Modernism Week and PS Architecture Tours – Palm Springs’ leading providers of architectural tour services – have teamed up to provide the definitive modern architecture tour experience. Join us for a season-long series of carefully curated small group tours spearheaded by Tripadvisor’s top-rated architectural tour operator, Trevor O’Donnell, and a select team of knowledgeable professional guides.
Our new mini-coach tours offer an in-depth introduction to Palm Springs history and the city’s world-famous collection of midcentury modern homes and buildings. You’ll join up to 20 fellow architecture and design fans for a fun, fascinating exploration of the city’s most beautiful neighborhoods, pausing along the way to learn about outstanding works of architecture by some of America’s most important modernist designers. You’ll also learn about Hollywood celebrities who made many of these homes famous, and enjoy back stories that add life, humor and awe to Palm Springs’ amazing modernist legacy.
Modernism Week is a community supported nonprofit dedicated to education, preservation and appreciation of modernist architecture and design in Palm Springs. When you choose Architecture Tours by Modernism Week, you’re not only choosing the best, you’re helping to preserve and promote modern architecture for generations to come.
Things to Know Proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required at check-in and face masks must be worn on the tour. This tour is designed for curious adult learners; it may not be appropriate for children. No pets, other than service dogs, are allowed on the mini-coach. Free parking available. Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible. The organizer of this event is Modernism Week. Event Check-in Location Palm Springs Visitors Center, 2901 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 View Map
ModernismWeek@Sea participants will receive a rare, insiders-view of the Baltic region’s modernist architecture exploring Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Finland and Russia, A highlight will be an optional tour in Helsinki to visit Alvar Aalto’s studio and house. Completed in 1936, the Aalto House, is a classic example of this noted designer and architect’s style that embraced individual expression, uniqueness of design and uncharted experimentation
In addition to participating in a rich array of optional port excursions offered by Oceania Cruises, ModernismWeek@Sea participants will be able to enjoy several private events especially organized for this group such as “Bevvies on the Baltic,” “Summer Soirée,” and “From Russia with Love – Vodka Martini Party.”
Optional limited-participation opportunities include a “Mod Bites” cooking class that will showcase favorite mid-century cocktails and hors d’oeuvres of the era and an exclusive dinner limited to 24 guests in the extravagant La Reserve by Wine Spectator dining room hosted by Lisa Vossler Smith. Oceania has partnered with France’s esteemed Moët & Chandon to create the Dom Pérignon Experience at La Reserve by Wine Spectator, an exuberant six-course gustatory indulgence that pairs each course with a special Dom Pérignon vintage, capturing every aspect from subtle, effervescent nose to lively, satisfying finish. From Brittany Blue Lobster in Yellow Curry Broth with Coco Foam to Sashimi-Style Seared Wagyu Beef with Sautéed Arugula, Blood Orange-Soya Jus and Caviar Perlita, each beguiling bite is a celebration of the finer things in life.
During this cruise you’ll enjoy Oceania’s lavish amenities, luxurious accommodations and choose to dine at the many onboard complimentary restaurants as they travel to their next destination.
2020 National Symposium Chicago: Crossroads of Modern America
Chicago has been recognized as the “crossroads”, not only for its connecting of water, land, and air networks, but for its place at the intersection of architecture, culture, and technological change. The rapidity of Chicago’s growth, coupled with its prominence in producing innovations of the modern movement is an opportunity for the 2020 meeting of Docomomo/US to consider this history and its prospect for the recognition, interpretation, preservation and extension of the forms and ideas of modernism in the middle of America. The 2020 Symposium theme will be explored through guided tours and lectures, both from invited speakers as well as those to be selected from a call for presentations, to be sent this fall.
The 2020 Symposium will:
- Explore how Chicago’s growth and socioeconomic dynamics produced an innovative urban architecture
- Offer an opportunity to enjoy architecture, integrated art, and the streetscapes of Chicago from on foot and upon water.
- Celebrate iconic and well preserved structures such as Unity Temple and the Farnsworth House while considering iconic and yet endangered structures such as the Thompson Center.
- Hear from key persons associated with preservation projects and advocacy efforts that maintain and preserve modern architecture in various contexts.
- Feature tours and lectures at university complexes that feature significant mid-century architecture.