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At the northwest entrance to Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park, a 1971 renovation designed by landscape architect A.E. Bye Jr., will get a new chance at survival. Friends of Fort Greene Park, which includes local residents and preservationists, and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit on April 1 in response to NYC Park’s $10.5 million renovation plan for the park. ... MORE

Arthur Edwin (A.E.) Bye's stone-and-grass mounds in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, NY.

The Modern movement shaped the Hawaiian Islands and the world’s perception of it. The 2019 DOCOMOMO US National Symposium which is taking place in Honolulu September 25–28, will provide attendees an opportunity to interact with and explore a wide variety of significant modern architecture and sites highlighting Hawaii’s unique blend of East-meets-West tropical modernism.... MORE

View from within, IBM Building, Vladimir Ossipoff, 1962, Honolulu, HI.

Eighteen years ago the Port Authority of NY and NJ held a public hearing on its master plan for the redevelopment of the TWA Flight Center at JFK, Eero Saarinen’s celebrated terminal opened in May 1962. For the preservation advocates represented, seeing that Saarinen’s fabulous wing-like thin-shell concrete structure be restored and returned to a permanent, airport-related function was the ambitious objective. The new TWA Hotel, opening May 15, delivers on that aspiration with a cool reverence toward TWA and its Flight Center and a swagger recalling the excitement jet travel conjured in 1962. ... MORE

TWA Flight Center, Eero Saarinen, 1956–1962. Photo: Max Touhey, courtesy MCR.

As the TWA Hotel is readied for its opening in May 2019, it's important to note that the restoration and redevelopment of Eero Saarinen's renowned TWA Flight Center was an 18-year effort involving many. Here is a basic recap of the project from 2001 forward. ... MORE

TWA Flight Center, Eero Saarinen, 1956–1962. Photo: Max Touhey, courtesy MCR.