Modernism Prize | 2014 World Monuments Fund / Preservation

Zonnestraal Sanatorium, Netherlands, 2010   Hizuchi Elementary School, Japan,  2012

Established in 2008, the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize is awarded biennially for an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved or enhanced a modern landmark or group of landmarks.

The first of its kind, the award acknowledges the growing threats—neglect, deterioration, or even demolition—now facing significant works of modernism, and recognizes the architects and designers who help ensure their rejuvenation and long-term survival. Its purpose is to raise public awareness of the influential role modernism plays in our architectural heritage, and recognize modern buildings as sustainable structures with viable futures.

The prize is awarded in recognition of completed (built) work, and may be awarded for an individual project or a body of work. The award consists of $10,000 and a limited-edition Mies van der Rohe–designed Barcelona chair, created by Knoll in honor of the award. The prize is awarded to the designer, architect, or firm responsible for the work.

An independent jury comprising professionals from the fields of architecture, architectural conservation, journalism, and related fields selects the winner. The jury is chaired by Barry Bergdoll, the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, and Acting Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art.


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Events, News

13th International Docomomo Conference | Seoul 24-27.9.2014

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Title The 13th International Docomomo Conference Seoul 2014
Theme Expansion and Conflict
Date September 24~27, 2014
Venue National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
Hosted by Docomomo International
Organized by International Docomomo Conference Seoul 2014 Organizing Committee
Language English and Korean (Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.)

Program 2014:



Doco Tours

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News, NSW, talk

TALK Icomos/4 – St Vincent’s Redfern: Erasing History




St Vincent’s Redfern: Erasing History

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Exhibition: Mid-Century Modern Australian Furniture Design


Mid-Century Modern Australian Furniture Design

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square | Level 3

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FILM Melbourne: Oil Rocks: City Above the Sea | 18 June


Dado Film Society @ Robin Boyd House | Walsh Street | 18 June |  7pm.

Oil Rocks: City Above the Sea

2009, Dir. Marc Wolfensberger , 52 mins, Russian/Azerbaijani/French with English subtitles

Guest Speaker: Peter Raisbeck
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News, Other events

Exhibition | Australian Iconic Houses


The dining table is positioned on a raised area with the kitchen adjacent, accessed to the right of the table behind the bank of cabinets. The wall hanging is a piece of carpet.

Iconic Australian Houses: an exhibition by Karen McCartney, at Museum of Sydney (April – August 2014), is a behind-the-scenes exploration of 29 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. Beginning in the 1950s with the works of a new breed of Australian architects, and culminating in key works from some of Australia’s contemporary masters.


1. Harry Seidler– Rose Seidler House, NSW 1950

2. Peter Muller – The Audette House, NSW 1953

3. Roy Grounds – The Grounds House, VIC 1954

4. Peter McIntrye – Butterfly house, VIC 1955

5. Russell Jack – The Jack House, NSW 1957

6. Robin Boyd – The Walsh Street House, VIC 1958

7. McGlashan Everist – Grimwade House, VIC 1960

  1. Enrico Taglietti – The Dingle House, ACT 1965
  2. Neville Gruzman – The Rosenburg/Hills House, NSW 1966

10. Bruce Rickard – Marshall House, NSW 1967

11. Hugh Buhrich – The Buhrich House, NSW 1972

12. Ian McKay – Lobster Bay, NSW 1972

13. Richard Leplastrier – Palm House, NSW 1973 – 1975

14. Glenn Murcutt – Kempsey House, NSW 1974 – 1975, 1980

15. Iwan Iwanoff – Kessell House, WA 1975

16. Ian Collins – The Collins House, NSW 1976

17. John Kenny – Kenny House, VIC 1976

18. Barrie Marshall – Phillip Island, VIC 1983 – 1990

19. Geoffrey Pie – Pie House, QLD 1984 – 1985

20. Ken Woolley – Palm House, NSW 1984 – 1985

21. Robinson Chen – Hildebrand House, VIC 1988 – 1990

22. Gabriel Poole – Gartner House, QLD 1989 – 1990

23. Wood Marsh – Gottlieb House, VIC 1990 – 1994

24. Brit Andresen – MooloombaHouse, QLD 1995

25. Durbach Block – Droga Apartment, NSW 1996 – 1997

26. Sean Godsell – Kew House, VIC 1996 – 1997

27. Peter Stutchbury – Reeves House, NSW 1997 – 1999

28. John Wardle – The Wardle House, VIC 1999 – 2000

29. Donovan Hill – The D-House, QLD 1998 – 2000


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Exhibition | The Sievers Project



CCP Fitzroy | Melbourne – Gallery 2

Jane Brown, Cameron Clarke, Zoe Croggon, Therese Keogh, Phuong Ngo, Meredith Turnbull and Wolfgang Sievers

The Sievers Project

Six early career artists, working in photography through to installation, have responded in diverse ways to renowned Australian photographer Wolfgang Sievers (1913–2007), icon of 20th century Australian photography.

Sievers’ commercial practice exemplifies mid-century positivism and modernity, and the mythmaking role of photography. As a German Jewish immigrant, he had a strong interest in refugees and human rights issues as well as an expressed commitment to representing the dignity of labour. The Sievers Project presents key historical works as a context for engaging the past through the present.

Photographers Jane Brown and Cameron Clarke have followed in his footsteps to industrial clients Sievers photographed and valorised, finding sites that are visually dynamic within industries now in decline.

Through her intrepid, research-based practice, Therese Keogh has developed a materially-rich work from the starting point of a single, anomalous photograph Sievers took at the Roman Forum in 1953. Meredith Turnbull draws on his connections with Melbourne’s design community in the 1950s and 60s, including Gerard Herbst and Frederick Romberg.

In Sievers’ photographs of industrial sewing machines and their machinists, Phuong Ngo finds shared stories of young Vietnamese refugees and the journeys taken by their mothers. Zoë Croggon positions fragments of Sievers’ iconic architectural photographs against found photographs of the human body in movement.

Curated by Naomi Cass and Kyla McFarlane, with project management by Phillippa Brumby.

To be opened by Julian Burnside AO QC, Australian barrister, human rights advocate and author.

A satellite of The Sievers Project will be exhibited at the Melbourne Art Fair, 13–17 August.
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News, Tours

MODERN HOUSE VISIT: Fooks House (1964)


Ph. by W. Sievers

Saturday May 24th at 2.00.
Docomomo friends and members are invited to see the house of architect Ernest Fooks in Caulfield Melbourne, designed in 1964.
Fooks emigrated to Melbourne from Vienna in 1939 and went on to establish a busy practice and was a lecturer in town planning at Melbourne Technical College.


A tour of this remarkably intact house will be given and archival pictures and plans made available.

Afternoon tea will be provided. Gold coin donation to cover costs.
But RSVP is essential as numbers restricted – please email
Hannah Lewi - -
to rsvp and then you will be sent the full address details.

Ph. by W. Sievers

Heritage Victoria’s statement of significance says: 
“The Ernest Fooks House is of architectural and aesthetic significance as an intact, individual, and highly creative work combining analytical planning, aspects of Scandinavian and European modern design while incorporating principles of traditional Japanese architecture. It represents the most architecturally resolved of Fook’s domestic designs, being a complex and carefully detailed multi-layered spatial composition in a fully designed landscape.   

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BOOKS | LEISURE SPACE – The transformation of Sydney, 1945–1970



The transformation of Sydney, 1945–1970

UNSW Press

Edited by Paul Hogben and Judith O’Callaghan

Dinner at Australia Square’s revolving Summit Restaurant, sipping cocktails at the Chevron in Potts Point, hanging out at a Skyline drive-in …

Mid-twentieth-century Sydneysiders embraced leisure like never before. Leisure Space details the architecture and design that transformed their city – through its new hotels, motels, restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping centres, drive-ins and golf courses, including landmark buildings such as the Gazebo and the Wentworth Hotel.

With stunning images from Max Dupain, Mark Strizic and other outstanding Australian photographers, Leisure Space explores a dynamic period in Sydney’s history and the dramatic impact of modernism on the city’s built environment.

About the Editors

Paul Hogben is a senior lecturer in Architecture in the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW Australia.

Judith O’Callaghan is a senior lecturer in Interior Architecture in the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW Australia and co-author of Designer Suburbs: Architects and Affordable Homes in Australia.

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Classification | Architecture

9781742233826 | Paperback | June 2014 | UNSW Press | 256pp | 260x230mm | AUD$69.99

Table of contents

Contributors Introduction

  1. 1  Leisure in Sydney during ‘the long boom’
  2. 2  The changing face of travel: The modern tourist office
  3. 3  Double modernity: The first international hotels
  4. 4  Motels: The ‘ultra modern’ experience
  5. 5  Sky-high ambitions: Sydney’s restaurants
  6. 6  Architecture, coffee and cocktails
  7. 7  ‘Big, bright, beautiful’: The new shopping centres
  8. 8  The rise and fall of the Sydney drive-in
  9. 9  Golf: A changing landscape
  10. 10  The leagues club: A working-class palace
  11. 11  Ethnic clubs: ‘The dream oftomorrow’
  12. 12  Informal modern: Holiday houses


Acknowledgements Index



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Save Modern Queensland Film Competition

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The UQ School of Architecture and the State Library of Queensland, in collaboration with the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection have launched a film competition, entitled ‘HOT AND BOTHERED – Save Modern Queensland’, which invites Queenslanders to submit a 3-minute film on a mid-century modern building in Queensland that they love.

The prize for the winner of this competition is 1500 AUD.

More information can be found here:

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FILM | Melbourne

Grid Image Session 2-01

My Playground

14th May 2014, 6:30pm

2010, Dir. Kaspar Astrup Schroder, 50 mins, various languages with English subtitles 

“My Playground” showcases the connection between buildings and the human body. It celebrates the phenomenon of Parkour or freerunning – a non-competitive sport where participants run along buildings, rooftops and landscapes attempting to negotiate obstacles using only their bodies.

Kaspar Astrup Schroder set out to more closely examine the way that traceurs interact with architecture – honing in on parkour and urban mobility in modern cities spaces via Team JiYo and the people that determine how the space is shaped within our cities.

Mainly set in Copenhagen, the film follows Team JiYo as they explore the city and encounter the obstacles it presents. Award winning architect Bjarke Ingles, founder of BIG Architects, is fascinated by the way Team JiYo conveys architecture and takes the team to his buildings, to explore and unfold their skills, which may be just as ground breaking as the architecture itself. Team JiYo dreams of making the biggest dedicated parkour park in the world, but isn’t parkour and freerunning supposed to be in the city and not in a fixed environment?

The film travels around the world from Denmark to Japan, United States, United Kingdom, and China to explore where urban mobility is heading.

Trailer HERE

Guest Speaker: Chris Sawyer, Landscape Architect 

Chris Sawyer is a director of Site Office, a landscape architectural consultancy specialising in public space design, and adjunct professor at the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT.  Site Office is widely recognised for their work in innovative public spaces that embrace the overlap and interaction of different uses and the spontaneous and unexpected interactions that result. Prominent award winning projects include the St Kilda Foreshore Promenade and Keast Park in Seaford.


US Conservation Job Position

Dear colleague,
We are currently recruiting for the position of Senior Project Specialist (Built/20th-century Heritage) in the Field Projects Department, here at the Getty Conservation Institute. The full job description is attached. Please share this posting with any colleagues and organizations you feel appropriate.
I am happy to answer any queries you may have.
With thanks,

Susan Macdonald
Head of Field Projects
Getty Conservation Institute
1200 Getty Center drive, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90049
tel: +1 310 4406245



Buildings at Risk

Melbourne Heritage Actions

MHA calls for two important Bourke St facades to be uncovered and restored

By melbheritageaction on May 05, 2014 03:18 pm
Heritage Building Targeted for Action – Bourke Street Target Store Masks Birthplace of City’s Cinema Scene Behind the unimposing commercial façade of Melbourne’s Bourke Street Target store lies what remains one of the city’s lesser-known, yet more spectacular former picture palaces. And according to one heritage group, it’s time for Melbourne to be re-united with […]
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Total House succesfully nominated to Heritage Register

By melbheritageaction on May 04, 2014 09:40 am
We are very pleased to be able to share the news that the Total House on Russell St is to be added to the Victorian Heritage. Total House had been considered for heritage protection since the 1980s but this had never eventuated. MHA decided to nominate the car park early last year as we were […]
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News, NSW, talk

TALK/Icomos 3: Public Sydney: drawing the city



Public Sydney: drawing the city

by Philip Thalis and Peter John Cantrill


Historic Houses Trust of NSW and Content, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales


Public Sydney: drawing the city makes a major contribution to understanding our shared architectural heritage. It provides the fundamental knowledge required for the ongoing conservation and heritage management of key heritage sites from the late 18th century (the site of first Government House) to the present day. It encompasses Sydney’s history and present state but also anticipates its future, providing an invaluable resource not only for architects and planners, but also for 21st-century government agencies and corporations in their management of Sydney’s public places.

In drawings, images and commentary, the book presents all the significant public places and buildings in central Sydney – among them Circular Quay, Customs House, Hyde Park, Central Station, the cathedrals, the Opera House, Royal Botanic Garden, Town Hall, State Library, Hyde Park Barracks, Art Gallery of NSW and Queen Victoria Building – studying their genesis and evolution, and in some cases examining their individual public rooms. The book affords a comprehensive overview of the growth and evolution of public buildings in Sydney.

Public Sydney thus becomes a guide for those who will define the city’s future urban character. Knowledge gained from the drawings and the authoritative consideration of the forces behind urban change will positively influence the city’s future. Contemporary planners and designers from every discipline can readily use this material in their assessment of new proposals in any urban context, and teachers, students, researchers and historians of all disciplines related to the built environment can use the understanding of Sydney’s evolution it provides to develop critical thinking skills in the design of public places.

Members of the public are welcome!

Time & Date: Thursday 22nd May 2014, 5.30pm for 6.00pm start.

Venue: Godden Mackay Logan, 78 George Street, Redfern, NSW, 2016.
RSVP: Miss Jane Vernon or 02 9319 4811. RSVP is essential as places are limited.


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ICOMOS DOCOMOMO NSW CHAPTER Flyer Thalis & Cantrill May 2014 draft

Buildings at Risk

Building at Risk: Danne House Melbourne




The Danne House was once the most eye-catching modernist houses in the Studley Park area. It is being auctioned on 12 April, at 12 noon, by Woodards. (Tony Nathan 0412 285 066)

It is now disguised by the external alterations and additions of the early 1980s, but has the potential to regain much of its original character. While the original building envelope has been subsumed by additions facing the street, most the original structure has been retained. This includes the striking original feature, the curved rear wing, built over two levels in stone salvaged from the burnt out shell of Wilson Hall. It is has a curved highlight window wall built in diagonal framing, and original circular skylights, one of the earliest uses of skylights in residential use in Melbourne. Circular skylights such as this, with internal lights, were a feature of many buildings by Alvo Aalto in Finland at this time. These features are shown in this recent photo showing the rear view of the Danne House at the left.

The architect Geoffrey Danne designed this house for his own family. It demonstrates how architects built experimental and innovative houses for their own use. The striking design was recorded as the feature house in the June 1957 edition of Australian House and Garden, which is attached.

Another distinctive house by Danne is the Muspratt House, located nearby at 14 Carnsworth Avenue, featured on the National Trust News in May 2010, an issue devoted to modernism. By contrast, it is very intact and has many design details used for the Danne House. See the link to Studley Park Modern website

Commenced in 1954 and completed in 1956, the Danne House comprised two main sections. Facing the street was a lightweight third floor that cantilevered over the two storey car space and entry. This anticipated Sean Godsell’s own dramatically cantilevered house, also in Studley Park. The steel columns and support beams were clearly expressed, and complemented by the vertical rods that defined the entrance and provided a balustrade for the cantilevered entrance stairs. Lightweight concrete panels were used for the cladding of this section.

Download the full Pdf  with information, photo and documentation and floors plans on the house

The Danne House (PDF 630k) (pdf by Nigel Lewis Pty Ltd)


Events, News, Victoria





2013, Dir. Dieter Reifarth, 116 mins, German with English subtitles

16th April 2014, Wednesday at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 with nibbles and drinks)

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s modern masterpiece “Villa Tugendhat” created for clients Greta and Fritz Tugendhat, has seen many guises.  Built between 1928 and 1930 in Brno, Czech Republic, the house represented the open-minded upper-class life design of the clients with its atypical construction methods and use of luxurious materials.  In the years following the forced displacement of the Tugendhat family in 1938, the building has been used as military quarters, various schools and a physiotherapy centre.

Haus Tugendhat tells the story of a unique building and its inhabitants: from the spirit of optimism in the affluent Western Moravia between the world wars, the occupation by Nazi Germany and the post-war years, to the restoration and conservation work that saved the building from dereliction.

Avant-gardists, bureaucrats and visionaries all have a place here. One learns of expectations and disappointments in a complicated process between artistic utopia and politics, appropriation and dispossession, renunciation and restitution.

Print courtesy of the Goethe Institut Australia.

Trailer HERE

The screening will be introduced by Rohan Storey, a heritage consultant and vice-president of the Melbourne Heritage Action, who are currently fighting to save Total Carpark and other unfashionable but important Modernist landmarks in Melbourne. Rohan has a degree in architecture from Melbourne University gained when postmodernism was new and existing. After discovering that leaning over a drawing board wasn’t as rewarding as first thought, he took up a temporary job with the National Trust, and ended up there for 20 years or so as Heritage Consultant. Enough time to learn about the Burra Charter, what ‘the planning system’ really meant, and best of all, he had time to browse through some of the thousands of files covering all the rich variety of the stuff we call heritage in Victoria.

For more information, please visit:

Event location: Robin Boyd Foundation, 290 Walsh Street, South Yarra, Melbourne VIC 3141 Australia

Event organiser: DADo Film Society





Online Video: Total House Short

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Total Brutal Short

by Jacques Sheard

Total House is one of very few examples of what is known as Japanese inspired Brutalism in the city of Melbourne. Certainly a polarising style it is nonetheless an important part of Melbourne’s built environment and adds considerably to the diverse and varied texture of our city.
As with many post-war ‘modern’ buildings its future is uncertain.

This film can be viewed at

Buildings at Risk

Building at Risk: Kamakura Museum (Japan).

MoMA of Kamakura
Jnuzō Sakakura, Kamakura, Japan, 1951
DATE: 11/12/2013
DOCOMOMO International Chair, professor Ana Tostões, addressed a letter to the Kanagawa Prefectural Government, 〒231-0021 神奈川県横浜市Naka Ward, Nihonodori, concerning the conservation of the remarkable Museum of Modern Art of Kamakura built by Sakakura Jnuzō, a major historical work of Modern Movement architecture.

Image captions:
MoMA Kamakura
Le Corbusier and Jnuzō Sakakura  at  the MoMA Kamakura

Buildings at Risk

Building at Risk: Shukhov Tower (Russia)

The Shukhov TV Tower in Moscow

The hyperboloid tower was built by the pioneering engineer Vladimir Shukhov during the Russian civil war.
Photograph: Celebrity/Alamy

In another part of the world, it would likely be a prime tourist attraction. But in Moscow, where rusting Soviet architectural feats are a dime-a-dozen, the 160m-tall Shukhov television tower faces a demolition decision before the end of the month.

Read Article on the Guardian



AIA NSW/ArchiTour: Hunter Region Coach Tour

ArchiTour: Coach Tour

NSW Chapter presents a Hunter Region coach tour of two iconic early Blacket award winners:
Saturday 5 April 8:00am to 6:00pm


  • Tocal College by Ian McKay and Phillip Cox, Architects in Association; and
  • The Rothbury Estate Winery by Allen. Jack & Cottier. Architects (Partner in Charge Keith Cottier)

Russell Lee from Cox Architecture and Keith Cottier from AJ+C will be our special guests on the tour.  Registrants will receive a resource booklet prepared by NSW Heritage Officer Noni Boyd and Heritage Expert Margaret Desgrand.

Meeting Point: Corner of Macleay and Manning Streets, Potts Point. The coach will also pick up at Hornsby and Morisett. Pick up location is requested at time of booking.

Non Members $150 | Members $130
Includes morning tea, lunch with a glass of Hunter Valley wine, afternoon snack; resource booklet, expert guides and luxury coach.

Click here to register online.

NB:  Please advise your pickup location, email address and mobile number to

Pictured above:  image by Max Dupain of the internal timberwork of the spire at Tocal College (CB Alexander College)

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