DOCOMOMO, the creatively named advocacy group for Modernist buildings, is asking “Where will you explore?” in its sixth annual tour day on October 6. Unfortunately, Mississippi doesn’t have any tours, but a number of other Southern states, including Louisiana, are stepping up to the plate. This is a great opportunity to learn more about architecture that some of us find difficult to understand, and to get inside buildings that often aren’t open to the public.
You can find all available tours here and below is a sampling of offerings from some of our neighbors, in case you’d like to take a fall weekend trip.
No Small Idea: Midtown’s Colony Square
Join Docomomo US/Georgia and AIA Atlanta for a reception and talk at the offices of Jova/Daniels/Busby led by members of the original architectural team followed by a walking tour of Colony Square. The tour includes a walking tour that will explore all aspects of the project: Office, retail, residential and hospitality.
Learn about the development and design of Colony Square, nearing its fortieth anniversary. Colony Square was the first multi-use project of its kind in the South, and was a catalyst for future change and development in Midtown Atlanta.Learn about the development and design of Midtown Atlanta’s landmark, Colony Square. Colony Square was the first multi-use project of its kind in the south, and was a catalyst for future change and development in Atlanta. The tour includes a presentation about Colony Square’s history and design led by members of the original Jova/Daniels/Busby architectural team, followed by a walking tour that will explore all aspects of the project: Office, retail, residential, and hospitality.
1201 Peachtree Street N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30361
Registration: RSVP required. Please email Docomomo US/Georga Chapter to book your reservation.
Lake Vista Neighborhood
Tour description coming soon!
Lake Vista Neighborhood
6645 Spanish Fort Boulevard
New Oleans, LA 70124
Texas offers numerous tours in several cities this year, including Houston and Austin. Texas really boomed in the post-WWII period and has some pretty amazing Modernist buildings, so I’m sure any of the tours would be worthwhile. Check them out at http://www.docomomo-us.org/tour_day_2012/texas.
Personally, if I were up in Chicago that weekend, I would hitch a ride with the “Architecture in the Round” tour:
Architecture in the Round
Best known for his curving concrete structures, Bertrand Goldberg was a native Chicagoan who “broke the box” and brought new ideas and philosophies to mid-century Modern design. A student of Mies van der Rohe, Goldberg began experimenting early in his career with new shapes and materials that differentiated his work from the rigid rectilinear style of his mentor. Goldberg was passionate about revitalizing cities, and we’ll see projects he designed that were intended to inject vitality back into Chicago’s urban fabric as he saw it begin to decay in the 1950s.
Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop & Tour Center
224 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604
Time: 12noon – 3:30pm(3 1/2 hour bus tour)
Cost: Adults- $45, Members- $37
Registration: Register online by following this link or by calling 312-922-TOUR
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