The Destruction of Memory: Against the Privatisation of a Key Historical and Civic Monument
Letter from William J. R. Curtis to Docomomo

Docomomo International would like to share with you the support letter to save Capanema Palace from William J. R. Curtis to Docomomo. “THE DESTRUCTION OF MEMORY: AGAINST THE PRIVATISATION OF A KEY HISTORICAL AND CIVIC MONUMENT The Ministry of Education and Health (named the Gustavo Capanema Palace after the Minister of the time), designed in 1936 and completed in 1945 by Lucio Costa and a team including Oscar Niemeyer and several others (with Le Corbusier as consultant), must be counted as a masterpiece of the Brazilian modern movement in architectural terms: a seminal work expressing the aspirations towards a more…

Capanema Palace at risk
Letter from Kenneth Frampton to Docomomo

Docomomo International wishes to draw your attention for the ongoing fight to save the Capanema Palace, originally Ministry of Education and Health, later Ministry of Education and Culture, in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 1936-1945. The alarming situation of the Capanema Palace is already a worldwide discussion. Kenneth Frampton, Emeritus Ware Professor of Architecture, by the Graduate School of Planning, Preservation & Architecture, Columbia University, wrote the following letter addressed to Docomomo International and Docomomo Brazil: “Dear Ana Tostões, Docomomo lnternational Chair, and Renato Gama-Rosa Costa, Docomomo Brazil Chair, It is hard to conceive of any Neoliberal event more barbaric than…

Sign the petition: Save Palácio Capanema!
By Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer, Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Jorge Moreira, Carlos Leão and Ernani Vasconcellos, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 1945

Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo Brazil, about the alarming situation of the Palácio Capanema, which can enter the list of properties that will be sold by the federal government on August 27th. The building is a landmark of modern Brazilian architecture and has the signature of the most important Brazilian architects of all times. The President of Docomomo Brazil, Renato da Gama-Rosa Costa, shared a petition to save the Palácio Capanema, which states: “Via the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Labor and Welfare, the Bolsonaro Government wants to privatize a group of properties belonging to the Union….

Save Hospital Octávio Mangabeira!
Former Santa Terezinha Hospital Sanatorium, Bahia, Brazil, 1937-1942.

Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo Brazil that Hospital Octávio Mangabeira (HEOM) is in high danger of being lost, due to the remodeling project proposed by the Secretaria de Saúde do Estado da Bahia  [Bahia State Secretary of Health, SESAB]), that leads to irreversibly damage of cultural value elements of this health heritage site developed in Bahia at the beginning of the 1940s: the former Santa Terezinha Hospital Sanatorium, an icon of the Bahian antituberculosis architecture, and one of the major projects responsible for the consolidation of Modern Architecture in the State. “The former Santa Terezinha Hospital, now HEOM, began construction…

Update: Sign the petition! – Protect Modern Varosha
Varosha, Famagusta, Cyprus

Docomomo International would like to share the updates regarding the interventions in the Varosha area. Docomomo Cyprus and Docomomo International are strongly fighting to raise awareness of its importance as modern heritage and its current threats. “Varosha is a region at the southernmost edge of the city of Famagusta, with a beachfront filled with modernist hotels, resorts, and apartment buildings, which during the late 1960s, had established it as an international hub of tourism. Meanwhile, a significant number of other public buildings, housing and, even private villas increasingly advanced modernism into everyday life and transformed Varosha from the small town it…

North Sydney MLC building added to state heritage register
By Bates Smart and McCutcheon, 105 Miller Street, North Sydney, 1954-1957

Docomomo International is pleased to announce that the MLC Building is now listed on the State Heritage Register. The Independent Planning Commission supported the Heritage Council’s recommendation to list the building and the Minister has concurred. However, as Scott Robertson, President of Docomomo Australia states, “whilst this battle has been won we now have to be vigilant when plans for the building’s refurbishment are submitted as the IPC report stated that substantial work could occur to the facades (even removal of fabric) and that the rear wing could be demolished if necessary.” To ensure that the heritage values of the…

List of 7 Most Endangered monuments and heritage sites in Europe for 2021
by Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute

Europa Nostra – the European voice of civil society committed to cultural and natural heritage – together with its partner, the European Investment Bank Institute, announced on 8th April 2021 the List of 7 Most Endangered monuments and heritage sites in Europe for 2021: Achensee Steam Cog Railway, Tyrol, AUSTRIA Historic Cemetery Complex of Mirogoj, Zagreb, CROATIA Five Southern Aegean Islands, GREECE The Giusti Garden, Verona, ITALY Dečani Monastery, KOSOVO * Central Post Office in Skopje, NORTH MACEDONIA San Juan de Socueva Chapel and Hermitage, Cantabria, SPAIN “The announcement of the 7 Most Endangered sites 2021 was made at an online event co-hosted…

Fundação Pró-Memória de Indaiatuba
Sign the petition!

Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo São Paulo Nucleus that the bill (published as Complementary Law 71/2021), which determines the extinction of the Fundação Pró-Memória de Indaiatuba, was approved. The Foundation, created by Law No. 3,081 of December 20, 1993, recently celebrated its 27 years of experience in actions related to the preservation of the historical heritage of Indaiatuba. The project, approved with a favorable vote of twelve councilors, on March 22, 2021 in a session of the Municipal Council of that county, determines the extinction of the Foundation in 90 days. The Fundação Pró-Memória, has a strong role in…

Sign the petition! – Maison Zilveli
By Jean Welz, Paris, France, 1933

Docomomo International would like to draw your attention to the alarming situation of the Maison Zilveli, designed by Jean Welz, Paris, France, 1933. This masterpiece is threatened with demolition by the proprietary in order to almost double the accommodation. The two storey home sits on the top of a hillside on stilts, in a narrow strip of land just 6 meters by 30 meters, and suspended five meters above the ground. It is rectangular shaped measuring 20 meters long by 4.5 meters wide and hovers over the cliffside with one window that frames the view over Montmartre and the basilica…

Save La Butte Rouge Garden City!
Châtenay-Malabry, France, 1931-1965

Docomomo International would like to withdraw your attention to the alarming situation that the Butte Rouge Garden City, in Châtenay-Malabry, is still facing. This Garden City is threatened by the intention of the mayor of the city to accept the demolition of 15 buildings, despite all the efforts undertaken. In order to continue to raise awareness, the Pritzker Prize and Grand Prix national de l’architecture (the highest French prize for architecture) award-winners wrote a letter to Roselyne Bachelot, the French Minister of Culture. “The Garden-city of la Butte Rouge has been recognized as one of the most exceptional social housing…