Our special edition on the Pacific Northwest
and the campaign to save Moscow's Shukhov Tower

The Campaign to Save Shukhov Tower

The Shukhov Tower on Shabolovka Street in Moscow made its first radio broadcast on March 19, 1922 and its first television broadcast on March 10, 1939. The first and largest of Vladimir Shukhov's hyperboloid towers, it is recognized as an engineering marvel and a masterpiece of constructivist architecture. In its 92 years of existence, it has come to be a symbol of progress, industrialization, and mass communication. With threats of dismantlement coming in just the last eight weeks, the Russian and international community have rallied behind its preservation.
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Battelle/Talaris: Saving Seattle's Newest Modern Landmark

Prompted by concerns for proposed future redevelopment plans for the former Battelle Memorial Institute Seattle Research Center in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood, the Friends of Battelle/Talaris (FOBT), a grassroots community group, formed in early 2012 to advocate for the property's preservation and to produce a landmark nomination report. The property was designated a landmark by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board in a unanimous vote on November 6, 2013. 
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Post World War II Collaboration: Robert Billsbrough Price, the American Plywood Association, and Prototype School Designs

In the late 1950s, Tacoma architect Robert Billsbrough Price collaborated with the Douglas Fir Plywood Association to build innovative schools showcasing plywood construction. Two of the schools served as national prototypes and were widely showcased in national and international publications with significant accolades for design, low cost, and short construction times.
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Docomomo US Announces Eight Selections for the Inaugural Modernism in America Award

Late last month, Docomomo US announced the winners of the inaugural Modernism in America Awards. The juried Awards celebrate the documentation, preservation and re-use of modern buildings, structures and landscapes built in the United States or on U.S. territory. One Award of Excellence was given in each of the three categories: Design, Inventory/Survey, and Advocacy. Five Citations of Merit were selected. 
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Docomomo International Journal 2013/2 

The analysis of Modern architect’s training is the issue of this Docomomo Journal. The variety of discussions on architects’ mission, on architectural discipline and the recall on some key figures explain the argument of this Journal entitled For an Architect’s Training. The title quotes Walter Gropius’ “Blueprint for an architect’s training” spread through the French magazine L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui in February 1950 (number 28), dedicated to “Walter Gropius, the spread of an idea” and realized by Paul Rudolph under the direction of Gropius himself who developed his ideas on design education between art and technique, creation, research and applied science.
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2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize: Call for Nominations
World Monuments Fund (WMF) invites nominations for the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize, which will be awarded this fall to a design professional or firm in recognition
of innovative design solutions that preserved and saved a modern landmark at risk. The biennial prize was established to raise public awareness of the contribution modernism makes to contemporary life, the important place modernism holds in the architectural record, and the influential role that architects and designers play in preserving modern heritage. The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2014.
Reimagine Public Space in Boston Contest
The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics Streetscape Lab is sourcing ideas from designers, makers, artists, and engineers to improve Boston. Project ideas can be 
entirely new creations or a new way of using an existing product. The City will review the submissions and may select up to six ideas total to implement in the following categories: The Streetscape, Boston City Hall and Random Awesome Designs. Application deadline is March 28th 11:59pm EST.
Thank you for joining us in Houston, Texas for the 2nd annual National Symposium

Watch your inbox next month for a full recap and details on the 2015 National Symposium to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota!
Upcoming & Ongoing Events

February 1 - June 1, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal

February 8 - May 18, 2014
The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley
The Cultural Landscape Foundation
National Building Museum

March 28 - April 6, 2014
Modern Phoenix Week

March 29 - July 6, 2014
NEW! California Design, 1930-1965, Living in a Modern Way
Peabody Essex Museum

April 9 - 13, 2014
SAH Conference
Austin, Texas

April 12-13, 2014
NEW! What's Out There Weekend Miami
The Cultural Landscape Foundation

July 9 - October 12, 2014
NEW! Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture
Design Museum, London

September 18 - 29, 2014
Docomomo International Conference
Seoul, Korea

Event listings can be sent to info@docomomo-us.org

Book Review: Carlo Scarpa, The Measure of a Man

Robert Carter, Carlo Scarpa (London, UK: Phaidon Press Ltd., 2013) 286 pages with many illustrations in both color and black and white.

The exhibit “Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa: The Venini Glass Company 1932-1947”, which was recently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, was, in many ways, an excellent counterpart to this book. The exhibit not only underlined the fundamental skills of Scarpa in making things but also highlighted his understanding and masterful ability to manipulate materiality, in this case glass, and to achieve a form that is intrinsic to and expressive of the material.
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Docomomo US accepts article submissions on a wide range of issues concerning modernism. The following is a special call for articles for upcoming editions of the Docomomo US newsletter:

>Post Modern & Other

>North America including
  Canada & Mexico

>Women of Modernism
>Regional Theatres
>Sports Arenas and Stadiums
>Modernism in the Rust Belt

Additional details including submission guidelines are available upon request. Those interested in submitting an article should send a brief description to

Museum of Fine Arts Houston @jrosenyc


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Docomomo US is the working party of Docomomo in the United States. It is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit organization, a union of regional chapters that shares its members' knowledge of and enthusiasm for the Modern Movement, promotes public interest in it through lectures and walking tours, and organizes advocacy efforts to protect endangered sites and buildings.

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