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  3. Nominations Now Open for the 2018 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

Nominations Now Open for the 2018 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

  • 18:30 - 2 May, 2018
Nominations Now Open for the 2018 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize
Nominations Now Open for the 2018 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

Nominations are now open for the 2018 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the prize recognizes architects or designers that have demonstrated innovative solutions to preserve or save threatened modern architecture.

 The interior stairwell of the Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia, awarded the 2014 WMF/Knoll Modernism Prize for restoration carried out by the Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library with the Central City Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg.. Image Courtesy of World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize
The interior stairwell of the Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia, awarded the 2014 WMF/Knoll Modernism Prize for restoration carried out by the Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library with the Central City Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg.. Image Courtesy of World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

The singular, biennial award was established in 2008 to raise awareness of modernism’s contribution to contemporary life and the influential role that architects and designers play in preserving modern heritage. The first prize was awarded to Brenne Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH for its restoration of the ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau, Germany (1930). Designed by Hannes Meyer, second director of the Bauhaus, and Hans Wittwer of the Bauhaus architecture department, the ADGB School is a seminal modern building whose survival was unknown to Western architectural historians for decades. Other winning projects have included the Zonnestraal Sanatorium in the Netherlands, the Architectural Consortium for Hizuchi Elementary School in Japan, the Viipuri Library in Russia, and the Justus van Effen complex in the Netherlands.

Nominated projects for 2018 must have been completed in the last five years and faced threats that affected the site before preservation. Projects that have enhanced a site’s architectural, functional, economic, and environmental sustainability while also benefiting the community are encouraged. There are no geographic restrictions, and the deadline for nominations is June 15, 2018.

The dining hall of the Bauhaus-designed ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau, Germany, awarded the 2008 WMF/Knoll Modernism Prize for restoration carried out by Brenne Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH, headed by Winfried Brenne and Franz Jaschke.. Image Courtesy of World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize
The dining hall of the Bauhaus-designed ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau, Germany, awarded the 2008 WMF/Knoll Modernism Prize for restoration carried out by Brenne Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH, headed by Winfried Brenne and Franz Jaschke.. Image Courtesy of World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

An independent jury of architectural scholars, conservators, and professionals will select the prize winner. The jury is chaired by Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art. The prize winner as well as a selection of honorable mentions will be announced fall 2018.

World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize is part of WMF’s broader programming to address the challenges faced by modern sites through advocacy, education, and conservation, which today includes the World Monuments Watch and Modern Century. The prize originated from WMF’s Modernism at Risk initiative, which was created in response to increasing threats to modern buildings, including neglect, perceived obsolescence, inappropriate alterations, and demolition.

  The exterior of the Zonnestraal Sanatorium in Hilversum, the Netherlands, awarded the 2010 WMF/Knoll Modernism Prize for restoration carried out by Bierman Henket Architecten and Wessel de Jonge Architecten".. Image Courtesy of World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize
The exterior of the Zonnestraal Sanatorium in Hilversum, the Netherlands, awarded the 2010 WMF/Knoll Modernism Prize for restoration carried out by Bierman Henket Architecten and Wessel de Jonge Architecten".. Image Courtesy of World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

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Cite: "Nominations Now Open for the 2018 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize" 02 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/893691/2018-world-monuments-fund-knoll-modernism-prize/> ISSN 0719-8884