Sign the petition! – Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (update)
By Louis Kahn, Ahmedabad, India, 1962-1974

Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo India and the historian William J. R. Curtis that the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, one of  Louis Kahn’s emblematic works and also known as “heritage campus”, is under high risk to be partly demolished. Being concerned with the irreversible loss that the demolition of part of the Indian Institute of Management would signify in the context of modern architecture, Docomomo International wants to raise awareness and appeal to the preservation of this iconic building. “Kahn built two projects on the subcontinent, the Assembly Complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the Indian Institute of Management…

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Sign the petition – Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
By Louis Kahn, Ahmedabad, India, 1962-1974

Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo India and the historian William J. R. Curtis that the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, one of  Louis Kahn’s emblematic works and also known as “heritage campus”, is under high risk to be partly demolished. Being concerned with the irreversible loss that the demolition of part of the Indian Institute of Management would significate in the context of modern architecture, Docomomo International wants to raise awareness and appeal to the preservation of this iconic building. “Kahn built two projects on the subcontinent, the Assembly Complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the Indian Institute of Management…

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Sign the petition: Save the Ibirapuera Gymnasium at Constâncio Vaz Guimarães Sports Complex
By Ícaro de Castro Mello, São Paulo, Brazil, 1954-1957

Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo Brazil that the Ibirapuera Gymnasium at Constâncio Vaz Guimarães Sports Complex in São Paulo, Brazil is in danger due to the State Government’s plan to turn over the area to private developers. “There are many reasons to preserve the Constâncio Vaz Guimarães Sports Complex, where the Ibirapuera Gymnasium is located. The latter should be protected for its stylistic and constructive features, but also for its importance in modern Brazilian architecture and in the modernization of sports and culture in the City of São Paulo in the mid 1900s. That means that the Gymnasium is…

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Under threat: Hotel Quinta do Sol in Madeira
By Raúl Chorão Ramalho, Funchal, Madeira, 1965-1976

Docomomo International became aware of the “rehabilitation” works that Hotel Quinta do Sol, an icon of the modern architecture in Madeira, is being subject, due to which the identity of the building will get lost if nothing happens against them. “Designed by the Portuguese architect Raúl Chorão Ramalho, the first drawings for the Hotel date from 1965, however the project suffered several changes in the following years, namely: the transformation in aparthotel, which even having moved until the execution phase was not built; changes on the swimming pool area and annexes in 1975; and the extension of the restaurant in…

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Under threat: Flaminio Stadium
By Pier Luigi and Antonio Nervi, Rome, Italy, 1957-1959

Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo Italy that the Flaminio Stadium in Rome, an icon of modern Italian architecture, is in danger due to the new amendment included in the Italian so-called ‘Simplification Decree’: art. 55-bis of Legislative Decree no. 76/2020, which has nullified the effectiveness of the Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape, linked to one of the most important principles of the Italian Constitution, Article 9. Flaminio Stadium, is a renown structure designed by Pier Luigi and Antonio Nervi, between 1957 and 1958 and inaugurated in 1959. “It was built as part of the  main nucleus of new facilities…

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Save La Butte Rouge Garden City!
Châtenay-Malabry, France, 1931-1965

Docomomo International has been notified by Docomomo France about the huge danger that the Butte Rouge Garden City, in Châtenay-Malabry, is facing, threatened by the intention of the mayor of the city to accept the demolition of 15 buildings, despite the efforts undertaken, including an “appeal from architects and town planners” by April 2019 (pdf), as well as campaign by an inhabitants’ collective supported by several organizations (Docomomo, Sites & Monuments, France Nature Environnement and the Order of Architects). Therefore, Docomomo International would like to raise awareness for this case and appeal to all kinds of efforts to protect and…

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Tours-Nuages de Nanterre
By Emile Aillaud, Nanterre, 1973-1981

Docomomo International was informed by Docomomo France that unfortunately after the petition signed in 2017 and the effort of Docomomo, Sites & Monument and Collectif des Habitants.es Tours Aillaud the thermal rehabilitation (from the outside) project, by RVA, has taken a new turn, being programmed to start on the second semester 2021. Besides the thermal rehabilitation of the ensemble, the project includes the demolition of one tower and the restoration of a witness tower. It is seen as a moral rights violation of Emile Aillaud project and Fabio Rieti’s artistic work (figurative mosaics) and a denial of the identity of…

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Save Forest Home Library
By Frederic “Fritz” Von Grossmann, Charles Burroughs, and Robert Van Lanen, Milwaukee, US, 1961-1971

Milwaukee’s former Forest Home Library branch is an iconic mid-century modern building. The library, which won multiple design awards for its innovative use of materials, scale, and functionality, is now threatened by demolition by a developer claiming it cannot be rehabilitated for new uses. “Background & Significance Distinguished Milwaukee architects Von Grossmann, Burroughs and Van Lanen designed the city’s innovative former Forest Home Library in 1966. With humble beginnings, Fritz Von Grossmann founded the firm in 1939, and in 1965 – the year before construction on Forest Home Library came to a close – the American Institute of Architects elevated…

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Sign the Petition – Willert Park Courts
By Frederick C. Backus, Buffalo, NY, USA, 1939

Docomomo International would like to draw your attention to the alarming situation of the Willert Park Courts, by Frederick C. Backus, Buffalo, NY, USA, 1939. This complex, a unique example of early Modernism with bas-reliefs depicting scenes of everyday life, was New York State’s first housing project constructed specifically for African Americans. Today, the site is vacant and many of its structures are open to the elements. The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority previously proposed demolishing the complex to construct replacement housing. To learn more about Willert Park Courts: docomomo US webpage and Preservation Buffalo Niagara webpage. To sign the Petition…

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Ustroń Jaszowiec Holiday District under threat of demolition
By Jerzy Winnicki (chief architect), Czesław Kotela, Irena Kotela, Zygmunt Winnicki, Ustroń, Poland, 1960-1968

Docomomo International is now appealing to your foremost interest and concern regarding the situation of the Ustroń Jaszowiec Holiday District in Ustroń, Poland. “The integrity and authenticity of the Jaszowiec complex can be lost due to: new investments which permanently change the original spatial development plan and reconstruction, transformation and expansion of particular buildings, changes of their original forms and shapes. “Ustroń Jaszowiec was a part of the development strategy for the leisure infrastructure in the Beskid Śląski. The local authorities of Silesia, sought to provide the crowds working in the priority sectors of the economy (heavy industry) with optimal…

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