Ignite Raleigh 2 To Include “Mayberry Modernism”

George Smart, founder/director, Triangle Modernist Houses

February 26, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) —  George Smart, founder and director of Triangle Modernist Houses, will present “Mayberry Modernism: Why The Triangle Is America’s Hotspot For Way Cool Houses” on Wednesday, March 3, at the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Raleigh during “Ignite Raleigh 2,” an evening of  thought-provoking presentations that will take place from 7 to 10 p.m.

Ignite is “a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd,” according to the website. The concept began in Seattle, Washington, in 2006 then spread to other communities.

To participate in the event, potential speakers posted ideas on the Ignite Raleigh 2 website they wanted to present at the Lincoln Theater event. Visitors to the site voted on the presentations and the 15 ideas with the most votes were invited to speak for five minutes each.

To inspire votes, Smart described his presentation as: “Barney Fife spent his weekends in Raleigh, and for good reason – we are one of the country’s hotspots for mid-century modernist architecture. I’ll share why — plus where to find over 500 local examples of great architecture — and what you can do to save some of these ‘works of art’ from destruction!”

For more information on Ignite Raleigh 2, visit www.igniteraleigh.com.

For more information on George Smart and Triangle Modernist Houses, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com.

About Triangle Modernist Houses

Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) is a 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 to restoring and growing modernist architecture in the Triangle. The award-winning website, now the largest educational and historical archive for modernist residential design in America, continues to catalog, preserve, and advocate for North Carolina modernism.  TMH also hosts popular modernist house tours several times a year, giving the public access to the Triangle’s most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours raise awareness and help preserve these “works of art” for future generations. Visit the website at www.trianglemodernisthouses.com. TMH is also available on Facebook.

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