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The original site of the 1967 International and Universal Exposition (EXPO 67), the 20th century’s most successful world's fair, is being revived. Abandoned and forgotten through the 80s and 90s, Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île-Sainte-Hélène, across from Montreal’s famed Old Port, has been redesigned in a new plan by Lemay, a local firm. The plan was selected as one of the city’s commissioned urban regeneration projects to honor the city’s 375th anniversary.... MORE

Along with devising the new routes, Canadian firm Lemay also designed site furniture. Photo courtesy of Marc Cramer.

On November 12, friends and supporters of New York Tri-State's commitment to Modernism gathered in the newly-renovated Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice for an evening of tours, music, drinks, and great conversation. As the sun went down, and the lights went up, guests gathered on the Dan Kiley-designed terraces of the Center's garden and marveled at the surrounding skyline through Kevin Roche's soaring glass cube.... MORE

On October 12, as part of the nationwide DOCOMOMO US Tour Day, DOCOMOMO US/NY Tri-State organized a members-only tour to the Usonia community in Pleasantville, NY, to experience Kaneji Domoto’s work. This year’s thematic focus, "The Diversity of Modernism,” reflects the efforts of DOCOMOMO US and its chapters to raise awareness of sites designed by minority and women designers. Kaneji Domoto (1902-2002), an American of Japanese descent who spent time in a Japanese internment camp during WWII, designed five houses in Usonia. Twenty-five DOCOMOMO members spent the day visiting these houses.... MORE

Bier House, Kaneji Domoto, Usonia/Pleasantville, NY 1949). Photo: Bob Gregson

Gensler and the Olayan Group recently released renderings of a redesigned lobby area for 550 Madison Avenue (1984). “In reimagining the space, we sought out the essence of the original lobby. The lobby’s volume and spatial proportions are maintained in their simplest, most basic form and we see the results as a powerful expression of the building’s character,” said Gensler design principal Philippe Paré.... MORE

Aerial view of 550 Madison Avenue. Photo courtesy of Landmarks Preservation Commission

The TWA Hotel is getting into the spirit of the winter season with its very own ice rink. The Runway Rink will be located on the tarmac adjacent to Connie, the decommissioned 1958 Lockheed Constellation plane repurposed as a cocktail lounge.. The rink is open seven days a week, from through February.... MORE

Courtesy of MCR and MORSE Development

The 1899 Victorian townhouse where I.M. Pei and his wife lived for 45 years is on the market. Pei undertook extensive renovations of the Sutton Place property over the years to reflect his modernist aesthetic. The interior includes a grand marble hallway, spiraling staircase, and a geometric skylight in the style of his famous glass pyramid at Le Louvre.... MORE

Photo courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate