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Practice : Fall 2008
endangered sites . The purpose of the list is to identif y specific sites and threats to endangered a rchitecture that need immediate attention or resources. For the 2008 list, the WMF identified a number of key projects, key threat s to modernism. The se include historic cities, global c limate change , c onflict, ec onomic and development pressures. “Even though we have devoted a lot more energy recently to modernism, it’s something that we have been involved with for a longer period of time,” sa id Ng. “The first watch list was in 1996. And even back then, we listed some modern sites, such as Brancu si ’s Endless Column in Romania, which we largely just totally disassembled and regalvanized and restored. And the first list also had Aalto’s Viipuri Library, which was in Finland, but now in Russia.” Cascieri 16 also featured the presentation of the Selfless L abor Award to Bob Sturgis FAIA Emeritus, and Honorary BAC alum, on behalf of the Alumni Association. “I cannot think of anyone now active at the college who has given more of himself to the institution — in a range of activities and offic es that is p erhaps unmatched,” said Don Brown, AIA Emeritus, BAC Special Assistant to the President. “He w as active here in the 1950’s and today he’s still active, with a course that always fills up with folks eager to hear him...and to be provoked by him... in a positive sen se.” kinesthetics: Modernist Design 1925–2000 Complementing these activities wa s Kinesthetics — an exhibition in the McCormick Galler y. The Modern Age’s fa scination w ith locomotion and technology collided with a series of design innovations evolving in the 1920’s. What emerged was a shift in the way future furniture would be made, u sed, a nd seen. To a great degree, this shift was fueled by new inven- tions (e.g., t ubular steel) and new v isions for living (e.g., the Bauh au s). It drove modern designers to stream- line manufacturing and structural components while experimenting w ith what formal elements of objects — like t ables and chairs —were a bsolutely essential. What helped propel and sust ain this activity was a growing interest in the notion of kinesthetics—the body’s abilit y to sen se movement. As extended to design, it means that all the components of a design have the potential to generate sen sations of motion in the user. In the case of a chair, this effect could occur when looked-at or sat-in. For modernist designers in general, this concept greatly expanded the scope of options available to them. It countered limitations of distilling down to essential elements and it enhanced the power of what remained. In this manner, kinesthetics ha s h ad a broad and long-la sting influenc e on modernist design. Because of the impact of their innovation, many of the twenty- seven tables and chairs in the e x hibition are c on sidered icons of modernist design. Powered by this premise of kinesthetics, they included : Marcel Breuer’s Wa ssily (1925) and Cesca (1928) chairs, Charlotte Perriand ’s LC4 Chaise Longue (1928), Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair (1947) and Side Table (1957), Harry Bertoi a’s Bird (1950) a nd Diamond (1952) chairs, Charles and Ray Eameses’ Alumninmum Gourp (1958) and Paul Kjaerholm’s Chai se Longue (1965). feaTURe ] MoDeRnisT RelaTionshiPs by Design left to right: Guest views Gala through kaleidoscope ; Student Colin Booth and wife Mattie, Jeff Stein AIA and wife Emilie ; Christy MacLear Executive Director, Philip Johnson Glass House PRaCTiCe 58