2022 Theme: SHOPPING MALLS
2021 Theme: TRAVEL & LEISURE
2020 Theme: 70s TURN 50
Docomomo US Advocacy Theme 2022: Travel and Leisure
If there is one industry that defines the mid-century, it’s Travel and Leisure.
Whether hitting the road by car or jetting off to exotic locations, modern ideals and aesthetics can be found just about everywhere you look. As we begin 2021 with some cautious optimism, Docomomo US is excited to explore what we have been missing in 2020. With the travel industry heavily impacted because of the pandemic, this is also an opportunity to help a stuggling sector of the economy while delving into some of the great architecture, landscapes, sites, and stories of our modern travel heritage.
The Travel and Leisure theme can be approached in a number of different ways and highlighted through a vast number of topics intertwined with this theme:
Fall Tour Day 2021: Cabin Culture! – A Virtual Road Trip
For the past one hundred years, “cabin culture” has become a dominant trait of Minnesotan identity. For many people growing up in Minnesota, remembering a childhood “up north” conjures pleasant images of pine-ringed lakes and a cozy cabin. The phenomenon of owning or visiting a cabin in the upper Midwest is widespread and did not happen by accident. Cabin culture is the byproduct of industrial pursuits, the goal of postwar regional boosters, and, every so often, the precise conditions for exceptional modern architecture.
This study highlights modernist projects that represent different ideas in cabin culture. The modernist cabin provides access to nature, and, through historic context, demonstrates ideas about gathering and the environment. This study traces modernism through cabin architecture to highlight locations from the Docomomo US/MN Minnesota Modern Registry. - Mary Dahlman Begley
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