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Join the Discussion! Hannia Gómez Hosts a Glass House Conversation

Villa Planchart in 1963. Image from Archivo Gio Ponti Caracas.

Hannia Gómez - Plaza de los Museos, CaracasJoin us for this week’s online Glass House Conversation hosted by Hannia Gómez, President of Fundacion de la Memoria Urbana, founder and vice president of Docomomo Venezuela, and former curator of Gio Ponti’s Villa Planchart, a modern home in Caracas, Venezuela:

The recently restored Tugendhat House by Mies van der Rohe has just reopened to the public. In the words of Jean-Louis Cohen in The Wall Street Journal, the House’s restoration “has benefited from a new approach to preserving Modernist buildings”, and now “a new generation of experts takes an “archaeological” view, yielding superb results.” The Tugendhat House recovered “its grand atmosphere from the 1930s”.

Having worked for many years as curator of Gio Ponti’s Villa Planchart in Caracas (1957), I witnessed a totally different – much slower, less scientific, but very successful – preservation process. Similarly perfect results were achieved through years of intuition and passion for architecture.

How will the latest trend in preservation process and interest in Modernist buildings impact the threatened/saved Modern heritage of the world?

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Hannia Gómez Hosts a New Glass House Conversation

Villa Planchart in 1963. Image from Archivo Gio Ponti Caracas.
Join in a new Glass House Conversation on modern architecture + preservation hosted by Hannia Gómez, president of Fundacion de la Memoria Urbana, and founder and Vice President of Docomomo Venezuela:

Share your thoughts, join the Conversation going on now at

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Glass House + @DOCOMOMO_US National Modern Architecture Tour Day, Oct. 8-10

DOCOMOMO US Tour Day 2011The Glass House joins DOCOMOMO (Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement) US as a partner in the 2011 DOCOMOMO US National Tour Day. The fifth annual event (October 8 -10, 2011) highlights the influence of the Modern Movement within the US and supports its preservation by encouraging a sense of regional and national pride for its rich legacy. Throughout the weekend (October 7-10), the Glass House will extend its National Trust for Historic Preservation member discount rate of $15 off all tours to DOCOMOMO US members. National Tour Day will culminate in a special DOCOMOMO US members-only tour and reception to be held at the Glass House on Monday, October 10.  Limited spaces remain for the members reception, contact for reservations.

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Glass House Conversations Moderator Philip Nobel to Co-Host Conversations in Context Event, September 2011:

Interior of the Philip Johnson Glass House.

On September 22nd, 2011 Philip Nobel, (who is leading this week’s Glass House Conversation) will co-host one of The Glass House’s new programs, Conversations in Context, which brings together leading minds in the fields of architecture, art, design, history, landscape and preservation as hosts of special curated tours at The Glass House. Nobel will be hosting a tour with architect Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP Architects. Read the rest of this entry »

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