The Docomomo US 2023 National Symposium in New Haven: Complexities of the Modern American City

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The 2023 Docomomo US National Symposium will be held June 21–24 in New Haven, CT one of the country’s most densely woven collections of midcentury art, design, and architecture.

Getty Foundation gives $3.1 million to Conserving Black Modernism initiative

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Getty Foundation announce a new initiative to preserve historic Modern architecture by Black architects.

Midtown Modernism, On and Off East 57th Street

Event Nov 26  

This jam-packed AIA NY walking tour covers classic Modern, late Modern and Postmodern designs in Midtown along East 57th Street and just off 57th Street and is led by Kyle Johnson, AIA. Several interiors are on the docket.

Call for Abstracts: Docomomo US 2023 National Symposium

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The 2023 National Symposium is happening in New Haven, CT, June 21–24. Researchers, practitioners, and enthusiasts are invited to submit paper abstracts or sessions around the theme: “Complexities of the Modern American City.”

The New York Architectural Legacy of Kevin Roche

Event Dec 1  

The Municipal Art Society hosts historian James Russiello as he explores Kevin Roche’s work in Manhattan and his contribution to the history and development of postwar architecture in post-industrial New York.

Modern Architecture 3rd Avenue/UN

Event Dec 4  

As Ada Louise saw it. John Arbuckle, will lead this Municipal Art Society tour examining highlights of Modern architecture along Third Avenue from East 52nd to 42nd Streets and surrounding the United Nations following Huxtable’s tour route.

That Postmodern Moment!

Event Dec 22  

Matt Postal hosts a virtual tour and lecture for the Municipal Art Society on Postmodernism in New York City, focusing on leading architects including Philip Johnson, Kevin Roche and Helmut Jahn.

Moonlight & Movies: The Apartment

Event Dec 15  

Architecture can be fun. Join the Museum of the City of New York for a screening of Billy Wilder’s Oscar Award-winning rom-com “The Apartment” (1960), introduced by design curator and architectural historian Donald Albrecht.

Winners Announced: Modernism in America Awards

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Docomomo US has announced the 12 award recipients of the 2022 competition. In its 9th year, this year’s awards  recognize preservation efforts ranging from the transformation of large-scale projects into beacons of sustainability to modest home revitalizations.

Remember the Mall? Help document midcentury's best

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Docomomo US has launched “Mallitecture & Memories” a crowdsourcing campaign to gather data and collect stories of midcentury shopping malls.

Conversation pit comeback?

Are conversation pits the antidote to endless hours in front of screens? Possibly. Check out conversation_pits on instagram for all the inspiration you’ll ever need. It’s a lot about the pillows.

The world is full of DOCOMOMO

Docomomo International recently added five country-level working parties: Bahrain, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. The organization now counts 77 working parties and more than 3,000 international-level members.

Shower in the spirit of FLW

It was only a matter of time. “With the stroke of his pencil he gave structure to life, and life to structure. That is a legacy that lives on.” Now, we’re told, in a new bathroom fixture collection from BRIZO. Catch the video.

Expand your MoMo horizons

Docomomo Journal is the peer-reviewed journal of Docomomo International that, since 1990, has provided a twice-yearly collection of recent and original research on the documentation and conservation of Modern Movement sites. The journal is now open access and digitized back to 2010. Peruse some great issues at our leisure.

Cats of Brutalism

Apparently cats like Brutalism a lot more than architectural pundits, civic leaders and everyday onlookers. This Instagram account—taglined a “daily dose of cats and concrete”—is all fun. If you’re on Instagram check out Julliard School, Pirelli Building, Whitney Museum and more.

Eames Office Explains Magnitude

Along with architecture, Charles and Ray Eames made their mark in short films. In Power of Ten, a 1977 film for IBM, the duo visualized the concept of magnitude and it still mesmerizes. Six million YouTube viewers couldn’t be wrong.