength of DOCOMOMO US lies in the action and communication of our members. Please keep us apprised of your local work, advocacy and other current issues by e-mailing us at info@docomomo-us.org.

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