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The World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism prize is awarded every other year to a design professional or firm in recognition of innovative design solutions that preserved or saved a modern landmark at risk. Nominations for the Fall 2012 prize are due July 31. See the call for nominations for full details.... MORE

It’s been relatively quiet on the Brutalist architecture front in Goshen, NY since the Orange County legislature failed to pass a $14.6 million bond resolution that would have funded the demolition of the Paul Rudolph designed Government Center (1967) and construction of a new building. The May 3 vote was very close however—11 to 10 in favor—lacking only the necessary majority. In mid-June the County received word from FEMA that its payout for damage to the Government Center related to tropical storm Irene in 2011 was likely to be increased from $535,000 to $3.6 million. This seems to have kickstarted activity.... MORE

Orange County Government Center, Paul Rudolph, Gohsen, NY. © Jeff Goldberg/Esto

If you’ve been following the efforts of NYU to secure City Council approval of its 2031 Core Plan you probably know that the Council’s Land Use Committee approved the plan with relatively minor modifications on July 17th. The vote of the full Council is Wednesday July 25th. The Land Use Committee vote followed a June 29th public hearing at which public comment was decidedly against approval of the plan as presented. ... MORE

FIT Campus Tour


Last Wednesday’s monsoon-level rain stopped just in time for DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State’s summer tour “Fashioning a Campus: FIT Architecture.” Even if it hadn’t, the 25 participants would have stayed nice and dry. The five main campus structures—all designed primarily by the De Young and Moscowitz firm between 1959 and 1977—are internally connected by passageways and covered courtyards.... MORE

Tour stop in the lobby of F.I.T. Building B. Photo by John Arbuckle