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Calendar of Events: July 2018

Experience Modern architecture. Take a tour, view an exhibition, attend a lecture or otherwise connect with people equally captivated by the history and future of this period. Our online calendar highlights events related to Modern architecture in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and occasionally further a field, presented by a wide-ranging roster of organizations.



Building Yugoslavia, 1948-1980

In the framework of the exhibition Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980, opening at MoMA on July 15, architects represented in the exhibition will discuss their built work in the context of self-managed socialism. The panelists will reflect on how their architectural production was conditioned by the political, cultural, social, and economic conditions that prevailed in Yugoslavia during their respective careers — phenomena like the Non-Aligned Movement, the Yugoslav state’s mediatory role between the communist and capitalist blocs, anti-fascist memorial culture, consumerism, and a particularly expansive welfare state. Participating architects will also discuss points of convergence between the Yugoslav milieu and international architecture culture. More

Stojan Maksimović, Sava Center, 1979, Belgrade, Serbia. View of conference room. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2016.


Revisiting Ada Louise Huxtable’s Walking Tours of Modern Architecture Tour #1

Two Municipal Art Society tours will celebrate the seminal architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable (1921-2013). Her pocket guide “Four Walking Tours of Modern Architecture in New York City,” was jointly published by the Municipal Art Society and the Museum of Modern Art in 1961. Retracing the routes of those midtown tours, participants will have a chance to consider Huxtable’s analysis and discuss subsequent changes to the buildings she examined and their surroundings. More



The Architecture of William Prescott

Architect William Prescott (1926–1971) was educated at Princeton, then worked at the architectural firm of Howell, Lewis & Shay in Philadelphia before becoming principal of W. H. Prescott Associates in Plattsburgh. His distinctive style—gently sloped roofs, large overhangs, wide chimneys, vertical wood siding and large expanses of glass—is evident across a wide range of projects in the Adirondacks. The tour, presented by Adirondack Architectural Heritage, will be led by the group’s Executive Director Steven Engelhart, author Morris Glenn, and Susan Prescott Buck, William Prescott’s daughter. The itinerary covers Keeseville, Essex, Jay, and Keene, including stops at several residences and a rare opportunity to see the former Paleface Ski Center lodge. More



Dan Kiley Landscape Architecture

Modern landscape architecture is not commonly associated with the Adirondacks, yet notable examples exist, such as those designed by American landscape architect Dan Kiley. A peer of Eero Saarinen and I.M. Pei, Daniel Urban Kiley (1912–2004) was acclaimed for more than 1,000 designs worldwide, including the grounds at the Milwaukee Art Museum, New York’s Lincoln Center, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Despite offers to move to big cities, Kiley chose to raise a family of eight children with his wife Ann, work, and be buried in a small town in Vermont along Lake Champlain. More

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July 15, 2018

Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980

Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia’s architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged—from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist “social condensers”—is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state itself. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 introduces the exceptional work of socialist Yugoslavia’s leading architects to an international audience for the first time, highlighting a significant yet thus-far understudied body of modernist architecture, whose forward-thinking contributions still resonate today. More

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Further AfieldExhibition

July 30, 2018

Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project

On August 6, 1945, when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, President Harry S. Truman publicly revealed the purpose of the sites now known as Oak Ridge, TN; Los Alamos, NM; and Hanford/Richland, WA. Secret Cities examines the innovative design and construction of these sites, built in the early years of the Modern Movement, and traces their precedents in the Bauhaus and other early Modern schools of architectural thought. It looks at daily life within the cities and how it was shaped by their physical form, illuminating the social stratification and segregation that were still evident despite the high-minded principles underlying their design. More


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October 12, 2019

Kaneji Domoto in Usonia