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The deadline to submit your idea for bringing activity back to Philip Johnson’s iconic yet long-neglected structures from the 1964 World’s Fair is fast approaching. Submissions are due by July 1. So far the competition has garnered hundreds of entries with a mindboggling diversity. You can view them all on the Ideas Competition website where the public can cast “people’s votes” for their favorite entries. ... MORE

With de Blasio administration efforts to rezone Midtown East still in play, it is welcome news that on May 10 the LPC calendared seven more buildings to be considered for landmark designation, bringing the total to 12. While no Modern sites were identified in the first group, the recent batch includes two stand-outs of late Modernism: the Citicorp Center (1974–1978; now known as 601 Lexington Ave) and the adjacent St. Peter’s Church (1977). Designed together, the two are grouped as one site for purposes of designation. ... MORE

Last week DOCOMOMO US announced the jury’s choices for this year’s Modernism in America Awards. All 10 winning projects highlight the diversity of important modern buildings and sites and a new desirability by the public to live and work in midcentury architecture and design. While often at the center of intense preservation efforts, theses structures can be preserved in a meaningful and productive way that enhances their presence and value in their respective communities. The winner list includes two outstanding projects in the New York/Tri-State region... MORE

One year ago, Norstar Development began the first phase of demolition on a portion of Paul Rudolph’s Shoreline Apartments in Buffalo. Future phases, dependent on financing through tax credits and public funding, were up in the air, or at least, it seemed, a few years away. Some hoped this would give advocates more time to make the case for preserving remaining portions the complex. Along the way, promises had been made by the developer to help displaced tenants find alternate housing. In May, Norstar unexpectedly announced a condensed timeline requiring all residents to move out by November. ... MORE

Modernist architect Romaldo “Aldo” Giurgola passed away May 16 at the age of 95. He was born and received his undergraduate degree in Italy, before immigrating to the U.S. where he received his Master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University. In 1958, while teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, he and Philadelphia-based architect Ehrman Mitchell, Jr. formed Mitchell/Guirgola. They pursued commissions with the National Park Service, which had recently launched its “Mission 66” program, a collection of projects to prepare for the 50th anniversary of the NPS in 1966. Their first project, the Wright Brothers Memorial Visitor Center, gained much attention and praise... MORE