Mission for Modernism: Hotel Atriums with Charles Rice and Anthony Paletta

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Charles Rice and Anthony Paletta

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Docomomo US will kick off its online educational lecture series Mission for Modernism with a discussion on hotel atriums with Charles Rice, professor of architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney and moderator Anthony Paletta. Charles Rice will discuss all things to do with atria, from the emergence of the modern atrium hotel, to its proliferation in many building types globally through the 1970s, 80s and beyond. Along the way he will offer insights into the way architecture changed as a profession in this period, as a practice guided by the progressive tenets of modernism turned into a professional service fully integrated within neoliberal social and economic imperatives. Anthony Paletta, recent author of "How the American Atrium Hotel Became A Global Icon" for Bloomberg CityLab will pick up on these insights with Rice to ask what we can learn from them and their value to cities today.



Tuesday, March 23, 2021
5:00 - 6:00 pm Eastern
The half-hour presentation will be followed by a discussion and live Q&A session.

Registration is complimentary for members.
There is a recommended $15 donation for non-members. After registering, you will recieve a confirmation email with a link to donate. 

This course has been approved for 1 LU | AIA CES credit

Advance registration required



Mission for Modernism would not be possible without the generous support of the following partners and sponsors. Visit our Mission for Modernism page to see how you can become a sponsor.

Lead Program Sponsor

Mills + Schnoering Architects

Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC is a full service architectural firm dedicated to design that contributes meaningfully to the built environment, and to the preservation of significant historic structures that reflect their time, place, and cultural associations. Our work is focused on cultural buildings of all types, including theatres and museums; public buildings; campus planning and design; and the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings, with a particular focus on the restoration and adaptive use of mid-century Modern structures. We look for projects that inspire and challenge us, and clients who share our commitment to quality and craftsmanship.

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Mission for Modernism is sponsored by a Humanities New York CARES Emergency Relief Grant, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Mission for Modernism is sponsored by a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation through the National Trust Preservation Fund. For more information on national preservation grant funding, visit www.Forum.SavingPlaces.org/funding.