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Modernism Week 2024

Thank you to everyone who participated in and attended an incredible Modernism Week 2024! Be sure to check back for information about upcoming events, Architecture Tours by Modernism Week , and special experiences like Modernism Week@Sea . Upcoming Dates: Modernism Week — October October 24-27, 2024 Modernism Week 2025 — 20th Anniversary February 13-23, 2025

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Architecture Tours by Modernism Week

October 28, 2023 to June 2, 2024

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.

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Modernism Week@Sea: Modernists on the Mediterranean

September 13-23, 2024

Embark on a Mediterranean cruise to explore ancient ruins and old quarters while indulging in thriving food scenes and enjoying sun-drenched beaches. Top sights such as the Vatican Museum in Rome and La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona are easily at hand while the whitewashed villages of Andalusia and the French Riviera become your playground.

Experience the best of the destination like a local – shopping the markets, mingling with residents, exploring historic neighborhoods, and so much more. Join Modernism Week@Sea for this unforgettable guided tour.

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Modernism Week to launch architecture tours in city this month

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Modernism Week has partnered with PS Architecture Tours to launch guided tours in the Palm Springs area, it was announced Friday.

The new Architecture Tours by Modernism Week are a seasonal set of tours that give an informative history of architecture in the Palm Springs area, according to officials. The two-and-a-half hour tours launch Dec. 22 and will be available until May. The tours will re-launch in the fall.

We’ve experienced an increased demand for architecture tours and educational programs that extends beyond our annual festival programming,” said Lisa Vossler Smith, Modernism Week Executive Director. “Modernism Week takes place in February and October, but architectural tourism in the area occurs throughout the year. By creating this new venture, we can produce these exciting, curated tours during the high season and eventually year-round.”

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The primary tours will be held in 20-seat motor coaches and focus on the city’s world-famous concentration of midcentury modern homes and buildings.

“We saw what the city of Chicago was doing with its world-famous architecture tours and were inspired to create a similar model here,” said Trevor O’Donnell, owner and operator of PS Architecture Tours. “I’ve always believed that architecture tours in Palm Springs should be a community-centered effort focused on education, preservation and community development. Because Modernism Week embodies these ideals, it is the perfect community-based partner.”

The tour will cost $110 per person. To learn more, go to modernismweek.com .

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Architecture Tours by Modernism Week

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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. 

The perfect blend of Trevor’s intimate small van tours and Modernism Week’s popular double-decker coach tours, these tours are designed to offer an in-depth introduction to the city’s fascinating past and its rare concentration of fine modernist homes and buildings. No microphones. No headsets. Just a friendly traveling conversation about a remarkable city.

You’ll join up to 22 fellow architecture and design fans for an 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 This tour is designed for curious adult learners; it is not appropriate for children. No pets, other than service dogs, are allowed on the mini-coach. Free parking available. Thank you for parking on the outer perimeter of the lot to allow better access for short-term visitors. Handicap parking is available. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. The organizer of this event is  Modernism Week .

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Novices and loyal attendees alike will have their design curiosity piqued by the home tours on the Modernism Week schedule in 2023.  The underlying theme this year seems to be wonderment, fun, and an even more colorful expression of modernist impulses through a contemporary lens.

Three Modernism Week Featured Homes grace the program this year:

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The Yoasis , playfully named for its location at the intersection of Yosemite and Oasis, is an original 1965 home re-imagined by Grace Home Furnishings with an unusual blend of both Bohemian and Hollywood Regency style. Michael Ostrow and Roger Stoker’s unique direction on “Bohemian Regency” is a welcome escape from reality.

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The SHAG House is a colorful plunge into the world of Palm Springs-based painter, designer and illustrator SHAG.  Known for his distinctive artistic style that draws from midcentury culture, his work – and now his house – are imbued with an attitude and a sly sense of humor which are unmistakably of our time.  SHAG devotees should not miss the First Look or the Big Reveal Party .

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The third Featured Home is Hi-Sun by H3K Home + Design. This 1963 Charles Du Bois design by the Alexander Construction Company is located in Palm Springs’ beautiful Vista Las Palmas neighborhood. Sip poolside cocktails during the Hi-Sun After Dark Cocktail Party .

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Visitors to Palm Springs all recognize and probably wonder what lies behind the striking brise-soleil on Alejo Road.  No reason to wonder any longer, when instead one can wander through the halls of the Villa Alejo , the sleek modern condo complex behind the brise-soleil. This is a special treat for the architectural lookie-loo.

For a full list of Modernism Week home tours, visit www.modernismweek.com and get your tickets while they are still available!

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Moscow metro tour: architectural styles of the subway.

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Duration: 2 hours

Categories: Culture & History, Sightseeing

This metro tour of Russia’s capital and most populous city, Moscow, is your chance to get a unique insight into the beautiful and impressive architecture of the city's underground stations. Admire their marble walls and high ceilings representing Stalin's desire for glory after World War 2, and see first-hand how the interiors change with the rise of new political eras. Your guide will lead you through the complex network, which is one of the most heavily used rapid transit systems worldwide, with over two billion travelers in 2011.

Opened in 1935, Moscow’s underground system, now 190 miles (305 km) long with 185 stations, is today one the largest and most heavily used rapid transit systems in the world. On this Moscow metro tour, discover the impressive architecture of Moscow’s underground stations and learn how they reflect the Soviet era.

Getting around by metro, your local guide will take you through parts of Moscow’s infamous history. Stop at stations built during the time of the USSR (Soviet Union) that are praised as one of the most extravagant architectural projects from Stalin’s time. After World War 2, he was keen on establishing Stalinist architecture to represent his rising regime and a recognized empire. Learn how when his successor started the de-Stalinization of the former Soviet Union in 1953, the extravagancy of the architecture was toned down.

Discover how the unique character of each station reflected several different eras. While stations like Kievskaya and Slavyansky Bulvar have pompous halls and high stucco ceilings brimming with extravagant decorations, those built later, like Volzhskaya, are lightly adorned with sparse furnishings. Architect Alexey Dushkin and painter Alexander Deyneka were just two of the many artists who made these magnificent landmarks possible.

Revel in Moscow's glory days, as well as the years of scarcity, on this fascinating Moscow metro experience. Conclude your tour at one of the central stations in Moscow. If you're lucky, you may even find the secret entrance to the unconfirmed Metro-2, a parallel underground system used by the government -- a mystery which has neither been denied nor confirmed today.

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Culture Shock Rating

We have a wide range of tours designed to give you an insight into the destination you're travelling in and there is something for everybody. The culture shock ratings considers the destination visited, transport used, activities undertaken and that "Wow, I'm really not at home now!" factor. While generalisations are always tricky, a summary of our gradings is as follows…

This is the least confronting of our tour range. Transport used on the trip is either private or a very comfortable public option, the activities included are usually iconic sites and locations that are not all too confronting.

The tour can include a mix of private and public transport providing a level of comfort that is slightly below what you would experience at home. Sites visited are usually iconic sites, tours can also include market visits, visits to communities etc that provide the traveller with a fantastic insight into destination.

Expect to rough it for parts of this tour, whether it's a packed public bus where you are forced to stand, a visit to a local market, a local community, you are sure to have an experience that is very different from what you're used to at home.

The comforts of your home town and the environment you are used to are more of a rarity. Expect some challenging transport options, visits to local sites and areas that don't resemble anything at home.

You're out there in the global community! You are likely to be exposed to the elements, travel in whatever means of transport is available and basically take it as it comes, whatever comes! It can be tough.

Physical Rating

Our physical rating gives you an idea of how much huffing and puffing you can expect on the tour. While generalisations are always tricky, a summary of our gradings is as follows…

These tours have very limited physical activity. Usually climbing in and out of the transport provided, walking through sites, markets etc included in the itinerary.

These tours have a bit of physical activity but nothing that should challenge you too much. This could be climbing on and off public transport through to a walk through the destination you're travelling in, they can include walking only tours or a combination of walking and transport.

These tours involve a bit of physical activity from walking up and down hills in the destination you're travelling in or the surrounding areas. Climbing on and off local transport or riding a bike up to 30 kms along predominantly flat terrain or jumping in a kayak for a gentle paddle on flat water.

These Tours will provide you with some solid physical activity. Whether its bike riding, walking, trekking, kayaking or riding on public transport you will need to have a good level of fitness to enjoy this tour.

Be prepared for some serious physical activity. These tours are our most challenging and involve some serious walking, hiking or bike riding. Can involve step climbs by foot or pedal and some challenging public transport options in the destination you are travelling.

Luxury Rating

Some trips are like a stroll on the beach, while others have you trekking alpine passes. Some of you thrive on camping out on the savannah, while others may prefer a hot shower and a comfortable bed in a lodge. Follow the grading systems below to find the right trip for you.

To help you choose the trip that's right for you, we've broken all of our trips down into four service levels. Measuring the comfort level of the accommodation and transport. So whether you're travelling on a budget and want to save money by using public transport, or prefer upgraded accommodation and are happy to pay a little more, then we have a level for you.

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Authentic experiences with some of the comforts of home

For those who like to travel in comfort

All the unique experiences wrapped up with a gold ribbon

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