During the annual AIA Convention in Philadelphia last week, Washington, D.C.-based publishing firm Hanley Wood (ARCHITECT's parent company), and North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), in Durham, N.C., announced a joint agreement that will lend a hand to the preservation of midcentury architecture. The North Carolina nonprofit organization, established in 2007, is known for its work documenting, preserving, and promoting modernist residential design around the country. The group also possesses a very large digital archive of architectural publications. With NCMH's new agreement with Hanley Wood, an incredible number of titles and issues that have historical significance to midcentury modern design in the Hanley Wood collection will be digitized in NCMH’s Colossus Architecture Magazine Archive. The new titles will be available July 1.
Once complete, “Colossus” will be largest digital archive of modern architectural magazines available to the general public, with more than 1.3 million pages of content. The digital archive was originally launched in 2013 and currently includes the publications AIA North Carolina, House + Home, Architectural Forum, Metro Magazine, and others. Titles to be added to those include The Octagon: A Journal of the American Institute of Architects (1929-43), The Journal of the American Institute of Architects (1944-64), Architecture: The AIA Journal (1983-85), Architecture (1985-2006), and Progressive Architecture (1945-96).
George Smart, founder of NCMH, was awarded with this year’s AIA Collaborative Achievement Award, which recognized his efforts in promoting knowledge of modernist architecture. Some of the things Smart has done to promote modernist architecture include single- and multifamily public home tours; an architecture movie series; an annual dinner for modernist designers; summer-long networking events; and a podcast.
“As modernist buildings are being threatened or destroyed, access to historical information has never been more critical for preservation,” said Smart in a press release. “Colossus makes it easier for anyone to research midcentury design. We’re thrilled to have Hanley Wood on board with Colossus as it becomes the largest repository in the world.”