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Architecture July, 11 2012

Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island

Director Jake Gorst sheds light on Long Island’s impressive modernist history. Not an area you might immediately associate with midcentury architecture, it turns out that the East end of the Island was the starting point for a collection of moderate sized, mismatched architectural projects that encompassed a raft of different styles, “from modernism, through post-modernism, and deconstructionism”. Incredible houses spread across the area, homes that would have today’s midcentury fans shedding tears. However, from the late 60s onwards trends changed and the island’s landscape unfortunately soon followed. As Paul Goldberger, architecture critic, describes “a post-1960′s wave of arrogant, showy construction” swept away many of the original buildings to make way for mansions and uniform neighbourhoods. Featuring the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Gwathmey and Edward Durrell Stone, Gorst hopes “the film will foster renewed awareness and appreciation for Long Island’s remaining modernist structures and its unique architectural history.”

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