Campaign: Tony Garnier – Against erasing the work, for the coherence of action
Tony Garnier's legacy in Lyon, France

Docomomo France has shared with Docomomo International the campaign: Tony Garnier: Against erasing the work, for the coherence of action This campaign intends to raise awareness among professionals in the area to recognize and protect the work of the architect Tony Garnier (1869-1948), in Lyon, France. The importance of the architect’s graphic, architectural and urban work is considerable, but still rather unknown in Lyon, his birth place. Today, beyond the recognition of his work as the celebrations around the 150th anniversary of his birth are sure to to improve, the urgency is also to ensure the sustainability and the future…

Oslo’s Y-block
by Erling Viksjø, Oslo, Norway, 1969

After starting a compaign in 2015, Docomomo International asks for your attention and consideration regarding the threat the Y-block in Oslo, Norway, is facing. The building was designed by Erling Viksjø, with contributions by Carl Nesjar and Pablo Picasso, to complement the monumental high-rise H-block, also by Viksjø. Both buildings are part of the government quarter of Oslo. The Directorate for Cultural Heritage proposed in June 2011 to list both buildings as protected monuments. That process was brought to a halt on 22 July, when the building was whitness to a terrorist attack. Highlithing the special features of the building, in the petition can be…

Renovation: Hilda Besse
by Howell, Killick, Partridge and Amis, Oxford, England, 1971

“The Hilda Besse building was commissioned as part of a larger scheme in 1960 with the final design completed in 1966 and was built in 1967-71. The architects were Howell, Killick, Partridge and Amis with the partner in charge being John Partridge. This is a major example of a university building by the practice HKPA, who are acclaimed for their post-war university buildings a number of which are listed. It has special architecural interest for its application of concrete in a modern interpretation of the traditional hall. It also received the RIBA Architecture Award and Concrete Society Award in 1971…

Sign the Petition: Maison du Peuple of Clichy
by Jean Prouvé, Eugène Beaudouin, Marcel Lods and Vladimir Bodiansky, Clichy, France, 1935-1939

Last year docomomo International has raised awarness about the endangered status of Maison de Peuple in Clichy, France, which is threatened by the planned construction of a 96 meter tower in the back of the building. The Association Quartier Maison du Peuple has started a petition addressed to the French Minister of Culture, Mr. Franck Riester, opposing the project and calling for the preservation of this exceptional building through a reuse program that will respect its original characteristics. The petition can be signed here. “Let’s invent the massacre! The Maison du Peuple of Clichy (1935-1939), Eugène Beaudoin and Marcel Lods architects (with the participation of…

Selby Public Library
by Walter Netsch, Sarasota, Florida, USA, 1976

The original Selby Public Library, a.k.a. G.WIZ building is under threat of imminent demolition. We are asking the City of Sarasota and the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO) for an appropriate evaluation of this architecturally significant building to determine if repurposing it is in the best interest of the citizens of Sarasota. The original Selby Public Library was designed by master architect Walter Netsch in 1976. Mr. Netsch was a principal star of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, whose body of work has achieved great international acclaim. Sarasota should be proud to have such an exceptional example of his work….

Atlanta Central Library has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places
By Marcel Breuer, Downtown Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 1980

On August 24, 2018, the Atlanta Fulton Central Library was unanimously nominated to the National Register of Historic Places and listed on the Georgia Register of Historic Places by the Georgia National Register Review Board. It will now be sent to the National Park Service for listing on the National Register. Fulton County spoke in opposition to the nomination. The nomination was prepared by Big RIG and sponsored by Downtown Atlanta (Central Atlanta Progress), Atlanta Preservation Center, Docomomo US/Georgia, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Architecture and Design Center, Historic Atlanta, and Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association. The nomination also received the unanimous support of the Atlanta City Council and the Atlanta…

Sign the Appeal: Alvar Aalto´s Paimio Sanatorium
by Alvar Aalto, Paimio, Finland, 1929 - 1933

The Paimio Tuberculosis Sanatorium was designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto, between 1929 and 1933, in the Southwest of Finland. The modern and humanist design of the building, its interiors and its furniture, carefully tailored to the needs of tuberculosis patients, was soon recognised by peers, internationally. “Tuberculosis was a killing disease. To bring relief, everything in the architecture served the patient. The building was located in a healing pine forest. New furniture was designed using wood, a material with life, instead of cold steel. Patient’s rooms were painted with therapeutic colors instead of dull hospital tones. The main structure is a…

Sign the Petition: Conserve Golden Mile & People´s Park Complex
by Gan Eng Oon, William Lim and Tay Kheng Soon, in Kallang & by William Lim, Tay Kheng Soon and Koh Seow Chuan, in Outram, Singapore

Docomomo International wishes to raise awareness for Singapore´s Golden Mile Complex and People´s Park Complex which are under threat of demolition. “On the 3rd of August 2018, a notice of a proposed en-bloc sale went out to the various owners of units in Golden Mile Complex. Eight days later, The Straits Times reported that some 724 owners of 550 units have signed the collective sale agreement – representing 80.83% of the total share value of the development –  and meeting the 80% criterion for the sale to go through. Responding to the news of the impending demolition, a group of architects and heritage specialists…

Robb College
by Michael Dysart, University of New England, Armidale, Australia, 1960-1964

The Robb College, University of New England built between 1958-1964 is of cultural heritage significance for the local area and university fraternity. Robb College, University of New England, Armidale, has aesthetic and social significance identified as the first modernist college built to follow the design of the traditionalist Oxford quadrangle form. Robb College is one of the first modernist college buildings to be erected on a university campus outside of Sydney. The use of the traditional quadrangle form widely employed for university colleges shows a renewed interest in the use of the Oxbridge model, rather than the American type campus…

Foco – Santo António Office Block

Docomomo International wishes to express its full support for the efforts that are being carried out in order to preserve FOCO, the Residencial Park of Boavista unity, believing that this complex must be preserved taking into consideration its history and the will to maintain its integrity and authenticity for future generations. The Boavista Residential Park (by Agostinho Ricca, João Serôdio and Magalhães Carneiro, Residencial Park of Boavista, Porto, Portugal, 1964), most known as FOCO, was conceived as a housing unit, following other similar European experiences. It is one of the most exemplar housing complexes in Portugal, organized around a large central landscaped space, marked by the different complementary…