Mission for Modernism: Tiki Bars – Kitsch or Cultural Appropriation?
Date and time: 24th June, 2021 at 5.00 - 6.30 pm Eastern

Docomomo International is pleased to share the next Mission for Modernism lecture by Docomomo US, that will examine issues of cultural appropriation as they relate to the rise of tiki bars in the midcentury and their recent resurgence. The lecture will happen next thursday,  24th June, 2021 from 5.00 pm to 6:30 pm (Eastern). “Tiki bars were invented in the early 1930s in response to the Great Depression, but their popularity took off after World War II. Establishments used religious figures, symbols and motifs of Pasifika cultures in décor, drink names and vessels. The tiki aesthetic was also expressed in…

Makers and Shakers of the Docomomo US National Symposium 2021
Date and time: 24th May 2021, at 7.00 pm ET / 6.00 pm CT

Docomomo International would like to share the Chicago MAKERS & SHAKERS Mart of the Docomomo US National Symposium 2021. This unofficial Symposium kickoff withe Markers & Shakers, will be held via zoom, on 24th May 2021, at 7.00 pm ET / 6.00 pm CT. “The MAKERS & SHAKERS Mart offers a few ‘Windy City’ curated delights via an online marketplace. Symposium attendees and presenters have a chance to connect with and support local businesses, artists and craftspeople, and in return, local businesses, artists and craftspeople have an opportunity to support Docomomo. The Makers & Shakers will have virtual booths during…

Postmodernism Complexity & Conservation virtual series
Date and time: 4th May, 2021, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (Eastern), by Docomomo US

Docomomo International would like to share virtual series entitled “Postmodernism Complexity & Conservation” organized by Docomomo US. The series discuss the social, political, architectural, and material challenges surrounding preservation and Postmodernism. The third installment in the series will be a panel discussion covering the challenges of conserving Postmodern materials and will be hosted by Beyer Blinder Belle. Panel Moderator: Gretchen Pfaehler, Partner, Beyer Blinder Belle Panelists: Avigail Charnov, Historic Preservation Specialist, General Services Administration (GSA) Deborah Slaton, Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Taryn Williams, Senior Project Manager, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Date and time: Tuesday May 4, 2021 12:00…

Docomomo US National Symposium 2021 – Chicago: Crossroads of Modern America
Schedule and Speakers Now Available. Deadline early registration: 2nd May 2021

Docomomo International is please to inform that the schedule and speakers for the Docomomo US National Symposium 2021 – Chicago: Crossroads of Modern America, are now available in Docomomo US website. The Docomomo US National Symposium 2021 Chicago: Crossroads of Modern America will take place online Tuesday, May 25th – Friday, May 28th. “The site of Chicago has been recognized as a crossroads not only for transport, but for its place at the intersection of architecture, culture, and technological change. The notion of “crossroads” reflects not only physical intersections but also a place in time where change itself has a…

Mission for Modernism
By Docomomo US

Mission for Modernism is a new online educational lecture series initiative of Docomomo US providing focused conversations, book discussions and tours from those on the front lines working to preserve and celebrate modern architecture, landscapes and design. Mission for Modernism highlights the depth and breadth of modern preservation projects and addresses core modern design principles including the social context, technical merits, aesthetics and setting of these important pieces of American history. The Mission for Modernism webinar series features scholarly discussions on important and current topics, preservation professionals’ efforts to restore and reuse significant sites, in addition to best practices for…

Nominations for the 2021 Modernism in America Awards
By Docomomo US. Deadline: 2nd June 2021, 5.00 pm Eastern 

Docomomo International is pleased to inform that Docomomo US is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Modernism in America Awards. In its eighth year, the Awards celebrate the documentation, preservation and reuse of modern buildings, structures and landscapes built in the United States or on U.S. territory. The Awards recognize those building owners, design teams, advocacy and preservation organizations that have made significant efforts to retain, restore and advocate for the aesthetic and cultural value of such places. Deadline Early nominations must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern on April 29, 2021 All nominations must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern on June…

Under Threat – Weyerhaeuser International Campus
By Edward Charles Bassett (SOM) and Peter Walker (SWA), Federal Way, WA, USA, 1972

Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo US that the Weyerhaeuser International Campus, Federal Way, WA, USA is currently threatened by the proposed large-scale development plan by Industrial Realty Group. “Located 25 miles south of Seattle, WA in the City of Federal Way, the Weyerhaeuser International campus is a sprawling 260-acre wooded site that includes the Weyerhaeuser Corporate Headquarters building with recreational and forested areas. Designed by architect Edward Charles “Chuck” Bassett of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) and Peter Walker of Sasaki, Walker and Associates (SWA) and PWP Landscape Architecture, and completed in 1972, the Weyerhaeuser Company’s headquarters was the…

Call for Papers: Docomomo US 2021 Call for Articles

Docomomo US is accepting article submissions for publication on its website and in its biweekly newsletter on a wide range of issues concerning modernism. In particular, Docomomo US invites submissions on the following two topics for inclusion in upcoming newsletters: Travel & Leisure The Docomomo US 2021 annual theme is Travel & Leisure. Two special edition summer newsletters, one in July and one in August, will be dedicated to articles addressing this theme. We invite article proposals that engage with the theme through a variety of topics, including but not limited to: hotels, motels, resorts, travel amenites, diners, roadside attractions, theaters, local,…

Mini Modern Film Festival: “Minnesota Modern Masters”
Date: 10th March 2021, 6:30 pm, online

Docomomo US/Minnesota and the Minnesota Society of Architectural Historians (MNSAH) will host “Minnesota Modern Masters,” a mini film festival and panel discussion, Wednesday 10th March 2021 at 6:30pm. “​This year we are thrilled to be presenting a special joint program hosted with our friends at the Minnesota Society of Architectural Historians (MNSAH). We will be screening a selection of interviews from MNSAH’s extensive “Minnesota Modern Masters” oral history project. Interview subjects include Close Associates, Hodne & Stageberg, Ed Sovik, Rafferty & Rafferty, and Val Michelson. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with MNSAH and Docomomo US/MN members.”…

Lost – Burroughs Wellcome Building
by Paul Rudolph, Durham, USA, 1969-1972

Docomomo International received the sad news that the Paul Rudolph designed Burroughs Wellcome Building (Elion-Hitchings Building), by Paul Rudolph, Durham, USA, 1969-1972, – the most important modern site in North Carolina, and perhaps Rudolph’s 2nd most influential built project to Yale – is being demolished. “A landmark building that helped raise the profile of Research Triangle Park and where scientists pioneered the use of AZT to prolong the lives of countless people infected with HIV is coming down. The Elion-Hitchings Building is both an important part of Paul Rudolph’s architectural legacy as well as the only Rudolph-designed structure in North…