Review: A Rift in the Earth

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Hannes Meyer’s German Workers’ Seminar in Berlin as UNESCO Heritage Site


When we recently learned that Bauhaus Director Hannes Meyer’s Bundesschule ADGB (German Workers’ Seminar in Berlin/Bernau) had been designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, we felt it was an opportunity to toot our own horn. Back in 2007, when a renovation of the complex had just been completed, we were given a tour of the facility and subsequently did a feature article on that 1928 competition in our COMPETITIONS quarterly magazine (Vol. 17, #4). Hardly six months passed before we learned that the site had received the initial award for the 2008 World Monuments Fund Modernism Prize. In most cases, we wouldn’t have made a case for any influence that may have resulted from our publication, except that one member of that 3-person jury happened to be on our distribution list. So when the UNESCO designation occurred, we also received congratulations from a member of the German committee responsible for the renovation—for any role we may have played in the matter.

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Book Review: Canada (Modern Architectures in History series)

Rhodri Windsor Liscombe

Michelangelo Sabatino

(authors)

Reaktion Books Ltd.

London (2016)

 

 

 

Although Canada is a large country in area, its population of approximately 38 million—equivalent to the state of California— is concentrated near its southern border with the United States. The rapid expansion of its population over the past century has

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Book Review: Competing Modernisms

Competing Modernisms: Toronto’s New City Hall and Square

 

George Thomas Kapelos (author)

Christopher Armstrong (Introduction)

Dalhousie Architectural Press (2015)

Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

Toronto’s 1958 competition for its New City Hall and Square was anything but regional in nature. When the City Hall project was in a gestation stage, there

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Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Inside Story

Book Review

By Paul D. Spreiregen

Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Inside Story

By Robert W. Doubek

2015

McFarland; 311 pages, illustrated

www.mcfarlandpub.com

0175500-r1-e048

Photos: Paul Spreiregen

On any given day visitors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington may number in the hundreds, sometimes the thousands. Immediately upon its dedication in November 1982 it became and has remained one of the most visited sites in our nation’s capitol. Extending tranquilly across a tree bordered meadow near the Lincoln Memorial, its power as a work of tribute stands among the great memorials of any time or place. It is an American icon.

Visitors to the memorial may know that a college student designed it in a nation-wide design competition and that the selected design was the subject of great controversy. Little else about its creation is known or need be known by a typical visitor. The memorial speaks for itself, honoring the nearly 58,000 Vietnam veterans who died in the war and by implication the millions of others who served. As a work of public art it honors memory and service admirably.

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