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Rocky Mountain Modern

Author John Gendall examines the history of modernism in the Rocky Mountain West and a contemporary generation of architects advancing modern design in the alpine context.

$12 (1 hr)

Category: @Palm Springs, @CAMP Theater, AIA Continuing Education, Book Signing, Presentation, Talk, *Newly Added

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The Rocky Mountains have a deep, but often overlooked, connection to modern design. In the mid-20th century, the region was the site of commissions by architects at the vanguard of modernism—including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarrinen, and Eliot Noyes—becoming an early locus of modernism in North America. 

Over the following decades, architects practicing there developed a regional modernism that adapted the elements of modern design to the immense scale, environmental conditions, local vernacular, and natural ecologies of the Rocky Mountains.

Today, that tradition continues, with leading architects designing significant projects in this alpine setting, as richly illustrated in his recent publication, Rocky Mountain Modern – Contemporary Alpine Homes. (Monacelli Press, June 2022)

John Gendall is a journalist and communications consultant specializing in architecture. His writing has been published widely, including in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, and Architectural Digest. Gendall has provided communications counsel to a range of clients, including Harvard Graduate School of Design, Rebuild by Design, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches architectural communication at Pratt Institute and has been a visiting instructor at Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Parsons The New School for Design. He holds a Master in Design Studies with Distinction from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

This event qualifies for 1 AIA/CES Learning Unit (LU).


Things to Know
This event is for all ages.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location 
CAMP Theater, 285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo credit: ©Paul Crosby Photo Credit James Florio Photo Credit Bent René Synnevåg. Photo Credit David Angello Photo Credit  Nic Lehoux. Monacelli Press 

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