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The latest development in the Albright-Knox debate over the fate of its Gordon Bunshaft addition is reason for cautious optimism. Preliminary designs, announced a little over a year ago, were met with swift criticism from preservationists over the detrimental effect it would have on the museum’s Modern addition. Following the backlash, the museum hired two preservation firms and re-examined its original plans. The latest iteration of the expansion calls for leaving the Bunshaft building largely intact ... MORE

In 2017, the City of New York dedicated $14.25 million to begin much-needed stabilization and restoration work on Philip Johnson’s iconic New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The project was put out to bid earlier this year, unfortunately only two proposals came in, and neither were deemed viable by the Parks Department. According to Janice Melnick, administrator for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the Parks Department wants to ensure they get the right contractor for such a complex project. The city plans to solicit more bids later this summer.... MORE

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This past April we reported that Newark Airport’s Terminal A would be demolished to make way for new facilities, and noted that “a similar demise for the remaining two terminals cannot be far off.” As predicted, in June the Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy organization, released a $20 billion proposal that calls for systematically demolishing the oldest terminals one-at-a-time and replacing them with three "mid-field concourse" terminals over the next 40 years. ... MORE

A 1950 Scarsdale, NY home designed Edgar Tafel is back on the market after the town’s Historic Preservation Committee denied an application for demolition in late May. Tafel was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, worked on several of Wright’s most famous projects including Fallingwater and the Johnson Wax Headquarters, and had his own successful small practice. ... MORE

Check out Columbus, IN, one of the most midcentry Modern cities in the country. Registration is now open for the DOCOMOMO US 2018 National Symposium: Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation. This year’s symposium is taking place in Indianapolis and Columbus, IN, and will offer four days of engaging programming, exclusive tours, morning and evening conversations with visionary leaders, and the American Institute of Architects’ Trade Show showcasing an array of new and innovative building products and services.... MORE