These materials were originally presented at the Docomomo National Symposium in June, 2015.
STRUCTURED COLLABORATION: VERMONT'S RURAL MODERNISM
Marie S.A. Sorensen, Sorensen Partners
Rural ways of making are self-reliant and self-built – and use and re-use available materials. Over the course of the twentieth century, Vermont saw a unique expression of rural modernism founded in intentional communities centered around design and building. While academic elites instigated these movements, they did so in rural areas and attempted to learn from and share with their neighbors. These intentional communities attracted college-age students seeking a dramatic re-definition of values based on physically-engaged making and building. The movements’ leaders were charismatic peer teachers whose building agendas and expository style created a structured experience of collaboration in construction and intellectual development drawing on academic and local traditions of experimentation.
MINNESOTA'S RURAL MODERNISM
Catherine Sandlund, Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office
This session will present examples of rural Modernism throughout Minnesota. These unique and sometimes surprising designs found in our small towns and rural landscapes are threatened by some of the same forces found in the larger cities, but face a more difficult challenge because of their location and unrecognized significance.
Mid-Century Mundane is a website dedicated to exploring Everyday Modernism. The site typically highlights commercial, civic, religious and educational structures of local and regional significance that exemplify how Modern architecture was translated on "Main Street, USA." What is the benefit in understanding local architectural trends or documenting more modest architectural practices? How do we start to appreciate Everyday Modernism? In this talk, Frampton Tolbert will explain his work on the Mid-Century Mundane website, as well as the recently-launched Queens Modern initiative, a study of local modernism in Queens, NY.