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Plastic Mobility: The Challenge of Preserving Modern Materials and Assemblies

October 11, 2017

Archtoberfest is a month-long celebration of all things architecture, design, planning and sustainability in San Diego. Join us for a special lecture by noted preservation architect Milford Wayne Donaldson FAIA, who presently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).

The Futuro house, built in 1969 out of plastic, and once housed behind the Design Center in San Diego, reflects the optimism during the exciting era of space exploration when people believed technology could solve all problems for the human race. From Disneyland’s 1959 Monsanto House of the Future, to Japan’s 1963 Sekisui Cabin, to Matti Suuronen’s 1969 Futuro house and finally to Elbert Speidel’s modular 1972 Poly-Pods, these projects epitomize Space Age style, a period of optimistic, futuristic aesthetics when earthbound designers of plastics let their creative spirits soar into orbit – and we gladly went along for the ride.

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Plastic Mobility: The Challenge of Preserving Modern Materials and Assemblies

October 10, 2017

Archtoberfest is a month-long celebration of all things architecture, design, planning and sustainability in San Diego. Join us for a special lecture by noted preservation architect Milford Wayne Donaldson FAIA, who presently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).

The Futuro house, built in 1969 out of plastic, and once housed behind the Design Center in San Diego, reflects the optimism during the exciting era of space exploration when people believed technology could solve all problems for the human race. From Disneyland’s 1959 Monsanto House of the Future, to Japan’s 1963 Sekisui Cabin, to Matti Suuronen’s 1969 Futuro house and finally to Elbert Speidel’s modular 1972 Poly-Pods, these projects epitomize Space Age style, a period of optimistic, futuristic aesthetics when earthbound designers of plastics let their creative spirits soar into orbit – and we gladly went along for the ride.

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Claremont Modern: The Convergence of Art + Architecture at Midcentury

January 19, 2017

In conjunction with the exhibition Irving J. Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country, the San Diego History Center hosts the San Diego premiere of a 90-minute documentary examining the vital relationship between art, design and architecture in Claremont, California in the years following War II.

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