Lawrence Halprin, an internationally known landscape architect inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, died Oct. 25, 2009 at the age of 93. Read about his life and work here.
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PrairieMod reader Karlitos S. sent us a cool link to a website about the work of William George Mitchell. Mitchell is a groundbreaking artist who works with everything from concrete in many experimental forms to recycled glass to aluminum. Check out more here.
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Chicago is America's "first city" when it comes to architecture, yet we continue to have a pretty checkered record of honoring that title--especially in preserving historic architecture. The sins of tearing down Louis Sullivan's Chicago Stock Exchange Building in the 1970s are being revisited by the current action of tearing down Walter Gropius-designed buildings today. Read about it at Blair Kamin's weblog here.
Image via Gropius In Chicago Coalition website
If you're looking to freshen-up some of your dresser drawers or closets with both the sweet smell of lavender and the sweet look of nature block prints, then check out these beautiful sets of handmade sachets from etsy.com seller Jewelweeds. See more here.
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Joseph Sandy's newest 350 sq ft small house design is an homage to the Usonian residences of Frank Lloyd Wright. It would be interesting to see one of these built (or at least get a peek at a perspective drawing!) Check out more here.
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Here's a link to an article with tons of photos of a new house by YH2_Yiacouvakis Hamelin Architectes, whose dramatic geometric forms and dynamic prow-like structure makes it look like a forgotten shipwreck at the heart of the forest. Read more here.
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Check out this sturdy sideboard by designer Dave Keune. Its angular sides and sliding doors reflect a modern take on the tradition of ancient wooden chests, enclosing and protecting precious items. See more here.
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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Winnetka, IL Modernism show and sale, which will take place November 7-8, 2009. Find out the details here.
Image via Winnetka Modernism Show website
Wright Chat member TnGuy posts a lot of the great links that I share with PrairieMod readers on a regular basis. Case in point is this link to a video where Karen Sweeney, restoration architect for the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, discusses Wright's Prairie School of architecture and walks us through the iconic Robie House. See it here.
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"E.R." stands for "Emergency Restoration." As part of the South Temple roof slab emergency stabilization, more scaffolding went up and the interior of the Temple has been covered for protection. Click over to the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation blog to get more images and details (and to help support the work!)
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After 21 years of being closed to the public, The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust has just announced that the Frank Thomas House will be on the 2010 Wright Plus Housewalk! This is huge news for anyone who loves the Prairie School architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and tickets are sure to sell out extra quick. Get yours here.
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Blair Kamin's "Cityscapes" blog reports that the City of Chicago is set to demolish Michael Reese Hospital, but will spare one Walter Gropius co-designed building. Preservationists remain baffled by this half-hearted effort. Read more here.
Image via Blair Kamin's Cityscapes
Here's a cool set of felt storage pieces that look like stones, little mushrooms or a tiny mountain range. Check them out here.
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PrairieMod reader Karlitos S. sent us some absolutely fantastic links to info and images associated with progressive architect Charles A. Haertling. Get ready to lose yourself in architectural bliss for an hour or so! To see and learn more click here, here, here and here. Thanks Karlitos!
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PrairieMod reader, Karlitos S. sent us a link to Clifton Schooley & Associates website. The firm uses a really interesting, beautiful and eco-friendly building approach for their buildings and other structures called "rammed earth." Find out more about it here. Thanks Karlitos!Image copyright Clifton Schooley & Associates
Check out Greencookingpots the new line of ecofriendly cookware from Mica and Café McMullen. The enameled cast-iron pots and pans are chemical-free and absorb and distribute heat evenly, making for efficient cooking. No more Teflon for you!Image copyright Green Pots
Unity Temple Restoration Foundation has recently announced that emergency concrete work is now underway to stabilize and restore the badly damaged south Temple roof slab. This is just one of four slabs that need this type of restoration attention and funds are badly needed to ensure this important architectural masterpiece is not lost. Follow the link to learn more and to help support the work.
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Prospect Park, near the University of Minnesota, has faced down many challenges over the decades but the biggest one may be the encroachment of the University itself. With one-fourth of the neighborhood's houses designed by architects (including the Willey House by Frank Lloyd Wright) there's a push for historical designation (and some protection) from the onslaught of predatory development. Read more about this struggle here.
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Team Hybrid and Image Design, LLC's "Watercress Project" in Pentwater, Michigan just received LEED for Homes "Platinum" certification, the highest honor from the USGBC. It also makes it possibly the first log home in the US with such a designation. Read more about it here.
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Just a reminder that this Friday and Saturday, there will be two events in Iowa that Frank Lloyd Wright-ophiles will not want to miss. The first is in Mason City on Friday for a program about the efforts to restore two Mason City buildings designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The second program will be the "Cedar Rock" lecture event we've posted about previously. Get details here and here.
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After a visit to Buffalo, NY, Karrie Jacobs at Metropolis Mag.com contemplates the many loaded issues that come with bringing lost or unbuilt Frank Lloyd Wright buildings back to life. It's a question plagued with arguments of authenticity and intent. Read her article here.
Here's another article on how a developer's scheme in Madison, WI could radically affect the future of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Lamp House (1903). Read about it here.
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Cobre Copper recently announced some new fall specials, including a sale price on this sweet "Mission Style" copper lidded orb box. Check out more here.
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It's a massive tree house and it's a horror for any of Michael J. Chapman's neighbors who like their privacy. Read here about how this over zealous tree house has caused quite a stir in a once friendly neighborhood.
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Fair Oak Workshops has some new Prairie School votives available, just in time for the upcoming holiday gift season. They come in three colors, have a built-in holder for a glass votive and cast a warm glow through pierced squares when lit. Check them out and order yours here.
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I made a point to visit the Architech Gallery in Chicago to see the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit currently on display. I was treated to an unbelievable selection of museum-quality architectural renderings, photographs, artifacts and blue prints. Gallery owner, David Jameson, has succeeded in assembling a small, yet impactful exhibit showcasing Wright's legacy. I was especially taken with the original renderings (like the ones shown here of the Pew and Perry Residences). Getting close to drawings that Wright himself very likely worked on was a special experience. If you can, I would highly recommend a visit to this exhibit before it closes in December. For more info, visit the Architech website here.
Images via the Architech Gallery
It's amazing what you'll find stumbling around the Internet. Case in point is this really great drawing from the Ball State University archives for a Indiana Dunes State Park fountain that Prairie School landscape architect Jens Jensen did for Chicago's Prairie Club in 1932. Read more about it after the jump...
Didn't get to go to Buffalo for this year's Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference? Well, then check out these three links to the FLWBC message board for a bevvy of fantastic photos from the event:
PrairieMod reader Adam F. sent me a link to a really cool development in the rebuilding after Katrina. Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation recently unveiled a revolutionary floating house design by Morphopediahere called FLOAT House (obviously). Read about it here and here.Image copyright Morphopedia
If you're like me, you understand the importance of coffee in the morning (I did not have enough yesterday before I started posting). With that said, here's a really great etsy.com find for those who would like a little style with your coffee while keeping you're hand protected. Get yours here.
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Since 2001, the Chicago Public Library has hosted a massive book club called "One Book, One Chicago." This year's selection for the city to read is in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Burnham Plan and is titled The Plan of Chicago by Carl Smith. You can join in the fun (even if you aren't in Chi-Town) by checking out the selection and downloading a reader's guide here.
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PrairieMod reader, Eric S. sent me a link to a McHenry, IL home for sale that bears several very cool Mod features. Anyone know who the architect is? Follow the link to see more.
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