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More change is coming for Marcel Breuer’s (1902-1981) iconic museum building on Madison Avenue. The first big change came in 2010 when the Whitney Museum announced it would vacate its home since 1966 for a new building. Subsequently, the Met signed an eight-year lease and in 2016 opened the Met Breuer to house the museum’s modern and contemporary collections. In late September, the Met announced that in 2020 it would sub-lease the building to the Frick Museum for the three remaining years of its lease with the Whitney. ... MORE

MET Breuer, originally Whitney Museum, Marcel Breuer, 1966. @Ed Lederman, Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Unlike the Met Breuer, another Breuer building, the Pirelli Tire building in New Haven, CT, looks to be moving toward a more certain future. This past spring, IKEA opened the building for two art exhibitions to take place—its first trial at programming the space—and city officials said they were in talks with the company to convert the building into a hotel. However, IKEA would not confirm the city’s statement . Now, the furniture giant seems to be taking concrete steps in the reuse direction. In September, the building appeared on the agenda of the City Plan Commission for “detailed plan review and coastal site plan review for the conversion of the Pirelli Building into a hotel,”... MORE

© Ty Cole

On September 26, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Sarah Carroll will fill the role of LPC Chair, which has been vacant since April when the previous chair, Meenakshi Srinivasan, resigned after continuous public outcry over a controversial rules change proposal. Carroll is a preservationist by training and has worked for the LPC for 24 years, including as its Executive Director, and her appointment was welcomed by preservation groups around the city. As for the proposed rule changes, LPC staff have made revisions based on the public comments that were received. ... MORE

Robert Venturi died this September at age 93. Known equally for his contributions to architectural theory and practice, he rejected both Modern and Postmodern labels. His often quoted line, “less is a bore,” was a playful response to Mies van der Rohe’s mantra, “less is more.” His architectural works since the 1960s included many influential counterpoints to the pure Modern aesthetic. ... MORE

Photo courtesy Rollin LaFrance/VSBA

DOCOMOMO International, the parent body to all DOCOMOMO working parties and chapters, was founded in the Netherlands in 1988. This past August, at the 15th International DOCOMOMO Conference in Ljubljana, Solvenia, the 30-year anniversary was celebrated and founders Hubert-Jan Henket and Wessel de Jonge were honored. In other news from the conference, six new national working parties—Armenia, Bulgaria, India, Qatar, Romania, and Vietnam—were approved, bringing the roster to 74; further proof that Modern Movement architecture is everywhere. ... MORE