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Max Eternity @ MaxEternity.com | Report: Modern Atlanta (MA)—one of America’s premiere annual architecture and design celebrations—blasts off with a bang, with its official 2012 launch event. Hosted tonight at Terminus 2, located in Buckhead—Atlanta’s affluent, uptown cultural hub—the launch event will feature an AIA moderated panel discussion that includes industry experts from the Yale School of Architecture, and Atlanta-based architecture and design professionals.
Founded in 2007 by Bernard McCoy and Elayne DeLeo, 2012 marks the 5th consecutive year that MA has rolled out a stunning line-up of festivities, highlighting the very best in modern design in and around Atlanta. And this year, dubbed MA12, the organization began its roster of events on May 31st at the Sound Table.
Located in the city’s Edgewood district, the Sound Table is just one of Atlanta’s hottest new venues that has popped up in an area that was, just ten years ago, heavily littered with vacant, abandoned and vandalized real estate; epitomizing urban blight. Times are a-changing, and with it new investments in Atlanta’s Downtown.
The Sound Table gathering was a media preview party hosted by MA’s founders, and the city councilmember representing [District 2] the neighborhood—Kwanza Hall—was on hand to give a few remarks.
Interest in modernist buildings and design has been, at times, a very rocky road. As from around 2008 until 2010, a couple of Atlanta’s most notable modernist buildings—one of which was designed by Marcel Breuer and the other by Atlanta’s own Scogin and Elam—came very close to being demolished. Fortunately these [public] buildings—the Atlanta Fulton [Central] Library and the Buckhead Library—were not torn down. This is in-large-part due to a renewed interest in the modernist experience in the urban landscape, and due to civic pride.
Architectural ignorance still exists, and sadly, modernist buildings do continue to be torn down. Two recent examples of misguided demolition are the Paul Rudolph designed Riverview High School in Florida, as well as the greater portionof Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital campus, which Bauhaus founder, Walter Gropius, had a big hand in planning its design. Notwithstanding, in the Southeast and around the world, organizations and publications like Modern Atlanta, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Young Architects Forum (YAF), Museum of Design Atlanta (MoDA), AIA Atlanta, DOCOMOMO, MaxEternity.com, Architects + Artisans and Triangle Modernist Houses, deserve much credit for providing astute outreach and awareness that has helped to slow the demolition trend of modernist buildings, as has LEED certification and other sustainability initiatives that promote and advocate smart use of resources,which includes the repurposing of ageing sites.
In the film making world, a trio of documentaries on architecture and design are being proposed by the Eternity Group. And it is through these types of efforts and advocacies that modernist ideals and buildings remain alive and well.
A full listing of this season’s MA12 events can be found at modern-atlanta.org.
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