International Docomomo News


Exhibition: Moderno. Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela, 1940–1978

February 11 – May 16, 2015, Americas Society, New York, USA
Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940–1978 examines how design, one of the most innovative chapters in the history of Latin American modernism, transformed the domestic landscape in a period marked by major stylistic developments and social political changes. Sheltered from the overall destruction and disarray of World War II, many Latin American countries (specifically Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela) entered in an expansive period of economic growth in the late 1940s through the 1950s, which resulted in the modernization of major cities.”
February 11 to May 16, 2015 (Americas Society, New York)
October 2015 to January 2016 (The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas)
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Crowdfunding: Nakagin Capsule Tower

by Kisho Kurokawa, Tokyo, Japan, 1972
“The Nakagin Capsule Tower is a mixed-use residential and office tower designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa located in Shimbashi, Tokyo, Japan. Completed in 1972, the building is a rare remaining example of Japanese Metabolism. Metabolism is an architectural movement emblematic of Japan´s postwar cultural resurgence. The building was the world´s first example of capsule architecture built for permanent and practical use. The building still exists but has fallen into great disrepair. As of October 2012, around thirty of the 140 capsules remained in use as apartments, while others were used for storage or office space, or simply abandoned and allowed to deteriorate.With your support, we will use crowd funding to purchase as many capsules as possible to gain voting power to stop the destruction of this monumental building. As support for the project increases, we will hold opportunities for designers and architects to present their own suggestions for the re-purposing and renovation of the Nakagin Capsule Tower. Please donate and follow our efforts to save this architectural landmark!”[by Save Nakagin Capsule Tower Project]c6836c_5ed280ba74ff4ff08cb696b595b52a29.jpeg_srz_p_452_353_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpeg_srz
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