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Online Conference: Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House

In the run-up to Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House, our Iconic Houses online event in September, we present our speakers and the themes of their keynotes. Then in our next newsletter we'll introduce the leading authorities on architecture in the Netherlands who will present the video series about the Dutch reinvention of the house in the 20th century.

The benefit of bringing our conference online is that we can visit more houses now than we could have covered physically – 20 in total, spread all over the Netherlands! Also, it’s much easier to attend – the modules are never longer than 90 minutes, and with one a week you can plan your schedule around them. You can also watch modules later, at a time that suits you. Finally, of course, it costs far less to take part because there are no physical tours and no travel and accommodation costs.

Register now to benefit from the early-bird registration rates!
The deadline to register at the discounted rate is Saturday, July 31st.

Inside Iconic Houses
Our COVID-project, Inside Iconic Houses, the exclusive live house tour series led by our members' houses directors and curators , will take a break in August and September, after the visit to Casa Organicá on 29 July. In September we bring a five-part video series as part of our conference modules, covering the 20 iconic houses in the Netherlands. And you can travel on demand to the recorded house tours that can already be found in the webshop! Thursday 21 October we'll be back with the fortnightly Inside Iconic Houses live tours, starting with Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House!

Plan any physical visits to our member's house museums well in advance, as house museums can have irregular visiting times and coronavirus guidelines often require online reservation.
Villa Beer by Josef Frank in Vienna is Saved!
Good news from Austria: Villa Beer, designed by Josef Frank and Oskar Wlach (1930) is no longer at risk! Its new owner is determined to turn it into a museum open to the public after a careful and sensitive restoration. The villa is one of the most important works of private housing of the 1920s-1930s and is on par with other important Modernist buildings by such architects as Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe or Adolf Loos.
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Hygiene and Health in the Modern Home - Beatriz Colomina
Beatriz Colomina is Professor of the History of Architecture at Princeton University. In her keynote address at the online conference she will focus on the huge impact of health and hygiene on modern architecture from the end of the 19th century to today’s pandemic. "I will try to show that theories and fears of disease literally shaped the architecture we live in."
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Palaces for the People - Valentijn Carbo
Valentijn Carbo is an architectural historian at the Hendrick de Keyser Association, the leading private trust for the preservation of historic houses in the Netherlands. He currently runs the Museum Houses project. In his lecture for the conference, he explores social housing in The Netherlands, and the impact of the 'woningwet' ('dwelling law') of 1901.
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A Woman’s Place: Clients, Architects, Promoters - Alice T. Friedman
Alice Friedman is an art historian and Professor of the History of American Art and Co-Director of the Architecture Program at Wellesley College. She is also a curator, art critic and author. Her books include Women and the Making of the Modern House. For the online conference, she talks about women as architects and clients in the first half of the 20th century.
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Experiments with Space - Anita Blom
Anita Blom is a specialist in Post-War Architecture and Urban Design at the Cultural Heritage Agency in the Netherlands. She currently heads its Post 65 project, which examines ways of dealing with recent heritage. She'll talk about experimental housing projects of the 1970s in The Netherlands, that were subsidized by the government.
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Home as Self-Portrait: Architect's Houses - Gennaro Postiglione
Gennaro Postiglione is Professor of Interior Architecture at Politecnico di Milano and author of The Architect's Home – a topic he revisits as a keynote speaker at the conference. "I will look at the architect’s house as an interesting form of 3D self-reflection which is otherwise rare in the architect’s oeuvre," he says, identifying four different variations on the architect's home.
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New Inside Iconic Houses Video Tours in Webshop!
For those who postpone their travels, here's your solution to get inspired this summer from home: the Inside Iconic Houses video series on demand is on sale! With exclusive director and curator led behind-the-scenes tours of Fallingwater, The Gamble House, La Pedrera, the Horta Museum and more. Coming soon: Haus am Horn, Van Wassenhove House and Casa Orgánica. The proceeds from your purchases support our projects. Enjoy!
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Adopt an Icon at Risk - PLEASE DONATE
Thanks to your donations, we can add new listings to our Icons at Risk Watch List. Worldwide, 60 houses are on our radar of which 42 have been researched and published. We need your help to continue research and publish them all. The Iconic Houses Foundation, like many non-profits, is in a precarious position due to Covid. Please donate to help us continue putting these houses in the spotlight to (hopefully) save them from demolition.
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