Greening Modernism: How a Defining Movement of the 20th-Century Can Inform 21st-Century Real Estate Development Print
Saturday, 13 November 2010 00:00

Modernism was the defining cultural movement of the 20th century. While its application to the built environment lacked our understanding of resource constraints, its hallmark was, in fact, a precursor of today's quest for sustainability: realizing maximum value from minimal means tailored to local conditions.

WHERE: The William and Anita Newman Conference Center, Room 750, 151 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010
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Edited by Lynda Waggoner

Over time, Modernism's precepts were misapplied or neglected, with damaging results. But its power is undimmed. By applying its integrative, analytic rigor and its focus on solving problems at the deepest level, we can both serve sustainability goals and enrich our quality of life. And we can honor and reclaim the authenticity of place.
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Opportunities to do this abound. Our existing building stock contains immense stores of "embodied resources," notably the energy consumed at every step of a building's creation. We can capitalize on this by adapting buildings now in surplus to meet new demands for space, avoiding the exorbitant environmental costs of demolition and new construction. We can upgrade buildings in active use to high-performance standards. We can sustainably preserve buildings with historic and aesthetic merit, many of them Modernist structures. We can shape urban and regional planning contexts appropriately.

To illuminate the magnitude of these potential benefits and how Modernism can guide us toward them, we're convening a glittering roster of experts. Some are Modernism's direct heirs: they knew its practitioners and worked with or for them. All of them view it as a living legacy. Their provocative discussions will be keyed to release of a major new book: Greening Modernism: Preservation, Sustainability, and the Modern Movement, by Carl Stein, FAIA, who will speak at the event.

Registration and exact dates at the organizer's web site

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