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The Global and Mail Praises Modernism at Risk Exhibition and Knoll/WMF Modernism Prize

Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks Displayed at George Brown College After Being Presented at IIDEX Canada

October 10, 2013

The Globe and Mail celebrates Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks, a Knoll-sponsored exhibition organized by the World Monuments Fund (WMF) that was displayed at George Brown University in Toronto October 8 - 13, 2013.

Before opening at the college, the exhibition previewed at IIDEX 2013, the industry trade show designed to bring together interior designers, architects, facility managers, real estate and business executives. IIDEX serves as a national forum that powers the design industry in Canada.

Modernism at Risk consists of large-scale photographs by noted photographer, Andrew Moore and interpretative panels of five case studies that explore the role designers play in preserving Modern landmarks.

There are five buildings highlighted in the WMF-Knoll exhibition including: the ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau, Germany, designed by Hannes Meyer and Hans Wittwer and winner of the 2008 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize; the A. Conger Goodyear House in Old Westbury, NY, designed by Edward Durell Stone and saved from demolition by WMF in 2001; the Kent Memorial Library in Suffield, CT, designed by Warren Platner; and the Zonnestraal Sanatorium in Hilversum, The Netherlands, designed by Johannes Duiker and Bernard Bijvoet and winner of the 2010 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize. The exhibition also features the Riverview High School in Sarasota, FL, designed by Paul Rudolph and the Grosse Pointe Public Library in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, designed by Marcel Breuer, both of which appeared on the 2008 World Monument's Watch, an annual listing of modernist buildings at risk.

Since the exhibition's debut in 2009, it has traveled to the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL; The Art Institute of Tampa Gallery in Tampa, FL; the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach in Palm Beach, FL; the Nantucket Preservation Trust in Nantucket, MA; the AIA New York Center for Architecture in New York, NY; the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning in Salt Lake City, UT; the University of Montreal in Montreal, QC Canada; the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Ann Arbor, MI; and and Urban Planning in Ann Arbor, MI; the Lund University School of Architecture in Lund, Sweden; and Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning in Ithica, NY.

The partnership between Knoll and WMF focuses on the "advocacy, conservation, and public education,” of modern landmarks.

“This power-duo has produced real results,” writes The Globe and Mail writer Dave Leblanc, highlighting the Knoll/WMF “Modernism Prize,” a biennial award that honors an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved or enhanced” a piece of significant Modernism.

Winners have included the ADGB Trade Union School, a Bauhaus-designed building located in what was then East Germany; Zonnestraal Sanatorium in the Netherlands and most recently, Hizuchi Elementary School on the island of Shikoku in Japan.

Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks was displayed from October 8 – October 13 at the George Brown College School of Design Gallery Room located at 230 Richmond Street East in Toronto, CA.