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The death of architect I.M. Pei at age 102 elicited generous obituaries from publications such as Architect, Architectural Record, The Architects' Newspaper, and The New York Times. He was indeed one of the greatest, most prolific architects of the past 100 years, leaving behind landmark structures from New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, and Dallas to Paris, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Doha. And for the entire half-century-plus of his professional career he lived and worked among us in New York.... MORE

East Wing, National Gallery of Art with Portrait of I.M. Pei. © Ezra Stoller/Esto.

Metropolis magazine takes a look at modernism across New York City’s five boroughs in this article by Samuel Medina. Iconic structures such as William Lescaze’s townhouse (William Lescaze, 1934), the first modernist house in New York City, and the Socony-Mobil Building (Harrison & Abramovitz, 1956), which was the largest air-conditioned building in the world when it was built in 1956 are a sampling from the ten.... MORE

The James Rose Center tour season began on May 15 and will be open for tours though October. The current exhibition is “Suburbia Transformed 3.0: Exploring the Aesthetics of Landscape Experience in the Age of Sustainability,” which showcases contemporary residential design. The Center, completed in 1953, served as James C. Rose’s (1913–1991) personal residence in Ridgewood, NJ until his death in 1991. Today it serves as an establishment for landscape research and design study.... MORE

Interior of James Rose Center ( James C. Rose, 1953) in 1991, Ridgewood, NJ.

DOCOMOMO is an international organization with working parties in over 70 countries. Every two years the organization convenes a conference to explore an important theme of the Modern Movement along with the modern architecture of the host country. The 16th DOCOMOMO International Conference will be in Tokyo, Japan, September 10–15, 2020, under the theme “Inheritable Resilience: Sharing Values of Global Modernities.” ... MORE

Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Kenzo Tange, 1964, Tokyo. photo: KYODO/The Japan Times

DOCOMOMO US announced 10 recipients of 2019 Modernism in America Awards. The winning projects showcase the best in preservation practices for modern sites around the country, acknowledging the architects, designers, and preservation professionals leading this work. In the NY/Tri-State area, the Schlumberger Research Center Administration Building (Philip Johnson, 1952) in Ridgefield, CT, was awarded a Design Citation of Merit for the restoration and the advocacy that brought the compact office complex back from neglect.... MORE

Schlumberger Research Center Administration Building (Philip Johnson, 1952) in Ridgefield, CT.

The Glass House opens for the season with several different tour options that allow visitors to explore Philip Johnson's National Trust for Historic Preservation landmark in New Canaan, CT.... MORE

Photo: Erik Johnson