Documentary about restoring the Unity Temple will soon be available for streaming
by Frank Lloyd Wright, Oak Park, Illinois, US, 1905-1908

“A new feature-length documentary film profiling the meticulous, Harboe Architects-led restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois, will be available to stream for a limited time on Vimeo starting October 30. This special preview screening/fundraising period will conclude on November 15 with a panel discussion hosted by filmmaker Lauren Levine discussing the documentary and the momentous effort to preserve one of Wright’s most iconic early works for future generations. Virtual tickets for the film, titled Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece, cost $20 and include access to the Zoom-based panel. Narrated by Brad Pitt, Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece dives into the rich history…

Shushtar New Town registered on Iranian National Heritage List
By Kamran Diba, Shushtar, Iran

Docomomo Iran shared with Docomomo International good news regarding the protection of a town that was started to be built in 46 years ago in Iran. The Shushtar New Town, a modern – but contextual – city in the southwest of Iran, in of Iran, which was under threat for some demolitions, now is registered on the Iranian National Heritage List. The Shushtar New Town was designed by the Iranian architect, Kamran Diba (1937-), and started to be built in 1974. It follows the traditional urban pattern of Iranian cities with an interwoven urban fabric and (mud)brick as construction material. This…

Preservation good news: Restoration works on the Shukhov Tower
by Vladimir Shukhov in Moscow, Russia, 1920-1922

Docomomo International and Docomomo Russia are glad to announce that the Committee on Cultural Heritage of Moscow decided to carry out a comprehensive restoration of the Shukhov Tower in Moscow in 2020. 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 20th century that still remains an icon of Moscow, being one of the vertical dominants in the skyline of the city. “Built as a broadcasting tower for radio, it was the site from which the first public radio and television signals were…

The renovation of the Maison des Sciences de l´Homme building in Paris
by Marcel Lods, Paris, 1968-1970. Renovation by François Chatillon and Michel Rémon, 2013-2017

The Maison des Sciences de l´Homme building, designed by Marcel Lods and built between 1968 and 1970, located at the corner of Boulevard Raspail and Rue Cherche-Midi, it forms a great contrast with the surrounding historical architecture. It is one of the most characteristic edifices of the French post-war modern movement, however it did not receive a protected status. This situation became highly problematic in 2010, when due to high asbestos use inside, the building was to undergo renovation. The renovation project was led by historic preservation architect François Chatillon, in association with Michel Rémon, and it produced a building that,…

Lind Residence Receives State Heritage Listing

“The Heritage Council of Victoria has disregarded the recommendations of the executive director of Heritage Victoria in making the decision to heritage-list a modernist home in the Melbourne neighbourhood of Caulfield North. A developer had planned to replace the house with eight dwellings of two or three storeys above a basement car park. It was saved from demolition in August 2017 when the local council, City of Glen Eira, successfully applied to the Victorian planning minister for interim heritage control over the property. The house was designed by Anatol Kagan. Born in St Petersburg in 1913, Kagan immigrated to Melbourne in 1939 and established his own…

West Wing of the Former Government Offices

In December 2012, after Docomomo International had issued a Heritage Alert (June 2012) in collaboration with ICOMOS, the Board of the Hong Kong Antiquities Authority classified the West Wing of the Central Government Offices in Hong Kong level 1, the highest grade under the Hong Kong legislation, and determined it would be retained for government use to house Department of Justice offices instead of being sold for a commercial development. “The three buildings in the Central Government Offices (CGO) Complex are all post-war buildings built in three phases with the East Wing completed in 1954; the Main Wing and Legislative Council…

Church of Santo António da Polana

The Twentieth Century Society selected Church of Santo António da Polana, Maputo, Mozambique, as building of the month, May 2018. The church of Santo António da Polana, built in 1962 by Nuno Craveiro Lopes, is a remarkable monument on Maputo city, Mozambique. A first proposal was designed by the architect Luis Possolo in 1958, according to the common typology. However, and despite the strong disagreement of the metropolis, the order of the Franciscans preferred the posterior project from Nuno Craveiro Lopes whose proposal would convey future value to the church. “The new Church of Polana assumed itself as an element…

São Paulo Modern Architecture

On the previous 12th March, 2018, at the CONPRESP meeting (The Municipal Council for the Preservation of Historical, Cultural, and Environmental Patrimony of the City of São Paulo) a considerable range of modern architecture examples finally obtained classification. Gregori Warchavchik, Rino Levi, Rodrigo Lefèvre and Oswaldo Bratke are among the authors of the 16 classified projects. However, there are other significant cases from reference architects such as Vilanova Artigas, Hans Broos, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, in particular the Cidade Universitária da USP or the Parque das Fontes do Ipiranga, among others, that haven´t been yet evaluated. This process represents therefore, an unfinished struggle….

Brotherhood and Unity Monument and Square

It was with great satisfaction that Docomomo Kosovo Chair Bekim Ramku shared the good news about the threatened Brotherhood and Unity Monument and Square (by Miodrag Zivkovic, Prishtina, Kosovo, inaugurated in 1961). At the center of the city of Prishtina there is a modernist monument to revolution, designed by the Serbian sculptor Miodrag Zivkovic, which has been occupying a privileged position for more than fifty years in the capital of Kosovo. It is a symbol dedicated to the fight against fascist occupation during World War II, located at what is now called the Adem Jashari square. Despite the name has been changed…

Restoration of Frey House II

On 22nd October 2017, the Pal Springs Art Museum and the Modernism Week promoted a funds raise event to help support the ongoing restoration and operations of Frey House II. “The Frey House II appears to grow from the craggy rocks of the San Jacinto mountain overlooking Palm Springs, California. Architect Albert Frey spent years measuring the movement of the sun and the contours of the rocks before he selected the site for his modernist home. The house was completed in 1963. Widely praised as a landmark example of Desert Modernism, the Frey II house is now owned by the Palm Springs…