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News October 2012

This past weekend’s New York Times Magazine "LOOK" column featured a small but dramatic sampling from the 50,000 photographs shot by the great architectural photographer Ezra Stoller (1915–2004). Titled "The Modernist Viewfinder," the photo essay serves... MORE

Ezra Stoller photo of the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, CA by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1963.

Almost four decades after its conception, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island will officially open to the public on October 24. In 1973, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and NYC Mayor John Lindsay commissioned Louis Kahn to design the park to honor Roosevelt and create a permanent testament to the “Four Freedoms”... MORE

Photo by Paul Warchol

Ulrich Franzen, prominent architect of the Modern Movement in the U.S., died October 6 at the age of 91. Born in Germany in 1921, Franzen came to the U.S. with his family in 1936, graduated from Williams, and studied architecture under Gropius and Breuer at Harvard.... MORE

Franzen House, Rye, NY (1956) during 2010 DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State reception. Photo: Djuro Villaran Rokovich

The 2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism prize has been awarded to the Architectural Consortium for Hizuchi Elementary School, the team behind a three-year restoration of a functionalist school, constructed primarily of wood, in Yawatahama City, Shikoku Island, Japan. Hizuchi Elementary School has long been admired by Japanese architects as an important example of a cluster-style school design with strong modern character from its visual lightness. The school is an unusual hybrid combining modern postwar design and wood, Japan’s traditional building material.... MORE

Hizuchi Elementary School, historical image from river. photo © courtesy of Matsumura Family

On Sunday October 7, over a thousand people passed through Eero Saarinen's TWA Flight Center at Kennedy Airport, taking advantage of a rare opportunity to see the Modern landmark, which has been closed for over a decade. ... MORE

TWA Flight Center on OHNY day, October 7. photo: John Arbuckle