What Is West Coast Modernism?

What is West Coast Modern? Architect Cathy Johnson describes West Coast Modernism as “a bit more approachable, it’s not afraid to have some sand tracked in from the beach.” The independent film “Coast Modern“, by Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome, takes a look at “West Coast Modern” homes sprinkled along the Pacific North West coastline from Los Angeles all the way north to Vancouver. These homes prove that architecture can become one with the environment.

According to the filmmakers, “This relaxed journey takes us across three generations of Modernist architecture, all finding beauty in their own times, and all taking us back to the basics of true living – a sense of place, light, and a deep connection to the earth.”

Coast Modern will be shown at the Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York on October 19th and 20th at 9:30pm. To learn more about this film visit Coastmodernfilm.com.


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CCA Wins a FIABCI Prix d’ Excellence Award

Charles Cunniffe Architects’ design for the new Theatre Aspen lobby & tent won another award! The International Real Estate Federation, FIABCI holds a prestigious award competition each year, and this year Theatre Aspen won under the Parks category. The winners were selected based on the projects’ overall merit by an expert panel of international FIABCI real estate professionals. Projects were evaluated on concept, architecture, engineering, environmental impact and benefits to the community.

In its 62 years of existence, FIABCI has built an enviable reputation. It represents the world’s real estate professions through its Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations Organization. FIABCI’s role in the United Nations is to make recommendations and provide advice on matters such as property rights, housing for the poor and money laundering.With chapters currently operating in more than 60 countries, FIABCI represents every discipline in the industry and links thousands of real estate professionals worldwide. FIABCI-USA is the United States Chapter of FIABCI. FIABCI-USA plays a key role in The International Real Estate Federation and seeks to showcase the best projects in the USA and built by US builders around the world.

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CCA Named One of the Top Mountain Architects by Mountain Living

We wanted to thank the editors of Mountain Living magazine for naming Charles Cunniffe Architects to your 2012 Top Mountain Architects & Interior Designers list. Inside the latest issue, Mountain Living celebrates “the West’s most talented design pros and the stunning spaces they bring to life.”

It is such an honor to be chosen alongside some of the top design firms in the country.

To read more check out Mountain Living online.

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Mountain Rescue Aspen

The Mountain Rescue cabin on Main Street. Photo via Aspen Daily News

We are excited to be working with Mountain Rescue Aspen, who is looking to expand their facilities. The new space will allow MRA to house their equipment and rescue vehicles at the facility and not off-site like it is currently doing. It will also house a training area, control room, a kitchen, ample storage, and an area for their volunteers to rest after a long night in the field.

As stated in the Aspen Daily News, “MRA has outgrown its small headquarters and is now able to build a new facility largely because of a $1.5 million grant given last year to the organization from Oklahoma resident Lynda Cameron, who was rescued by a MRA team after her father’s plane crashed in the Capitol Creek Valley during a snowstorm on Nov. 27, 1977. Her father, C.B. Cameron, was killed in the crash; Lynda and four others, including her mother, brother and the pilot, were rescued.”

Mountain Rescue Aspen is a “volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives through backcountry rescue and mountain safety education.” To learn more about MRA visit their website.

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