Modernism

October 26, 2011, 9am PDT
The implosion of the Pruitt-Igoe housing projects is recognized as the moment when modernism died. Sam Jacob is taking university students to the site to observe what has become of the location.
Strange Harvest
March 21, 2011, 1pm PDT
Le Corbusier's modernist city, long a target of criticism from urban planners, is reportedly being sold off piece by piece. Preservationists are incensed and are leading an effort to preserve the city's signature style.
domus
March 10, 2011, 10am PST
A new book of photography compares the legacies of two modernist cities: Brasilia and Chandigarh.
Azure
January 10, 2011, 1pm PST
Minimalism, long declared dead, rises from the grave to lumber on, writes Sam Jacob. Can it be stopped?
Strange Harvest
December 22, 2010, 1pm PST
Capitalism and bourgeois values built the city of Tel Aviv, which stands today as an outlier in Israel, according to this article.
City Journal
August 20, 2010, 10am PDT
Chandigarh, the modernist city designed by Le Corbusier in India, is becoming increasingly popular among scholars, critics and a rising residential population. But some of the best parts of the city are closed to the public.
Change Observer
June 11, 2010, 5am PDT
PRAIRIEFORM argues that the central problem of modernist architecture is the way the buildings erase the sense of place inherent in the location where they are built.
PRAIRIEFORM
June 1, 2010, 2pm PDT
Essayist and photographer Aisha Sloan revisits the Los Angeles neighborhood of her childhood to examine Modernist architecture and its correlation to segregation.
Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
Feature
May 24, 2010, 8am PDT
Nikos Salingaros presents the case for demolishing a modernist eyesore in Rome and replacing it with a high-density, mixed-use New Urbanist neighborhood.
Nikos Salingaros
April 19, 2010, 12pm PDT
Palm Springs is seen as a haven for Modernist architecture, but so far no local buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.
American Institute of Architects
March 6, 2010, 5am PST
Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks, an exhibit currently running at New York's Center for Architecture, documents how preservation groups have fought to preserve significant modern buildings.
Metropolis Magazine
Blog post
January 5, 2010, 9am PST
“Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter: -isms in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism; he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon: ‘I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.’ A good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus. I'd still have to bum rides off of people.”
—Ferris Bueller
Jeffrey Barg
Feature
October 22, 2009, 5am PDT
With the emergence of new traditional design patterns among contemporary architects, the standards and rules that have defined historic preservation are becoming obsolete. Steven W. Semes calls on planners and designers to create a new ethic of harmonious intervention into historic settings.
Steven W. Semes
July 8, 2009, 6am PDT
The Nakagin Capsule Tower, designed in Tokyo in 1972 as part of the Japanese Metabolism movement in architecture, is facing destruction. Residents of the building have voted to demolish it and replace it with a modern structure.
The New York Times
Blog post
June 18, 2009, 4pm PDT
On my way to work this morning, I was listening to an interview with the band Blitzen Trapper on my iPod. They’ve got a beautiful song called ‘Furr’; the sound echoes 1970s folk rock- and roots influences like English folk, country and bluegrass.  Anyway, Eric Early, the main songwriter, got my attention with his answer to this question:

INTERVIEWER: Obviously ‘American music’ means different things to different people. What does it mean to you?
Tim Halbur
May 31, 2009, 9am PDT
Owen Hatherley presents his case for a revival of modernism, particularly in its original intent as a social reform movement, in his new book, Militant Modernism.
Icon Eye
May 14, 2009, 10am PDT
Utopian modernism turned on its head in Caracas, where residents have made fifty-year-old superblock housing projects into the locus of sprawling improvised settlements.
Triple Canopy
April 23, 2009, 9am PDT
Witold Rybczynski takes a look at the new tendency toward buildings that look collapsible, rather than the solid-looking buildings of the past. Is this trend a symptom of our shaky times?
Slate
March 16, 2009, 2pm PDT
Stockholm is seeking bids for a redesign of its city center, and the five plans in contention all seek to fix the damage wrought by modernist planning.
The New York Times
February 6, 2009, 5am PST
Architect Oscar Niemeyer has released plans to build new iconic buildings near the UNESCO-protected cultural and government center he designed in Brasilia 50 years ago. But locals have voiced opposition.
Associated Press