In the spring of 2017, Docomomo US launched the first phase of its long-awaited Explore Modern project, a new visually vibrant and content rich online destination featuring the nation’s historic modern sites. Launch of the Explore Modern project was made possible by a grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), a National Park Service affiliate. The Explore Modern project and website relaunch were the culmination of a two-year plan of the Docomomo US’ Board Communications Committee, the organization’s Executive Director, and consultants to create a next generation website featuring readily accessible educational information, advocacy alerts, and user-submitted information. The Explore Modern project is next phase of the Docomomo US Register, one of the first visual architectural databases to appear on the internet offering publicly accessible information on modern sites alongside historic photos and plans. The Explore Modern project includes more than four hundred site and significant modern property listings and continues to be expanded daily. The Explore Modern project is a distinctive resource to integrate a scholarly-researched database with user-sourced information, biographical information and maps as well as historic and user-submitted photos.
The current version, named Explore Modern 1.0, is the first phase of the Explore Modern project and can be found online at http://www.docomomo-us.org/explore-modern/explore-the-register. To facilitate the core database element of the Explore Modern project, a forward-thinking website was developed to support and feature modern site listings across an array of content types and filtering options. Explore Modern site listings distinctively serve as the root for all web content including advocacy alerts, news items and tour listings. By organizing the content in such a dynamic way, the Explore Modern project listings can be regularly updated, and content cross-referenced and archived. Extensive research and design review informed the overall design of the website and incorporates a designer portal featuring biographical information, historic site images and designer images, as well as local, regional and National Register of Historic Places designation information.