VMZinc/Umicore Building Products To Host "Modernism at Risk"

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  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) June 01, 2012 - VMZINC, the brand name for architectural zinc manufactured by Umicore Building Products USA will host a night of "Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks," an international architectural photography exhibit that will be on display in the new AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design in Raleigh. The company will host the exhibit's closing day on Saturday, June 9, from 1-4 p.m.

    Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), the non-profit organization that archives, preserves and promotes modernist residential design, is bringing the exhibit to Raleigh, and has invited modernist architects and architectural vendors in the Triangle to participate by hosting individual nights that it is on display.

    Umicore Building Products donated the PIGMENTO Red VMZINC used on the AIA NC Center forArchitecture and Design - a donation worth $80,000.

    Dan Nicely, Assoc. AIA and director of market development for VMZINC, noted why he felt it was important for his company to show support for this exhibition:

    "Architecture is a cultural and civil event. At any stage of the life cycle, it deserves awareness and attention that surpasses the superficial. We are honored to show our support for Triangle Modernist Houses, and for the cause, and the education, behind this important event."

    A project of the World Monuments Fund, "Modernism at Risk" consists of 27 large-scale photographs, by noted photographer Andrew Moore, representing five case studies that explore the role designers play in preserving Modern landmarks. Two points central to the exhibit are: (1) engaging a larger public to care about modern buildings, and (2) demonstrating that these buildings can continue to be economically and functionally viable.

    Exclusively for this exhibit, North Carolina State University is allowing TMH to display six architectural models rarely, if ever, seen by the public.

    Tickets to "Modernism at Risk's" on June 9 are $3.95 in advance and $5 at the door. Since the exhibit is being held in the new AIA NC headquarters facility, AIA members in good standing will be admitted free. For more information and to reserve tickets, go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/atrisk.

    The AIA Center for Architecture and Design is located at 14 East Peace Street in downtown Raleigh. For more information and directions, go to www.cfadnc.org.

    For more information on VMZINC and Umicore Building Products, visit www.vmzinc-us.com.

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