Highlighting Success Stories
As important works of twentieth-century architecture reach the 50 year mark, distinct challenges to their ongoing survival are emerging. Physical deterioration, perceived obsolescence, and perhaps most importantly, public apathy, lead all too often to demolition, or the threat of demolition. Many modern buildings are too recent to be “historic” in the traditional sense, and many have no legal protection because they are too young to qualify for landmark status.
But important at-risk modern buildings can and do remain sustainable structures with vital futures in the hands of visionary architects, designers, planners, and community leaders. With the support of founding sponsor Knoll, WMF launched the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize in 2008 to raise awareness about these modern preservation success stories.
The first of its kind, WMF awards the Prize biennially for an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved or enhanced a modern landmark or group of landmarks. The initiative provides a framework for addressing the issues that endanger modern landmarks and supports architectural design advocacy, conservation, and public education.
Modernism Prize Winners
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