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Docomomo International has announced a new call for papers for the 16th International DOCOMOMO Conference in Tokyo. The conference, rescheduled from 2020 to August 2021, explores the theme “Inheritable Resilience: Sharing Values of Global Modernities.” ... MORE

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The Ceiling and Waterfall sculpture designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1957 for the lobby of the Tishman Building, now known as 666 Fifth Avenue, was removed in the fall of 2020 as part of a major renovation of the building by Brookfield Properties. Both The Isamu Noguchi Museum and DOCOMOMO US/New York Tri-State reached out to Brookfield in efforts to persuade them to preserve the installation and incorporate it into the renovation plans.... MORE

Ceiling and Waterfall, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York (1957). Photo © Alexandre Georges

Point Counterpoint II, a music performance barge designed by Louis Kahn for Robert Boudreau and his American Wind Symphony Orchestra, was launched in 1976 as a bicentennial project. For over 40 years the 196-foot vessel, designed with references to a flute and sporting a hydraulic steel clamshell that lifted to reveal the performance space, plied coasts and waterways across the country—and abroad—presenting shoreside concerts. The silvery barge had a cameo role in Nathaniel Kahn’s 2003 film, My Architect.... MORE

Point Counterpoint II docked in 2011. Photo courtesy of The Louis Kahn Estonia Foundation.