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    Adaptive Reuse. The Modern Movement Towards the Future, 6-9 September 2016, Lisbon, Portugal

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    Doctor Honoris Causa: Kenneth Frampton

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    Publication: Centre Pompidou - Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument

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    Seminar: II Seminário da Arquitectura Moderna na Amazônia

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    Exhibition: Álvaro Siza Vieira: Visions of Alhambra

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    Exhibition: The Norwegian Glasshouse

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    Exhibition: Gio Ponti: L´Infinito Blu

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    Exhibition: Casa de Vidro. Lina Bo Bardi in dialogue with Svere Fehn

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    Symposium: La Villa Church de Ville d´Avray 1927-1929

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    Exhibition: What About Happiness on the Building Site?

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    SAH Statement on the Recent US Immigration Ban

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    Exhibition: José Almada Negreiros: a way of being modern

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    OA President: José Manuel Pedreirinho

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    Workshop: Barrios, Ciudades y Pueblos del S.XX

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    Call for papers: ARCHTHEO ´17 - XI. International Theory And History of Architecture Conference

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    Virtual Exhibition: No Centenário da Avenida da Cidade

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    Tribute: Nuno Teotónio Pereira

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    Call for Papers: Art and Architecture: Made by Women

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    Exhibition: Aaron G. Green and California Organic Architecture

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    Exhibition: Peter Cook. Retrospective

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    Exhibition: Città e Architetture Industriali - Il Novecento a Modena

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    Exhibition: Phyllis Lambert: 75 Years At Work

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    Exhibition: 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

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    Conservation Management Project: Paimio Sanatorium Conservation Management Plan 2016

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    Event: La Arquitectura Hospitalaria y el INER

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    Conference: Landschaft - 14th Karlsruhe International Meeting for Theory and Practice of Architecture

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    Call for Curators: 2019 Lisbon Architecture Triennale edition

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    Call for Papers: African Urban Planning

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    Call for Papers: Colloquium

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    Call for Papers: EAHN4: Urban Histories in Conflict

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    Call for Abstracts: URB/DOCONF 2017: Facing Post-War Urban Heritage in Central and Eastern Europe

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    Call for abstracts: 4th WTA International PhD Symposium

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    Call for Papers: Modernism Today

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    Event: Donation of Alfredo Matos Ferreira’s archive to Fundação Marques da Silva

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    Call for Papers: Built Heritage: A Cultural Impulse for Urban and Rural Development

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    Call for Papers: Interfaces: Architecture. Engineering. Science

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    Exposition: Axel Ghyssaert, Modern Wonen In en Rond Brugge

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    Conference: Picturesque Modernities. Architectural Regionalism as a Global Process (1890-1950)

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    Exhibition Opening: World Histories of Architecture

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    Call for Abstracts: Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?

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    Call for Proposals/International Workshop: Territories of Faith. Religion, Urban Planning and Demographic Change in Post-War Europe, 1945 – 1975.

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    Conference: Mies van der Rohe und die Bildlichkeit der Architektur

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    Call for Applicants: urbanHist 15 PhD Positions

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    Winner Announcement: 2016 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

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    Exhibition: Cuban Architects At Home and In Exhile: The Modernist Generation

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    Exhibition: One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers

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    Exhibition: Every Building in Baghdad: The Rifat Chadirji Archives at the Arab Image Foundation

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    Exhibition: Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design

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    Exhibition: Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

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    Call for Papers for the Panel: The Built Environment Through the Colonial Periodical Press

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    Lecture: 1966: A Memorable Year for Irish Architecture? Emerging Georgianism, Exurban Housing and a Garden for Remembrance

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    Call for Abstracts: Rejecting/Reversing Architecture

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    Workshop: Pier Luigi Nervi in the United States: Major Projects and Teaching

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    Exhibition: Del camp a la casa. Els poblats de colonització de les Terres de Ponent

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    Award: Caruso St John’s Newport Street Gallery wins RIBA Stirling Prize 2016

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    Exhibition: Yayoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden

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    Call for Abstracts: Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?

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    Internship: ATHIS-CIALP

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    Tour: Recorridos por la Arquitectura del siglo XX. La obra y su autor

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    Publication: Les dispositifs du confort dans l´architecture du XXe siècle: connaissance et stratégie de sauvegarde

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    World Heritage inscription of “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier”

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    Symposium: ICOMOS Annual General Assembly, Advisory Committee and Scientific Symposium

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    2016 Western Australian Heritage Awards finalists

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    Debate: No Centenário da Avenida da Cidade - “A ideologia do Boulevard: das experiências de Paris à refundação das cidades europeias”

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    4th Lisbon Architecture Triennale

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    Exhibition: Am Ende: Architektur. Zeitreisen 1959 – 2019

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    Symposium: Mies van der Rohe – Barcelona, 1929: Lectures and debates on the Pavilion and Mies van der Rohe

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    Article: The Legacy of the 20th Century Architecture: Administrative Protection Versus Effective Safeguard

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    Exhibition: Neighbourhood, Where Álvaro meets Aldo

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    Publication: Vertical Urban Factory by Nina Rappaport

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    Publication: The Legacy of 20th century Architecture - Administrative Protection versus Effective Safeguard by Richard Klein

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    Prize: 2016 Western Australian Heritage Awards | Finalists

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    Photography Competition: Harry Page Photo Competition

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    Building 156

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    Workshop: Neighbourhoods - The Big Reset on Neighbourhood Design. 3rd International Summer School in Design in Urbanism

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    Initiative: Un Dia, Una Arquitecta

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    Exhibition: The Frankfurt Art School – Modernism on the Main

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    Exhibition: Panoramas de la Ciudad: La Escuela de París, 1900–1945

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    Publication: Algarve Building - Modernism, Regionalism and Architecture in the South of Portugal, 1925-1965

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    Prize: Décima Edicón Premio Iberoamericano SCA CICoP 2O16 | Obras sobre el Patrimonio Edificado

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    Call for Entries: 2016 Simon Architecture Prize

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    Call for abstracts: 14th Forum of History and Critique of Modern Architecture

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    Extensive Purchases for the Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin

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    Conference: Miguel Mendes e as Culturas Construtivas Locais no desenvolvimento sustentável

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    Call for Nominations: WMF / Knoll Modernism Prize

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    Congress: 26th International Union of Architects World Congress

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    Four new sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List

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    European Commission proposes European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018

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    IAPH Journal for Cultural Heritage Research

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    Film projection: Melbourne Film | Brutalism Love Fest

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    Call for Papers: From Refugees to Restitution: Nazi Looted Art in the UK

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    Call for papers: The Royal Palace in the Europe of Revolutions

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    Exhibition: Norway - Architecture, Infrastructure, Landscape

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    Exhibition: Architecture as Evidence

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    Call for Papers: Immaginare il Mediterraneo - Art, Architecture, Photography

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    Exhibition: Fora do Padrão – Lembranças da Exposição de 1940

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    Conference: Building Healthy Communities: Mental Healthcare

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    Call for Papers: 2016 Conference on Asia-Pacific Religious Culture Heritage Conservation

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    Call for Entries: 2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards

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    Seminar: Salvaguarda do Património - Aprendendo com a Internacionalização

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    Manuel Gomes da Costa (1921-2016)

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    Exhibition: Eduardo Souto de Moura - Continuidade

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    Exhibition: The House that Modernism Built

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    Exhibition: Lucia Moholy, Cien Años Después

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    Exhibition: Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr, Jr., and Philip Johnson

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    Congress: 2nd International Congress on Luso-Brazilian Construction History

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    Exhibition: Le Età del Grattacielo. Il “Pirelli” a sessant’anni dalla posa della prima pietra

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    Call for Papers: OASE 98 | Narrating Urban Landscapes

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    Awards: Phyllis Lambert wins Wolf Prize for the Arts, by the Wolf Foundation

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    Publication: A Cartographic Turn - Mapping and the Spatial Challenge in Social Sciences

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    Call for Papers: Between Paper and Pixels - Transmedial Traffic in Architectural Drawing

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    Call: Bruno Zevi Prize 2016

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    Industrial Heritage 2016. European Contact Weekend for Industrial Heritage Volunteers and Associations

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    L´Erma C Prize

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    Exhibition: Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979

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    Exhibition: Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist

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    Restoration of Milan’s Torre Arcobaleno

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    Conference: Building Healthy Communities: Schools and Education

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    Conference: Beyond the Pages | Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Futures

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    Conference: Building Healthy Communities: Hospitals and Healthcare

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    Conference: MoA Book Club: Radical Pedagogies, Architectural Education and the British Tradition

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    Exhibition: Eero Aarnio

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    Competition: Collective Habitat

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    Publication: Loving Le Corbusier by Colin Bisset

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    Call for papers: JOELHO 7 - Learning from Modern Utopias

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    Conference: Le patrimoine bati contemporain en beton a-t-il un avenir? La restauration de l’Unite d’habitation de Marseille

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    Call for Entries: Archiprix International 2017

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    Workshop: Genoa Summer School 2016

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    Call for papers: Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art

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    Conference: Innovation in University spatial planning & design: the ´Educational Campus´ as a global paradigm, by Pablo Campos Calvo-Sotelo

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    Exhibition: Europas beste Bauten. European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. Mies van der Rohe Award 2015

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    Film projection: ‘A Encomenda’

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    Call for papers: Theory´s History, 196X-199X - Challenges in the historiography of architectural knowledge

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    Conference: Public Space. Fights and Fictions

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    Exhibition: Architecture in Competition: A Critical Journey through Portuguese Modernity

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    Publication: Rehabilitación del Hospital Militar para Escuela de Arquitectura en Granada

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    Films: Bêka & Lemoine´s complete work acquired by MoMA

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    Conference: Back to the City. Urbanism, Density and Housing 1976-2016

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    Awards Ceremony and Symposium: The Global Award for Sustainable Architecture

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    Course: PhD Programme in Architecture

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    Call for Case Studies: Energy and Climate Management in Modern Buildings

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    Conference: EFFESUS Final Conference

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    Announced Winners: 2016 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards

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    Exhibition: Albert Kahn: Under Construction

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    European Commission proposes European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018

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    Congress: 2016 European Heritage Congress

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    Conference: A Moradia Brasileira - Habitação e Cidade Democrática

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    Exhibition: Les universalistes. 50 ans d´architecture portugaise

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    Call: Special issue

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    Call: Seminario TH Arquitectura y Modernidad en Contextos Regionales

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    Publication: TSAM: sauvegarde de l´architecture du 20e siècle

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    International Colloquium: Nostalgias do futuro? Histórias e legados cruzados da modernidade

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    Awards: X Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo (BIAU)

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    Conference: 5th International Scientific Conference “Modernism in Europe – Modernism in Gdynia”

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    Open House: 2nd Edition Open House Oporto

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    Seminar: Designing for the refugee crisis

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    Awards: Phyllis Lambert wins the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize by the American Acadey of Arts and Letters

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    Conference: SAH 2016 Annual International Conference

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    Conference: Rescuing Ruins

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    Call for papers: Symposium 2016

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    Call for papers: Sessão Livre, Revista Urbana

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    Exhibition: Miguel Jacobetty — um escritorio para apartamento

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    Event: Oslo Architecture Triennale

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    Belgium

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    Lectures: Talks on Lewerentz, Mackintosh an GK&C

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    Exhibition: Arquitectura em Concurso: Percurso Crítico pela Modernidade Portuguesa

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    Conference: European Architectural History Network

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    Publication: Une Cité Moderne

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    Seminar: MAXIMAL I MINIMAL

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    Call for Proposals: I Congreso Internacional e interdisciplinario de Patrimonio Cultural

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    Exhibition: Ramon Casas. La vida moderna

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    Symposium: Narrativas de uma Prática

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    Publication: A Look at Asmara, Africa´s Unknown City of the Modernist Architecture

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    Publication: Mapa Fernando Távora

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    Publication: La arquitectura moderna em Latinoamérica. Antología de autores, obras e textos

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    Publication: TAP Portugal: imagem de um povo

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    Call for papers: Examination of Architecture and Urban Design in the Second Half of the 20th Century

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    Congress: II Congresso Internacional de Habitação Coletiva Sustentável

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    Fair: Ferrara Fiere XXIII

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    Seminar: 5th Meeting of Historical Gardens Managers

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    Exhibition: Textile Design Today — From Experiment to Series

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    Colloquium: Universalism and globalisation

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    Announced President: Architect Rui Leão was elected President of CIALP

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    Claude Parent (1923-2016)

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    Cultural Events: As 3 Ecologias - Social, Pessoal, Ambiental

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    Symposium: Parity Talks

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    Publication: España y Alemania en la Edad Contemporánea, by Walther L. Bernecker (ed.)

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    Exhibition: Pier Luigi Nervi – Architecture as Challenge

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    Celebration: A.MAG 4th Anniversary Party

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    Conference: Adaptive Reuse - Modernity Towards a Better Future

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    Publication: Geschichte Portugals, by Walther L. Bernecker & Horst Pietschmann

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    Conference: The 17th International Planning History Conference

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    Open Call: Arquitecturas Film Festival 2016 Rehab Nation

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    Call: Workshop EREHWON

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    Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2016: Associated Projects

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    Call for Books: De Gruyter - Open Access Book Program

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    The Venice Biennale 2016: The Nordic Pavilion Exhibition

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    Guided Tour: Singular Houses - Palau Baró de Quadras

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    Nomination Proposal for the World Heritage List: Corbusier´s Work

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    Call: The Flanders Architecture Institute - International Newsletter

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    Call for Papers: 11th Space Syntax Symposium

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    A+D Museum Expands The Stephen Kanner Education Center

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    Results: Reworking the Economic Miracle in Wolfsburg - Workshop 2014

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    Results: Reworking the Reconstruction Era in Berlin - Workshop 2013

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    Results: Reworking the Bauhaus-Era in Dessau - Workshop 2012

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    Course: Arquitectura i Cinema - Ciutats Al Cinema + Visions de Barcelona

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    Results: Call for Intervention Strategies for the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 - After Belonging

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    Scholarship: Professional Master Course in Preservation of Cultural Heritage

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    Workshop & Exhibition: Bauhaus Lab 2016 - Desk in Exile

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    Exhibition: The Other Architect

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    Announced Grants: Fondation Le Corbusier’s Award for Young Researchers 2016

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    Exhibition: Endless House - Intersections of Art and Architecture

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    Competition: Pondorly - A New Arc de Triomphe for Paris

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    Conference: Modern Heritage – Identifying, Assessing and Managing its Protection and Conservation

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    Virtual Exhibition: Les films des Entreprises Boussiron

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    Publication: Una Casa para Habitar by Bruno Taut

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    Publication: Cahiers du TSAM 1 - La sauvegarde des grandes oeuvres de l´ingénierie du XXe siècle by Franz Graf & Yvan Delemontey

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    Publication: The Design and Production of Argentine Furniture, 1930 – 1970 by Martha Levisman

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    Publication: Housing the Future - Alternative Approaches for Tomorrow

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    E-Book: Personas y Comunidades / People and communities

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    Conferences: Os Livros dos Arquitectos

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    Forum: 6th International Forum of NGOs-UNESCO

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    Exhibition: Line Form Function - The Buildings of Ferdinand Kramer

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    Workshop: How to start a practice

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    Exhibition: Diseño Portugués - Formas de una Identidad

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    Competition: Prix MPF-René Fontaine - Architecture & Patrimoine

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    Colloquium: 3rd International Colloquium - Arte, Espacio y Pensamiento

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    Meeting & Forum: 19th Meeting and 5th International Forum of CIALP

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    Seminar: Seminário de Arquitectura Moderna na Amazónia

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    Diogo Seixas Lopes (1972-2016)

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    Publication: George Matei Cantacuzino - A Hybrid Modernist, by Dan Teodorovici

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    Lecture: Ciclo Aulas de Autor

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    Course: Intervenciones en el Patrimonio Edificado and Políticas y Gestión para el Patrimonio

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    Exhibition: Museu Infinito. Joaquim de Vasconcelos e o Museu Industrial e Comercial do Porto

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    Call: UNESCO-Japan Prize 2016

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    Exhibition: Habitar Portugal 2012-14

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    Conference: Território - Casa Comum

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    Call: KIC Innoenergy Innovation Projects

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    Postgraduate: Gestión y Política en Cultura y Comunicación

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    Exhibition: Zoom! Picturing Architecture and the City.

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    Congress: EURAU 2016 - In Between Scales

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    Conference: Critical Distance with Ellen van Loon – OMA

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    Conference: Conscious Cities - A Conference on Architecture and Neuroscience

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    Session: No Centenário da Avenida da Cidade

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    Paul Philippot (1925 – 2016)

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    Book Launch: Território - Casa Comum, exhibition catalog

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    Call for Papers: On the role of 20th century exhibitions in shaping housing discourses

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    IST PhD Program in Architecture: PhD Week Winter 2016

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    Call for Papers: 2CIHCLB - Culturas Partilhadas

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    Nuno Teotónio Pereira (1922-2016)

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    Exhibition & Book Launch: Italomodern 2 - Architektur in Oberitalien 1946 – 1976

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    Exhibition: The Bauhaus #itsalldesign

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    Call for Proposals: X BIAU - Biena Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo

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    Tribute Session: João Álvaro Rocha, Ideia, Mão e Construção

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    Publication: Angelo Mangiarotti, La tettonica dell’assemblaggio

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    Publication: Södra Ängby - Modernism Architecture Landscape

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    Conference: From Collections to Architectural Museums - Reflections on the Future Museum(s) of Architecture in Portugal

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    David Wright House is now part of Iconic Houses Network

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    Awards: The architect Alejandro Aravena was announced the 2016 Pritzer Prize Laureate

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    Book Launch: In Light of Hilberseimer: The Genesis and Legacy of the New City by Plácido González Martínez

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    Symposium: Finding Stories - The Role of Immaterial Culture in City Planning

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    Call for Papers: Inter - Photography and Architecture

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    Lecture: Modernism in Action: Manitoga, the Russel Wright Home, Studio and Woodland Garden

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    Exhibition and Meeting: Januário Godinho (1910-1990) - a obra e o arquitecto | A modernidade em debate

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    Call for Sessions Proposals: SAH 2017 Annual International Conference

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    Publication: Die Ästhetik der Platte, Wohnungsbau in der Sowjetunion zwischen Stalin und Glasnost by Philipp Meuser

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    Publication: Towards a Typology of Soviet Mass Housing: Prefabrication in the USSR 1955 - 1991 by Philipp Meuser, Dimitrij Zadorin

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    Publication: Belyayevo Forever, A Soviet Microrayon on its Way to the UNESCO List by Kuba Snopek

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Under Threat: Lar da Criança Kindergarten
by António Vicente de Castro, Portimão, Portugal, 1959
DATE: 0/0/0
Docomomo International painfully realizes that the Lar da Criança Kindergarten, in Portimão (Portugal), designed by the architect António Vicente de Castro in 1959, is under threat, due to expansion works under consideration, which will adulterate the architectural principals of the building.

It is a building well integrated in Portimão city, regarding the building typology and its adaptation to the local climate conditions. Taking advantage of good temperature and lightning arrangements, the architect used different shading systems providing different types of internal light that stimulates learning and creativity.

It is designed with formal clarity, grouping several architectural volumes connected by exterior covered communications, as a way to respond to the pedagogical programme valuing the inside/outside relationship.

Docomomo International would like to express its fully support to the efforts being carried on with the intention of preventing the expansion project, interceding to protect this important example of modern architecture in the south of Portugal for future generations.
Cables Wind House has been granted A-listed status
by Alison & Hutchison & Partners, Harry Horace MacDonald and Robert Forbes Hutchison, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1963
DATE: 1/2/2017
"Edinburgh´s world-famous collection of historic buildings just got another entry - a 1960s block of flats. Grey, concrete and 10 storeys tall, Cables Wind House in Leith has just been granted A-listed status, putting it in the same category as Holyrood Palace, Queen´s official residence in Scotland.
Known locally as the Banana Flats due to its curved shape, the block made literary history after Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh named it as the childhood home of Simon "Sticky Boy" Williamson, who is referred to in the novel as the "Bannanay flats cavalier".
Neighbouring Linksview House has also been upgraded, giving both blocks protection against alteration and demolition.
Announcing the decision yesterday, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) which oversees the country´s important buildings, said they were of "national or international importance".
Dawn McDowell, the agency´s deputy head of designations, said: "Following the Second World War, Scotland´s cities undertook ambitious building programmes to improve living conditions and health standards. The initial thinking was to provide only the most basic, high-density accommodation, at minimal cost, leading to the introduction of the high-rise flat.
"In the early 1960s a new, higher quality, and more holistic approach to housing schemes was being pioneered inspired by housing schemes in France — which aimed to create not just houses but communities.
"Cables Wynd House and Linksview are among the best examples of these schemes, with their use of external access decks as a way of recreating the civic spirit of traditional tenement streets, and inclusion of modern features like lifts and heated flooring helping to lift living standards for the residents.
"Cables Wynd was the largest block of flats in Edinburgh at the time, and possibly the most accomplished architecturally, characterising the New Brutalism in building, which laid bare the essential materials of a building´s construction using reinforced and in situ concrete".
The listing mean a total of 51 post-WW2 buildings have now been given Category A status, including the Forth Road Bridge, the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh and St. Peter´s Seminary in Cardross.
Professor Miles Gledinning, director of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies, said: "These two blocks abundantly merit their listing at category A. They combine international excellence in modernist urban design with an attention to be the spirit of Edinburgh.
"Its post-war multi-storey housing redevelopments were designed to fit into small, highly constrained sites. I believe Cables Wynd House, in particular, was built in its distinctive curved shape as a creative solution to the constraints of that site.""

Original text by Kirsteen Paterson in The National published in 1st February 2017.

Docomomo International is happy about this recognition by the Historic Environment Scotland that brings to  light important changes of mentality regarding the preservation of post-war housing buildings.

More details: PDF below
Redevelopment risk: North English Univeristy buildings
DATE: 25/1/2017
The Docomomo Scotland draw the attention of Docomomo International to the risky situation of North English university buildings.

"The Manchster Modernist Society has raised concerns regarding plans, published for consultation, about the redevelopment of the so-called North Campus of the University of Manchester. The campus was formerly home to the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), before it got merged in 20014 into the University of Manchester. The future of the UMIST campus "has been uncertain for some years but the recent publication of the draft North Campus Strategic Regeneration Framework 2017 by Manchester City Council sets out a vision ... that might destroy some of the finest examples of post-war architecture in the city". This includes, for example, the Renold Building (pictured above), designed by Cruikshank & Seward and built in 1962, which was "the first of its type in the UK – an entire building to house lecture theatres and seminar rooms. It is also one of the earliest UK projects to assume a tower and podium configuration", notes the website Mainstream Modern. The Manchster Modernist Society has previously in an art project "declared the UMIST Campus a Conservation Area", an interesting proposal considering that far too few postwar conservation areas exist in Britain. Comments on the redevelopment can be emailed to the city council until 14 February."

More details: website
Building Collapse: Plasco Tower
Benjamin Brown and Spero Daltas, Tehran, Iran, 1962
DATE: 19/1/2017
docomomo International painfully informs about the Plasco Tower collapse caused by a fire, in the last 19th January 2017.

The Plasco Tower was a 17-story high-rise in Tehran, Iran, design by Banjamin Brown and Spero Daltas (american architects stablished in 1957 in Tehran). Built in 1962, was considered an iconic landmark of the Tehran skyline, the tallest building in Iran when it was constructed, by the Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian.

In this tragedy, more than 30 Iranian firefighters were killed and dozens of people had been injured.

docomomo International is deeply sorry about this accidental event and wishes to convey the most sincere condolences to the firegighters families affected by this accident.
Demolition Threat: Notre Dame de l´Espérance
Pierre Genton, Villeurbanne, France, 1964
DATE: 12/1/2017
Judi Loach, Chair of Docomomo UK, drew the attention of docomomo International to the perilous situation related to the future of Notre Dame de l´Espérance, which diocese is trying to sell the site to developers, entailing this significant building’s demolition.

"This is the most interesting church to survive in Lyons by Genton, an important pioneer of Modern church architecture in France. Built in a working class (then still industrial) district, it uses an industrial vocabulary, and was the 1st in the region to use a space frame roofing system. This avoided pillars, thus giving all present an optimal view of the sanctuary, while the squarish plan, organised along a diagonal leading from entrance to Sanctuary, gathers all present in a single body around the altar, thus predating Vatican II’s edicts.  Most of the daylighting enters from a 3-D roof light over the sanctuary, focusing attention there.  The baptistery, consisting of a small pool (baptism by immersion) plus a traditional font (baptism of infants), is unique, in that rainwater is brought directly from the ‘heavens’, by a metal tube.  All the furnishings - benches, etc. - were made especially and are still in excellent condition.
The diocese is trying to sell the site to developers, entailing this significant building’s demolition."

In the PDF below you find more information about this case and the details to help listing this building as a Historic Monument.

More details: website
Demolition Threat: Nemazee Villa
by Giovanni Ponti, Tehran, Iran, 1957
DATE: 0/0/0
Docomomo International wishes to raise awareness for Nemazee Villa which is under threat of demolition.

"Nemazee Villa, designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Ponti in 1957, is located in the North of Tehran (Niavaran district), Iran. This masterpiece of modern architecture is to be replaced by a hotel complex and is thus under threat of total demolition.

This building is a magnificent example of Gio Ponti´s architecture. More important, it is one of the few works left in the Middle East: in 2003 the Development Board building (1955) in Baghdad, Irak, was partly destroyed by war and is now under rehabilitation by UNESCO.”

Docomomo International advocates for the preservation of this outstanding piece of architecture. In the link below you can find the link to the petition with the aim to safeguard Ponti’s villa.

Petition: website
More details: website
Demolition: St. John’s Church
by Alan Reiach, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1959
DATE: 0/0/0
“Once described as "the heart of Oxgangs", St. John´s Parish Church in Oxgangs is soon going to be replaced by an Aldi supermarket. The early postwar church is located in a suburb in Edinburgh´s southwest, where housing constructed started in the early 1950s. The building is an early postwar design by the influencial and renowned Scottish architect Alan Reiach (1910-1992), who had worked with Robert Matthew at the UK government´s Scottish Office and went on later to set up his own architectural firm, Reiach & Hall, in 1959. The church was designed to sit 380 people, with an adjacent hall to accommodate 300, notes the Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Docomomo Scotland visited the building as part of an Edinburgh Postwar Churches minibus tour in 2014 and proposed it for listing shortly thereafter, which was refused.”
Advocacy Efforts Have Positive Repercussions: State Theatre in Hong Kong
by G.W. Grey and S.F. Liu, Hong Kong, 1952
DATE: 21/11/2016
Previous months, docomomo International, docomomo Hong Kong and Walk in Hong Kong proceeded to address the perilous situation of the State Theatre in Hong Kong.

The Antiquities Advisory Board (AAB) in Hong Kong proposed a Grade 1 historic building rating for State Theatre at their last meeting on 8th December.

Grade 1 structures are those deemed by the board to be of “outstanding merit, which every effort should be made to preserve if possible”.

However, even a Grade 1 listed building, there is still a risk of demolition as it is being acquired by an unknown private buyer. Walk in Hong Kong will continue to campaign for the protection of the site.

The proposed Grade 1 rating for State Theatre is the result of everybody´s hard work. docomomo International is very pleased to know that all efforts to raise awareness on the heritage significance of State Theatre had a positive repercussion. The initiatives taken by the group Walk in Hong Kong, the Conservancy Association and docomomo Hong Kong are greatly appreciated. Hopefully, the building will be duly preserved for future generations.

There are references to Prof Tomlow´s study and the letter from Professor Tostões in the AAB´s updated appraisal of State Theatre. (pdf below)

Reports on this subject published in the media:
Hong Kong Free Press
South China Morning Post
Under Observation: the old Art Center of Tunghai University
by Chen Chi-kwan, Tunghai, Taiwan, 1962
DATE: 11/11/2016
Docomomo International wishes to raise awareness for the in 1962 built old Art Center of Tunghai University. This unique, modernist building is part of the original design of the campus of the university and was designed by Chen Chi-kwan in collaboration with I.M. Pei. Together, they also made the exceptional Luce Chapel, which is on the campus grounds too.
The design of the old Art Center includes a thin shell concrete roofing. Besides its esthetics, it’s important to bear in mind that its heritage value also lays in the design of the campus as a whole. Docomomo is glad that the remodeling of the building has turned off in favor of its maintenance. Still we’d like to express our concerns about the caused damage. Docomomo hopes that the restoration works will be done with respect towards the building and its surroundings and strongly recommend to the authorities of Taiwan to list the building and preserve the property, including the interior design.

More details: PDF below (information collected by local architects and the memorial blog of Chao Chien-Chung)
Under Threat: the Civic Center
Guatemala City, Guatemala
DATE: 0/0/0
The Civic Center of Guatemala City is endangered because of real estate speculation. The site has a unique patrimonial industrial and modern heritage, and for that it has been declared as modern heritage of the nation in 2014. Unfortunately the Government of Guatemala has promoted a project to accommodate administrative offices for the state. This includes the construction of several buildings in the area of the former Central Railroad Station, which is protected by several ministerial agreements and is situated within the maximum protection polygon of the areas of influence of the Civic Center. The implementation of this project will irreversibly damage the industrial heritage and alter the urban landscape of modernity which is represented by the Civic Center, putting in danger the possibility to include this modern, architectural complex in the indicative list for World Heritage at UNESCO.

More details about the site: website
Under Threat: Villa Beer
by Josef Frank and Oskar Wlach, Vienna, Austria, 1929-30
DATE: 0/0/0
The working party DOCOMOMO Austria and the Austrian Society for Architecture (Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Architektur ÖGFA) wish to raise awareness for the serious endangerment of the iconic piece of architecture VILLA BEER (Wenzgasse 12, 1130 Vienna/Austria) by Josef Frank and Oskar Wlach.
This monument of the European and Austrian Modern Movement is in danger because of a conversion which will cause irreversible damage.

The Villa Beer (1929-30) is one of the most important buildings of private housing from the nineteen-twenties and nineteen-thirties. Together with buildings by Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, the Villa Beer stands in the European architecture´s first row.

In the PDF below you find the urgent call for help, together with the request to speak up for an authentic preservation of the Villa Beer.

More details: PDF below
Demolition: Oberfinanzdirektion (OFD)
by Helmut Hentrich and Hubert Petschnigg, Münster, Germany, 1966
DATE: 0/0/0
In July this year the demolition has commenced of an administration building designed by the office of Hentrich (1905-2001) and Petschnigg (1913-1997). The architects are among other things known for their legendary ‘Dreischeibenhaus’ in Düsseldorf. In Münster they designed with their colleagues (J. Rüping, F. Rafeiner, Fritz Eller, Erich Moser, Robert Walter, Hans Köllges and Hans Joachim Stutzthe) the OFD as a multi-storey long-stretched bar, spread over a length of 150 meters on a generously dimensioned green surface.

On grounds that the construction was no longer usable by PCB pollution, the financial administration building moved in April 2016 into a new building in the commercial park Münster-Loddenheide. This summer the dismantling has started, with particular attention being paid to the removal of pollutants. Possibly a blasting is also used in the second phase of the demolition. A new general school is to be built on the cleared terrain.

Original text: website
Demolition Threat: Sirius Building
by Theo (Tao) Gofers, Sydney, Australia, 1975
DATE: 0/0/0
“Sirius was designed by Theo (Tao) Gofers in 1975 for the Housing Commission. Sited beside the southern approaches to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it looks out to Circular Quay and the Opera House. The original plans for the development included a commercial block to the south of the main residential block, but only the larger residential block was built. Sirius is currently listed on both the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and Australian Institute of Architects (NSW) heritage registers due to its architectural and social significance.”

More details: website
Demolition: Port Murray house
by Peter Womersley, South Ayrshire, Scotland, 1960-1963
DATE: 0/0/0
The only house designed by Peter Womersley on the Scottish west coast is now destroyed.

Port Murray was an early design by the British postwar architect Peter Womersley, who is now slowly receiving the recognition he deserved, for example with a seminar in Edinburgh and bus tour through the Scottish Border at the start in October. It is therefore particularly sad that his only building on the Scottish west coast, in Maidens, South Ayrshire, has now been destroyed. The building has been slated for demolition for about a year, after Historic Scotland refused listing of the building due to later alterations and South Ayrshire Council approved the buildings replacement with a new larger and taller house. A short film about the derelict Port Murray featured this summer in the Grey Gardens exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts and excellent photographs of the building, taken shortly after completion and now in the collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, are available online. Despite of its alterations, the loss of Port Murray is a significant blow to the conservation of 20th century heritage in Scotland.
Demolition Threat: Richard Wall House
by João Andresen, Porto, Portugal, 1958-1960
DATE: 22/9/2016
docomomo International painfully realizes that the Richard Wall House, in Oporto (Portugal), designed by the recognized architect João Andresen, is under threat, in this moment, after has been decided to pursue with its demolition.

The Richard Wall House, designed and built between 1958 and 1960, in the area of Foz do Douro (Oporto), located at Rua do Padrão nº418, represents a unique example of the architectural legacy developed in Portugal by the architect João Andresen. The house adopts “a more organic formal approach regarding the built mass adaptation to the terrain (…) and the fluid articulation of the interior spaces (…) which connect to each other in close relation with the outer space.”1

It is a faithful example of the work left by the architect João Andresen and the architectural assumptions by which it was guided. Through a clear sensibility in respect to the landscape, the context and the value of the place, the house denounces “a skilful commitment (…) of the architect to combine both (…) traditional elements and experiences of great modernity, following the importance of the Modern Movement models”2. This way, the “drawing of the architectural volumes, characterized by an essential purity sense”3 comes into dialogue with the proper house development on the ground and the traditional materials reinterpretation, with the use of local resources such as slate, granite, wood and textured mortar.

Being an important Modern Movement project in Portugal, demolishing the Richard Wall House would mean destroying one of the most significant proposals of modern housing, designed with great formal clarity, intelligence and innovation as a way to respond to housing demands through an architecture affirmed in its quality and social responsibility. It will be a great loss to erase an outstanding example of Portuguese architecture with historic interest.

For that reason, docomomo International is aware of the concern that the present risk of demolition can produce in architectural and conservation cycles. docomomo International would like to express its fully support to the conducted efforts being carried on with the intention of preventing this irreversible demolition, interceding to protect the invaluable construction for posterity and for future generations. We have a duty to preserve the original principals of this house and maintain its legacy within the international world of architecture, urbanism and landscape.


References
1, 2, 3 - Ana Tostões, Os Verdes Anos na Arquitectura Portuguesa dos Anos 50, Porto: FAUP Publicações, 1997
Abandonment: Hans Broos’ House and Legacy at Risk
by Hans Broos, São Paulo / Santa Catarina, Brazil
DATE: 0/0/0
A lesser-known but outstanding Brazilian Modern architect, Hans Broos [1921-2011] authored a large number of projects and buildings for religious, industrial, institutional and residential activities, designing over 400 projects, of which about a hundred were built. Born in Slovakia, Hans Broos concluded his studies at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, in 1949. He worked as an assistant of professor Egon Eiermann in Karlsruhe Technical University, when he colaborated in many of the master’s reconstruction works, in Berlin and Lübeck, and in a variety of projects such as the Radio Broadcaster Stuttgart [1951] and the Ciba Factory [1948-1952].
Hans Broos migrated to Brazil in 1953, first settling in Blumenau, state of Santa Catarina, where he designed the Lutheran Church of Itoupava Seca [1954], the Grand Hotel Blumenau [1960], the Residence Eduardo Zipser [1959] and the Headquarters of the Santa Catarina Light & Power Company - Celesc [1963] at Florianópolis. In the 1960s he moved his office to São Paulo. Some of his most consecrated works are the St. Boniface Parish Center [1966], the Benedictine Monastery [1970], his own Residence/Office [1971] and the Santa Maria Abbey [1973], among others. During the 50 years he lived in Brazil his most important client was the Hering Blumenau, a weaving and clothes’ manufacturing company, to which he designed several buildings and headquarters in Blumenau and other Brazilian cities.  
In the 2000s the architect´s work gradually decreased and his health prevented him from developing new activities. He tried to preserve the amazing legacy of his very well kept archives containing the information and the technical material he collected and produced through his lifetime. Although he offered to donate the property of his beautiful residence/office, plus his archives, he did not succeed into finding a public institution willing to accept the task of managing and preserving his archives. He died in 2011 childless and unable to give a proper destination to them, and they are nowadays at risk of being dispersed or just lost.
His residence and office occupies a steeped parcel accessible by two streets and is surrounded by gardens designed by Roberto Burle Marx, who also designed the concrete panel-cabinet over its fireplace. The buildings adopt a brutalist language with exposed concrete surfaces combined with glass, wood and ceramic panels. Despite being listed as Modern Architecture historical heritage by the Department of Culture of São Paulo State in 2008, the property is almost abandoned, and its fate is pending and in risk of loss.

Reference: DAUFENBACH, Karine. Hans Broos: A Expressividade da Forma. Rio de Janeiro: UFRJ/ FAU, 2006.

More details: website
Under Threat: Izumo Grand Shrine Administrative Building
by Kiyonori Kikutake, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, Japan
DATE: 0/0/0
The Administrative Building of the Izumo Grand Shrine, in Shimane Prefecture is currently facing the threat of demolition. 

Because of leaking roofs and other deterioration, as well as the difficulty to inspect the structure´s earthquake proofing measures, the Izumo Grand Shrine will tear down the 53 year-old building, which has been closed to the public since July 2015. 

Designed and completed between 1961 and 1963 by Japanese architect Kiyonori Kikutake, the building is an original example of metabolist architecture in a truly unique setting. Located to the west of one of the Grand Shrine´s ceremonial approaches and parallel to the road, the simple structure measuring 10 by 40 m, makes use of precast concrete, with details reminiscent of wooden screens of the surrounding temples. Even in contrast with the traditional wooden structures, the Administration Building´s design recognizes the importance of the temple and shows Kikutake´s consideration for the special context. Other innovative concrete details include louvers on either side of the building, which bathe the interior office spaces in a soft light. 

The building has received architectural recognition from Japan and the United States, and is listed as one of the top 100 modernist buildings by Docomomo Japan.

Despite efforts from local groups and architects´ petitions to preserve the building for its cultural and architectural significance, the decision to demolish still stands.

An online petition is available here.

Photo: Mark Mulligan, 2014.
Still Under Threat: Helsinki-Malmi Airport
by Dag Englund and Vera Rosendahl, Helsinki, Finland, 1940
DATE: 0/0/0
Helsinki-Malmi Airport is a rare surviving example of pre-World War II aviation architecture, built for the 1940 Olympic Games, scheduled to be held in Helsinki but cancelled due to the war.

Malmi Airport, complete with its original hangar, terminal and runways, is still in use with about 40,000 landings per year, offering the only free-schedule international service within 150 km. The area has been declared a cultural environment of national significance by Finland’s National Board of Antiquities. Its open meadow has considerable biodiversity and makes the nature path encircling the site very popular among locals. Helsinki´s new General Plan proposes to fill the airport with apartment blocks to be constructed in the early 2020s, while the state is to withdraw its operations from the airport by the end of 2016.

docomomo International, docomomo Finland, Europa Nostra Finland and the Friends of Malmi Airport (FoMA), seek urgent support to persuade City of Helsinki and Finland’s new government to reverse previous decisions, keep the historic airport, and eventually propose the site for the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the distinguished functionalist architecture built in Helsinki for the Olympic Games, an idea put forward by the Finnish National Board of Antiquities.

The petition launched by the Friends of Malmi Airport (FoMA) is available here. Please sign and spread the word!

Source: Europa Nostra
More details: websitewebsite
Support the Cause: The Neutra Preservation Wall of Shame
by The Neutra Institute for Survival Through Design
DATE: 0/0/0
The Neutra Institute for Survival Through Design is proposing the creation of The Neutra Preservation Wall of Shame, in order to raise awareness on the destruction and desecration of many Neutra works that should have been respectfully preserved for future generations to enjoy and learn from.

"On it will be emblassoned the names of the aggrieved projects, the date they were despoiled, and the names of the perpetrators, so that they can be publicly shamed for their lack of appreciation of the art objects of which they were supposed to be caring stewards!"

The latest desecration of some of the few remaining examples in Orange County gave rise to the project. The Orange Coast College Board of Trustees plans to demolish most of the original Neutra buildings on their campus, according to the OCC Vision 2020 Facilties Master Plan.

In an attempt to avoid the loss of such masterpieces of modern architecture, Dion Neutra started a petition pleading for the safeguard of the buildings. Please spread the word and sign the petition here.

More details: website websitenews
Demolition Threat: George Cinema in Edinburgh
by Thomas Bowhill Gibson, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1939
DATE: 0/0/0
A Campaign to save the George Cinema in Edinburgh has been launched after plans to demolish it were revealed.

"An application has been submitted to planning chiefs to knock down the C-listed former George Cinema in Portobello and turn it into flats. But locals are outraged at the prospect of losing the historic building – which currently houses a bingo hall – and have launched a bid to save it from demolition and to turn it back into a cinema and art space. A Facebook page – entitled Our George – has been set up by local residents who are determined not to lose the “wonderful and historic” Bath Street landmark. Arts hub Out of the Blue has confirmed it is looking into the possibility of buying the art deco building, which is currently on the market.
It is in the middle of conducting a feasibility study into potential uses, which could include film screenings.
Rob Hoon, manager of Out of the Blue, said: “We are carrying out the study to see whether it’s viable to purchase this building and create an arts facility that would go some way towards replacing some of the space already lost in Portobello to developers. There are a lot of housing developments and few community facilities. We are working with the community to see what resources they would like in the building. One of the ideas is to screen films, though we would not be looking to convert it into a full-scale cinema.” Mr Hoon added that the feasibility study should be completed by July, when a business plan would then be put together.
The Our George Facebook page, which has attracted more than 400 likes in just two days, states: “This page has been established to promote the value of a wonderful and historic structure at the heart of the community of Portobello."

The building first opened as the County Cinema on March 30, 1939. It was designed by well-known architect T Bowhill Gibson and originally had a large 33ft-high, glass advertising tower in the centre of the façade, which was illuminated by changing colours of neon at night. In 1954 the County Cinema was taken over by the George Palmer circuit and was re-constructed internally and re-named The George Cinema. It closed in June, 1974 and was turned into a bingo hall."

by Gemma Fraser at Edinburgh News.
Advocacy Efforts Have Positive Repercussions: State Theatre in Hong Kong
by G.W. Grey and S.F. Liu, Hong Kong, 1952
DATE: 18/4/2016
docomomo International’s advocacy efforts for State Theatre were decisive in the grading process being conducted by the Antiquities and Advisory Board of Hong Kong.

On 23rd March 2016, Professor Ana Tostões, docomomo International Chair, addressed a letter to the Chairman and all members of the Antiquities Advisory Board, to the Executive Secretary of the Antiquities and Monuments Office, to the Commissioner for Heritage and to the Secretary for Development of the Government of Hong Kong, urging them to take the lead in the preservation of State Theatre.

In addition, a report by Professor Dr.-Ing. Jos Tomlow, from Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences and member of docomomo International Specialist Committee on Technology, was enclosed to the letter, stating the architectural and historical value of State Theatre. A heritage alert was also published on docomomoInternational´s website and facebook page, in order to draw attention to the matter.

On 15th April 2016, the group Walk in Hong Kong, the Conservancy Association and docomomo Hong Kong also made a joint statement to the Antiquities Advisory Board, urging them to assess the building with no lower than Grade 1 – "buildings of outstanding merit, which every effort should be made to preserve if possible".

On 18th April 2016, the Antiquities and Advisory Board (AAB) discussed the assessment of State Theatre and a considerable number of members spoke in favour of a higher grading than the Grade 3 previously proposed by the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO). The AAB decided to postpone the decision and requested the AMO to conduct a comprehensive research on the building before considering the grading further. In the meanwhile, any redevelopment or alteration applications related to State Theatre will be closely monitored by the AMO.

docomomo International is very pleased to know that all efforts to raise awareness on the heritage significance of State Theatre had a positive repercussion. The initiatives taken by the group Walk in Hong Kong, the Conservancy Association and docomomo Hong Kong are greatly appreciated. Hopefully, a fair grading will be given to State Theatre and the building will be duly preserved for future generations.

Reports on this subject published in the media:
South China Morning Post
Hong Kong Free Press
Under Threat: City-Hof
by Rudolph Klophaus, Hamburg, Germany, 1954-58
DATE: 31/5/2016
Designed by the architect Rudolph Klophaus, the modernist building complex City-Hof in Hamburg is in danger of demolition. The Initiative City-Hof is joining forces to publicly advocate the urgent need to preserve the buildings for future generations.

"In the 1950s, the four high-rise buildings, along with intermediate buildings and a shopping arcade, were built only a stone’s throw away from the central station of Hamburg. Originally, the façades of the buildings were structured with bright square LECA-panels, which also served as permanent forms for the concrete work. In the 1970s, the windows were replaced, and the façade of the City-Hof was covered with grey fiber cement boards.
Despite being listed as monument and remaining in good condition, the public building could be privatized soon and demolished in 2018!"

More details: websitewebsite (German) + websitewebsite
Still Under Threat: Shukhov Tower
by Vladimir Shukhov, Moscow, Russia, 1922
DATE: 0/0/0
The petition launched by the World Monuments Fund is still receiving signatures. Please sign and spread the word!

docomomo
International would like to raise awareness on the increasing deterioration faced by the Shukhov Tower (1922), in Moscow, Russia. Designed by the Russian engineer Vladimir Shukhov (1853-1939) and known after his name, the Shukhov Tower is a globally renowned broadcast transmission tower from the early twentieth century that still remains an icon of Moscow, being one of the vertical dominants in the skyline of the city. Despite inappropriate works of restoration carried out in the 1970s and the subsequent damages by corrosion, it is undoubtedly a masterpiece of structural engineering and a representative example of the Russian architecture from the Modern Movement. 

Its exceptional value comes from the innovative hyperboloid steel structure. The transparency and lightness of the structure evidence the prodigious skills of the Russian creators and represent their pioneering spirit and technical achievements.

In 2014, the Russian government commendably called for the Shukhov Tower’s restoration after the owner planned to dismantle and relocate it. However, plans for restoration remain unclear. Recently, the owner has installed emergency stabilization supports without full transparency and without consulting with experts, as far as we are aware. The protection of such a masterpiece should be ensured through comprehensive restoration plans created under the guidance of independent field experts, and full transparency in the restoration process.

The lack of a clear plan of action at the Shukhov Tower could lead to an irreversible loss not only to the city of Moscow, but also to the recent history of architecture and to the research of innovative technical achievements. Due to the need for ongoing vigilance for its protection, Shukhov Tower was recently enlisted as cultural heritage at risk in the 2016 World Monuments Watch, a biennial list created by the World Monuments Fund. 

docomomo International addressed a letter to the President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin, as previously done in 2014, in order to call once again for an immediate governmental intervention to prevent further damage of this relevant piece of built heritage.

Many organisations with an active voice around the world are very concerned about the fate of the Shukhov Tower and are joining forces to publicly advocate the urgent need of its conservation. docomomo International supports the initiatives against the dismantlement or demolition of the Shukhov Tower being carried out by the World Monuments Fund, the Shukhov Tower Foundation, the Constructivist Project and docomomo Russia. 

Petition: sign here
More details: websitewebsite
Under Threat: Bidura Children’s Court
by Department of Public Works, Glebe, Sydney, Australia, 1983
DATE: 0/0/0
Bidura Children’s Court Updates:

"The Sydney Bidura Children’s Court in Glebe has now been nominated for heritage listing. And an independent heritage assessment has been commissioned, alongside a petition to be submitted to council for adaptive reuse to be considered.

Docomomo also wrote a submission to the City of Sydney regarding its proposed demolition, but is now more hopeful that the future of this building may be reconsidered."

Image: Bidura Children’s Court, photo by Jenna Reed Burns (2015)

More details: website.
More updates: website.

[by Docomomo Australia]
Petition: Municipal Swimming Pool in Ostend
by Paul Felix and Jan Tanghe, Ostend, Belgium, 1976
DATE: 0/0/0
The petition launched by the association Archipel, pleading for a respectful renovation and reuse of the building, is still receiving signatures. Please sign here and spread the word to help raise awareness on this case.

The Municipal Swimming Pool in Ostend (1976), designed by the architects Paul Felix and Jan Tanghe, currently faces the threat of demolition. The complex is a remarkable example of brutalist architecture, especially rare in Flanders, featuring a monumental concrete structure in the swimming hall. As a significant architectural legacy of the 1970s that is part of the urban identity of Ostend, the building must definitely be preserved for future generations.

Petition: sign here
More details: website

Photo © Lieve Colruyt
Under Threat: State Theatre in Hong Kong
by G.W. Grey and S.F. Liu, Hong Kong, 1952
DATE: 23/3/2016
State Theatre is the last grand Post-War stand-alone theatre structure still remaining in Hong Kong today. Originally known as Empire Theatre when it opened to the public in 1952, it is a towering landmark in the district of North Point in Hong Kong. 

Designed by G. W. Grey and S. F. Liu, this representative example of Modern Movement architecture is exceptionally valuable because of its singular roof construction. The remarkable use of "parabola-like" concrete arches rising over the building is unique for a theatre in the entire world. This striking design carries the reinforced concrete roof slabs over the auditorium, enabling a capacity of over 1.300 seats. Further features of this rare roof construction include favourable acoustical conditions due to the special curvature of the roof slabs, and beneficial isolation from external sounds for the main hall. 

The theatre´s value also comes from the pioneering spatial solutions it offered to Hong Kong in the 1950s. It was the first in Hong Kong to provide underground parking facilities for customers. After a conversion in 1959, which was also when the theatre name changed from Empire to State, the carpark was turned into a shopping arcade and an apartment block was added behind the theatre. State Theatre was in operation up until 1997, after which it was converted into a snooker hall.

Unfortunately, State Theatre is now endangered and there are rumours about its possible demolition. The greatest threat to its existence is an on-going buyout of the complex that houses the former theatre. Upon completion of the buyout, it is expected that the theatre will be demolished in favour of a high-rise commercial/residential development to be constructed in its lot.

State Theatre is enlisted as one of the buildings to be assessed for potential grading by the Antiquities Advisory Board of Hong Kong. However, it remains unclear when the assessment will take place. Despite significant alternations done to the interior of the building, State Theatre is still undoubtedly a piece of valuable built heritage, for its historical and cultural significance, as well as for the rarity of its architectural structure. Therefore, the demolition of such a significant building for the understanding of innovative architectural solutions must definitely be reconsidered, as it would be a major loss not only to the city of Hong Kong, but also to the recent history of architecture and to the research of pioneering construction methods using concrete.

Please refer to the enclosed report by Professor Dr.-Ing. Jos Tomlow of Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences and also a member of docomomo International Specialist Committee on Technology: Tomlow, J., Report on the preservation of the State Theatre in Hong Kong and its possible nomination on a Heritage list (1952). Zittau, Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz, 2016.

docomomo International would like to raise awareness on this case and express its support to the initiatives conducted against the possible demolition of such a significant example of built heritage.
Under Threat: 1960s Central Hill estate
by Rosemary Stjernstedt, London, England, 1966
DATE: 0/0/0
"Central Hill in south London is a case in point. It is an estate of more than 450 homes built in 1966-74 on the steep slopes that rise near the hill on which the Crystal Palace once stood. [...]

Now is endangered by the borough of Lambeth’s plans to redevelop the estate so that it can contain 400 or more additional homes, as part of a borough-wide plan “to improve the conditions for existing residents and explore opportunities for new homes so the next generation of Lambeth tenants and residents have somewhere they can afford to live”. The idea is to build new homes for private sale, to help finance new council flats and the refurbishment of old ones.

There is nothing wrong with the basic intentions, and Lambeth deserves credit for trying to achieve them despite severe pressures placed on it by central government, and they do not have to mean the destruction of all of Stjernstedt’s work. There is scope for infilling slack pockets of space between the housing blocks with new development, or selective demolition of the existing. The council has been discussing such options with a panel of representatives of residents. [...]

This suggests sensitive, incremental and respectful changes, but those residents who have been meeting the council say that it is now considering only demolition of the vast majority of the estate. [...]

At the very least, the existing community will be severely disrupted by having to move out during construction and then move back in. And the replacements promised to tenants and leaseholders probably won’t include the outdoor spaces, the terraces and patios that are the best features of the existing ones. [...]

No one should imagine Lambeth has an easy job, but Central Hill is accused of failings it doesn’t have because it is of a type – 1960s council housing – to which these failings are usually ascribed, and perhaps because it looks administratively easier to sweep it all away and start again. This attitude gives no value to what might be good about the existing or the qualities that almost any place acquires just from people living their lives there for several decades. It takes no account of the colossal cost in energy and carbon of destroying so much existing fabric and building it again. Which kind of mistakes sound very much like history repeating itself."

More details: website
Abandonment: Musée national des Arts et Traditions Populaires
by Jean Dubuisson, Paris, France, 1972
DATE: 0/0/0
"Closed in 2005, private collections in favor of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) and cut up progressively the heretofore "Louvre the people" abandoned its last occupants in 2013 is the subject of closed-door negotiations. Since the end of the agreement - 31 December 2014 - which tied the Ministry of Culture assignee of the equipment and the City owner, the clause which provides for the rehabilitation of the building lease end is a stone of stumbling. The state of inexplicable abandonment of the Musée national des Arts et Traditions Populaires (MNATP) and argument of its asbestos compromise retrocession whose building may pay the price. The Bois de Boulogne has continued to attract the votes of owners and reputable contractors. In line with these exceptional creations that are the Madrid Francis I, the Bagatelle Count of Artois or the Albert Kahn Gardens, MNATP emanates also from the fertility of a partnership between two unusual characters:Georges-Henri Rivière, the magician showcases, inventor of the concept of the museum and Jean Dubuisson, one of the most talented practitioners of his generation, who signs here a little known masterpiece."

"At one point in his life where the former National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions (MNATP) hardly find a prominent place in a programmatic and cultural environment that is not limited to the Bois de Boulogne, it comes to the review the architectural interest, potential and forth to give a flagship building for the production of the postwar boom. Specialists of the architectural heritage of the twentieth century and its reconversion, French and foreign architects, former officials and users MNATP, beneficiaries of the work of Jean Dubuisson, representatives of the City and State are expected. Foreshadowing a development of the building, the work of fifty students made as part of studios devoted to MNATP at the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne and at the ENSA Paris-Val de Seine in 2014- 2015 will be presented."

More details: website
Petition: Shukhov Tower
by Vladimir Shukhov, Moscow, Russia, 1922
DATE: 19/3/2016
From 19th March to 20th March 2016, it will be held the "Shukhov Tower Watch Day", in Moscow, Russia. The event is organized by the World Monuments Fund to call the attention for the endangered Shukhov Tower, by launching a petition to be addressed to the President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin. Please sign the petition here.

"A two-day event will take place on Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, 2016, in Moscow, Russia, to celebrate Shukhov Tower’s 94th anniversary and the launch of a petition to save the modern icon, which currently faces the threat of demolition. The tower is on the 2016 World Monuments Watch, World Monuments Fund’s biennial list of at-risk cultural heritage sites around the globe. 

A press conference on Saturday, March 19, at 3:00 p.m. (Moscow Time Zone) will be held to address Shukhov Tower’s current state and the petition to President Vladimir Putin on change.org to help save it. Events also include tours around the tower, a film screening, activities for children, tower reconstruction demonstrations, and more.

Shukhov Tower, known after the name of its designer Vladimir Shukhov (1853-1939), is a landmark in the history of structural engineering. Built between 1919 and 1922, it is an emblem of the creative genius of an entire generation of modernist architects in the years that followed the Russian Revolution. Currently, the tower suffers from corrosion, a process which was accelerated due to inappropriate repairs carried out in the 1970s. The tower also sits close to the center of a growing Moscow, and demand for land, coupled with its poor condition and lack of public access, have led to the looming threat of demolition. [...]"

Short video: website
More details: websitewebsite website
Still Under Threat: Maison 8x12 in Royan
by Jean Prouvé, Royan, France, 1951
DATE: 0/0/0
It is with great deception that docomomo International informs that Maison 8x12 (1951), a housing prototype designed by Jean Prouvé in collaboration with his brother Henri Prouvé, has been sold and is expected to be displaced to an undetermined location. 

Originally placed in Royan, it is an innovative architectural experiment with very high heritage significance. As a pioneer example of prefabrication and industrialisation of individual housing, it is made of a steel structure and aluminium panels for a rapid and economic assemblage. 

It is part of a series of identic housing prototypes built to provide shelter to the underprivileged affected by the World War II. It has a unique local value, as it was the only placed on the seaside to test the use of aluminium panels in a maritime environment, which resistance was confirmed after withstanding the storm of 1999. Maison 8x12 is also the only prototype remaining in a 20th century urban context from the Modern Movement. The property used to be the architecture studio of Marc Quentin, one of the architects in charge of the reconstruction project for the city of Royan, severely damaged during the World War II.

Unfortunately, Maison 8x12 remains one of the prototypes not properly classified and currently faces the threat of displacement to an undetermined location, since the owner, Mr. Didier Quentin, Mayor of Royan (Charente-Maritime) and son of the architect Marc Quentin, sold the building but not the entire property. The displacement of such a relevant built heritage from its original location must be definitely reconsidered, as it would be a disrespect for the work of Jean Prouvé and a major loss to Royan, labelled as «City of Art and History». 

docomomo International supports the initiative taken by its chapter docomomo France and the association Artichem to raise awareness on the preservation of Maison 8x12 in Royan and to encourage its nomination as historical monument.

More details: websitewebsitewebsite

[by Docomomo France]
Europa Nostra Programme 2016: Helsinki-Malmi Airport shortlisted for ‘The 7 Most Endangered’ 2016
by Dag Englund and Vera Rosendahl, Helsinki, Finland, 1936-1938
DATE: 10/12/2015
"Built in the mid-1930´s in the functionalist architectural style, the Helsinki-Malmi Airport is one of the best preserved still active pre-World War II international airports in the world. With about 40.000 landings per year, Malmi is by far the busiest airport in Finland after Helsinki´s Vantaa International. The terminal and hangar are in good shape thanks to good maintenance over the years. The airport is now under serious threat from a new development project. The City of Helsinki´s new General Plan proposes that the site be used for new residential development to be constructed in the early 2020s. Europa Nostra Finland, supported by the Friends of Malmi Airport (FoMA), submitted the nomination for "The 7 Most Endangered 2016", advocating that the site can continue as a training and commercial airport with added value from cultural tourism and its free-schedule services, which are otherwise unavailable within a 150km radius."

More details website
Database: #SOSBRUTALISM
#SOSBrutalism, a rescue campaign to save endangered Brutalist buildings.
DATE: 0/0/0
"#SOSBrutalism is a growing database that currently contains over 700 Brutalist buildings. But, more importantly, it is a platform for a large campaign to save our beloved concrete monsters. The buildings in the database marked red are in particular jeopardy. This is an unprecedented initiative: #SOSBrutalism is open to everyone who wants to join the campaign to save Brutalist buildings! It is a powerful tool that allows fans of Brutalism to communicate with one another across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and so on. [...].

#SOSBrutalism will also lead into an exhibition which will be jointly organized by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and the Wustenrot Stiftung. It will be on display at the DAM, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, starting in April 2017."

More details: website
Petition: The McLaughlin Planetarium
by Peter L. Allward and George Roper Gouinlock, Toronto, Ontatio, Canada, 1968
DATE: 0/0/0
The McLaughlin Planetarium building, designed by Allward and Gouinlock firm, opened in 1968 as a part of the Royal Ontatio Museum. The planetarium was closed to the public in 1995, stripped of its equipment, and then used primarily as a storage until 2009, when the University of Toronto acquired the property.
Sadly, the building is now under threat of demolition, as the University of Toronto announced plans to tear it down on September 9th, 2015. New complex housing a multi-disciplinary performance hall, a Centre for Jewish Studies research facility, and gallery space for a Jewish museum is planned to be erected in The McLaughlin Planetariums lot.

More details including the petition can be found on the website and Facebook page.
Under Threat: Bidura Children’s Court
by Department of Public Works, Glebe, Sydney, Australia, 1983
DATE: 0/0/0
"The Bidura Children´s Court is a multi-storey, white off-form concrete building in the late 20th-century Brutalist style. The building sits on a podium with two levels set below the ground. The upper levels step back from three of the site´s boundaries, further reducing the building´s mass and scale. Expressing each level are wide, cantilevered terraces edged with reinforced concrete balustrades and tubular railings. Juxtaposed against the floating horizontal terraces are several semi-cylindrical vertical elements that express stairwells.The original scheme included landscaping in planter boxes around the edges of each terrace to further soften the building. From a distance, it would have been substantially clad in green, with an almost "Babylonic" appearance. [...]
The existing building is a substantially intact example of a Brutalist building that has undergone only minor alterations over the three decades since it was built. It has suffered from a lack of maintenance and neglect over the years. It has continued to function as the Children´s Court for Sydney since its completion in 1983, and is still in operation today. (The remand centre function of the building ceased in 1985.) However, the Department of Juvenile Justice will vacate the premises in early-mid 2017, by which time the developers hope to have approval to demolish the building, further excavate the site and erect two 7-8 storey apartment towers and ten 3-storey townhouses. [...]
"

More details: website.

[by Docomomo Australia]
Under Threat: The Nuclear Reactor Building at the University of Washington in Seattle
by The Architect Artist Group, Seattle, Washington, USA, 1961
DATE: 0/0/0
"The Nuclear Reactor Building is an exceptional example of Brutalist design from the Mid-century Modern era and the ideals that drove the Modern movement. Designed by renowned architects of the time, the buildings design promotes technology and rejects the conventional academic architecture surrounding it. It is a completely unique structure, and represents a specific time and way of thinking in the history of the University, and the overarching history of nuclear power. Even after standing empty for many years, the structure still speaks of the heroic aspirations of Modern architecture and its association with technological development and moving ever forward into the future. [...]
The Nuclear Reactor Building was unable to escape the downfall of nuclear power. A combination of negative attitudes and a lack of demand for nuclear engineers led to a decline in enrollment in the Nuclear Engineering Program. Research in the Nuclear Reactor Building was limited throughout the 1980´s, and eventually the reactor was decommissioned in 1988. The Nuclear Engineering Program was closed in 1992. Since that time the building has stood vacant. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, raised concerns about the security of the building and although it was only a remote possibility, the university worried that the buildings name would attract someone in search of nuclear material and changed its name to More Hall Annex.
The Nuclear Reactor Buildings more recent history (from 2008 to the present) has been about the University of Washingtons plans to redevelop the site and community advocates efforts to save the structure and promote its adaptive reuse and meaningful preservation. [...]"

More details: website.

[by Docomomo US]
Under Threat: The National Sport Complex
by Vann Molyvann, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1964
DATE: 0/0/0
The National Sport Complex dating back to 1964, was designed by the most prominent member of New Khmer Movement, Vann Molyvann, whose role in creating the landscape of newly independent Cambodia between 1955 and 1970 is undeniable. The building itself is a great example of Cambodian Modern Movement architecture not only for its innovative reinforced concrete and metal structure, its enormous volume providing the capacity of 70,000 people but primarily because the traits of vernacular Khmer architectural tradition are clearly visible in its project. The uniqueness of New Khmer Movement was based on the successful fusion of Europen Modern Movement influences with vernacular Khmer architectural traditions. These traditions in the form of moats and raised walkways, serving not only decorative, but also functional purposes (as a water reservoir in rainy season and cooling device in the dry season), are evident in the building structure.Sadly, The National Sport Complex is now under threat of being demolished as Phnom Penh undergoes rapid development. Even though the building is still in regular use, the recent renovation was extremely harmful to its integrity and authenticity. The original moats surrounding the stadium serving as integral parts of flood prevention system, have been partially replaced by the new constructions. The recent modernization of the Phnom Penh also can impose a threat to this iconic work of Vann Molyvann, as it has been reported that there are numerous cranes and construction sites surrounding The National Sport Complex at the moment. The loss of this unique monument at the expense of a new building would be irreparable.
Under Threat: Phnom Penh´s Akkear Sor (The White Building)
by Lu Banhap, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1963
DATE: 0/0/0
Akkear Sor (The White Building), build in 1963 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia is now facing unexpected future. This monumental building, was designed by Lu Banhap, one of the leading Cambodian architects during nearly twenty years (1955-1970) of newly independents country cultural renaissance. The architect was one of the pioneers of prominent architectural style combining both European Modern Movement and vernacular Khmer influences. The style was later named New Khmer Architecture and until this date its influence is clearly visible in modern Cambodia. This enormous building, drawing visible inspiration from Le Corbusiers Ville Radiuese project (1924), is a prime example of Cambodian Modern Movement from 1960´s and bears a high international value, not only for its monumental scale and pioneering use of reinforced concrete but also for being bolt attempt to deal with newly independents country problem of social housing. Regrettably, after years of general disintegration caused by lack of proper maintenance and increasing strain due to inhabitant overload, Akkear Sor is now under threat of further demolition. The major danger to the buildings integrity comes from the over-population resulting in aforementioned strain to its structure. Furthermore, large crack through the southern part of the building, probably caused by the construction of eleven-storey hotel conducted nearby, was reported in July 2015. The condition of the building is alarming and requires immediate governmental intervention.
Demolition Threat: Hong Kong´s General Post Office
by K.M. Tseng, Hong Kong, 1976
DATE: 30/9/2016
Hong Kong´s General Post Office is now under threat of demolition. The site is planned to be redeveloped into a new commercial building under the new government plan. This monumental building, designed by a local architect, was completed in 1976, and it is serving his original function ever since. Build on a 3700 m2 site in front of the towering Connaught Centre and adjoining the Star Ferry concourse, Hong Kong´s GPO is a five-storey building. It was constructed in simple, geometrical modernist style, with half of its interior being occupied by new-by-then mechanical mail handling equipment. The first floor was designed for enourmous public hall with 32 counter positions. The third and four floors were designated as office space.
docomomo International and docomomo Hong Kong would like to raise awareness for this case and express its full support to all the initiatives conducted against the demolition of aforementioned building, in struggle of preserving it for the future generations, either within the original function or reused for public purpose.
Under Threat: Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University
by James Striling and Michael Wilford, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 1984-1985
DATE: 0/0/0
Arthur M. Sackler Museum, opened in 1985, was designed by well-known British architects James Stirling and Michael Wilford as part of the Harvard Art Museums (another two facilities being Fogg Museum and the Busch-Reisinger Museum). The building also housed offices for the History of Art and Architecture and Digital Images and Slides Collection of the Fine Arts Library. The building was closed to the public since June 2014, when the final phase of Renzo Piano´s renovation and extension of the building on 32th Quincy Street was near completion. Since the process of packing and relocating collections to the newly renovated building, ended in Autumn last year Stirling and Wilford´s creation is underutilized and has an uncertain future. The University authorities are still discussing the possibilities of reuse of old Sackler Museum, as of Autumn 2015, there are still no certain provisions for its future, yet there rumours about it demolition can be heard. The building is remarkable for variety of features, mostly its representative front facade with two concrete cylinders and large square window dominating in it. What also draws attention is the use of two colored brick rhythmical stripes in the other part of the building, and most importantly the design of its interior suggesting a monumentality while actually meeting administrative and gallery needs with a dense, tight plan on a small restricted site.
The artistic value of the building are indisputable, and docomomo International believes that its proper reuse is essential for the cause of preserving and conserving it for the future generations. docomomo International is aware of the concern that the present situation has produced in architectural and conservation circles worldwide. We fully support initiatives dedicated to save this significant building.
Petition: The Amazing Neutras in Orange County
by Richard & Dion Neutra, Orange Coast College, Orange County, California, USA, 1950s
DATE: 0/0/0
"The original motivation for this show was the threat in 2010 to the Mariner´s Medical Arts Complex in Newport Beach, (still at risk). In 2016, we have the threat to several of our buildings at Orange Coast College, where the Board there has declared itself ready to destroy about three of the rare examples we were able to get built there in the early 50s Why? Not to build on their sites, but "to clear the center of the campus for a green area!" or for parking. [...]".

More details and petition: website.
Severely damaged by fire: Paganini House
by Iwan Iwanoff, Perth, Australia, 1965
DATE: 21/12/2015
The Paganini House, built in 1965 by renowned Bulgarian-born architect Iwan Iwanoff, was destroyed by fire on 21st December 2015. It is believed that the owners of the property, were overseas at the time of the fire.
This landmark of Perth, was waiting to be assessed for inclusion on the State Heritage Register, after being recommended for listing in 2006.
Iwan Iwanoff designed many significant buildings in Western Australia, two of which were already listed on the register (Marsala House in Dianella and the Northam Council Offices and Library).
Undoubtedly, this is an irreversible loss for Australian Modern Movement architecture.

More details: website.
Restoration: Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo
by Lina Bo Bardi and José Carlos Figueiredo Ferraz, São Paulo, Brazil, 1968
DATE: 0/0/0
"Symbol of Brazilian metropolis, the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP) is one of the main cultural centers of the country. The project of Lina Bo Bardi, site specific and unmistakable layout, has represented since the beginning (1947) exceptionality in the museum landscape and architecture of the city. In 1996 the construction of the gallery was dismantled in favor of a more traditional one, getting a lot of criticism. Last December, the inauguration of the upper room, rearranged according to the project of Bo, was considered by the locals as a symbolic gesture and the most important cultural event in recent years [...]"

More details: website. (Italian)
Under Threat: Hotel Podgorica
Podgorica, Montenegro, 1967
DATE: 0/0/0
A group of young architects called KANA / ko ako ne arhitekt? (KANA / Architects! Who else?) from Montenegro (state in Balkan, Europe), gathered around the initiative to stop the recently started construction of a 12 storey office building, which is being built right next to the famous hotel Podgorica, in Podgorica, by the investor Normal Tours. Hotel Podgorica was built in 1967. It is one of the most important architectural works from the XX century on the territory of Montenegro and represents the most recognizable building of Montenegrin architect Svetlana Kana Radevic (1937 - 2000). Among many other received awards, the Borba award - the most prestigious award in the field of architectural creativity in Yugoslavia in the period from 1965 to 1991, was given to the author for this particular project, which made her the only architect from Montenegro ever to receive such high recognition. Svetlana Radevic was the foreign member of the Russian academy of architecture and civil engineering sciences and the Fulbright grantee at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 1972/1973.

KANA is interested in broadening its field of work to protection of all significant architectural achievements of the XX century in Montenegro. Currently, it is the most active architectural organisation in Montenegro, consisted of one PhD in architecture, three PhD students and several architects (M.Arch.). In its two months work, they have united with the Union of architects of Montenegro and the Chamber of engineers of Montenegro. KANA are asking for support in this matter.

The image attached is a render of the new building that stands dominantly and strangely on top of hotel Podgorica which is perfectly implemented in the landscape.

Ana Tostoes, Chair of docomomo International, addressed a letter to Montenegrin authorities (see attach) concerning the preservation of the Hotel Podgorica and its surrounding.

For more details, please, check the  library of published papers about the issue.


Petition: Cocheras de Metro de Madrid en Cuatro Caminos
by Antonio Palacios, Madrid, Spain, 1918
DATE: 0/0/0
Plataforma Salvemos Cuatro Caminos is collecting signatures to prevent the demolition of a work of industrial heritage from the 20th century in Madrid: the historic railroad yard "Cocheras de Metro de Madrid en Cuatro Caminos", designed by the architect Antonio Palacios and constructed in 1918.

The initiative has received support from TICCIH Internacional, Plan Nacional de Patrimonio Industrial, Hispania Nostra, Plataforma en Defensa de la Cultura, Asociacion Espanola para la Proteccion de Patrimonio Arquitectonico del siglo XX, amongst others. This support will be made public by 19th February, along with the 12 000 signatures already collected through the online platform www.change.org.

The saw tooth roof of this railroad yard is one of the most remarkable works of Antonio Palacios. This kind of structure was only used in this very particular case in the whole Europe, where buildings of this type were always designed with a pitched roof. It is also in the origins of the Madrid´s underground network, the oldest in Spain and one of the first 10 to be constructed in the world.

You can sign the petition here.

More details: website + website
Demolished: Villa Aghion
by Auguste and Gustave Perret, Alexandria, Egypt, 1926-1927.
DATE: 0/0/0
It is with great deception that docomomo International informs that Villa Aghion, residential project of the brothers Auguste (1874-1954) and Gustave Perret (1876-1952) has been completely demolished in recent days.
Located in Alexandria, Egypt, Hotel Avignon, how it was also known, has been projected between 1926-1927 for the high society architect Gustave Aghion in the Palladian style.
Part of it demolition started in 2009, illegally, once it was total indifferent with the Egyptian law.The other half of the project was put down in 2014, after it has been withdrawn from the list of Historical Monuments at that same year. That allowed its owner to begin its destruction. Mohamed Aboulkheir, the co-founder of Save Alex, institution which aim is to protect historical building of Alexandria, said: "It might be the most valuable villa that we might ever have had here in Alexandria". The private residence which has been mentioned in the French magazine l´Architecture d´Aujourd´hui, was possibly Perret´s first in Egypt.

More details: website. website.

Image provided by Clea Daridan.
Under Threat: Hong Kong´s Central Market
Hong Kong, 1939
DATE: 0/0/0
Hong Kong’s Central Market was constructed in 1939 in Streamline Modern architectural style. 
The building is extremaly valuable, not only for its high architectural value, as one of the few remaining of this Bauhaus-influenced style in Hong Kong but also because its national historical importance. Its localisation has roots in the first half of XIX Century, when the first public market was erected in this spot. Furthermore, it was one of the first buildings in Hong Kong to include wet market, above-ground toilets and female public toilet.
The building served its function, as a provider of daily needs for the community as well as the meeting and social space, until its closure in 2003. Since then it is abandoned and unused. 
The buildings integrity is now endangered, after adaptive reuse plan was presented. Although it is a great initiative, the project proposes removal of several building’s characteristics including the facade facing Des Voeux Road, original Market Stalls and public toilets. These features are planned to be removed in favour of new replacement, design of which was sadly not included the adaptation project. The value of these elements should be appreciated, thus, their demolition should definitely be reconsidered.

More details including the possibility to propose a comment to aforementioned adaptation project (deadline 8th January 2016) can be found on this website.
Under Threat: The APM Boiler House
by Mussen, Mackay & Potter, Alphington, Victoria, Australia, 1954
DATE: 0/0/0
In order to preserve the APM Boiler House in Alphington, Docomomo Australia has made a submission to the City of Yarra to urge careful consideration of the heritage and architectural merit of this structure. The submission says: "The 1954 Boiler House has clear heritage value from a technical point of view - but the successful and effective retention is problematic. It is said by heritage advisers to represent one of the remaining examples of industrial glass curtain wall structures in Melbourne. For this reason alone it has heritage value. [...].
Furthermore the initiative was created to raise funds in order to secure buildings future.
"We are a group of community members and experts who are concerned about the future of the Boiler House building located on the former APM site in Alphington Victoria. We believe passionately that this structure represents a significant remnant of Victorias architectural and industrial heritage and it should not be demolished to make way for more roads. However its significance has been ignored in current development plans for the site.Funding is required to prepare a professionally researched submission to Heritage Victoria for consideration to be placed on the Victorian Heritage Register. This is the only step forward in securing the buildings future. And also to protect an asset that could be redeveloped as a remarkable venue for public and community use on the APM site.We need to proceed with the nomination as soon as possible in January. So we would be really grateful for any financial support to present our case."

[by Docomomo Australia]

More details: website.
Restoration: Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan Building
by E. Stewart Williams, Palm Springs, California, USA
DATE: 0/0/0
"Designed in 1960 by renowned mid-century Modern architect E. Stewart Williams for the Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan, the glass pavilion in downtown Palm Springs reflects the optimistic view that beautiful design could both educate and inspire. The original building was one of more than ten banks and bank complexes created by Williams in his career that fulfilled the changing needs of the postwar banking business. The building’s simple and elegant architecture helped define the new transparency of the bank in a rapidly growing resort town. Williams long considered the building one of his finest. He stated that one of his goals for the project was ´to achieve, if possible, a quality within the space enclosed that elevates the human spirit above the level of mere daily existence´. [...]
Restoring the structure to its original beauty and simplicity has recaptured its forward-looking spirit, transforming the glass-and-steel building into a leading example of innovative design that respects the past and embraces current technology. A prime example of midcentury Modern design, the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center is an ideal site for the exhibition and study of architecture and design and the preservation of Palm Springs’ architectural legacy."

More details: website.

[by Docomomo US]
Demolished: Cockenzie Power Station
by Sir Robert Matthew, East Lothian, Scotland, 1967
DATE: 17/12/2015
The demolition threat case, published earlier in September, ended up unfavourably for all Modern architecture enthusiasts.
Unfortunately, the boiler house at Cockenzie Power Station was demolished by explosives on Thursday, ending the dismantling of one of the east coast´s best known structures.The demolition marked the last phase in the two-year process of decommissioning the Cockenzie Power Station.
The boiler house opened in 1967 and was at that time the largest in Scotland.

More details: website. 
Restoration: second phase of the work on Le Corbusier´s City of Refuge
by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, Paris, France, 1933
DATE: 25/11/2015
"Located at 12 rue Cantagrel, in the 13 th arrondissement of Paris, the City of Refuge was designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in 1933 for the Salvation Army. In addition to its avant-garde architecture, its social program is very ambitious, since the shelter is intended to accommodate the poor while providing a structure to rebuild. Today, and for over 80 years, Salvation Army continues this reception and reintegration work in the building [...]"

More details: website. (French)
Preservation Campaign: Werdmuller Centre
by Roelof Uytenbogaardt, Cape Town, South Africa, 1975
DATE: 0/0/0
docomomo South Africa called for help in effort to preserve endangered Werdmuller Centre in Cape Town. Heritage Western Cape was notified that the building’s owners (Old Mutual) want to tear it down and advised the undertaken of a Heritage Impact Assessment. Ashley Lillie (with Prof. Andre van Graan) wrote a draft for comment by interested and affected parties for the Heritage Impact Assessment, addressing the significance of the Werdmuller Centre as a Modernist architectural resource. 
The impact assessment process undertaken from 2011-2013 resulted in 150 persons and organisations registering an interest or providing comments relating to the past, future and cultural significance of the Werdmuller Centre. Next step, Draft Phase One, available for comments, were published in September 2015 (attached below). 
docomomo International fully supports this initiative for preservation of this prime example of South African Modern Movement architecture.
Under Threat: Veterans Memorial Coliseum
by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Portland, Oregon, USA, 1960
DATE: 0/0/0
"It’s been six years since Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum was saved from demolition and three years since plans to restore the building were stalled by city council. This past August, The Veterans Memorial Coliseum Option Study was released by the Mayor’s office which found that the building still provided a viable civic purpose and its restoration would contribute to economic growth and development. Despite these findings and the City Council’s rejection of Commissioner Steve Novick’s most recent proposal to redevelop the site for affordable housing, the building’s future still remains uncertain.[...]"

More details: website.

[by Docomomo US]
Under Threat: Aalto´s Edgar J. Kaufmann Conference Center
by Alvar and Elissa Aalto, New York City, USA, 1961
DATE: 26/11/2015
"In an attempt to deal with the enormous backlog of properties awaiting designation, the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission has created the "Backlog 95 Initiative." As part of that initiative, the Commission is hearing testimony and public comments on whether to designate or remove 95 calendared buildings, interiors and sites that were placed on the Commission´s calendar prior to 2010, some which have been on the docket over 20 years. The Edgar J. Kaufmann Conference Center designed by Alvar and Elissa Aalto is one of the 95 properties being considered and support is needed as time is running out. [...]
Though the interior is one of three works Aalto designs in the United States and his only work in New York City it may not be designated if it fails to receive enough support."

More details: website.

[by Docomomo US]
World Monuments Fund Watch 2016: Shukhov Tower included!
World Monuments Fund Watch 2016: Shukhov Tower included!
DATE: 0/0/0
"The 2016 World Monuments Watch has been released!
Among the 50 sites on the 2016 Watch: an entire country’s cultural heritage sites destroyed by a devastating earthquake (Nepal); an ancient underwater city threatened by pollution and large ships (Pavlopetri, Greece); a historic hill town in urgent need of urban planning (Amedy, Iraq); the remains of a medieval Swahili town at risk from the effects of a harsh climate and looters (Kua Ruins, Tanzania); a modern engineering masterpiece on the verge of being dismantled (Shukhov Tower, Russia); the burial place of presidents and hundreds of other luminaries that has suffered the effects of many earthquakes and is now neglected by its city (General Cemetery of Santiago, Chile); Edwardian public baths—still in use by a diverse urban community—at risk of closure due to cutbacks in government spending (Moseley Road Baths, United Kingdom); and a beloved coastal promenade in Beirut that is the latest victim of a development frenzy that has destroyed many of the city’s open spaces (Dalieh of Raouche, Lebanon).
Learn more about all 50 at-risk sites: website."

More details: website.
Under Threat: Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design
Stockholm, Sweden, 1962
DATE: 0/0/0
The Museum of Architecture (now known as The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design or ArkiDes) was founded in 1962 as a private foundation. It became nationalized in 1978 and since then it served its educational function. 
The ArtDes is housed in two buildings, the the Exercishuset (Navy´s old drill hall from 1853) and a modern building designed by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo (built between 1994 and 1997).
The exhibitions are conducted in both buildings. The new one also contains offices, a library, an archive and workshop space. 
Aforementioned buildings are now under threat of closing down in favor of a governmental authority that is going to be located in their place. Original function of the buildings as well as their integrity are in danger. High artistic and historic values and successful cultural activity for more than 50 years speaks for preservation and not dismemberment of this built heritage.
Under Threat: Clinic and Research Centre for Onchocerciasis Building
by Charles Leduc Montano, Huixtla, Chiapas, Mexico, 1939-1942.
DATE: 0/0/0
The project of the clinic was commissioned in 1938 by the Mexican Modern Movement pioneer Charles Leduc Montano. The building was built between 1939 and 1942 in functionalist style as one of the first buildings of its kind in Chiapas. Its main characteristics are functional "H"plan, simple beauty of the architectural volumes without superfluous decoration and long and ventilated corridors that promoted rest areas appropriate for patients in recovery. The building was constructed with at-the-time innovational technique  - reinforced concrete combined with mud wall. It had also featured flattened cement-sand, polished floors, wooden doors and windows and mosquito nets, all for the comfort of the recovering patients.The clinic had a capacity of fifty beds, with enough space for other medicine facilities including outpatient clinic area, internal laboratories, classrooms and crematorium. Facility also conducted research at national and international level, including works by Dr. Roberto Flores Nettel (one of the pioneers of treating the parasite disease - Onchocerciasis).The maintenance of the Clinic were conducted until the beginning of the 1990s when the building become abandoned and neglected in favor of new regional hospital, which was completed in 1994.In result The building that once was a symbol of modernity and outpost science and technology became forgotten after few years of being used as a warehouse of old furniture and storage area, with a gradual deterioration in its structure due to the consequent lack of maintenance.

More details: website. (Spanish)
Demolished: Glasgow´s Red Road flats
by Sam Bunton & Associates, Glasgow, Scotland, 1964-1969
DATE: 0/0/0
"Glasgow´s Red Road flats final demolition
Explosions on Sunday, 12 October, destroy most of the iconic postwar housing estate

Explosions on Sunday, 12 October, destroy most of the iconic postwar housing estate
The demolition of the famously infamous Red Road estate, in Glasgow, is nearing its end. On Sunday past, 12 October, the remaining six of originally eight high-rise residential buildings were brought down by explosion. The demolition as been a long affair, with the first tower block falling in 2012 and a slab following in 2013. In 2014, the proposal to incorporate the demolish the remaining tower into the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, hosted in Glasgow, was abandoned, due to an outcry by the public - although officially health and safety reasons were stated. And the demolition is not yet fully complete, as the upper levels of two of the tower blocks were only reduced by about a dozen storeys and still need to be removed through mechanical demolition work. (It appears that the controlled explosions have not gone fully to plan, with a few more storeys remaining than had been planned.)
Once housing about 5000 inhabitants and being the tallest residential buildings in Europe, with 31 storeys, they were not only iconic buildings, but also mementos of an era of state-provided housing long gone. "When Red Road was first constructed in 1967 they were seen as the utopian answer to the city’s pressing housing shortage and the clearance of the worst slums in Western Europe", as the photographer and film director Chris Leslie, who has followed the estates demise over the past years, puts it in his blog Never Ending Red Road. Although nearly 50 years old, the Red Road flats still raise questions for current politics, maybe today even more than in the past, as is argued in an article of the UK edition of The Conversation, for which Demolishing iconic tower blocks is an attack on whole idea of social housing."

Image: BBC

[by Docomomo Scotland]
Demolition Threat: Paducah City Hall
Demolition Threat: Paducah City Hall
DATE: 0/0/0
Construction of City Hall in Paducah, Kentucky, designed by Edward Durrell Stone, was completed in 1965. Well-planned and well-designed building serving its function constantly for  half a century is now in danger of being torn down for a new one. Two of characteristic features of this mid-century modern masterpiece – canopy and vertical floor-to-ceiling windows are especially endangered as the building does not meet modern seismic standards. Rust, cracks and concrete falling from the canopy can be seen around the building,  however recent study showed that renovation work instead of demolishing the building for the new one, will be not only less expensive but also will not change the precious exterior. 
The authorities are still uncertain about the building future, that is why it is so urgent to act before the effects of deterioration will unable any renovation work on this prime example of Modern Movement built heritage from the 1960’s. docomomo International would like to raise awareness for this case and express its full support to the social initiative conducted by Paducah-McCracken Growth Inc. group acting against the demolition of aforementioned building, in struggle of preserving its integrity for the future generations.

You can help to save this building by signing the petition: website.
Under Threat: Bulgarian Trade-Union of Railmen and Sailors Building
Atanas Delibashev and Ivan Boyadzhiev, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1935-1937
DATE: 0/0/0
Bulgarian Trade-Union of Railmen and Sailors Building, designed by Atanas Delibashev and Ivan Boyadzhiev was constructed between 1935 and 1937. The building is located at north of the Central Sofia Railway Station and it is one of the most remarkable examples of Modern Movement architecture in Bulgaria. The delicate curved glass-enclosed volume, unique for the coutry, bears a strong resemblance to Schocken Department Store in Stuttgart (1925-1926) by Erich Mendelsohn and serves as a good evidence of the cultural links in the field of architecture between Bulgaria and Western Europe.  
Unfortunately in 2014 the curved glass with the original metal frames was destroyed in order to be replaced by new flat segmented windows with thick white PVC-frames regardless of the authenticity of the building and its original look. The building is not declared as an architectural nor cultural heritage, it has no legal protection against harmful practices of this kind, which means that preserving its integrity and authenticity hang solely on the goodwill of the owners.
The historic and artistic values, of this prime example of stylistic connections between Bulgarian architecture from 1930’s and international modernist style, are indisputable. docomomo International believes that reconsideration of the first inappropriate intervention and proper reconstruction of glass-enclosure of the building are essential for the cause of preserving and conserving it for the future generations. docomomo International want to express its full support to the social initiatives dedicated to save this significant building.

More details: facebook.
Under Threat: International Congress Center (ICC)
by Ralf Schüler, Berlin, Germany, 1973-1979
DATE: 0/0/0
"The discussion about the future of the International Congress Centre (ICC) Berlin has been going on for more than ten years. Demolition, renovation and conversion into a shopping mall (the latter would equal a demolition of the interior) have all been discussed. Since March 2014, the building complex has been vacant; new uses are being debated – despite the fact that since the closing of the ICC the city of Berlin has no alternative venues for holding largescale conferences. Therefore, precious potential lies idle – architecturally and economically. The monumental building, opened in April 1979 after only three and a half years of construction, is quite unique in its futuristic shape and design. It is a Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art), preserved largely intact and in its authentic state, including the interior. It is not easy to define the style of this building which is outstanding and unique in every respect. This is because nothing comparable was built before or after. Due to the building’s technologyinspired appearance it is reminiscent of high-tech architecture – and therefore of such buildings as the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (Renzo Piano/Richard Rogers, 1971-77), Lloyds in London (Richard Rogers, 1978-86), and the clinical centre in Aachen (Wolfgang Weber/Peter Brand, 1971-85). The buildings in London and Aachen are listed, the Centre Pompidou is undisputed as a national cultural good. The ICC Berlin is a landmark of former West Berlin. Its relevance has long been accepted by the scientific community in Germany. [...]"

More details: website. 

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Demolition Threat: Cockenzie power station
by Sir Robert Matthew, East Lothian, Scotland, 1967
DATE: 26/9/2015
"Cockenzie´s chimneys and engine hall to fall
Demolition of Cockenzie power station reaches its culmination this Saturday, 26 Sep.

Coming home to Edinburgh will never be the same again! Flying in by plane, arriving by car on the A1 or coming into Edinburgh by ship, a major landmark was greeting you, signally that Edinburgh is close: Cockenzie power station. A glassy box, on a steel skeleton, with two chimneys soaring high, it is, at daytime, "One of the most emblematic features of East Lothian’s landscape", as Fraser MacDonald puts it in the newspaper The Guardian, and, at night, literally, a beacon of shining light welcoming travellers. But the end is nigh!

The on-going demolition (we have previously reported) culminates this weekend –strangely coinciding with the Doors Open Day in Edinburgh, supposedly a celebration of the Scotland´s built heritage– with the blowing up of the twin chimneys and the engine hall. The explosion bringing down the chimneys of the coal-fired power plant, built between 1964 and 1968 to designs by the renowned architectural firm Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners, is slated for noon on Saturday, the hall will follow only shortly afterwards in a second explosion.

Whereas, in London, Bankside power station has been turned into Tate Modern and Battersea power station is being converted for new uses and, in Dublin, Poolbeg power station has recently been heritage-designated, the destruction of Scotland´s 20th century energy-related heritage continues. Most of Scotland´s coal mining legacy has vanished, including the Monktonhall colliery towers near Edinburgh, the chimney of Inverkip´s coal power station, in Renfrewshire, the tallest in Scotland, was demolished in 2013, and the ´decommissioning´ of the Dounreay nuclear power plants, near Thurso, continues. We are still far too one-sidedly selective in what heritage we consider worth preserving. Or in Mr MacDonald´s words: "it’s disheartening if the only high structures that endure are those built for aristocrats."

We will hopefully show a video of the sad Cockenzie demolition at our photo exhibition at the Edinburgh Doors Open Day."

Image: Fintan264, via WikiMedia, CC BY 2.0

[by Docomomo Scotland]
Demolition Threat: IGS Mühlenberg
Hannover, Germany, 1973
DATE: 0/0/0
The Integrierte Gesantschule (IGS) Mühlenberg (Comprehensive School of Mühlenberg) is the largest school in Hannover. The building dates back to 1973 and it was constructed with a purpose of creating of a "learning factory" - enourmous usable space provided the possibility for even eight classes per year. Architect´s focus on scale and size led to few significant problems with building´s funcionality i.e. : unfavorable acoustics and deficiency of sunlight in some of classrooms, among some minor ones. Nevertheless the building´s architectural and historical value speaks for the need of renovation not demolition as it is planned. With a part of new building already constructed, the described one is expected to be demolished in near future. 
It is urgent to act before its complete demolition. For that reason, docomomo International would like raise awareness for this case and express its full support for the social initiative against the destruction of aforementioned building, in the struggle of preserving the identity of this architectural example for the future generations.
Demolition Threat: Port Murray House
by Peter Womersley, South Ayrshire, Scotland, 1960-1963
DATE: 4/9/2015
"Planning permission granted to replace Port Murray House in Maidens, South Ayrshire. Modernist Port Murray House, in Maidens, South Ayrshire, is awaiting demolition. Built between 1960 and 1963, it is an outstanding and early house design by the architect Peter Womersley (1923-1993), mostly known for his residential designs, including Farnley Hen, his first house, built between 1952 and 1954 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, for which he won the RIBA Bronze Medal, and High Sutherland, Galashiels, Scottish Borders, which he designed, in 1956, for the artist and textile designer Bernat Klein (see next article). (In 1969, Womersley also designed Klein’s nearby Studio, which is also ´at risk´.)
 
Situated right on the beach and in close proximity to the historic harbour of Maidens, the single-storey Port Murray House (bar a small lower ground floor level) is a complex composition of interlocking cubes, providing amazing views over Maidenhead Bay and the Firth of Clyde, with the Isle of Arran in the distance. Although Womersley has left a small, yet very significant legacy of Modernist buildings in the Scottish Border and the Lothians, Port Murray House is not only an early design by this renowned British architect but also his only work on the Scottish west coast. It has never been statutorily designated as heritage, despite winning a Civic Trust Award, in 1965.
 
Port Murray House has, in the past, been altered and extended (compare the 1964 RIBApix photos to the 2009 CANMORE photos) and the building remained unoccupied for some years, slowly falling into disrepair. In May this year, South Ayrshire Council has granted Planning Permission for the construction of a new house directly on the footprint of the original. The new house will have of similarly sized foot print in plan, but be two storeys high. Presumably, the demolition of Womersley’s Port Murray House will start in early 2016, if not already later this year."

Image: Alison Clayton.

[by Docomomo Scotland]
Damaged by fire: Palazzo del Lavoro
by Pier Luigi Nervi and Antonio Nervi, Turin, Italy, 1959-1961
DATE: 2/9/2015
The Palazzo del Lavoro (Labour Palace) designed by the architect Pier Luigi Nervi together with Antonio Nervi, in Turin, built between 1959-1961, is under threat after having been damaged by fire on last August 20th night. This significant Modern Movement masterpiece was built within the framework of the Centenary of the Italian Unification celebrations – Italia ’61 – in order to host the international section dedicated to the myths of labour and technical progress.

The building, listed by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage in 2011 (according to D. Leg.vo n.42/2004) has faced, over time, some reuse problems. “Progressive inappropriate usage and related unsuitable interventions, internal additions, and a total lack of essential maintenance have strongly harmed the appearance of the building and the durability of its structural and architectural components.”

A Master plan approved by the Turin City Council and dating back to 2008, referred to the transformation of the Palazzo del Lavoro into a shopping centre, together with some facilities that accompany, like boutiques, restaurants, public recreational spaces and a large car parking. This decision was blocked in 2012 and, therefore, this iconic building continues to face a neglected scenario and an awful state of abandon.

Being an important example of Modern Movement architecture in Italy, with great historic interest, “symbol of an extraordinary typological exactness and of an extreme constructional coherence in terms of absolute integration between structural and architectural invention”, we have a duty to preserve its original principals and maintain its legacy within the international world of architecture, urbanism and landscape.

Thus, a new re-use and transformation project must be undertaken with the monitoring of a scientific board of experts.

For that reason, docomomo International would like to express its fully support to the conducted efforts being carried on by the architects and experts worldwide, particularly by the PLN Project and the PhD architect Cristiana Chiorino (docomomo International member and Scientific advisor to Pier Luigi Nervi Knowledge and Management Project Association for the conservation of Nervi’s architectural heritage), with the intention of defending and promoting the preservation and the respectful reuse of Palazzo del Lavoro, according to its original design and pursuing the final aim of obtaining its insertion in the UNESCO World Heritage List (together with another Nervi’s building: the Torino Esposizioni Hall).

Ana Tostões, Chair of docomomo International, addressed a formal letter to the local authorities, in Turin, in order to call the attention to the necessity of safeguarding and preserving the Palazzo del Lavoro. The formal letters can be downloaded in PDF below.

Anyone interested can sign the petition by sending an e-mail with contact information to the PhD architect Cristiana Chiorino: cristiana@pierluiginervi.org

Texts by the PhD architect Cristiana Chiorino, docomomo Italy member, advisor for the preservation of the architectural heritage for the Pier Luigi Nervi Project Association chaired by Marco Nervi.  
Under Threat: Novosibirsk Akademgorodok Ensemble
27 August 2015, Novosibirsk, Russia
DATE: 27/8/2015
Novosibirsk Akademgorodok ensemble in Russia is facing at the moment dangerous arbitrary alterations due to inadequate protection to ensure the conservation of the existing architectural set of high interest.

The adopted Subject of Protection is leading to the loss of the main characteristics of the complex, namely: functional zoning of an academic research center; a diffuse, low-density built environment of medium and low-rise buildings; original architectural ensembles of public areas, research institutes, microdistricts "А", "Б", "В" and "Д"; the original volume-spatial, material and structural designs; natural forest ecosystems, and the proportions of forest and built-up areas.

Moreover, plans for the first stage of construction of the eastern bypass tracks were made public in June 2015 and include the release of all transit vehicles between Berdsk highway and eastern bypass through Akademgorodok on Morskiy Avenue - cutting through the community centre and in close proximity to the research institutes of Akademgorodok. If such an option is implemented, the noise and air pollution will affect not only the preservation of the Cultural Heritage Site, but also the scientific work of the research institutes. The present street profile of Morskiy Avenue is not suited for mass transit transport, so the proposed scheme of organizing transport is also a public danger. All this stems directly from the fragmentation and incompleteness of the adopted Subject of Protection of the Cultural Heritage Site.

Therefore, in view of the exceptional value and significant size of the Novosibirsk Akademgorodok ensemble, the Subject of Protection should include every single part of the complex - not only individual sites and buildings, but all of its natural and urbanized areas, infrastructures facilities of the building setback lines of streets and driveways, shorelines of streams and bodies of water, and other spatial and compositional characteristics.

docomomo International is aware of the concern that the present situation has produced in architectural and conservation circles worldwide. We fully support our colleagues from Docomomo Russia and the group of experts involved in their efforts to save the invaluable architectural set. The vital importance of the Novosibirsk Akademgorodok ensemble as a historical urban plan, architectural, natural landscape and memorial complex requires the highest Protection Status - Federal.
Demolition Threat: La Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie (CPAM), Les Briques Rouges
by Paul Chemetov, Vigneux, l’Ile de France, France, 1972
DATE: 31/7/2015
"La Caisse Primaire d´Assurance Maladie" (CPAM) designed by the architect Paul Chemetov, in Vigneux, and dating back to 1972, is facing an eminent complete demolition that will irretrievably destroy this significant Modern Movement architecture. This building integrates the "Briques Rouges" - a housing complex made up by 273 low-rent housing spread over several buildings built between 1964-1967 in Vigneux (France).

The "Briques Rougex" was certified 20th century heritage (December 2008) by the Ministry of Culture, together with the facilities that accompany, among those the mall, the home to the elderly (1963) and "La Caisse Primaire d´Assurance Maladie" (CPAM). A recent order of the city council of Vigneux refers to the destruction of this last one. It will be a great loss to erase the original principals of the project that made possible the creation of an outstanding exemple of architectural quality with great historic interest. In addition to its architectural quality, the CPAM building is distinguished by a ceramic mural made by Paul Foujino (1925-1982). Part of the work of Paul Foujino has just been accepted by the Museum Modern Art of the City of Paris to join to his background.

It is urgent to act before the complete demolition. For that reason, DOCOMOMO International would like to encourage everyone to join the conducted efforts of the architects and experts, worldwide, in the struggle of preserving the identity of this architectural example for the future generations. Anyone interested to react has just two months from 18th June 2015, that is until next 18th August.

The “Briques rouges” (7 buildings, the shopping center and the CPAM) will be subject for a publication and an exhibition at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, dedicated to AUA (l’Atelier d’Urbanisme et d’Architecture) from 29th October 2015 to 29th February 2016.
Under Threat: Buckhead´s Modern Heritage
Development Threatens Buckhead´s Modern Heritage, Atlanta, Georgia
DATE: 28/7/2015
"In Atlanta, Georgia, the community of Buckhead is facing renewed development and threats to important historic resources, including modern buildings along its Peachtree Road corridor. A survey by the Atlanta Regional Commission recently identified a significant collection of modern architecture along Buckhead´s portion of the famous thoroughfare.

Two buildings in particular are under immediate threat: The Christian Church of Buckhead, designed by Joseph Amisano and completed in 1986 as the Second Church of Christ, Scientist and 2520 Peachtree Road NW condominium complex designed by James C. Wise, built in 1955. The development firm Related Group has presented plans to the Development Review committee to replace the church with a 386-unit tower, while the Atlanta-based development company, JPX Works plans to construct a 22-story condo building where the existing complex now stands.

On June 30th, JPX Works, LLC, presented its application to Neighborhood Planning Unit B. There was no neighborhood opposition to the application and the NPU-B board unanimously approved the application with agreed-upon conditions--a significant step in the zoning process. The new 2520 building would be the first condominium tower built in Buckhead since the start of the great recession. Buckhead Heritage has reached out to JPX Works to request documentation of the historic building on the site and the developer has agreed to work with the organization on that effort."

[by Docomomo US]
Under Threat: GTC Shopping Centre
by Zivko Popovski, Skopje, Macedonia, 1969-1973
DATE: 22/7/2015
The Gradski Trgovski Centar, also Known as GTC Shopping Centre - a post-war commercial building in Skopje - designed by Zivko Popovski and dating back to 1973, is facing an eminent complete renovation that will irretrievably transform and destroy this significant Modern Movement architecture. 

The changes proposed to redesign the Skopje GTC Shopping Centre are associated with a major urban development program, sponsored by the government, known as Skopje 2014 plan, which aims to change the image of much of the city centre inspired by a classical antiquity language. 

It will be a great loss to erase the original principles of the project that made possible the creation of an outstanding exemple of architectural quality with great historic interest. It is urgent to act before the complete alteration.

For this reason, DOCOMOMO International would like to encourage everyone to join the conducted efforts of the macedonian architects and experts in the struggle of preserving the identity and authenticity of this architectural example for the future generations.

Ana Tostões, Chair of DOCOMOMO International, will address a formal letter to the local authorities in order to call the attention to the necessity of safeguarding and preserving the Skopje´s GTC Shopping Centre for postority.

Many protests have been held to fight against the destruction of the building, such as the protection campaigns organized by the Association of Macedonian Architects (AAM) - "I Love GTC" and "I Love GTC More Than Ever" - which can be access through the following link: website.

Image by Sinisa Jakov Marusic.
Demolition Threat: Square Viger
by Charles Daudelin, Claude Théberge & Peter Gnass, Montreal, Quebec, 1970s
DATE: 0/0/0
The Square Viger is threatened with complete redevelopment that could cause its disappearance. On June 17th, the elected councillor in charge of urban planning projects for Montreal city Mr Richard Bergeron presented his new project whose questionable design didn´t reach consensus. Most of all because it involves the demolition and modification of Agora and Mastodo. These two important works were conceived by internationally renowned sculptor Charles Daudelin who also created the work Embacle (1984), donated by the government of Québec to the city of Paris. Restored in 2011, this sculpture is the highlight of Place du Québec in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
 
As a work of public art, the Square Viger is part of Montreal´s modern heritage. Still, the memory of the old 19th century Victorian park prevails even if it vanished with the digging of the Ville-Marie expressway in 1976. Commissioned by the Ministry of Transportation the new Square Viger had to cover a portion of the highway underpass. Three major artists designed the park in the manner of a roof terrace divided in three blocks. Charles Daudelin (1920-2001) created an Agora, Claude Théberge (1934-2008) designed a park that recalled the Victorian past of the former park, and finally Peter Gnass (1936-) proposed a playground dedicated to children. At the time, this project represented an innovative response to both technical constraints and artistic aspirations: landscaping despite the thickness of the concrete slab, designing with the ventilation casts of the expressway, and integrating four massive sculptures (Mastodo, Force, Jeux d´enfants and Fontaine). The park perpetuates the tradition of landscape architects Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009) and Garrett Eckbo (1910-2000).
 
Abandoned by his owner (the City of Montreal) since its inauguration, the Square Viger has soon been criticized for problems largely attributed to an unconventional layout. It gradually suffered from deterioration, lack of maintenance and squatting. Nowadays, it is stigmatized as a deserted and dangerous place. 
 
The new project of demolition and alteration announced by the City aims especially at Charles Daudelin masterpieces Agora and Mastodo. We wish to denounce the scandalous attitude of the municipal authorities towards its built heritage and its utter despise for the moral rights of its most important artists. At a time when this sector is undergoing urban revitalization, many academics and experts appeal to the authorities that itstabula rasa approach is outdated and unacceptable. Agora can and should be renovated and animated to become safe and friendly again, but not destroyed and cleared out of our collective heritage.
 
Sign the online petition : http://www.sauvonslesquareviger.com
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Picture: Agora and the sculpture Mastodo, Charles Daudelin, 1983. Source: Éric Daudelin, 2013
Remodeling: Wiener Eislaufverein – Viennese Ice Skating Society
3 July 2015, Vienna, Austria
DATE: 3/7/2015
"On a key site within the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage buffer zone, next to an existing high-rise hotel of the 1960s and on the site of an ice skating rink, a developer is proposing a new high-rise. This has caused enormous controversies in Vienna, not only because of the height of the building, but also because of the architectural quality." 

"The development pressure in Vienna is of such enormous scale that every seemingly potential square meter within the lucrative but cramped inner city is being scoured to test its potential. As you know, this is not unique to World Heritage Sites, but all the more concerning given the seriousness with which this Viennese case is being pursued.

The case is different in Vienna. Here the evident lack of development control on high rise construction within the buffer zone has already had a number of negative effects on the World Heritage Site itself, see for example the high rises on the eastern bank of the Danube Canal and the many others strewn around the Inner City. The proposed high rise next to the existing Intercontinental Hotel might not at first appear to be significantly different to the aforementioned high rises, however, it must be seen as a testing ground for all other developers seeking to build on similar properties within the buffer zone.

In the absence of a serious master plan for the densification of Vienna as whole that would safeguard the character of the protected World Heritage Site, the high rise for the Viennese Ice Skating Society is the last straw that would break the camel´s back. For this reason, Viennese Inner City unfortunately needs to be placed on the endangered list, subject to further review and investigations."

Prof. Dr. h.c. Wilfried Wang
O´Neil Ford Centennial Professor in Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin 
Partner, Hoidn Wang Partner, Berlin 
Deputy Director of the Architecture Section, Akademie der Künste Berlin


Download below the letter sent to the current Executive City Councillor for Urban Development of Vienna.
Demolition Threat: Odeon Cinema
by W E Trent, Clerk Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1930
DATE: 2/7/2015
"It´s called enabling development, isn´t it? Allowing parts of a heritage-designated building to be demolished to ´enable´ the conservation of the remainder. The fate of the old Odeon Cinema, on Clerk Street, in Edinburgh, shows what reality is like. Opened in 1930 as the New Victoria, the cinema remained in constant use until 2003. Thereafter, the marvelous Art-Deco building remained unoccupied and unmaintained, barring brief occasional, intermittent use in 2005 and, more recently, in 2014 – both times not lasting for longer than a month.

In 2014, the city council granted consent to demolish the rear portion of the Odeon cinema. The fly tower had to make way to allow the construction of profitable student housing, facing Buccleuch Street. The original part of the cinema, subdivided, in 1982, into three cinemas on two floors, was meant to be used as entertainment venue. The hilariously expensive entertainment lasted for a month only, before the venue shut again, without any long-term conservation perspective in site. And all of this despite the building being officially heritage-designated, by listing at category A, and on Scotland´s At Risk Register since 2003.

One cannot help wondering if all of this was not just a well-organised stunt by developers to get the concessions to turn the site on Buccleuch Street into lucrative student housing, earning a handsome profit."

[by Docomomo Scotland]
Restored: Eileen Gray´s E1027 Villa
by Eileen Gray, Côte d’Azur, France, 1929
DATE: 31/5/2015
The Robin Hood Gardens (Poplar, London), a post-war housing complex, designed by Alison and Peter Smithson and dating back to 1972, is facing an eminent complete destruction. Being one of the most important social post-war housing projects of Britain, it will be a great loss to erase an outstanding example of architectural quality with great historic interest.

It is urgent to act before the complete demolition of this project. For this reason, docomomo International would like to encourage everyone to join the efforts of docomomo UK and worlwide experts in the struggle of preserving this invaluable housing complex.

Ana Tostões, Chair o docomomo International, addressed a letter to Mrs. Tracey Crouch, United Kingdom Government Minister at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, in order to call the attention of authorities to the necessity of safeguarding and preserving the complex for posterity.

“You may be aware that Robin Hood Gardens, designed by Alison and Peter Smithson is now under final consideration for heritage protection by Historic England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. This constitutes the very last chance for this internationally significant building to be saved for posterity – should we not succeed, demolition is proposed before December 2016.

We would be very pleased if international docomomo chapters around the world would add their support by sending a short message in support of preserving Robin Hood Gardens directly to the UK government minister responsible for the decision, Tracey Crouch. She can be contacted at minister-sportsandtourism@culture.gov.uk

We need to be quick as a decision is imminent. So please write in the next two weeks to ensure your view is counted.”

Jon Wright
Member of docomomo Working Party UK


"(...) The process of elimination of pathological post-war housing blocks involves also the segregation of population and the elimination of existing established social networks with a memory and a social conscience. (...) The recycling of modern heritage, the social housing blocks built in the 1960s and 1970s represent a high potential to achieve the demands of a sustainable city (...)"

MELON, Aranzazu, "Robin Hood Gardens and the Rehabilitation of Post-War Mass Housing in London" indocomomo Journal, no. 51. Lisboa: docomomo International, 2014 (download the docomomo Journal essay about the Robin Hood Gardens by Aranzazu Melon in the link below).
Demolition Threat: Caltongate Project
A major redevelopment project in Edinburgh´s Old Town started after a decade-long delay
DATE: 25/6/2015
"Ten year´s ago, Edinburgh´s famous Bongo Club had to move out of its premises on New Street, to make way for a major redevelopment in the Old Town of Edinburgh, a World Heritage Site. The area between Canongate, part of Edinburgh´s Royal Mile, and Calton Road, mostly a former industrial site, was to be converted into commercial premises and a hotel. The redevelopment proposal was heavily criticised at the time for ignoring the needs of the local community, as the Canongate area remains predominantly residential, despite its location in the city centre. Then, the financial crisis happened and everything ground to a halt.

Now, led by a new developer, the project has been reinvigorated, with a slightly amended, but still mainly commercial proposal. Artisan Real Estate Investors will spend £150m on the redevelopment, with the first phase of the works including demolition of council houses and the construction of a new hotel and a public square. The demolitions were particularly criticised. In the original scheme, two tenements of orignial construction, dating from the interwar regeneration of the Old Town, following Patrick Geddes´ ´conservation surgery´ principle, were to be aquired from the city council, the tenants evicted and their homes demolished. As this would have changed the appearance of the Canongate substantially, the new scheme retain the facades. The corner building, the Old Sailors´ Ark, is to be retained and retrofitted internally.

It is just ‘everywhere or nowhere architecture’", says James Simpson, vice-president for Scotland of the UK arm of ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, in the Financial Times.

Site work has begun recently, with the windows of the Canongate elevations now removed. Following the recent demolition of the postwar Modernist Scottish Provident Building, in Edinburgh´s New Town, we witness another example of the city council´s commercially driven ambition with no interest in either conservation or the local community."

[by docomomo UK]
Demolition Threat: Robin Hood Gardens
by Alison and Peter Smithson, Poplar, London, United Kingdom 1972
DATE: 24/6/2015
The Robin Hood Gardens (Poplar, London), a post-war housing complex, designed by Alison and Peter Smithson and dating back to 1972, is facing an eminent complete destruction. Being one of the most important social post-war housing projects of Britain, it will be a great loss to erase an outstanding example of architectural quality with great historic interest.

It is urgent to act before the complete demolition of this project. For this reason, docomomo International would like to encourage everyone to join the efforts of docomomo UK and worlwide experts in the struggle of preserving this invaluable housing complex.

Ana Tostões, Chair o docomomo International, addressed a letter to Mrs. Tracey Crouch, United Kingdom Government Minister at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, in order to call the attention of authorities to the necessity of safeguarding and preserving the complex for posterity.

“You may be aware that Robin Hood Gardens, designed by Alison and Peter Smithson is now under final consideration for heritage protection by Historic England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. This constitutes the very last chance for this internationally significant building to be saved for posterity – should we not succeed, demolition is proposed before December 2016.

We would be very pleased if international docomomo chapters around the world would add their support by sending a short message in support of preserving Robin Hood Gardens directly to the UK government minister responsible for the decision, Tracey Crouch. She can be contacted at minister-sportsandtourism@culture.gov.uk

We need to be quick as a decision is imminent. So please write in the next two weeks to ensure your view is counted.”

Jon Wright
Member of docomomo Working Party UK


"(...) The process of elimination of pathological post-war housing blocks involves also the segregation of population and the elimination of existing established social networks with a memory and a social conscience. (...) The recycling of modern heritage, the social housing blocks built in the 1960s and 1970s represent a high potential to achieve the demands of a sustainable city (...)"

MELON, Aranzazu, "Robin Hood Gardens and the Rehabilitation of Post-War Mass Housing in London" indocomomo Journal, no. 51. Lisboa: docomomo International, 2014 (download the docomomo Journal essay about the Robin Hood Gardens by Aranzazu Melon in the link below).
Under Threat: Museum of Occupation
by Gunārs Lūsis-Grīnbergs and Dzintars Driba, Riga, Latvia, 1970
DATE: 5/6/2015
"A plan for radical remodelling of the building of Occupation Museum in Riga has been announced. If the plan will be implemented, it will bring an irreversible loss of an outstanding example of post-war Modern Movement architecture and also set a dangerous precedent for arbitrary alterations of urban environment.

The building was constructed in 1969–1970 as the museum-monument to the Latvian Red Riflemen in a place of medieval Old-Riga, where original spatial structure was completely destroyed during World War II. The authors of the ensemble that consists of the museum building and sculptural monument placed in the square in front of it – architects Dzintars Driba (1928–1993) and Gunārs Lūsis-Grīnbergs (1932–2015), and sculptor Valdis Albergs (1922–1984) – for its architecture got the State award in 1972. The building is dressed in geometrically shaped copper plates. The social and historical importance of the present-day function of the ensemble is strengthened by the fact that previously it served not only for ideological propaganda of the historical mission of Latvian riflemen but also of Soviet power which during the 20th century has occupied Latvia for three times.

Outstanding architectural, cultural, historical and emotional quality of the building could be strengthened by high-quality restoration and organic incorporation of the building into future built-up urban environment. Any extension should be subordinated to this objective. However, what is being proposed now is all in all new building distorting harmonious proportions and spatial qualities of existing one. The existing open ground floor space will be partly built-up, and new rectangular wing ignorant to the building line of the adjacent street will exclude possibility of bringing into order the whole urban environment. It is a populist solution that would sacrifice the architectural qualities of World Heritage Site – historical centre of Riga (listed in 1997) and realise only a short-term political ambition. 
            
A group of members of Latvian docomomo Working Party asks all colleagues worldwide to support its efforts in saving the significant monument of Modern Movement architecture."

You can sign the petition (download PDF ) and send it to the Latvian docomomo Working Party email: sandratreija@yahoo.com
Rehabilitation project: Masterplan del Polo della cultura e del Campus dell’architettura e del design
by Cristiana Chiorino, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy
DATE: 21/5/2015
Turin Exhibition represents an icon of the twentieth century internationally known for the intervention by the famous engineer and builder Pier Luigi Nervi, which expanded the´ original building designed by the Italian architect Ettore Sottsass Sr. in 1938, by combining the first time in a large-scale structure his highly personal use of ferrocement with the extensive use of prefabricated elements. In particular, designed the corrugated vault and the related ribbed apse of extraordinary elegance of the main pavilion B (1947) and the refined texture of the vault of the adjacent pavilion C (1950). The complex was closed in 2001 and, in subsequent years, it has hosted only a few events and now exists in a state of semi-neglect and decay. A restoration and redevelopment project was drawn up by the Town of Turin and by the Polytechnic of Turin in 2014; it provides to establish the "Campus Valentino", "The citadel of literature" and "The Campus of Design and Architecture", a plural cultural centre, with documentation, education and conservation activities. Its realization requires 98 million of euro, a huge sum that local institutions alone are not able to achieve. Therefore, the Polytechnic of Turin is trying to solve this problem by means of a thesis focused on finding alternative ways to raise funds to finance cultural projects, with a deep analysis of the way called crowdfunding, which plans to obtain a significant amount of money through a collection of small donations from different people by means of a website. This research purpose is to demonstrate that a large number of little donations coming from different people are able to achieve the amount of money needed to realize a cultural project that local institutions are not able to accomplish due to the current shortage of funds. In order to understand if a crowdfunding campaign may help to raise funds for this project, it is expected to administer an anonymous survey to a representative sample of subjects to learn about their willingness to donate a sum of money to save an icon of the twentieth century.

The survey can be taken here.

[Text by Cristiana Chiorino]
Under Threat: several buildings in India
Dehli and Ahmedabad, India
DATE: 19/5/2015
Several buildings in the Indian cities of Dehli and Ahmedabad are currently under threat of demolition or complete transofrmation. 

An article on the situation of the 20th century heritage in India nowadays can be read here.

HALL OF NATIONS, HALL OF INDUSTRIES AND NEHRU PAVILION AT PRAGATI MAIDAN, NEW DELHI

The Hall of Nations and Industries Complex along with the Nehru Pavilion at Pragati Maidan are iconic structures in Delhi´s landscape that are to be demolished. These landmarks were designed to commemorate and celebrate 25 years of India´s independence in 1972. The Halls of Nation and Industries constitute the largest span public structures in Delhi. Experts request them to be put back into activity and as well as their preservation and guvernamental protection. 

A petition to save these buildings can be signed here.

CEPT UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS, AHMEDABAD

The students of the university set up a protest against the alterations made to the buildings designed by CEPT founder B.V. Doshi and considered his most representative structures. The university, set up in 1962, is known for its creative, liberal and democratic pedagogy, an ethos reflected in the buildings as well. These buildings are to be altered and a group of experts demands that those changes are to be made keeping in mind the architectural, social and artistic importance of the complex. 

A petition to stop the changes and to preserve its cultural value can be signed here

NATIONAL CRAFTS MUSEUM, NEW DELHI
The National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum (NHHM), set up in 1958 by the late freedom fighter and conservationist Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay with an aim to preserve traditional art and crafts and make them commercially viable, is projected to be converted into the new Hastakala Academy in Delhi. 

An article on the current situation of the museum can be read here

An article on the preservation of modern heritage in India published in 2014 in Architecture + Design can be downloaded down below.
Petition: San Sebastian Royal Nautical Club building
by José Manuel Aizpurúa and Joaquín Labayen, San Sebastian, Spain, 1928-1929
DATE: 28/4/2015
The building of the Real Club Nautico de San Sebastián, designed by Aizpurua and Labayen and built between 1928 and 1929, is one of the landmarks of Spanish rationalist architecture. 

The last intervention it has undergone has deeply modified its appearance: glass railings have been added to the terraces and stairs to the disco on the top floor, replacing the previous ones made of painted iron or iron and rope evoking railings boats, more in line with the original project. A lifting platform has also been added, as well as a wooden porch access to the nightclub. Both this elements participate in the loss of the nautical spirit that made the design of the building an icon.

A petition to bring it back to its original state can be signed here.
Under Threat: Villa dei Direttori
by Renzo Zavanella, Mantua, Italy, 1931-1939
DATE: 27/4/2015
The "Villa dei Direttori" ("House of the Directors"), designed by the architect Renzo Zavanella, located in Mantua, is one of the best examples of the Italian "Nautical Rationalism". This house, designed and built between 1931 and 1939 to accomodate the families of the two directors of a large sugar refinery, is now in a severe state of neglect that is likely to become irreversible in the short time. The building is a clear example of the architectural language that featured significantly the beginnings of the Italian Rationalism. The free organization of the openings and the dynamic composition of the exterior reminds, on one hand, the "Cubism" of Robert Mallet-Stevens and, on the other hand, the "Novocomum" of Giuseppe Terragni, apart from the experiments carried out in Weissenhof Estate, in Stuttgart.

The location of the Villa, in a paradigmatic example of abandoned industrial area (the former sugar refinery), and therefore subject to a long and bureaucratic process, becomes an additional element that encumbers its management. It is urgent to take protective measures and to recognize the importance of this building in its cultural context of the beginning of the 20th century. 

More details: website (Italian).
INION Building to be restored
by Yakov Belopolsky, Moscow, Russia, 1964-1967
DATE: 23/4/2015
The Russian Government has responded to the letter that docomomo International addressed to them past February on the subject of the restoration of the severely damaged INION Building in Moscow. 

In the letter, signed by Head of  the property department I. V. Romanenko, it is stated that the case has been redirected to the Federal Agency of Scientific Organizations
(ФАНО). The institution says that the Russian Government has made orders to restore INION Library. In addition, a special Office has been established in order to daily supervise the process of liquidationi of fire after - effects. 

During the month of March, about a million books were packed and moved to a suburban facility, where they will be stored until the building is fully restored. 

The letter can be downloaded in the link below. 

docomomo International would like to thank docomomo Russia for their assistance in the translating and understanding of the letter.
Under Threat: Noviziato
by Giorgio Raineri, Turin, Italy, 1962-1964
DATE: 20/5/2015
Lately, some newspaper articles have been reporting that the building called "Noviziato", from the Italian architect Giorgio Raineri, will be subject of a renovation project. Although, it is still in the process of being approved, this situation is worrying because the building is not under protection and it is at risk of an invasive restructuring, resulting in the loss of modern architectural heritage.

"Giorgio Raineri (1927-2012) is considered one of the most significant authors of contemporary architecture in Turin and Italy. Close to the current Neoliberty, Raineri has expressed an original activity, intimate and deeply rooted in the places and relationships with clients. He has been honored with numerous awards including In-arch and the President of the Republic Prize, and was a member of the Accademia di San Luca. His works have been repeatedly subject of publications on Italian and foreign magazines, and exhibited at the Venice Biennale. In particular, this building, considered his most significant work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, at the Beaubourg in Paris and at the Triennale in Milan, as part of the exhibition The Italian Metamorphosis 1943-1968, together with the excellence of Italian art fashion and design of the period of the economic miracle."

You can sign the petition by sending an email with your contact information to Gigi Rajneri: gigi.rajneri@libero.it

More details: website.
CLESA Building saved
by Alejandro de la Sota, Madrid, Spain, 1959-1963
DATE: 17/4/2015
The Central Dairy CLESA, designed by Alejandro de La Sota in Madrid (Spain) and at risk of demolition for a long time, will be preserved and listed. After a long campaing against its demolition, the City Council and the Community of Madrid have agreed to maintain the industrial complex and include it in the list of protected buildings. 

More details: Cadena SER 

More information on the building:

Fundación Alejandro de la Sota website

Docomomo Ibérico register

Demolition Threat: Y- building
by Erling Viksjø, Oslo, Norway, 1969
DATE: 17/4/2015
The Norwegian government has decided to demolish one of the main buildings of the damaged government quarters in Oslo. Architect Viksjø´s Y-shaped building, similar to the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, is to be torn down despite it being an intact and integral part of the government complex, featuring Viksjø´s modernistic architecture with the innovative natural concrete technic and monumental in situ artwork by Carl Nesjar and Pablo Picasso.

The building was designed to complement the monumental high-rise H-block, also by Viksjø. The Directorate for Cultural Heritage proposed in June 2011 to list both buildings as protected monuments. That process was brought to a halt on 22 July, but the terrorist attack gave the Government quarter an extra dimension as an important national memorial.

The architectural and artistic value of the buildings are therefore well documented and unquestionable. The prime minister has now called for a new structural plan for the area, excluding the existence of the Y-building.

A petition to save the Y-building can be signed here

[Text by e-architect]
Paul Rudolph´s canopies in Sarasota saved
by Paul Rudolph, Sarasota, US, 1959-1960
DATE: 14/4/2015
After days of deliberation and negotiation, Ringling College/Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA) and the Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) announced a compromise regarding the fate of Paul Rudolph´s canopies from the 1950´s at Sarasota High School (Florida). Under the agreement, about 30 feet of canopy that blocks access to space between the brick schoolhouse, Building 41, and Sarasota High’s Building 42 will be removed. This will provide access to the rear of Building 41 for construction trucks, and, after the new SMOA buildings opens, caterers, loading operations and emergency vehicles. The solution will distinguish the Sarasota community, Ringling College and the museum,” SAF board member Dan Snyder said.

[Text adapted from the Herald Tribune article: link]
Paul Rudolph´s canopies in Sarasota saved
by Paul Rudolph, Sarasota, US, 1959-1960
DATE: 14/4/2015
After days of deliberation and negotiation, Ringling College/Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA) and the Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) announced a compromise regarding the fate of Paul Rudolph´s canopies from the 1950´s at Sarasota High School (Florida). Under the agreement, about 30 feet of canopy that blocks access to space between the brick schoolhouse, Building 41, and Sarasota High’s Building 42 will be removed. This will provide access to the rear of Building 41 for construction trucks, and, after the new SMOA buildings opens, caterers, loading operations and emergency vehicles. The solution will distinguish the Sarasota community, Ringling College and the museum,” SAF board member Dan Snyder said.

[Text adapted from the Herald Tribune article: link]
Demolition Threat: Colegio Inmaculada Concepción
by Emilio Duhart H. and Roberto Goycoolea, Concepción, Chile, 1964
DATE: 30/4/2015
The Inmaculada Concepción School building in Concepción, Chile, currently faces a threat of demolition. After the decision to relocate the school, the lot has been sold by its former owners, the Congregación de las Hermanas de la Caridad Cristiana. Its location, very near the Plaza de Armas, the main square in town, has inspired the new owners to completely transform the place, building there a new hotel and shopping center.
Demolition Threat: Colegio Inmaculada Concepción
by Emilio Duhart H. and Roberto Goycoolea, Concepción, Chile, 1964
DATE: 30/4/2015
The Inmaculada Concepción School building in Concepción, Chile, currently faces a threat of demolition. After the decision to relocate the school, the lot has been sold by its former owners, the Congregación de las Hermanas de la Caridad Cristiana. Its location, very near the Plaza de Armas, the main square in town, has inspired the new owners to completely transform the place, building there a new hotel and shopping center.
Help save Mirail University Campus
by Georges Candilis, Toulouse, France, 1967-1975
DATE: 29/4/2015
The University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès - le Mirail has launched an online petition to collect signatures in order to stop the demolitions in the Mirail Campus. In the project of renovation of the campus, it has been decided to demolish all the buildings by George Candilis from the 1960´s. A group of experts involved in the preservation of the complex are trying to spread the word about other ways to update the campus, mainly following the idea of what was done in the Freie Universitet in Berlin, where Candilis´ builidings were renovated and not demolished. 

Help save Mirail University campus by signing the online petition here.
Help save Mirail University Campus
by Georges Candilis, Toulouse, France, 1967-1975
DATE: 29/4/2015
The University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès - le Mirail has launched an online petition to collect signatures in order to stop the demolitions in the Mirail Campus. In the project of renovation of the campus, it has been decided to demolish all the buildings by George Candilis from the 1960´s. A group of experts involved in the preservation of the complex are trying to spread the word about other ways to update the campus, mainly following the idea of what was done in the Freie Universitet in Berlin, where Candilis´ builidings were renovated and not demolished. 

Help save Mirail University campus by signing the online petition here.
Demolition Threat: Canopies of the Sarasota High School
by Paul Rudolph, Sarasota, US, 1959-1960
DATE: 25/3/2015
The pedestrian canopies that extend around the side and back of Paul Rudolph´s Sarasota Senior High School (1959-1960) in Sarasota, US, are in imminent danger of being demolished by the Ringling College and the Sarasota Museum of Art. The canopies serve as a transition from the parking lot to the back entry of the old brick high school building (c.1926), that the college is now renovating into a museum.

Demolition works will be starting on March 25, 2015. It is because of this urgency that docomomo International asks for cooperation in saving this outstanding component of a remarkable mid-century building. Support letters can be addressed to Larry Thompson, President of Ringling College of Design + Art: officeofpres@ringling.edu

More details: website.
Demolition Threat: Pont Colbert
by Paul Alexandre, Dieppe, France, 1887-1889
DATE: 1/6/2015
The Colbert bridge in Dieppe (France) is under threat of dismantle because of the approval in 2009 of a project proposed by the Syndicat Mixte for the port in the town. Considered to be in bad condition, it has not been taken into account the extreme importance of the metallic structure: the Pont Colbert stands as one of the last operative examples of swing bridge in Europe. Designed by engineer Paul Alexandre and opened in 1889, the bridge has as well an aesthetic interest: it was designed following the style of its contemporary the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the adjacent buildings dating from decades later especially the operating cabin desgined by Jean Prouvé, contribute to create a very characteristic grouping that serves as a reference point in the life of Dieppe. 
The Comité de Sauvegarde du Pont Colbert is fighting for its preservation and restoration, as well as defending its protection by the competent authorities. 

Ana Tostoes, Chair of docomomo International, addressed a letter to the Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication de la Republique Française. See below the answer. 

More details: website.
Save Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex in Chandigarh!
Sign the Petition
DATE: 28/2/2015
INTRODUCTION
Le Corbusier’s famous Capitol Complex in Chandigarh is about to be ruined by the construction of 19 towers, each between 12 and 36 storeys tall, on land located just to its north. This project, called ‘TATA Camelot’, is being developed by TATA Housing, the real estate wing of TATA Sons, one of the largest industrial houses of India. This petition to stop TATA Camelot is directed at Ratan Tata, Chairman (Emeritus) of TATA Sons, who is an architect (Cornell ’62), and Pritzker Prize jurist.

ARGUMENT
1. The transparent relationship between the Capitol buildings and the agro-pastoral landscape and the Himalayas to its north, is an integral part of the design of the Capitol Complex. Le Corbusier documented this extensively, and carefully controlled all development in this area to ensure that it did not interfere with this relationship. He even moved the Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to prevent the building of a military cantonment within the sightlines of the Capitol. (See Documentation below.)
2. Due to political exigencies (i.e. the redrawing of state boundaries in 1966), a portion of the land just to the North of the Capitol is no longer under the jurisdiction of Chandigarh Administration, but under that of the state of Punjab. The TATA Camelot project exploits this loophole to cash in on the exorbitant real-estate values of Chandigarh by proposing the construction of this high-rise residential tower complex. More than a hundred members of the Punjab legislature are shareholders in the project, raising questions of due process. (Click for Newsmedia Report.)
3. The towers are guaranteed to destroy the integrity of the design vision of the Capitol Complex. They will be an eyesore both from the Capitol Complex and from the Lake. The small sliver of land just to the north of the Capitol Complex deserves to be protected as a common heritage of the tricity region. There is ample developable land around Chandigarh on all other sides.(See Documentation below.)
3. While TATA Housing claims that its towers are “green”, a development of the size of Tata Camelot will severely disrupt the sensitive hydrology, natural habitats and rural ecologies of the area around it. It proposed on land that is at the very first flats at the foothills of the Himalayas. It is immediately adjacent to a national reserved forest. It is sited on former riverbed, created by diverting an intermittent river. Sukhna Lake, the pre-eminent public space of the city and a renowned wild-life sanctuary, is located just to its east. Three villages and extensive farmlands abut it. If this project is approved, it will set a precedent making it impossible to prevent other similar developments in this area. (See Documentation below.)
4. Chandigarh was a prominent part of Jawaharlal Nehru’s postcolonial vision for independent India. It was designed by Le Corbusier (along with a team of other European and Indian architects and planners) and is a signature destination of global modernism and the founding of the Indian nation. J.R.D. Tata, Mr. Ratan Tata’s father, was an integral collaborator on this project, flying Le Corbusier on Air India regularly, and hosting him routinely in Bombay (now Mumbai). The democratic values of the Indian nation-state, and of modernism, enshrined in the Capitol Complex deserve to be protected.
5. Since two previous attempts to reach Mr. Tata and the senior management of TATA Sons have failed to resolve this issue, and while a legal argument is pending in the courts, this online petition is designed to appeal to Mr. Tata publicly.

THE PETITION
SAVE Le Corbusier´s Capitol Complex in Chandigarh!

"This is to petition Mr. Ratan Tata to stop the construction of ´TATA Camelot´ in the name of the common good, and in the name of architecture. 

TATA Camelot´s 19 towers, each between 12 and 35 stories tall, are planned on a site just to the north of Le Corbusier´s famous Capitol Complex in Chandigarh. The site is on land that was hallowed by Le Corbusier, intended to be held as a low-rise agro-pastoral landscape between the Capitol and the Himalayan foothills. While there is plenty of developable land available all around Chandigarh, this particular project will destroy the integrity of the design of Capitol Complex and the adjoining Sukhna Lake, while unleashing destructive development in an architecturally and ecologically precious area. 

As an architect (Cornell ’62), as a Pritzker Prize Jurist and as the Chairman Emeritus of one of the most distinguished industrial houses of India that has long been associated with Indian modernism, Mr. Ratan Tata is implored to uphold the highest values of the institutions that he is signatory to."

More details: website.
Ongoing restoration: Villa E-1027
by Eileen Gray, Roquebrune Cap Martin, France, 1926 - 1929
DATE: 27/2/2015
In 1925, Irish architect Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici, Romanian architect and editor of the influential journal “l’Architecture Vivante,”  began to explore the area around Saint-Tropez, seeking an appropriate site on which to build a summer refuge for Badovici. She subsequently discovered an isolated plot – inaccessible by car, but within walking distance of both a railway station and a sandy beach – along a rocky stretch of coastline. Gray bought the site and spent three years in Roquebrune, taking prime responsibility for both design and construction, while Badovici visited frequently to assist in technical matters. The name of the villa, E-1027, is a cipher for the architects’ intertwined initials: following the E, the numbers 10, 2 and 7 represent the alphabetical order of the letters J, B and G, respectively. Built between 1926 and 1929, E-1027 was a unique experiment in architecture and design where Eileen Gray combined built-in furniture with ingenious spatial planning to engage the user with the building and site, incorporating the sun and the sea into the very experience of the house.

Today, after years of neglect and vandalism, the house is in the final phases of its restoration. Friends of E-1027 has cooperated closely with the French government and the township of Roquebrune-Cap Martin, who purchased the villa in partnership with the Coastal Conservancy, on both the exterior and interior restoration of this important work of modern architecture. The building will finally be open May 1st 2015. 

More details: website.
Partial Demolition: Tokyo Lamerndmark´s
by Yoshiro Taniguchi and Hideo Kosaka, Tokyo, Japan, 1962
DATE: 27/3/2015
The main wing of Tokyo´s Hotel Okura will be replaced with new, glass towers in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

"A favorite among American ambassadors and the political set, Tokyo´s Hotel Okura has lived up to its landmark reputation for more than five decades. Originally opened in 1962, two years before the Tokyo Olympics, the hotel embodies Japanese design aesthetics with modern touches. This summer, its main wing will be demolished to begin a $1 billion update that adds 550 rooms within two glass towers and is expected to be built in time for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. The hotel´s younger (by eleven years) south wing will remain in operation during the entirety of construction, and with the new addition, will comprise the Okura. Plans for the demolition have garnered attention, including the creation of a "Save the Okura" petition by design magazine Monocle.

Architects Yoshiro Taniguchi and Hideo Kosaka, who designed the hotel, fused it traditional Japanese motifs like plum blossoms and diamond shapes with modernist decor and geometric latticework. Hiroshi Matsukuma, head of modernist-architecture preservation group docomomo Japan, told the Washington Post earlier this week that the Okura signified Japan´s reentry to the world stage after World War II."

More details: website.
Demolition Threat: Mirail University Campus
by Georges Candilis, Toulouse, France, 1967-1975
DATE: 19/2/2015
The Mirail University Campus (Toulouse), designed by the well known architect Georges Candilis and built during the 60´s is facing an imminent complete destruction. Being an example of good architecture for educational use, it will be a great loss to erase Candilis´s intentions and principles, namely spatial structures, lighting conditions and the simplicity of this architectural masterpiece. It is urgent to act before the complete destruction of the original project.
For this reason, docomomo International would like to express sympathy for our colleagues of DOCOMOMO France, which are struggling to preserve the original project of Mirail University Campus.

Ana Tostoes, Chair of docomomo International, and Agnès Cailliau, president of docomomo France, addressed letters to Mr. Manuel Valls, Premier Ministre du France, calling to the attention of French authorities the necessity of safeguarding and preserving the complex.

These letters can be consulted in the following pdf, as well as the documentation on the subject prepared by docomomo France and an open letter by Julien Roumette, Maître de conférences of the Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès – Le Mirail (France)

More Demolitions at St. Andrew Square
St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
DATE: 18/2/2015
"In the latter half of 2014, the Scottish Provident building, a category B listed, Modernist building in Edinburgh´s city centre, a World Heritage Site, was demolished to make way for real estate development. Now, another demolition proposal, involving architecturally interesting buildings from the 19th and 20th century in the same area of the city, has been made public. Buildings on St. Andrew Square, West Register Street and South St. Andrew Street are to make way for a £60m redevelopment project. They include the demolition of a category B listed building from the 1850s and a set of 1960s buildings. Plans also include the restoration of a category A neo-classical building and a category B Venetian Gothic building."

More details: website.
Docomomo Scotland
ICOMOS Letter to Protect Russian Avant-garde Heritage
ICOMOS, France
DATE: 13/2/2015
January 26th, 2015, Gustavo Araoz, President of ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, addressed a letter to Mr. V. R. Medinsky, Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, Mr. G. Pirumov, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, and Mr. Sergei Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow, informing about the approval of Resolution 18GA 2014/23 - Conserving the Heritage of Russian Avant - garde. With it, the organization wishes to call to the attention of Russian authorities the urgent necessity of taking further steps in the safeguarding and restoration of this heritage. 

The complete document can be downloaded in the link below.
Severely demaged by fire: INION Building
by Yakov Belopolsky, Moscow, Russia, 1964-1967
DATE: 11/2/2015
The INION (Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences) Library building in Moscow, built between 1964 and 1967, was severely damaged by fire on January 30th, 2015. The building is one of the masterpieces of post – war Soviet Modernism and houses one of the most important library collections in the country, including documents dating back to 16th Century as well as UN and UNESCO libraries.

docomomo International would like to express its fully support to the efforts being carried on by our colleagues of docomomo Russia, as well as a large group of architects and experts, with the intention of defending the full restoration of the building, according to scientific principles and its original design.

Ana Tostoes, Chair of docomomo International, addressed a letter to Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, calling to the attention of Russian authorities to the urgent necessity of taking further steps in the safeguarding and restoration of this heritage (see attach).

A petition addressed to the Prime Minister to urgently restore the building can be signed here.
Work in Progress: The Pearlroth House
by Andrew Geller, Long Island, New York, USA, 1958
DATE: 29/1/2015
"The Pearlroth House, also known as ‘the Double Diamond’, is a highlight among the modest but imaginative wooden weekend homes built by architect Andrew Geller. Fortunately, the son of the original clients has decided to keep the house for future generations and not – as has sadly been the case with many of these simple structures – to replace it. Starting this summer, the house can be visited by appointment."

More details: website.
Re-use Project: Remarkable Elements Recovered from Architecture Slated for Demolition
by Rotor, Brussels, Belgium
DATE: 30/1/2015
"Rotor Deconstruction is a side-project managed by Rotor, a Brussels-based design and research collective. It is currently a side project, but the intention is for it to become an independent company in the course of 2015. 

The project set root in a study from Rotor conducted a few years ago for the Brussels environmental administration IBGE-BIM, on current practices in reusing building components, and on the potential to expand these. The collective soon noted that, although the existing networks of dealers in second hand materials are dense and rich, there is a gap between the kinds of buildings (large scale and relatively contemporary) being demolished in the Brussels Region, and what dealers are looking for (small scale, pre-modern building components). Convinced as they are of the merits of reuse for its environmental, cultural and economic benefits, Rotor decided to develop a specialised service connecting the existing offer and demand."

More details: website.
Demolition Threat: Saint-Albert Tower
by SA Centrale Electrique de Péronnes, Péronnes-lez-Binche, France, 1954
DATE: 2/4/2015
Visible for miles around, St. Albert Tower is part of the landscape since the 50´s. The 63 meters high building is in danger of demolition by a 350 houses project nearby. 

Sign here the petition to safeguard the Saint-Albert Tower.
More details: website.
To be redeveloped: NOLA World Trade Center Update
by Edward Durell Stone, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 1967
DATE: 26/1/2015
Edward Durell Stone’s World Trade Center, built as the International Trade Mart, after being under threat since the mid-1990s, is now under consideration to be redeveloped. A five-member selection committee representing the city has reviewed qualifications from 11 potential developers and narrowed the field to five. Begun in 1959 and partially occupied by 1966, the ITM set the standard for other such structures worldwide. Designed to promote foreign commerce through the Port of New Orleans, the ITM was home to the trade organization, the Dock Board, stevedores, international consulates, shipping companies, a women’s clinic, modistes and an art gallery.

More details: website.
Portland’s Epidemic of Teardowns
Portland, Oregon, USA
DATE: 26/1/2015
"Real estate in Portland, Oregon, like most places in the country, is at a premium right now. While good for sellers it has created a reverse incentive in Portland for tearing down older modest homes and maximizing lot coverage. As hundreds of these homes come down one by one, thanks to a hot real estate market and a fortuitous demolition loophole, neighbors and neighborhood associations are stepping in to save as much as they can, rallying to close the loophole and preserve each neighborhood’s character and heritage."

More details: website.
Demolition Threat: Edificio 303
Hernán Herrera Mendoza, Bogotá, Colombia, 1937
DATE: 26/1/2015
Docomomo International would like to express its full support to our colleagues from Docomomo Mexico in their campaign against the demolition of the building known as "Edificio 303" in Bogotá (Colombia), former School of Architecture and Fine Arts of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. 

Below is the letter adressed to the rector of the univeristy by Louise Noelle Gras, chair of Docomomo Mexico and member of Docomomo International.
Demolition of Scotland´s tallest buildings
by Cooper Cromar, Glasgow, UK, 1968
DATE: 15/1/2015
"The demolition of Scotland´s postwar mass housing heritage continues in 2015, with the deconstruction of the 30-storey ´Gallowgate Twins´ in Glasgow´s East End. When built, between 1967 and 1968, the Bluevale and Whitevhale Towers were the tallest buildings in the UK, only surpassed in the early 1970s by the three 42-storey towers in London´s Barbican Estate. The Gallowgate Twins, constructed with precast concrete elements, remained the tallest buildings in Scotland, barring the chimney of the Inverkip Power Station, Inverclyde (now demolished). The Gallowgate Twins, however, did not have the highest occupied floor in Scotland. This achievement goes to the nearby Red Road estate, currently also under demolition. The top two floors of the Gallowgate Twins contain only building services and drying areas.

Demolition of the two towers starts in January, with completion due in summer this year. The owner of the buildings, Glasgow Housing Association, has cited reasons for the demolition as unpopularity of the estate among residents, high maintenance and operation costs and structural problems. The buildings have certainly suffered from long-term neglect. However, this does not mean that Glasgow turning away from building high-rise developments, with property developers planning several upmarket residential and office high-rises along the River Clyde.

"Demolition is big business in Glasgow. Watching your home getting blown up is a popular event on a Sunday morning for many Glaswegians. Although I warn you, it´s not the best thing to do if you´ve got a hangover", says Liam Young in the fantastic documentary Round Ma Bit: The Gallowgate Twins. The 2013 film presents the Gallowgate Twins, their urban context and the various attempts of redeveloping Glasgow´s East End, including the 2014 Commonwealth Games Village. The 30 minute film is highly recommended to anyone interested in Glasgow´s urban (mis-)planning."

[by Docomomo Scotland]
St Peter´s Seminary will be restored
by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia, Cardross, Scotland, 1966
DATE: 1/1/2015
Great news! One of Scotland´s most important modern buildings, abandoned for 25 years and on the 2008 World Monuments Watch to call attention to its plight, will start to be restored in 2015.

More details: website.
Kantstraßengarage saved from demolition
by Hermann Zweigenthal, Berlin, Germany, 1929
DATE: 26/11/2014
Last year, Docomomo Germany and Docomomo International joined efforts and supports to protect this parking garage in Berlin from being demolished. The building’s owners want to tear it down, and they took the first step last month by applying to end its status as a landmark, granted in 1991. Their argument was that the structure was weakening and that repairs would be too costly for the income the garage generates.

Today Docomomo was informed that Kantstraßengarage is saved from demolition for now, but the future use is still open. A workshop to discuss the ideas about its future will be held on 1 and 5 December 2014.

More details: website.
The Shukov Tower on the Exhibition
Science Museum, London, UK
DATE: 24/10/2014
The new exhibition of the Science Museum, "Information Age", was opened on the 24 of October, with the presence of the Queen. The 5 meters-high Shukhov Tower model is one of the main objects of interest and its image is on the cover of exhibition catalogue. 

More than 200 years of innovation in communication and information technologies are celebrated in Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World, our biggest and most ambitious gallery to date.

Information Age  is divided into six zones, each representing a different information and communication technology network: The Cable, The Telephone Exchange, Broadcast, The Constellation, The Cell and The Web.
The gallery explores the important events which shaped the development of these networks, from the dramatic stories behind the growth of the worldwide telegraph network in the 19th century, to the influence of mobile phones on our lives today.

Re-live remarkable moments in history, told through the eyes of those who invented, operated or were affected by the new wave of technology, from the first BBC radio broadcast in 1922 to the dawn of digital TV.

Discover how wireless technology enabled lives to be saved and news of the Titanic disaster to be spread to the world within hours of the event, and hear the personal stories of the operators who worked on the Enfield Telephone Exchange, the last manual exchange which marked the end of an era in communication history.
Crowdfunding: Nakagin Capsule Tower
by Kisho Kurokawa, Tokyo, Japan, 1972
DATE: 10/4/2014
"The Nakagin Capsule Tower is a mixed-use residential and office tower designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa located in Shimbashi, Tokyo, Japan. Completed in 1972, the building is a rare remaining example of Japanese Metabolism. Metabolism is an architectural movement emblematic of Japan´s postwar cultural resurgence. The building was the world´s first example of capsule architecture built for permanent and practical use. The building still exists but has fallen into great disrepair. As of October 2012, around thirty of the 140 capsules remained in use as apartments, while others were used for storage or office space, or simply abandoned and allowed to deteriorate.

With your support, we will use crowd funding to purchase as many capsules as possible to gain voting power to stop the destruction of this monumental building. As support for the project increases, we will hold opportunities for designers and architects to present their own suggestions for the re-purposing and renovation of the Nakagin Capsule Tower. Please donate and follow our efforts to save this architectural landmark!" 

[by Save Nakagin Capsule Tower Project]
Safeguard Petition: L´église Notre-Dame-de-Fatima
Jonquière, Quebec, 1963
DATE: 6/11/2014
Les signataires de cette pétition demandent au gouvernement du Québec de garantir la protection du site patrimonial de l´église Notre-Dame-de-Fatima de Jonquière, par un avis de classement en vertu de la Loi sur le patrimoine culturel.

Sign the Petition until 6 November!

Articles by Docomomo Quebec on the subject:
Docomomo Quebec
Le Quotidien
Universidad Laboral de Gijón - Ciudad de la Cultura
by Luis Moya, Gijón, Spain 1946-1956
DATE: 1/8/2014
The campaign launched last January, by the Alumni Association, to declare the Universidad Laboral de Gijón as a Cultural Interest Asset (BIC) has been a success, gethering together 8.000 signatures.

[by Docomomo Iberia]

DOCOMOMO Russia Statement on Melnikov House conflict
by Konstantin Melnikov, Moscow, Russia, 1927-1929
DATE: 29/8/201
Members of the Russian branch of DOCOMOMO (International committee for documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement) with concern and close attention are following the situation around the monument of world importance – the house-studio of Konstantin Melnikov (1927-1929). Acknowledging the steps of the state to preserve this outstanding work of architecture and its memorial context related to the life and work of Konstantin and Viktor Melnikov, we, architectural historians of the twentieth century, experts on the cultural heritage of this period, express an objection to the forceful methods and aggressive media campaigns that were taken in August 2014 in order to "start the museumification" of this monument.
 
Aware of the complexity of the protracted litigation in deciding the fate of the Melnikov House, which is inhibiting the restoration of the monument and the creation of the museum, however, we would like to emphasize that in late 2013 the main legal issues were resolved on the basis of reaching an agreement between the parties (the heirs and the state). The actual implementation of these decisions, expected by 2015, would allow for the creation of a state museum in the house-studio to begin within a legal framework, based on the will of the artist Viktor Melnikov, the guardian of the house since the death of his father, a prominent architect. The state only then, along with the execution of a number of obligations, can become the fully legitimate owner of the house. Recall that at the moment the right only to real estate in the form of 1/2 of the house is fully transferred to the state represented by the Federal Agency for State Property Management.
 
Events around the Melnikov House occurring from 13 August 2014 to the present day have shown that ignoring the legal side of the issue has led to a sharp escalation of the situation. The Shchusev State Museum of Architecture has committed misconduct with the use of force, exceeding their authority in relation to the executor of the will Ekaterina Karinskaya, granddaughter of the architect, and in relation to the monument itself. The ethical aspect of what is happening is absolutely incompatible with the field of culture and impermissible for a museum as an institution, being an educator, and guardian of memory and precious evidence of the past.
 
It should be emphasized that recent events indicate a failure in the negotiation process and the absence of agreement between parties, without which the next steps in the rescue and restoration of a unique Russian avant-garde monument, or the creation of a museum, are impossible. Only respect for the heritage of Konstantin Melnikov and his family will allow the current impasse to be overcome. A conflict situation should be resolved without any application of force, and only by finding a consensus. Experts around the world are closely following the situation.
  
Members of the Russian branch of DOCOMOMO insist on the following:

On the immediate halt to the operation of force on the territory of a cultural heritage site of federal significance, the house-studio of Konstantin Melnikov, conducted with the participation of a private security firm, as well as other wrongful moves against Ekaterina Viktorovna Karinskaya. The inventory being conducted by the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture of the house’s movable property and other similar activities can be resumed only after the entry into force of inheritance rights;

To request the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation to create a conciliation commission with the participation of the parties involved in the conflict, with the involvement of experts on the heritage of Konstantin Melnikov, the preservation of cultural heritage and museum affairs, DOCOMOMO and cultural societies (Archnadzor social movement, MAPS), as well as the engineers from the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences (RAASN) who examined the territory and the foundations of the house-studio in 2014. Bearing in mind the outstanding international importance of the Melnikov House, involve in the conciliation commission the Russian Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM);

To overcome the current crisis as soon as possible, request the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture to develop and present for review by experts and the public a detailed concept of the future museum of Konstantin and Viktor Melnikov (within the scope of implementing the will of Viktor Melnikov) with sources of its funding, as well as a plan for the restoration of the monument of federal significance. Approval of the concept, announcement of the date and mode of access of visitors to the house-studio should be preceded by an independent examination of its technical condition and the corresponding prevention and restoration work.

[by Docomomo Russia]

More info: Website.
The Shukhov Tower is saved for now!
by Vladimir Shukhov, Moscow, Russia, 1922
DATE: 18/8/2014
Great news! The Shukhov Tower is saved for now!

Docomomo International congratulates our colleagues from Docomomo Russia and the entire Docomomo network who has fought for the protection of Shukhov´s Tower in Moscow!

"Moscow City Hall has formally prohibited the moving or reassembly of a Soviet architectural landmark that has been under threat of demolition blamed by conservationists on real estate developers.

The conservation order for the iconic Shukhov Tower on the central Shabolovka Ulitsa dates back to July 10, but did not appear in online legislation databases until late last week.

The radio tower´s materials, architectural composition, structural elements and location all fall under the conservation order by City Hall´s heritage department, published by Consultant.ru judicial database.

This puts an end to earlier proposals to move or dismantle and rebuild the tower.

The hyperboloid structure is a masterpiece of Soviet modernism built in 1922 by Vladimir Shukhov, who has been named as an influence by the likes of Gaudi, Le Corbusier and Norman Foster.

The state-owned tower is in disrepair after decades of neglect. In recent months, various official agencies have called for the tower´s demolition on the basis that it is a potential hazard.

Dismantling the tower and reassembling it elsewhere was also discussed, a move that independent conservationists said would benefit real estate developers.

The motion to move or demolish the tower had sparked protest in Russia and beyond, with leading architects such Rem Koolhaas protesting against it in a public appeal to President Vladimir Putin, who kept mum on the issue.

City Hall´s order proposes including the tower on the federal list of protected heritage sites.

Restoration work will be carried out on the tower with the new rules in mind, though no time frame has yet been determined, Izvestia reported Monday.

Architecture experts told The Moscow Times earlier this year that if the tower does not undergo maintenance work in the next five years, it will become a danger to the neighborhood."

[by The Moscow Times

The Shukhov Tower in the news:
Metropolismag
The Moscow Times
The Metropolis
The Guardian
Demolition Threat: German Embassy
by Bogdan Ignjatovic, Belgrade, Serbia, 1974-76
DATE: 8/8/2014
The German Embassy building in Belgrade (74-76, Kneza Milosa street), designed by the Serbian architect Bogdan Ignjatovic, is at risck of replacement for a new building — international architectural design competition (Deutsche Botschaft Belgrad/Serbien-Neubau des Kanzleigebäudes) helded in 2009.  
 
Mr. Ignjatovic had important and authentic role in developing Belgrade after the Second World War as a part of architectural modernist movement. However, only recently, his name appeared in the public as a name of the designer of several iconic buildings in Belgrade: Hotel Slavija, Belgrade Drama Theatre, one of the representative buildings of the Serbian Government in Nemanjina Street (now seat of several ministries), Gallery of Frescoes, Monument to the national heroes in WWII, Kalemegdan, Komgrap building, Terazije, residential buildings in New Belgrade and the building of the German Embassy, best known for its main street facade.
 
After graduating from the Technical Faculty in Belgrade in 1939 Bogdan Ignjatovic started his professional career. At the begging of WWII he was arrested, and sent to the officer military camp in Germany as a prisoner of war. There, during his imprisonment, he took part in the prison Theater Company designing scenography, but also, as an architect, he designed the chapel in Osnabrück.
 
He returned to Belgrade after the War and took part in the city reconstruction, working in the Technical bureau of Belgrade (1945-68) and Komgrap (1968-74), designing majority of buildings that now represent important reference points in the history of Belgrade and regional modern architecture. Mr. Bogdan Ignjatovic was one of the founders of Belgrade City Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, professor at Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade and prizewinner of many important architectural awards in Yugoslavia.
 
In 1970 Mr. Bogdan Ignjatovic was invited to design the building of German embassy in Belgrade. The building by itself, with its unique, concrete grid facade, is an excellent representative of the epoch, and in addition to that, it exists also as an unique landmark of Belgrade, and an important icon for the both countries and for the common cultural and political history that Germany and Serbia share.

[by Docomomo Serbia]
Under Threat: Queensland Cultural Centre
by Robin Gibson, Australia
DATE: 19/9/2014
"A new Government Master Plan, released days after his death earlier this year, proposes a myriad of commercially-driven alterations and additions that will irrevocably alter the buildings both internally and externally. Additionally the Master Plan proposes the construction of a pair of 30 storey towers over the site."

The Australian Institute of Architects (Queensland Chapter) has made an application for the Queensland Cultural Centre (Robin Gibson Buildings ) to be included in the Queensland Heritage Register, still "it is vitally important to reinforce the application by making submissions of support to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP)". 
[...]

Please help by signing and sending the submission letter below by email to heritage@ehp.qld.gov.au, until Friday September 19 and spreading the news.

More details: Docomomo Australia website.
Under Threat: Ecole d’Architecture de Nanterre
Under Threat: Ecole d’Architecture de Nanterre
DATE: 22/1/2015
"The very existence of the Nanterre school, an emblem of the organic architecture of the seventies, is endangered. Once commissioned by the Ministry of Education and designed by architect Jacques Kalisz, it was built in 1971-72 by Geep Industrie. Born as a life-inspired combination of elements, this modular architecture makes relations among students easier, bringing walls down in order to promote a smoother flow of information.

The building was closed in 2004 when the school moved out. It has since been exposed to the four winds, through its broken panes. Wrapped in vegetation, the degradation of this shamefully neglected architectural heritage is concealed from the public eye.

It is now being put up for sale by the Ministry of Finance, current owner on behalf of the French state. The city of Nanterre has started to consider the rehabilitation and reuse of the edifice and has offered to bid.
Two associations, Friends of Nanterre architecture school and Documentation, COnservation of architectural sites born from MOdern MOvement (Docomomo France) organized an on-site mobilization on January 29th 2011 for the preservation, the listing as well as the environmental, social and cultural reuse of the building."

More details: website

Online petition: website

Facebook:Les amis de l’école d’architecture de Nanterre

[by Docomomo France]
Demolition Threat: complex of Military Headquarters (Generalstab)
by Nikola Dobrovic, Belgrade, Serbia, 1956-65
DATE: 7/8/2014
The Military Headquarters (Generalstab) designed by a world-known architect Nikola Dobrovic, and built in Belgrade from 1956-65 is at risk!

The complex was included into the preliminary list of National Register in 1996, and fully recognized as a national monument by Serbian Government in 2005. Serving as the seat of Yugoslav Peoples’ Army from its completion in 1965 until the NATO bombing in 1999, the monument was well-maintained. At the time of continuous use, the owner – namely the Yugoslav Army, was not ready to participate in the nomination procedure in order to keep access to the original technical documentation limited to public view.
After the NATO bombing until today, one segment of the complex which was not severely wounded has remained in use by the Army, while the rest of it has been abandoned. Being aware of the possibility of neglecting the original architectural and urbanistic importance, the owner finally decided to participate in creating the data-base for the Headquarters, incorporated into the National Register during the nomination procedure in 2005.

Already in 2008, some ministries of the national government questioned the status of Military Headquarters as a national monument, but the Republic Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, along with the Ministry of Culture was able to defend its values and save it from total destruction. Since the complex is located at the prime civic location, it has become attractive for various land speculations which could have pleased individual interests within some braches of the government.

A new campaign against the status of the complex as a national monument has started in January 2013, when a potential investor from the Arab Emirates expressed interest for buying the property. In spite of the strong voice of experts – both conservations involved in valorization and protection of modern architectural heritage, as well as, practicing architects and urban planners, who all argue for the protection of Nikola Dobrovic’s masterpiece - the official institutions for the protection of cultural heritage on the state and local levels have remained silent this time. The members of Docomomo Serbia are afraid that without the support of leadership from the Republic Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage and Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of the City of Belgrade, the Military Headquarters by Nikola Dobrovic might be mistreated or even totally demolished.

[by Docomomo Serbia]
Demolition Threat: Orange Coast College
by Robert Alexander and Richard Neutra, Costa Mesa, CA, US
DATE: 17/7/2014
Garrett Eckbo´s landscape architecture and the Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander designed structures at Orange Coast Community College are slated for demolition by the School District.

"Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California is one of three community colleges in the Coast Community College district. Its flagship campus, conceived after World War II, was constructed in the 1950s on a former army air base. Architect Robert Alexander was contracted by the District’s founding Board of Trustees to create a plan for the campus and initial buildings. Alexander partnered with internationally acclaimed architect Richard Neutra to design a series of six buildings for the campus."
[...]

"Since their construction, the original structures have been largely maintained with some “added” modifications to their original designs. These missteps would not be difficult to reverse. For example, insensitively applied rooftop mechanical equipment could be removed restoring Neutra and Alexander’s original passive design features and the buildings strong horizontal gestures, significant design attributes even for today. As a whole, the buildings are intact, possess a high degree of design integrity and have immense potential for renovation and repurpose.
Portions of Eckbo’s landscape design, especially the hardscape, are also intact. Though some of the original plantings specified were never implemented, or have been replaced over time, archival photos housed at the Garrett Eckbo Collection at the University of California Berkeley Environmental Design Archives, can inform paving and planting decisions today. These documents make possible the rehabilitation of Eckbo’s simple, cost-effective scheme."

In order to help, please send written comments with your voice of support to repurpose the Legacy Buildings and restore the Garrett Eckbo designed landscape.

More details: website.
Demolition Threat: SMB Streamline Moderne
Wurdeman & Becket, West Hollywood, California, US, 1938
DATE: 18/7/2014
"Wurdeman & Becket’s 1938 Streamline Moderne commercial building in West Hollywood, California is currently threatened with demolition in order to make way for a large-scale mixed use development. Located at 9080 Santa Monica Blvd in the Melrose Triangle (at the border with Beverly Hills, in West Hollywood’s Design District), it sits on land that the large development firm The Charles Company hopes to finally be able to complete its Melrose Triangle development plan; a plan that was first proposed over 11 years ago."
[...]

"The building retains most of its original integrity. The only changes made to the exterior are - the front door is not original, a door west of the front door was added in the 1980s, some of the windows in the steel casements have been replaced, and approximately two glass blocks have been replaced.As part of their Total Design concept, Wurdeman & Becket also designed all the interior woodwork, cabinetry, floors, and furnishings, right down to the animal cages and dog head fountain in the atrium. This building is an incredible discovery – an unknown Wurdeman & Becket masterpiece!"
[...]

Please visit the Save the SMB Streamline Moderne Facebook page to see gorgeous photos and take part in this resque movement

More details: website.

[by Docomomo US]
Demolished: Scottish Provident Building
Rowand Anderson, Kininmonth & Paul, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1969
DATE: 20/7/2014
The demolition of the Scottish Provident Building at the corner of Edinburgh´s St. Andrew Square and South St. David Street is making rapid progress, eradicating another superior example of Scotland´s 20th century architectural heritage, despite its listing status.

For details, please refer to the Docomomo Scotland previous newsletter.

[by Docomomo Scotland]
Demolition Threat: Gas Station
Fernando Távora, Covas, Guimarães, Portugal, 1963
DATE: 9/7/2014
According to recent correspondences with the Fundação Marques da Silva, DOCOMOMO international painfully realizes that the Gas Station in Lugar de Covas by Fernando Távora is under threat of destruction.

The energy company Galp Energia made ​​a request for amendment to the Municipality of Guimarães, which included the demolition of the original concrete mud flaps and replacement with new metal mud flaps. Although Galp claims that the original mud flaps, designed by architect Fernando Tavora do not fulfill the height required by law, International Docomomo believes it can continue to be used effectively thus preserving this landmark work of architecture and engineering Guimarães and Portugal.
 
The Gas Station is part of the outstanding architectural legacy that Fernando Távora left in Portugal. Fernando Távora, one of the major figures of contemporary Portuguese architecture, made ​​the synthesis between the national traditional architecture and the international Modern Movement architecture. He was an author of continuity, for whom an architectural work must be understood in the context of the surrounding environment. The gas station, as part of his legacy, reinforces the theme of programmatic range of the Fernando Tavora’s architectural work and the Modern Movement itself.

DOCOMOMO International Chair, professor Ana Tostões, addressed a letter to the Galp director, Mr. Américo Amorim, and to the Mayor Domingos Bragança (Guimarães Municipality), concerning the Gas Station´s treat of destruction.
Preserving the Miami Marine Stadium
Hilario Candela, Miami, US, 1962-64
DATE: 15/7/2014
"Less well known than its European and Latin American counterparts, but unique for its direct relation to a water stadium, the Marine Stadium Grandstand in Miami is a cast-in-place concrete 100-meter long building with an eight-section hyperbolic paraboloid roof (2). It is 33-meter wide with a cantilever of 20 meter over the stands; one third of the structure is built on piers into the water. Used for motorboat racing and various types of concerts on a floating stage, the 6566-seat grandstand was built at the edge of a Circus-Maximus-like water stadium, designed and landscaped to face the stands. Hilario Candela, a Cuban architect who worked with Max Borges in Havana (Tropicana Nightclub, 1951) and arrived in Miami in 1960 to join the firm of Pancoast-Ferendino-Grafton-Skeels-Burnham, designed the structure with the engineer Jack Meyer (from Norman Dignum Engineers). Closed in 1992, the grandstand has been inaccessible to the public and threatened by demolition. Registered in September 2009 on the World Monuments Fund Watch List, it has now been granted historic preservation status by the City of Miami but the integrity of its adjoining landscape remains under threat."
[...]

More details: website

[by Docomomo US]
Film Competion: Hot and Bothered - Save Modern Queensland
Queensland, Australia
DATE: 1/9/2014
The UQ School of Architecture and the State Library of Queensland, in collaboration with the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection have launched a film competition, entitled ‘HOT AND BOTHERED – Save Modern Queensland’, which invites Queenslanders to submit a 3-minute film on a mid-century modern building in Queensland that they love.

The prize for the winner of this competition is 1500 AUD.

More details: website.
Presentation Clip

[by Docomomo Australia]
Demolition threat: 3515 Glenwood
George Milton Small Jr., Raleigh, U.S., 1965
DATE: 21/7/2014
3515 Glenwood, designed by George Milton Small Jr. in 1965 for Northwestern Insurance Company. Like many other mid-century modern office buildings, it is now facing the possible threat of demolition.

In April the North Carolina Modernist Houses launched a campaign to prevent the possible demolition of one of Raleigh’s most celebrated modern office buildings. 3515 Glenwood was featured on the cover of the New York Times at its completion in 1965 but has recently sat vacant since its last tenants left in 2013. The owners have filed plans with the city of Raleigh that includes the demolition of the entire structure, but NCMH believes that if they are able to find a tenant to lease the space before July 21, 2014, the owners may be willing to listen.

More details: website

[by Docomomo US]
Glasgow School of Art on fire
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow, Scotland
DATE: 23/5/2014
Docomomo International would like to express how sorry is about the major fire in Charles Rennie Mackintosh´s Glasgow School of Art.

The Glasgow School was an important center for the dissemination of modern architecture in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century.

Press release of Docomomo Scotland:

Fire destroys parts of Glasgow School of Art
One of Scotland´s most significant historic buildings severely damaged


A fire has destroyed parts of the main building of the Glasgow School of Art. Designed by the world renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the building from the early 20th century is an architectural masterpiece of outstanding international significance. The fire started about lunchtime on Friday, 23 May and appears to have damaged mostly the western part of the building.

The building, still in use as an art school, was heavily occupied at the time, with students preparing their end-of-term exhibitions. No-one has been harmed in the incident. Apart from student art work, the building also contains culturally significant interiors and art works from Mackintosh and many other artist. Scotland´s fire service, working throughout the night, are now reporting that the fire has been contained with "more than 90% of the structure ... viable and ... up to 70% of the contents [protected]".

More details: BBC News
Shukhov Radio and Television Tower
Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation answers Docomomo International
DATE: 5/5/2014
At March 2014, DOCOMOMO International Chair, Ana Tostões, addressed a letter to President Vladimir Putin, concerning the Shukhov Tower´s threat of destruction.

See below the answer from the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation, translated by Vladimir Shukhov, Docomomo Russia Chair.
Radoma Court
Yeoville, South Africa, 1938
DATE: 15/5/2014
DOCOMOMO South Africa calls for help because Radoma Court in Yeoville is in danger, since the building is drastically altered without permission.

DOCOMOMO International Chair, Ana Tostões, addressed letters to the Mayor Parks Tau (City Manager of Johannesburg) and to Mr Trevor Fowler (City of Johannesburg Municipal Manager), concerning the damage being done to Radoma Court in Yeoville. 

Radoma Court Damages Press Release
by Hannah le Roux
School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand
hannah.leroux@wits.ac.za
 
In the last few days the architecture community has become aware of the illegal addition of a floor to the landmark modernist apartment building, Radoma Court, in Yeoville, Johannesburg. This addition has entailed the demolition of the solarium and covered porch leading to a roof garden that was one of the features of this highly avant-garde building, constructed in 1937-38. 
 
The City of Johannesburg issued a stop order to the builders, but as of today, builders were still on site and moving materials. In addition, as the building is automatically protected from changes without Heritage approvals, the Provincial agency has also issued an order to cease work that has also had no effect. The reality is that illegal building and alteration is rife in Johannesburg, and such orders are routinely ignored. 
 
Nevertheless, the extremely high cultural significance of Radoma Court means that it deserves to be especially well protected, and ideally, restored. It was one of the handful of Johannesburg buildings from the 1930’s that came out of “le Groupe Transvaal”, to which le Corbusier dedicated the second volume of his Oeuvre Complet. Inspired by the aesthetics of international modernism, remarkably young architects were involved in the design of buildings that achieved recognition in famous journals such as the Architectural Review, l’Architecture d’Aujourdhui as well as the South African Architectural Record. 
 
Radoma Court deserves this recognition as an extraordinary design. Built over four floors, it consists of 27 light-filled studio and one bedroomed apartments, with customised kitchen, bathroom and built in fittings to support a truly modern lifestyle. Apart from the solarium, the building included a stairwell wall of glass bricks, porthole windows, a rubbish shute and a lift. The aesthetic of the details, including oak floorboards, mesh balustrading, light fittings, building signs, mobile cupboards and windows, was as modern in style as western ones, but were artisanally produced, so shifting local production towards cleaner lines and industrial materials. 
 
The building’s design was concerned with the creation of generous social space, while giving a good return to its owner through it clever and compact planning. The deep recessed balconies on the west makes the building climatically comfortable while supporting a relationship with the street, while the courtyard and gallery arrangement, and dynamic staircase, provides connection between the residents.
 
Radoma Court came out of the offices of Harold le Roith, a recent graduate from Wits who was to produce many important residential buildings and synagogues in Johannesburg. The young designer who signed many of the drawings, Kurt Jonas, was himself a remarkable character who was to have a great impact on South African social housing policy. Jonas, who was in his 20’s, had initially trained as a lawyer in Germany, in Frankfurt at the height of the “neue frankfurt” boom of modernist housing and design. He returned to South Africa in 1933 in the wake of rising anti-Semitism, and choosing architecture instead as a transnational career. But unsatisfied with the limits of his new professional path, he became the leading left wing intellectual on the Wits campus, teaching his peers about Marx. 
 
Jonas wrote:
 
“the architect…cannot pursue his art in the seclusion of a studio, but must help to prepare the ground for it on the battleground of social forces”  [ Kurt Jonas (1938) Foreward to special edition of Town Planning, South African Architectural Record, vol 23 no 8. p 269 ]
 
One of his admirers was Rusty Bernstein, the architect who was to become the co-ordinator of the Freedom Charter, the manifesto of the Congress movement that took up the struggle against apartheid in the post-war period. Bernstein said: “he pointed me in the right direction”. The idea of housing rights is embedded in the Charter and now the South African Constitution, thanks to Jonas.
 
Jonas died tragically young in 1942, in Palestine. Radoma Court is the single monument to this remarkable man, who bridged between Europe and South Africa, trying to use his skill in design to define ways of life that are simultaneously communal and private, elegant and restrained, healthy and aesthetic and above all, innovative and yet legal. The alteration in progress is a scandal in the light of what Radoma Court represents. South Africa’s struggle and post-apartheid moment are indebted to serious and principled thinkers like Jonas. Over and above the symbolic force of the building, it was a great design, and for over sixty years, until its current abuse, stood for the best that Johannesburg has produced.
Majestic Theatre: Demolition Started
John Fuller & Sons, Christchurch, 1930
DATE: 0/0/0
Opened on 1 March 1930, The Majestic Theatre was built for John Fuller & Sons. Billed as ‘The Showplace of Christchurch’, the Art Deco building contained three upper floors of offices, known as Majestic House. It is Christchurch’s first fully steel-framed building. The building is a Group 2 scheduled heritage building, of ‘national or regional significance’.

This landmark building in Christchurch’s central city is to be demolished. More than 235 listed heritage buildings have been demolished in Christchurch city and suburbs and in Lyttelton over the three years since the earthquake emergency. Heritage buildings are still being demolished by CERA: citizens still have no recourse to the RMA process in defence of a demolition such as this.
Sited on the corner of Manchester and Lichfield Streets, The Majestic is a key building with a rich history in cinema, performing arts and Christian worship. It is now one of the few surviving twentieth-century heritage buildings in the CBD. CERA compulsorily acquired the building, have issued a Section 38 full demolition notice, and have begun the early stages of demolition.

Earthquake damage is said to be moderate and repairable. Demolition is primarily for the land needed for the CERA-CCDU plan for the 9 metre widening of Manchester Street and as part of the eastern frame. There is strong support in arts, heritage and business communities for retention. The building would be ideal for future use in the east frame urban living zone and Innovation Precinct.
In December 2013 the Christchurch City Council vowed to help save the historic theatre and agreed the council should meet with CERA to emphasise the importance of retaining it. Historic Places Canterbury wanted the City Council to seek a moratorium on the demolition while a thorough engineering assessment was done.

Marches and rallies in protest at the demolition have been small but vociferous: many Christchurch people who would support retention of The Majestic are ‘exhausted’ living in post-earthquake Christchurch.
Save The Majestic spokespeople are calling for a halt to the demolition, consideration of Manchester Street widening alternatives and investigation of repair and strengthening costs. Possibilities of a legal challenge to the demolition are currently being explored (mid April.)

More details: website
Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheMajestic

Ross Gray

Historic Places Canterbury Deputy Chairman

In Docomomo New Zealand
IBM Building
Egon Eiermann, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, 1967-1972
DATE: 0/0/0
Below is the published in the db 2013 items to impending demolition of the IBM Building in Stuttgart-Vaihingen:

More details: website
Piano de Heug
Marcel & Henri Leborgne, Charleroi, Belgium, 1933
DATE: 0/0/0
Download article as PDF from Bâtir 20, July 1934 (FR)
Inventory page (FR)
www.marcelleborgne.be
www.charleroi-decouverte.be (FR)  

Latest News:
2010/09/22 Un bâtiment de Marcel Leborgne classé à Charleroi (FR)
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Paul Stevens House: SAVED from demolition
Paul Stevens, Winksele, Belgium, 1933
DATE: 0/0/0
Michelides Tobacco Factory
Northbridge, Australia, 20s-30s
DATE: 0/0/0
The City of Perth has recently approved demolition for the former ‘Michelides Tobacco Factory’ in Northbridge. http://www.perthurbanist.com/history-of-the-michelides-tobacco-factory/.

Located just north of the Perth CBD and with a prominent Art Deco styled facade constructed in stages through the 1920s & 30s, the landmark building has a lengthy frontage to the railway line, and operated as the Peters Ice-cream Factory in the second half of the 20th Century. The application to be recognised on the State Register of WA has been declined despite classification from the National Trust and recommendations from the Heritage Council of WA. The building has also been recognised by the Art Deco Society of WA and features on a number of social campaign websites, including:


http://www.perthurbanist.com/help-save-the-tobacco-factory

In Docomomo Australia
Danne House
Geoffrey Danne, Melbourne, Australia, 1954-1956
DATE: 0/0/0
The Danne House was once the most eye-catching modernist houses in the Studley Park area. It is being auctioned on 12 April, at 12 noon, by Woodards. (Tony Nathan 0412 285 066)

It is now disguised by the external alterations and additions of the early 1980s, but has the potential to regain much of its original character. While the original building envelope has been subsumed by additions facing the street, most the original structure has been retained. This includes the striking original feature, the curved rear wing, built over two levels in stone salvaged from the burnt out shell of Wilson Hall. It is has a curved highlight window wall built in diagonal framing, and original circular skylights, one of the earliest uses of skylights in residential use in Melbourne. Circular skylights such as this, with internal lights, were a feature of many buildings by Alvo Aalto in Finland at this time. These features are shown in this recent photo showing the rear view of the Danne House at the left.

The architect Geoffrey Danne designed this house for his own family. It demonstrates how architects built experimental and innovative houses for their own use. The striking design was recorded as the feature house in the June 1957 edition of Australian House and Garden, which is attached.

Another distinctive house by Danne is the Muspratt House, located nearby at 14 Carnsworth Avenue, featured on the National Trust News in May 2010, an issue devoted to modernism. By contrast, it is very intact and has many design details used for the Danne House. See the link to Studley Park Modern website http://www.studleypark.net/danne.htm.

Commenced in 1954 and completed in 1956, the Danne House comprised two main sections. Facing the street was a lightweight third floor that cantilevered over the two storey car space and entry. This anticipated Sean Godsell’s own dramatically cantilevered house, also in Studley Park. The steel columns and support beams were clearly expressed, and complemented by the vertical rods that defined the entrance and provided a balustrade for the cantilevered entrance stairs. Lightweight concrete panels were used for the cladding of this section.

Download the full Pdf  with information, photo and documentation and floors plans on the house

The Danne House (pdf by Nigel Lewis Pty Ltd)

In Docomomo Australia
Nothing is Sacred: Threats to Modern Masterpieces in India
by William JR Curtis, Architectural Review, April 2014
DATE: 28/3/2014
Nothing is Sacred: Threats to Modern Masterpieces in India
William J.R. Curtis, Architectural Review, April 2014
 
The web version:
http://www.architectural-review.com/comment-and-opinion/nothing-is-sacred-threats-to-modern-masterpieces-in-india/8660672.article?blocktitle=Featured&contentID=11444
 
The PDF:
Demolished: St Joseph’s Catholic Church
Angus, Flood & Griffiths of Hamilton, Morrinsville, New Zealand, 1958-1965
DATE: 18/3/2014
"St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morrinsville, was designed in 1958-62 by Angus, Flood & Griffiths of Hamilton. Built in 1964-65, the design was radical, had simplicity in form both externally and internally, and strong Pacific form. The simple external upturned parabola defied the level of innovation and detailing, creating both the exterior and interior form with the use of pre-stressed concrete ribs, and pre-cast panels between. The parabolic form was 49 feet 6 inches in height, and the 8000 square foot church took 600 people. It was said to be New Zealand’s largest single-pour concrete roof of the time. 

St Joseph’s Church, Morrinsville, was regionally significant in terms of architecture and engineering technology. It was an iconic Waikato church, and the best example of a simplistic modernist church design in the Waikato. It was not registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust nor listed by the local council, but was included on the Morrinsville Heritage Trail. 

Due to ongoing issues with physical aspects of the building and the need to re-strengthen, the owners decided to demolish and build a new facility.

St Joseph’s demolition is a tragedy for Waikato heritage and New Zealand’s modernist heritage. This was the architectural cathedral of Waikato modernism.

Laura Kellaway

Architect and Heritage Consultant, Hamilton, 2014"

In Docomomo New Zealand website
CLESA Building
Alejandro de la Sota, Madrid, Spain, 1959-63
DATE: 14/3/2014
The Central Dairy CLESA, designed by Alejandro de La Sota, is in danger of demolition. 

It was launched an initiative to collect signatures for for the City Council and the Community of Madrid to avoid its demolition. Access the platform to collect signatures 

More information on the website of the Foundation of Alejandro de La Sota 

Access to DOCOMOMO register of the dairy Clesa 

More information on the website of the Madrid Association, City and Heritage 

More information in the newspaper ABC
Shukhov Radio and Television Tower
Vladimir Shukhov, Moscow, Russia, 1922
DATE: 12/2/2014
DOCOMOMO International Chair, professor Ana Tostões, addressed letter to President Vladimir Putin, concerning the Shukhov Tower´s threat of destruction:



Barcelona, March 2014

  
President Vladimir Putin
 
 
Dear Mr. President, 
 
I wish to draw your attention to the perilous situation that is going on around the conservation of the remarkable Shukov Tower.
 
According to recent correspondences with Docomomo Russia, and the information gathered among all international forums with expression worldwide media, DO.CO.MO.MO. (the international committee for the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement) painfully realizes that the Shukov Tower is under threat of destruction. 
 
The Shukov Tower is a unique project and a masterpiece. The Shukov Tower has a very special place in the world as it represents the modernity of the exceptional technical and architectural Russian achievements. It is indeed a symbol of progress and innovation recognized all over the world.
 
DO.CO.MO.MO. International is aware of the concern that the present situation has produced in architectural and conservation circles worldwide. We fully support our colleagues from Docomomo Russia in their efforts to save the Shukov Tower.
 
Dear Mr. President, I wish to say as DO.CO.MO.MO. International Chair that the Shukov Tower is an irreplaceable masterpiece and we all know that the coming generations will enjoy sharing this unique legacy from the skilled Russian creators. 
 
Yours sincerely,

Ana Tostoes
Chair, Docomomo International



Docomomo International strongly advices the addressment of letters to the President Vladimir Putin, trying to avoid the Shukhov Tower destruction.
Letter by E-mail: http://eng.letters.kremlin.ru/

The Change.org petition against the dismantling of the tower currently has nearly 10,000 signatures. 
You can add your name to the petition here. 

Additional Links:
http://shukhov.org/
http://shuhov-sos.ru/ 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/shuhovka/ 
http://theconstructivistproject.com
https://www.facebook.com/theconstructivistproject

Donate to Shukhov Tower Rescue at http://shukhov.org

Image: Shukhov tower in its current location. Credit: Natalia Melikova.
Train station of Havířov
Josef Hrejsemnou, Havířov, Czech Republic, 1960s
DATE: 19/3/2014
"The old terminal is a great example of the good things that originated in former Czechoslovakia in the 1960s. The building, designed by architect Josef Hrejsemnou, is dominated by a glass façade, ceiling which has a form of an op-art decoration and a great indoor space with an elegantly sloping staircase. However, memories of the famous 1960s with their unique design do not have a place in the current plans of the Havířov city hall. The train station hall is supposed to be torn down and replaced by a bus and train terminal which will be built a little bit farther from the original building. The city hall claims that it will be a “dignified” entrance to the town. It will rather be another monument of local political limitation and this one will be, unfortunately, in a place which cannot boast with glorious history or local memory." http://www.pritomnost.cz/en/society/423-on-demolition-power-of-money-and-official-stamps

You can help to save this building by signing the petition:
http://www.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF8&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dularchitektury.cz%2F  
Villa Aghion is being destroyed
Auguste Perret, Alexandria, 1926
DATE: 5/2/2014
It is with great deception that we inform that the Villa Aghion built by Auguste Perret, in Alexandria in 1926, is being destroyed. 

The Villa, who led a troubled administrative existence for many years and had been attacked in 2009, has been withdrawn from the list of Historical Monuments two weeks ago.

It is a huge loss for the modern movement heritage.

Images provided by Cléa Daridan
Notre-Dame du Haut Chapel at Ronchamp was vandalized
Le Corbusier, France, 1950-1955
DATE: 18/1/2014
An original member of the Notre-Dame-du-Haut stained glass work conceived in 1955 by the Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier, was broken and a trunk quest concrete and pulled out of the chapel, said Saturday January 18 the police. Degradation took place Friday night at Ronchamp (Haute-Saône), and were committed by strangers, said the communication officer of gendarmerie of Franche-Comté, Didier Guériaud.

news: http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2014/01/18/une-chapelle-le-corbusier-vandalisee-en-haute-saone_4350509_3224.html

http://www.darchitectures.com/ronchamp-vandalisee-a1726.html


Le Corbusier Foundation Press Release:
Werdmuller Centre
Roelof Uytenbogaardt, Cape Town, South Africa, 1975
DATE: 30/12/2013
DOCOMOMO South Africa calls for help because Werdmuller Centre in Cape Town is in danger. Heritage Western Cape was notified that the building’s owners (Old Mutual) want to tear it down and advised the undertaken of a Heritage Impact Assessment. Ashley Lillie (with Prof. Andre van Graan) wrote a draft for comment by interested and affected parties for the Heritage Impact Assessment, addressing the significance of the Werdmuller Centre as a Modernist architectural resource. 

We attach it, encouraging the defense of this building!
MoMA of Kamakura
Jnuzō Sakakura, Kamakura, Japan, 1951
DATE: 11/12/2013
DOCOMOMO International Chair, professor Ana Tostões, addressed a letter to the Kanagawa Prefectural Government, 〒231-0021 神奈川県横浜市Naka Ward, Nihonodori, concerning the conservation of the remarkable Museum of Modern Art of Kamakura built by Sakakura Jnuzō, a major historical work of Modern Movement architecture.

Image captions:
MoMA Kamakura
Le Corbusier and Jnuzō Sakakura  at  the MoMA Kamakura
Hippodrome de Groenendaal
Hoeilaart, André Paduart, 1980
DATE: 3/5/2011
This grandstand was designed in 1980 by Prof. André Paduart, an eminent Belgian structural engineer and structural designer (who also served as the President of the IASS from 1971 to 1979). It stands as an archetypical manifestation of long-span cantilever roofs with both architectural and structural importance, and is one of the few grandstand structures of this type selected for inclusion in our book "Fifty Years of Progress for Shell and Spatial Structures" [in preparation, to be published by the IASS later in 2011]. The only examples of thin concrete cantilever roofs cited in this book as especially significant are four that represent different basic types of this category: cast in situ hyperbolic paraboloids as in the Zarzuela Hippodrome (Madrid, designed by Eduardo Torroja), prestressed catenaries as in the La Rinconata Hippodrome (Caracas, designed by T. Y. Lin), precast hypars as in the Bainbridge Island grandstand (Washington State, USA, designed by Jack Christiansen), and the folded plates of the Hippodrome de Groenendaal.

For more information: IASS
Kantstraßengarage
Hermann Zweigenthal, Berlin, 1929
DATE: 19/8/2013
Docomomo Germany and Docomomo International are joining efforts and supports to protect this parking garage in Berlin from being demolished. The building’s owners want to tear it down, and they took the first step last month by applying to end its status as a landmark, granted in 1991. Their argument is that thestructure is weakening and that repairs would be too costly for the income thegarage generates.

Docomomo International and Docomomo Germany have supported the petition of the open letter to the owner; the Senate of Berlin and other institutions involved.
Nanterre Architecture School
Jacques Kalisz, Nanterre, 1972
DATE: 18/2/2011
We have been informed by DOCOMOMO France that the Jacques Kalisz Architecture School in Nanterre, near La Défense (Grand Paris) is in danger after efforts from DOCOMOMO France to protect and restructure the building.We attach the DOCOMOMO Fiche on the building and we also encourage you to participate in its defense through:

More info: École de Nanterre
Nanterre Architecture School
Save the Architecture School of Nanterre!?
DATE: 15/6/2011
Wednesday 15 june, 07:00pm

With the participation of:

Serge Kalisz, Architect
Jean-Christophe Tougeron, Vice-president of La Maison de l’architecture en île-de-France
Bernard Mauplot, President of Conseil régional de l’Ordre des Architectes d’île-de-France
Olivier Godet, Chef du Service architecture de la DRAC IDF
and
Catherine Blain, architect, docteur en architecture.

Free entrance
La Maison de l’architecture en île-de-France
148 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin 75010 Paris
contact@maisonarchitecture-idf.org
www.maisonarchitecture-idf.org

More information: Maison de l´architecture
Phillis Wheatley Elementary School
New Orleans, Charles R. Colbert, 1954
DATE: 1/5/2011
The Phillis Wheatley Elementary School is an innovative monument of modern architecture in the city of New Orleans. The school was designed by the architect Charles R. Colbert in 1954. The cantilevered steel truss structure allows for a covered play space underneath. The primary school building did not flood after Hurricane Katrina, but remains closed.

On behalf of DOCOMOMO US/ Louisiana I ask you to consider signing an online petition to save the historic modern Phillis Wheatley Elementary School which is threatened with demolition. This petition was started by Phyllis Montana-Leblanc who spoke passionately before the Historic District Landmarks Commission in defense of her alma mater, "If you tear down my school, a part of me dies with it."

Unfortunately we have learned that there will NOT be a review before the City Council and an RFP has been issued for the demolition. Apparently since this is a city-initiated demolition (Orleans Parish School Board via Recovery School District) of a city-owned building, the City Council is not required to review the demolition request. Still, we remain dedicated to the call to preserve the Wheatley School which was listed on the World Monuments Fund Watch in 2010.

More Information: info
Phillis Wheatley Elementary School
Video by DOCOMOMO_US Louisiana
DATE: 8/6/2011
The Phillis Wheatley Elementary School has served the historic New Orleans African-American neighborhood of Tremé since it opened in 1955. Celebrated worldwide for its innovative, regionally-expressive modern design – the structure sustained moderate damage during the storms and levee breach of 2005. Although it is scheduled for demolition in Summer 2011, DOCOMOMO Louisiana is advocating for its restoration via adaptive reuse. "A Plea For Modernism" is narrated by actor Wendell Pierce (“The Wire”, “Treme”).

More information: video
Phillis Wheatley Elementary School
Demolished
DATE: 17/6/2011
DOCOMOMO International has been informed that Phillis Wheatley Elementary School has been demolished.

"“A combination of contractor greed + a dysfunctional educational system + a federal program (known as section 106) that actually promotes demolition, were just too much to overcome".  

More information: Demolition of Phillis Wheatley Elementary School
Aghion Villa
Alexandria, August, Gustave and Claude Perret, 1927
DATE: 11/5/2011
The Aghion Villa is threatened with destruction by its owner. A demolition permit was delivered without any preliminary expertise being conducted. The decision of the Ministry of Culture to classify the building within its preservation list (Decree 278, Council of Ministers 2008) has apparently not succeeded in saving the building. The Administrative Court of Alexandria would indeed have refused to reject the destruction with the argument that the demolition permit seems to have been delivered before the decision of classification (June 13th, 2009).

More information at:

http://www.latribunedelart.com/a-alexandrie-la-villa-aghion-des-freres-perret-eventree-article002244.html

and

http://www.latribunedelart.com/villa-aghion-des-freres-perret-a-alexandrie-la-france-peut-avoir-un-role-a-jouer-article003096.html



Aghion Villa by August, Gustave and Claude Perret
DOCOMOMO International supports Aghion Villa Campaign
DATE: 24/5/2011
DOCOMOMO International, with the support of DOCOMOMO France, has signed and supported the petition to save the Aghion Villa, threatened with destruction by its owner.
The decision of the Ministry of Culture to classify the building within its preservation list (Decree 278, Council of Ministers 2008) has apparently not succeeded in saving the building. The Administrative Court of Alexandria would indeed have refused to reject the destruction with the argument that the demolition permit seems to have been delivered before the decision of classification (June 13th, 2009).
County Archive Building, Landsarkivet
Lund, Bernt Nyberg, 1971
DATE: 20/4/2011
The County Archive Building, "Landsarkivet" from 1903 by architect Carl Möller, in 1971 received an addition by Bernt Nyberg. This building holds its place in architectural history due to its outstanding architectural and artistic qualities. With its powerful shape and sensitive handling of materials, the archive building is one of the foremost examples of modernistic brick architecture in Sweden.
"Landsarkivet" also is an excellent example of how modernistic architecture can be added to traditional architecture and create a strong artistic whole. With its heavy, unbroken wall of "Helsingborg brick", the annex creates a vital and beautiful relationship to the older buildings of the ensemble. The interplay skilfully brings out the qualities of both old and new parts.
The archive building by Nyberg is part of a tradition of brick building that was developed and passed on by the internationally known Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz, creator of the churches in Björkhagen and Klippan. In Skåne (the southernmost part of Sweden) the heritage of Lewerentz has been taken over by Bernt Nyberg, Klas Anshelm and Bengt Edman.
The archive buiding in Lund by Nyberg has an international reputation and is a natural place to visit for architectural enthusiasts from all over the world, who wish to experience and study the tradition of Lewerentz on location. In "Guide to Swedish Architecture" it is one of 380 oeuvres that depict the Swedish architecture during 1000 years.

A conversion into student lodgings is presently projected. We, the undersigned, demand that the archive building by Bernt Nyberg not be mutilated by the penetration of unbroken walls or other exterior changes that will break the architectural whole of annex and ensemble.

More information and Sign document: Landsarkivet
US Embassy in Bagdad
Josep Lluís Sert, Bagdad, 1957
DATE: 27/5/2011
We attach this information received from Pedro Azara (Professor at the Barcelona Architecture School-ETSAB) who received it in turn from Baghdad. It briefly describes the state of the premises of the old U.S. embassy (visited a few days ago), situated by the River Tigris and inside the so-called Green Zone (part of the city closed off to the general public, created by former President Saddam Hussein and maintained by the old forces of occupation and the present Iraqi government), built by the Spanish architect Josep Lluís Sert, in 1957, the then dean of Harvard University. This is undoubtedly Sert’s best work. The complex was bombed.

About three years ago, Barcelona City Council (or a part, at least) expressed interest in the site and proposed its restoration, offering to find the funds for repair work if the ownership of the buildings was clarified.
These, in fact, were only used for a short time by the U.S. government, given the difficulties in controlling an excessively large and scattered site, and it was ceded to the Iraqi authorities and used as the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1973 to 1983. Finally, in 2009, the U.S. government, which had remained the owner, handed it over definitively to the Iraqi government. This ceded the use of the buildings to Baghdad City Council but retained possession of the land, and one building, the best preserved, is used as an annex by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, yet again, while the garden serves as a parking lot, without a minimum of maintenance being carried out.
Given the dilapidated condition of the complex, many Iraqi officials would have no regrets if the buildings were torn down: the ignorance of the nature of the complex displayed by both the Iraqis and high U.S. military officials, and the fact that the site is in the off-limits Green Zone, unknown to the inhabitants of Baghdad, does not help to stir up interest in preserving Sert’s work.

The city councils of Barcelona and Baghdad began the process of twinning and cultural cooperation in 2009, with the Spanish Embassy mediating and offering as much encouragement as much as possible. There was talk of using the premises for a Cervantes Institute in conjunction with a pioneer institute for Baghdad studies, and then, in 2009, some members of the Association of Architects of Catalonia proposed an international architectural competition to select an architect to carry out the repair work (with the association offering to organise the competition), but the mayor of Baghdad preferred the architect to be appointed directly from Barcelona. And it was also later suggested that the Spanish embassy be moved to the site if the restoration work was carried out by the Spanish authorities.
Since then, the economic crisis, the still difficult and unclear situation in Iraq, particularly in Baghdad, and the ambiguous position of the Iraqi state and municipal authorities, who, while they have been willing to accept foreign (Spanish) financial aid for the restoration of the complex, want to reserve the right to decide on the use and purpose of the site, has left the project up in the air, perhaps forever.

In blind desperation, in the face of the complex’s imminent demolition, the University of Baghdad is attempting, despite the general indifference, to find help and raise funds to save the complex, threatened by a danger that also menaces other instances of modern architecture in Baghdad, with, to take example, a representative of the Foundation Le Corbusier coming, at the time of writing, to Baghdad to try to save the Saddam Hussein stadium, which was built in the 80s on the basis of a project by Le Corbusier dating from the late 1950s.

“Today I visited the Sert building, it is in awful condition!!! Parts of the embassy building are destroyed, others damaged, the building with the employees’ apartments is in better shape, the residency is not so good, but there is nothing that couldn’t be fixed!! The only thing that is very clear is that a lot of money is needed to do it!” (Baghdad, 26 April 2011).
 
Photos and documentation: Ghada Siliq (Baghdad, 20 April 2011)

DOCOMOMO International will publish more information on this issue in DOCOMOMO Journal 44.

More information: TOCHO
Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music
Aichi, Junzo Yoshimura, 1974
DATE: 16/9/2011
September 16 2011

New Campaign to protect Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts.

Sign up here!

Six months have passed since the disasters of earthquake, tsunami and the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant took place. People, especially those who suffered most, have been fighting courageously to live and get back to their normal lives. On the surface, the life in Tokyo seems to be going normal but it is not the same as before March 11.

Today, I send this e-mail to tell you about THE PETITION SITE ON THE WEB where we collect petition signatures.

My father and colleagues designed a whole campus for an art and music school ( Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music) in 1966.


The school administration and the Aichi prefecture are planning to demolish most of the campus buildings  and build new ones. They claim that the long neglected buildings are not worth preserving and renovation. Some buildings have  been already torn down.Beginning October they plan to start constructing a gigantic new building on a site where very rare and endangered plants and small animals live. This is a very serious concern for the naturalists as well.


We need your support to send the voice of protest to the authorities concerned.


Please send your petition signature from the site below (one in English and the other in Italian) and also spread these addresses to your friends and colleagues.


English petition
Italian petition

The aftermath of the 11 March disaster has made  this grievous matter overshadowed in Japan. We need your support.

Taka Yoshimura


June 6 2011

DOCOMOMO
International´s Chair, Ana Tostoes, and DOCOMOMO Japan´s Chair, Hiroyuki Suzuki, have sent a letter to the authorities regarding the preservation and utilization of the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music:

DOCOMOMO
has learned with alarming concern that the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music is presently considering a campus redevelopment plan that may include some major alterations to and/or demolitions of its campus and its facilities designed by Junzo Yoshimura. In this occasion we would like to remind all concerned parties that in January 2010 DOCOMOMO Japan, along with the Chair of Architectural Institute of Japan, pleasantly informed the university that DOCOMOMO Japan had registered collectively the Campus and its Facilities of Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music as part of the DOCOMOMO Japan 150 selections (No. 122) in recognition of its exceptional architectural quality. At the same time DOCOMOMO Japan voiced its concerns for its seemingly precarious future stakes and petitioned for the institutions´ careful consideration.

Here, we would like to reiterate the great architectural and cultural heritage of your university’s campus and facilities collectively and once again to deliver this petition for its preservation.

In selecting DOCOMOMO Japan cited among others the following merits and distinctions about the Campus and its Facilities of Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music:

1.     
The overall campus set in a gently rolling topography with abundant greenery is contextually designed and environment friendly.

2.     
The campus built complex is comprised of series academic buildings such as class rooms, lecture halls, research laboratories, student halls, dormitories and facilities, visiting scholar dormitories, libraries, concert halls and museums as well as administrative buildings and service facilities, etc. These buildings are collectively organized based on the notion of urban design to give simulated urban quality in the central zone of the campus while various and pervasive existence of open spaces throughout campus in courtyard, quadrangle and other forms tender areas to pause and relax that are in some way reminiscent of Japanese traditional “Ma” space.3.      Majority of campus buildings are made with reinforced concrete and collectively attest to the creative and plastic use of concrete as an expressive medium for architectural ideas. Recognizing that it has been more than 45 years since the initial inauguration of its campus, we are fully aware of the fact that the university buildings and facilities would require various timely adjustments reflecting both the educational and social changes. Nevertheless; we, DOCOMOMO INTERNATIONAL AND DOCOMOMO JAPAN firmly believe that those needed adjustments can be made without a categorical and irrevocable damage to the existing merit-worthy campus and buildings.Through the continuous use the buildings mature and attain historical and cultural value. Accordingly, the Campus and its Facilities of Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, too, have become to scintillate as the university’s collective assets that express the manifold ideals and aspirations of those who built the university. We would like to emphasize that the Campus and its Facilities of Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music collectively represent as an exceptional and significant architectural, cultural and historic masterpiece and; therefore our treasure.

DOCOMOMO
 
INTERNATIONAL
wants to consider the preservation and utilization of the university’s campus and buildings.

Takako Yoshimura, daughter of Junzo Yoshimura (1908-1997), contacted DOCOMOMO International with the information that you can read in the PDF document and these links:

More information:
Shinodanozomi (English, Japanese and Italian)
Midoriyutakana 
Sepia
Youtube



Prentice Women’s Hospital
Bertrand Goldberg
DATE: 7/6/2011
Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital is endangered. Northwestern University has stated that their intent is to tear the building down as soon as they can. This is hindered slightly as there is still a tenant in the lower portion that will not move out until September. Therefore the push is on to try to get the City of Chicago to do something about it.
 
The effort here locally is being lead by Landmarks Illinois and Preservation Chicago who have both listed it on the most endangered lists. It has also been submitted to the NTHP for listing on their most endangered list too, but that list does not come out for another month or so and we do not know for certain if it will be included.
 
Below are a number of links to current articles and websites about the issue so you can familiarize yourself with what is going on. The current request is to get as many people as possible to write a letter to Alderman Brendan Reilly who has gotten agreement from Northwestern to hold off for 60 days. Northwestern claims that the building no longer functions for its needs and cannot be adapted to any reasonable use for them. To counter that, Landmarks Illinois has developed a reuse study with three different alternative uses. You can view these at the link below. This does not mean that Northwestern will relent, but it may get Reilly on our side.
 
You should also know that a DOCOMOMO fiche for Prentice is being prepared by a graduate student at the School of the Art Institute’s Program in Historic Preservation, Susannah Ribstein. She wrote her undergraduate thesis at the University of Chicago on Bertrand Goldberg so is well prepared to complete this task.
 
WHAT CAN YOU DO?????
We would like as many people as possible to write a letter to Alderman Reilly telling him to consider local landmark designation and to find a way to save the building. There are a few sample letters on the Landmarks Illinois site you can read. If you are a member of the 42 Ward, please emphasis that fact. Also please forward this on to anyone you think might be inclined to also support the effort. Showing Reilly that this is a matter of concern that goes beyond the city limits is important. It would be particularly great to get some recognizable names in architecture write a letter. If any of you have such contacts please reach out to them. Also please join the SAVE PRENTICE facebook page. 

On-line petition: Petition

More information: 
Landmarks Illinois 
Preservation Chicago 
Blair Kamin article
Lynn Becker’s blog entry which includes Alderman Reilly’s letter to his constituents
Italian Memorial, Shed 21, Auschwitz, 1980
Lodovico Belgiojoso, Gianfranco Maris, Primo Levi, Mario Samonà, Nelo Risi and Luigi Nono.
DATE: 0/0/0
Reactions

25 September 2011

The Memorial is under very serious threat. Since June 30, 2011 the Italian room - the so called Baracca 21 -  has permanently been closed and there is no longer access to the Memorial. Therefore, there are no news about the current status of the oeuvre. It is unavoidable that the Memorial will be dismantled. The issue is to understand when and where it could be remounted.
Also the whole oeuvre is very fragile and needs special care and restorers when it will be taken into pieces. Each piece needs to be numbered for the eventual new mounting in a different location, possibly in Italy.

Maristella Casciatto, Chair Docomomo International 2002-2010


Italian Memorial, Shed 21, Auschwitz, 1980
Lodovico Belgiojoso, Gianfranco Maris, Primo Levi, Mario Samonà, Nelo Risi and Luigi Nono.

We have received this information from Maristella Casciato, regarding an important discussion in Italy about the Auschwitz monument commissioned to Lodovico Belgiojoso, Gianfranco Maris (both deported to Mauthausen), Primo Levi (deported to Auschwitz), Mario Samonà, Nelo Risi and Luigi Nono.
 
The magnific text by Serena Maffioletti (see PDF document) describes the monument and its situation today: it is likely to have it moved from Auschwitz to Italy, to assure its survival. As the text says, "This possibility needs a strong political and financial will, for which a lively awareness campaign is needed. Loosing that history, means loosing a part of the architecture, of the art, of the Italian culture, that part that Belgiojoso tried to  build up patiently in his life: maybe because, as the Witness n. 7 of The inquiry of Weiss says, «I got out the Lager, but the Lager always lives»".

We will continue informing you if new steps are taken but we also want to invite you to write your opinions to us by writing to docomomo@miesbcn.com, so that we can forward them to Docomomo Italy and upload them here.

Read the PDF for more information and press release.
Werdmuller Centre
Claremont, Cape Town
DATE: 0/0/0
Werdmuller Centre
Roelof S Uytenbogaardt
Main Rd, between Newry and Ralph Streets
Claremont, Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa
 
The Werdmuller Centre, completed in 1976, is a now defunct shopping centre. Its owners, South African Mutual Life Assurance Society now called Old Mutual, employed the services of Professor Roelof Uytenbogaardt (b.1933 - d.1998) for the design on the building. The building was aimed to
attract the many pedestrians that would pass through the building from the main road to the station and back. It was conceived as a department store catering for small businesses and local traders. Halfway through the construction process the client acquired additional land to the east of the site
and required the architect to alter the design to accommodate the extra land.

The resultant design is an off-shutter concrete extroverted box with an elaborate curvilinear ramp that not only connects the station and the main road but also tries to resolve the tie between the original property and the additional property.
 
The owner is fiercely looking to demolish the building and Docomomo South Africa together with Docomomo International/ISCRegisters are looking for the best way to save this important architecture work by Roelof S Uytenbogaardt.

Further information will be uploaded.
Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana
Edvard Ravnikar, 1977
DATE: 12/9/2011
DOCOMOMO Slovenia and DOCOMOMO International have signed a letter supporting the importance of preserving Cankarjev dom designed by Edvard Ravnikar in 1977.

International key figures such as William J. R. Curtis Mr Juhani Pallasmaa are also collaborating in this campaign.

Maja Ivanic, President of the Ljubljana Architectural Association and Union of Architectural Associations of Slovenia (Drustvo arhitektov Ljubljana in Zveza drustev arhitektov Slovenije) states:

"The latest building that is being destroyed through the renovation of its interior is the cultural centre Cankarjev dom (CD) in Ljubljana, originally designed in 1977 by distinguished architect and academic Prof. Edvard Ravnikar. Cankarjev dom is part of the complex composition of the square Trg revolucije, also designed by Prof. Ravnikar. The urbanistic design of the square was planned for several decades and therefore most clearly presents Ravnikar’s creative mind.
 
Cankarjev dom needs to be renovated. Unfortunately the director of Cankarjev dom and the architect exhibit a fundamental lack of understanding and respect towards Ravnikar’s original design. Instead of protecting it, they have used the renovation to completely remove Ravnikar´s existing interiors. Their attitude toward Ravnikar’s work is shown through their previous renovations: the redesign of the first and second entry hall, Kosovel hall and Club CD; changing the proportion of the spaces, original materials, colors and details".
US former Embassy, Karachi
Richard Neutra, 1959
DATE: 0/0/0
Architect Arif Belgaumi has alerted Docomomo about the risk of destruction of the US Consulate in Karachi, former Embassy, designed by Richard Neutra in the 50´s.

Earlier this year the building was decommissioned as the American mission moved into a new fortified facility. A group of architects and other concerned citizens, led by the Institute of Architects of Pakistan have requested the US State Department to consider converting the building into a public function, or gifting it to the city of Karachi. If sold it will most likely be demolished and the site used for the construction of a high rise building.

DOCOMOMO is working together with the Advisory Board and Richard and Dion Neutra to see how to further support this project.

You can find more information at:

Former american consulate a prime property sale
Remembering Neutra´s Embassy

The following PDF informs about the Institute of Architects Pakistan´s proposal to convert the building into the Neutra Cultural Centre, prepared by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (CAP), Ar. Syed Akeel Bilgrami (IAP) and Ar. Arif Belgaumi (IAP).
Office complex Novartis, 1962-1968
Martin Burckhardt and Bernard-Henri Zehrfuss
DATE: 5/12/2011
Docomomo France is struggling to protect the former Headquarters and laboratories of Sandoz in Rueil-Malmaison now called "Housing complex Novartis" (Departments Novartis Animal Health and Novartis Consumer Health are located on the site).

Docomomo International supports this effort against a scandalous demolition of this building by Martin Burckhardt and Bernard-Henri Zehrfuss, with the collaboration of Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé. You can find more information on this building in the following file.

Any body may usefully write to contest the demolition decision, to the mayor: patrick.ollier@mairie-rueilmalmaison.fr  and to Novartis´s president: patrice.zagame@novartis.com.

For more information:
docomomo.france@gmail.com
agnes.cailliau@wanadoo.fr

oliviernouyrit@yahoo.fr
Moscow Dinamo Stadium 1927-1936
Langman and Cherikover
DATE: 0/0/0
Docomomo Russia has informed us that in the last weeks the situation of the famous Dinamo stadium built in 1927-1936 has got worse. It was the largest stadium of its time, made by well-known architects Langman and Cherikover.

During some illegal processes official status of this stadium was changed from monument to so called "place of interest” which means that developer can make virtually anything there.

Anna Bronovitskaya, Secretary General of Docomomo Russia, sent an official letter to Moscow Mayor explaining the whole situation (he officially has 30 days to answer) but meanwhile developer´s workers have already started to demolish the stadium complex.
 
The following PDF has the information on the letter written to the Mayor of Moscow (in English and Russian) and some images of the building. You can also see more information at the following web pages:

Interview with developer and picture of demolition: developer 
Sculpture reliefs made by famous sculpturer Merkurov: Merkurov 
Complete information in Russian: process 
Docomomo Russia letter: docomomo_ru
About the stadium: stadium
Kyoto Kaikan 1960
Kunio Mayekawa
DATE: 0/0/0
DOCOMOMO Japan has informed us about the dangerous situation in the Kyoto Kaikan originally designed by Kunio Mayekawa (one of pupils of Le Corbusier), which DOCOMOMO Japan registered as part of its national selection in 1999. It is facing a dangerous situation in which Kyoto City authority and private architects have finished the stage of the basic design to demolish the main hall and other parts, and to design new buildings.

Docomomo International internationally supports the campaign and will keep the information up to date.
Kyoto Kaikan, 1960
Kunio Mayekawa
DATE: 0/0/0
DOCOMOMO Japan has informed us about the dangerous situation in the Kyoto Kaikan originally designed by Kunio Mayekawa (one of pupils of Le Corbusier), which DOCOMOMO Japan registered as part of its national selection in 1999. It is facing a dangerous situation in which Kyoto City authority and private architects have finished the stage of the basic design to demolish the main hall and other parts, and to design new buildings.

Docomomo International internationally supports the campaign and will keep the information up to date.
Factory-Kitchen in Samara 1931
Ekaterina Maksimova
DATE: 0/0/0
Dear DOCOMOMO fellow members!

Please support our petition to save an important monument of the Russian Avant-garde, the building of the Factory-Kitchen in Samara, 1931.

‘Factory-Kitchen’, i.e. canteen, producing meals on industrial scale, was a vital typology for the early Soviet urbanism. By providing inexpensive and healthy food, they aimed to free people, especially women, from ‘domestic slavery’ and to give them more time for education and other forms of personal development, and, at the same time, to foster the spirit of collectivism. Every new residential area was supposed to have a factory-kitchen, and they were usually prominently placed and have expressive architecture. Sometimes they were municipal, and sometimes they belonged to a factory.
Factory-Kitchen in Samara belonged to the Maslennikov Factory. The building is absolutely unique in its plan in the shape of a hummer-and-cycle, symbol of the union of the working people. The ‘hummer’ held the kitchen and storage, and the ‘cycle’ was occupied by dinner-halls.

The architect, Ekaterina Maksimova, was a VKHUTEMAS graduate and one of the very few women architects of the time.

The building underwent a number of transformations, but still retains its characteristic shape and can be restored. More than once it was under the threat of demolition, and now its future is unclear. Local activists for many years led a campaign to preserve the factory-kitchen building. Among their supporters are the Union of Architects of Russia, the State Museum of Architecture (MUAR), and well-known experts. The site was visited by delegations of SAVE Europe’s Heritage and Moscow Architecture Preservation Society (MAPS); the visit resulted in publications in the international press and petitions to save the building. It was spared the demolition, but still is not protected by the preservation law, and its condition continues to deteriorate. Official application by a certified expert stating that the building should be listed as a cultural heritage site was ignored by the Samara Ministry of Culture. Today, the owner of the buildings intends to demolish it and built a multistory commercial centre on its place. Please join your voices to our petition to the Governor of Samara Oblast pisma@samregion.ru and to the senator from Samara deputat-gd@mail.ru, urging them to take measures for the listing and preservation of the Factory-Kitchen.

Please find attached the suggested text of the letters that we hope you will send from your national chapters, as well as some images for your information.
 
Vladimir Shukhov, DOCOMOMO Russia President
Anna Bronovitskaya, DOCOMOMO Russia General Secretary

More info: Kitchen 
Factory-Kitchen in Samara 1931
Ekaterina Maksimova
DATE: 0/0/0
Dear docomomo fellow members!
 
Please support our petition to save an important monument of the Russian Avant-garde, the building of the Factory-Kitchen in Samara, 1931.
 
‘Factory-Kitchen’, i.e. canteen, producing meals on industrial scale, was a vital typology for the early Soviet urbanism. By providing inexpensive and healthy food, they aimed to free people, especially women, from ‘domestic slavery’ and to give them more time for education and other forms of personal development, and, at the same time, to foster the spirit of collectivism. Every new residential area was supposed to have a factory-kitchen, and they were usually prominently placed and have expressive architecture. Sometimes they were municipal, and sometimes they belonged to a factory.

Factory-Kitchen in Samara belonged to the Maslennikov Factory. The building is absolutely unique in its plan in the shape of a hummer-and-cycle, symbol of the union of the working people. The ‘hummer’ held the kitchen and storage, and the ‘cycle’ was occupied by dinner-halls.
The architect, Ekaterina Maksimova, was a VKHUTEMAS graduate and one of the very few women architects of the time.
 
The building underwent a number of transformations, but still retains its characteristic shape and can be restored. More than once it was under the threat of demolition, and now its future is unclear. Local activists for many years led a campaign to preserve the factory-kitchen building. Among their supporters are the Union of Architects of Russia, the State Museum of Architecture (MUAR), and well-known experts. The site was visited by delegations of SAVE Europe’s Heritage and Moscow Architecture Preservation Society (MAPS); the visit resulted in publications in the international press and petitions to save the building. It was spared the demolition, but still is not protected by the preservation law, and its condition continues to deteriorate. Official application by a certified expert stating that the building should be listed as a cultural heritage site was ignored by the Samara Ministry of Culture. Today, the owner of the buildings intends to demolish it and built a multistory commercial centre on its place. Please join your voices to our petition to the Governor of Samara Oblast pisma@samregion.ru and to the senator from Samara deputat-gd@mail.ru, urging them to take measures for the listing and preservation of the Factory-Kitchen.
 
Please find attached the suggested text of the letters that we hope you will send from your national chapters, as well as some images for your information.
 
Vladimir Shukhov, docomomo Russia President
Anna Bronovitskaya, docomomo Russia General Secretary

More info: Kitchen 
Casa Ofir
Fernando Távora
DATE: 0/0/0
The Ofir House by Fernando Távora, 1956-1958 Casa Dr. Fernando Ribeiro da Silva, Ofir, Esposende, Minho
The Ofir holiday house was the first work by Fernando Távora (1923‐2005) published in the Arquitectura magazine (nº 59, July 1957). It was presented as a work that searched a personal language which reconciled the values of traditional Portuguese architecture and new technologic and material achievements. The house was built during the period of transition between de 50s and the 60s, standing out in its historical context, opening up the path for a renewed Modern architecture and for contemporary Portuguese architecture; between an architecture referred to regionalism and nationalism imposed by Salazar’s regime, and rationalist international Modern architecture that seeked a different methodology, based on the integration of distinct cultural values, on place contextualization, centered in man and his cultural, social and psychological specificity.
The house was presented by Távora with a well-known text in which he exposed the clarification of the differences between “composite” and “mixture”, asserting that the Ofir house was a result of a composite and not a mixture. With these parameters, the architect acknowledged the existence of factors which determine the conception of architecture, those which are alien to the architect and those which are part of his education or personality.
55 years after its construction, the house’s state of degradation as a result of a fire, is very high. In 2011 it drew the attention of the Ordem dos Arquitectos (Architects’ Association of Portugal) which, in January 2011, made contacts with organizations involved in safeguarding and dissemination of architectural heritage in order to create a working group that strived for urgent intervention in the building, reversing the degradation process and searching possibilities for a comprehensive rehabilitation, respecting the original design, in conjunction with either the Municipality of Esposende or with the owners of the property. The Ordem has also been defending the necessary and urgent assignment status as Monument of Public Interest, a process that has still not culminated.

Melnikov House
Moscow
DATE: 0/0/0
Attached you can read the letter signed by some of the most important and relevant world architects and architectural historians, in which they express their extraordinary concern about the bad state in which the Russian avant-garde Architect, Konstantin Melnikov´s it is the house, located on Krivoarbat street in Moscow, is:

Melnikov’s extraordinary architectural legacy, both his various Moscow workers clubs and his parking garage, and his circular home, have been under constant threat for years.  Earlier attempts to preserve the Melnikov house, including several by the authors of this letter have come to nought. Now, with a new mayor in Moscow and other changes in key cultural institutions, we believe it is time to renew the effort. At the same time, we think it important to bring together the disbursed archival documents relating to Melnikov’s career, including those under the control of the Institute of Architects, which excluded him from membership and hence from the profession and the scholars.  To this end, we have prepared the enclosed letter, which we have transmited to Russian officials and cultural figures.
We seek to encourage Russians to embrace and preserve this important part of their heritage, but also wish to remind them that the buildings and papers in question are part of the world’s cultural heritage. Therefore, we would be greatly appreciate if you could publish that letter in order to make known to the public its content and our initiative and also push policymakers to act in the preservation of this world heritage.

Frederick S. Starr [sfstarr@jhu.edu]
The Johns Hopkins University | The School of Advanced International Studies | 1740 Massachussetts Ave. NW. Washington DC  20036-1984 USA. |  t. +1 202 663 7720

Ginés Garrido
Graduate School of Design | Harvard University |48 Quincy street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA | t. +1 857 756 0384 | www.gsd.harvard.edu


More info: The Constructivist Project 

Gond-Pontouvre School
Jean Prouvé
DATE: 0/0/0
This school by Jean Prouvé in Gond-Pontouvre, France, will be demolished in 3 months. DOCOMOMO France is fighting against it.

More info: Charente Libre
Villa E1027
Eileen Gray
DATE: 0/0/0
DOCOMOMO International and DOCOMOMO France are working close together regarding the importance of the restoration of Villa E 1027 by Eileen Gray.
Vladimir Shukhov
Heritage in Russia
DATE: 0/0/0
Polymath, sort of strange and beautiful word. Sounds like the name of a geometrical figure, or like some esoteric science. Actually, the word is used to refer to a person. Not an ordinary person, for sure, but one who shows outstanding talents on several different fields. Leonardo da Vinci is the favorite example that encyclopedias like to use to describe a polymath. This word has been used, with justice, to refer to this extraordinary man who is the subject of my blog article today at this humble corner of the internet: Vladimir Shukhov.
This brilliant mind was able of creating original work in diverse areas such as structural analysis and systems, architecture, mathematics, ship engineering, industrial design, chemistry industry, pipe-lining, transportation, and photography. In the structural field, in particular, he is considered the pioneer of the hyperboloid structures for towers, silos, and roofs, and also the diagrid structures for covering large areas and holding tall buildings.
You might have seen these shining examples of the architecture of Norman Foster, as shown in the following image: from left to right: the Great Court of The British Museum, 1999; then "The Gherkin" building in London, 2003, and The Hearst Tower, in New York, 2006. These projects have something in common: their structures have deep roots on the work of a man from the previous centuries: Vladimir Shukhov, a heritage that Norman Foster has recognized and has campaigned for, trying to make the public understand that the work of Shukhov must be restored and preserved. (See notes 2 and 3 below).
 
More info: Planta1.com
The former school of architecture in La Defense, Paris
Roundtable at the Cité de l´architecture et du patrimoine, Paris
DATE: 31/5/2013
A roundtable is to be held at the Cité de l´architecture et du patrimoine in Paris to discuss the future of the former school of architecture in La Defense. 

Venue: Auditorium, 7 avenue Albert de Mun, Paris 16e
Schedule: Friday 31 May 2013 [18h30 - 22h00] 

Organised by: 
Bénédicte Chaljub, architect and architectural historian
Serge Kalisz, architect
David Peyceré, responsable at the Centre d’archives d’architecture du XXe siècle (CAPA)


“Il s’agit de faire un monde étonnant, aux formes variées, qui suscite le plaisir et l’enchantement. Le métal se prête parfaitement à cette option. […] Le métal provoque l’imagination parce qu’il est exigeant, parce qu’avec lui rien ne va de soi. La contrepartie positive en est une gymnastique formelle, des superpositions hétérogènes, une conquête de l’espace, une fiction géométrique concrétisée.” (Jacques Kalisz, “Ode au métal”, Architecture française, décembre 1975)
L’école d’architecture que Jacques Kalisz et Roger Salem ont livrée en 1972 à Nanterre est un manifeste lyrique de l’architecture métallique. Fermée en 2004 lors d’une révision de la carte des écoles parisiennes, elle est aujourd’hui très menacée. De nombreux exemples contemporains montrent pourtant qu’on sait rénover ce patrimoine récent. De la prise en compte de l’existant à sa négation, autant de choix possibles pour cet édifice unique.

Un débat avec la projection du film Le Centre national de la danse de Juliette Garcias (Les Films d’ici, 2011, 26’) et de la vidéo Ode au métal de Magali Sanheira et Gaël Angelis (2011, 22’)
Novartis-Sandoz headquarters
Rueil-Malmaison, Paris
DATE: 4/7/2013
On July 4th 2013, ICOMOS France launched an alert regarding the impending destruction of the Novartis-Sandoz headquarters in Rueil-Malmaison, Paris. 

Built in 1968, the complex is barely 45 years old, and displays a stylish modernity remarkably designed and implemented by the architects Martin Burckhardt & Bernard Zehrfuss, assisted by the ingenious constructive thinking of Jean Prouvé (1901-­‐1984). Conceived in order to respect the harmony of the wooden landscape and the pond, the extreme unweighting of the structure and the façade panels is a witness of the latest –and patented-­‐ improvements by Jean Prouvé in the implementation of curtain walls in aluminum and glass products. Two 4-­‐storey Parallelepipeds offices and laboratories and a polygonal restaurant (interiors by Charlotte Perriand) ere gently inserted into the remains of the old castle of Richelieu (17th century), rebuilt in the 19th century, in a landscape lightly remodeled by Vilmorin Including a large pond involved in the supply of the river Seine.

The alert, supported by Docomomo International. Docomomo France, la Societe pour la Protection des Paysages et de l´Esthetique de la France, Vieilles Maisons Francaises, and Paris Historique, aims at safeguarding the site from demolition, appealing to the building owners as well as local and national authorities. 
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