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News February 2016

Last month’s e-news shared the late-breaking story that the Ambassador Grill and Lounge and hotel lobby at One UN Plaza, one of the few intact examples of 1970s Modern left in the city, was at risk. Modern advocates throughout the area quickly took action, asking members of the public to write to the NYC Landmarks Commission to request an expedited interior designation hearing for the unique space designed by Kevin Roche. ... MORE

The rebirth of TWA Flight Center continues to move through the approvals process. MCR Development Company is incorporating Eero Saarinen’s terminal as part of a larger redevelopment plan that includes adding two buildings behind the terminal for hotel rooms. The original terminal will incorporate event and meeting space, restaurants, an observation deck, and museum space appropriately dedicated to the Jet Age and mid-century design. In January the plan passed the first of many steps in the process... MORE

The Holland Prize is an annual competition that recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of a historic building, site, or structure prepared by an individual to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). The prize is intended to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of historic sites, structures, and landscapes throughout the U.S. ... MORE

The architecture of Israel during the first three decades of the nation’s establishment was innovative and experimental in character. It comprised a reassessment of modernist architectural approaches emanating from Europe, while expressing local socio-political ideologies and economical constraints. Dr. Anat Geva and Dr. Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler have put out a call for contributions to their forthcoming book addressing this cultural and architectural shift.... MORE