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News June 2013

Attention being paid the “doomed” Worldport at JFK Airport has mounted since we last reported on the terminal’s status in May. Major media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, have been covering the developments. Interest in the flying saucer-like terminal, completed in 1960 for Pan American World Airlines, heated up last week after the National Trust for Historic Preservation released its annual selection of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Sites with Worldport, aka Terminal 3, on the list.... MORE

MoMA’s first major exhibition on the work of Le Corbusier, encompassing his work as an architect, interior designer, artist, city planner, writer and photographer, opened June 15. The exhibition actually kicked off the weekend prior with a sold out international symposium organized jointly by the AIA New York Chapter and MoMA. DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State was proud to be a sponsor of the symposium. Titled “Le Corbusier/New York,” the symposium examined how Le Corbusier’s ideas about New York City influenced his work and how his legacy impacted the city's built environment.... MORE

For decades Philip Johnson's landmark Glass House in New Canaan, CT, was a setting for design discussions orchestrated by Johnson himself. Now the custodians of this National Trust property are conducting a series of “Conversations in Context” at which attendees can tour the site and enjoy talking with some of today's most noted architects.... MORE

In April we wrote about the New York City Board of Education’s redevelopment plans for two school sites on the Upper West Side, one of which is the renegade Modernist Edward Durell Stone’s P.S. 199 at 270 West 70th Street. The Board was seeking a developer to purchase the site, demolish the existing building and build a mixed-use high-rise tower with a new school facility in its base.... MORE

P.S. 199, Street view, North facade, April 2013. photo: D. Villaran-Rokovich

Some of you may have been in the packed-house audience at Knoll in May 2011 for Christopher Rawlins’ talk “Sketches in the Sand: the Beach Houses of Horace Gifford. After many years of research—three years just to locate Gifford’s professional estate of drawings and slides—Rawlins’ long-awaited book "Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction" is available from all the usual sources.... MORE