There's likely going to be a lot of buzz on the news wires in the next couple of days about Frank Lloyd Wright's V.C. Morris Gift Shop. This MCM remodeled space by Wright is not only Gwyneth Paltrow's newest Goop pop-up store, but the building's interior of the only is on its way to achieving landmark status, thanks to a unanimous recent vote by the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission. Read more here.
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The Guardian's story of Cities series recently featured Arcosanti, Paulo Soleri's unfinished vision for sustainable city living. The decades-old assemblage of 1970s era structures out in the Arizona desert is an experiment still in the making and one that may hold ideas for how cities of the future can survive the increasing pressures of a changing climate. Read more here.
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Curbed.com shares a first-look at the efforts of the U-Haul company to restore a rare 1940s sculptural ceiling design by Isamu Noguchi in one of their St. Louis locations. The organic design was rediscovered under a drop ceiling and a six month effort to restore it is showing wonderful results. Check out more about it here.
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The website, Quartz, reports on the protest by activists who project shame statements onto the facade of Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum in New York. the light show was done to bring awareness to the Guggenheim’s board of trustee’s recent decision to end talks with Gulf Labor Coalition, an organization campaigning for migrant workers’ rights in Abu Dhabi. Read more about it here.
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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand, Goop, will be taking over Frank Lloyd Wright's V.C. Morris Gift Shop as a pop-up store. Read more about it here. If any PrairieMod readers are in the area, stop by and send some pics for the rest of us.
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The Norman Transcript features an article on the confirmed total loss of Bruce Goff's Bavinger House. Even though the iconic work of Organic Architecture had been severely damaged, hope had remained that someday it could be restored. Now, with the site bulldozed, that hope is gone. Read more about this terrible loss here.
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Crain's reports that Louis Sullivan's iconic Carson Pirie Scott & Co. store (now called Sullivan Center with a Target store embedded in it) at 1 S. State Street in the Loop has found a buyer in New York-based Madison Capital, which confirmed that it will buy the 946,000-square-foot office and retail building in a deal that is said to total $267 million. Read more about it here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports on 80-year-old Patricia Harris's recent visit to her grandparent's home, which happens to be the Frank J. Baker House (1909) in Wilmette, IL. Harris was able to finally visit her family's home thanks to Wish of a Lifetime, a charity that grants wishes to seniors. Read more about it here.
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The next issue of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design is now available to order!
Volume 4 : Number 1 focuses on the story of the little known but visionary Call Building project, the history of the iconic architectural model, and the grass roots-funded effort to return a faithful replica back to Taliesin.
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According to a recent Curbed article, the reports of MoMA's closing of its architecture and design galleries was misconstrued and overblown. As stated in the Curbed article: Martino Stierli, the museum’s Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design says that assertion is "absolutely not true." Stierli says that the museum is pursuing a "both/and" strategy for the redesign, which will include both medium-dedicated galleries and comprehensive, multi-disciplinary spaces. The final design, which is still years away, is still being planned, and "the abolishing of architecture and design-designated galleries is not and has never been an issue under consideration." Read more about it here.
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Zachary M. posts info and a photo confirming that the remnants of Bruce Goff's Organic masterpiece, the Nancy and Eugene Bavinger House (built originally in 1950 in Norman, OK), have been cleared from the lot and trucked to a landfill. The total loss of this important work of American Architecture is a terrible blow. Shame on those who let it happen. Read more here.
Photo posted on Wright Chat courtesy Zachary M.