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Post image for The First Modernism in America Awards Announced for Mid-Century Architecture Preservation

All over the United States mid-century structures are in danger of disappearing. The new Modernism in America Awards from the nonprofit conservation organization Docomomo US are aiming to bring attention to some of these buildings, and show why saving them is important.

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Post image for MoMA to Preserve Folk Art Museum Façade

Saving face is no longer limited to disgraced public figures — architects and their patrons can also get in on the action. The New York Times is reporting that the Museum of Modern Art intends to preserve the metal panels that make up the façade of the American Folk Art Museum building.

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Post image for Demise of Landmark Hospitals Bodes Ill in Chicago

Few cities can rival Chicago for architectural masterpieces, but the past year hasn’t been stellar for preservation. Destruction of the Brutalist Prentice Women’s Hospital started in October, and last week a demolition permit was granted for the mid-century modern Cuneo Memorial Hospital.

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Post image for 50 Years on, a World’s Fair Ruin Might Finally Find a Future

The 1964 New York World’s Fair was meant to be an idealistic vision of the future propelled by technology and design, but 50 years later the pavilion created to showcase the best of the state of New York is its most visible ruin.

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Post image for Palisades Preservation Becomes a National Issue

The preservation of a natural vista in New Jersey in the face of an intruding development is moving from a local to national concern. The Palisades, that stretch of cliffs and streets viewable from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Cloisters branch of medieval art, have been protected for decades from any construction over 35 feet in order to maintain the uninterrupted tree line.

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Post image for The Challenges of Preserving Modernist Landscapes

While even the most coldly Brutalist buildings have found their proponents, the modernist landscapes that were built in plazas and public space in the mid-century have been slower to be embraced for preservation. Yet there’s an increasing dialogue of how, and why, modernist landscape architecture should be preserved. In an interview published this week on Planetizen, […]

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Post image for Five Issues Threatening the Destruction of Cultural Heritage Sites

Yesterday, the World Monuments Fund announced their 2014 World Monuments Watch, launching a two-year advocacy for 67 sites in 41 countries.

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Post image for Six NYC Places Most in Danger of Disappearing This Fall

As anyone who spends a few months watching a New York neighborhood knows, things change. Buildings disappear or suddenly spring up with glass and steel towers. This fall, a few of the city’s more interesting places are in danger of disappearing completely, including a mid-century futurist airline terminal and a graffiti-covered warehouse.

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Post image for Destroy the Brutalism, Leave the Picasso: A Debate Over What’s Worth Saving in Oslo

After being damaged by a 2011 car bomb, some Brutalist architecture in Oslo is up for demolition. While the debate between the protection of Brutalist architecture and those who see its heavy concrete designs as ugly and bleak is not infrequent in preservation, these buildings include five murals by Pablo Picasso.

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Orson Welles: Lost and Found

by Allison Meier on August 8, 2013

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The only surviving copy of Orson Welles’ 1930 silent film Too Much Johnson was long thought totally lost after a fire devastated Welles’ home outside Madrid in 1970, yet yesterday the George Eastman House not only announced it had been recovered, but that a screening would be held this October.

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