Long Island has been getting a lot of Mod attention the last few weeks. Here's a link to a story in the New York Times about the Island's "Mod"-ification.
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The devastating situation in Haiti is a grim reminder of how the buildings we live in and around impact our lives in dramatic ways. Now that many of the poorly constructed homes have been destroyed in the areas affected by the quake, there exists an opportunity to get it right. I would hope that architects and perhaps even institutions like the Taliesin School of Architecture could help develop low-cost, well-built, well-designed and transportable shelters for the struggling people of this battered nation. If such a home could be developed, it could become a solution for other countries and people who need help. I would love to hear readers thoughts on the subject, feel free to leave comments below.
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Blair Kamin, architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, weighs-in on the new Lord Norman Foster-designed Fortaleza Hall at the SC Johnson Wax Co. headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin. Read about it here.
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Riverside, IL has approximately 50 homes that have been designated local Historic landmarks, with three of those homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright on the National Register of Historic Places. However, Riverside Trustees continue to vote down tax incentives for the owners of these significant homes. Read more about this issue here.
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Mostly known for its great outdoors, it turns out that Michigan is also rich with modern architecture. The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office is behind an effort to highlight Michigan's modern architecture and design heritage. It's raising $250,000 to help record oral histories of architects from the time; create driving tours; and research and catalogue important projects from around 1940 to 1970. The office is promoting the state's architecture through a website, with stories, photos and links to sites around the state. Read more about it here.
Here's a really fun way to teach kids about identifying different leaves in advance of Spring. This wooden leaf puzzle by Etsy user justhatched contains six leaf shapes - Oak, Beech, Ivy, Dogwood, Maple and Cottonwood. Beneath each piece is the name of the leaf. See more here.
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PrairieMod reader, Karlitos Estein sent us an email showcasing a new organic building design called "Earth Blossom House" that he co-created for the Clifton Schooley & Associates rammed earth company. Rammed earth construction intrigues me and Karlitos' design is a stunning example of what could be done with that building style. See and read more here.
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Wrightinracine.com's Mark Hertzberg let us know that Fortaleza Hall, designed by Foster + Partners, at the S.C. Johnson Wax Company's campus is now open. According to Mark, "It is a magnificent building with spectacular features. I am delighted that the family included a Frank Lloyd Wright Library and Reading Room, with an emphasis on his Racine work. It will be open to the public and to researchers by appointment." Read and see more here.
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The 1893 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed "bootleg" Francis J. Woolley House in Oak Park, IL just came on the market. Check out the details here.
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I received some images of the effects that an act of senseless vandalism had on Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, an architectural treasure already in need of emergency restoration. Read and see more after the jump...
Journalist and author, Dave Weinstein, has been invited by the El Cerrito Historical Society to give a talk and a "virtual tour" on El Cerrito, CA's architectural heritage. The virtual tour will visit "intact neighborhoods from several different eras that give El Cerrito much of its charm and character." They include a street with what he calls "picturesque storybook homes," a Richard Neutra-designed house and a church designed by Lloyd Wright. Read more details here.
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Minus the pork pie hat and cape, of course. Researchers at Florida State University have studied the habits of the Red Grouper and found that it is both an undersea architect and ecosystem engineer—thus bestowing the moniker "Frank Lloyd Wright of the Sea" on it. Read more about this fish tale here.
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Following-up on my recent post about relatively unknown Chicago Modernist architect, Arthur A. Carrara: here's a link to a short article on a toy he designed called Magnet Master. As described in the story, Magnet Master’s colorful planes were perforated for building with the rods and magnets, allowing an infinite variety of forms and giving the child a lesson in both construction and free expression. Read more here.
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Old House Journal online provides a history of Arts & Crafts Movement lighting in all of its various forms. Read it here.
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Blair Kamin reports on the recent approval by the Oak Park plan commission of a controversial 20-story glass tower to be built at the corner of Lake Street and Forest Avenue (right near some very, very important Frank Lloyd Wright homes.) Read more about this story here and here.
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Architect Ray Kappe has designed a line of sustainably-minded, factory built residential concepts for LivingHomes. Modern in appearance, thoughtful in environmental impact, comfortable in use of materials, could these homes be the Usonians for the 21st century? Find out more here.
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Wine and chocolate have always been a well-matched pair. Add the romance of candlelit Unity Temple -- Frank Lloyd Wright's modern masterpiece -- for the perfect romantic trio for Valentine's Day. Get more info here.
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The Northern Illinois University library in DeKalb, IL will be housing a display of Wright’s work for the entire month of January 2010. The exhibit, made up entirely of books and drawings from the library collection, showcases some of his prolific work. Read more here.
Currently wrapped in scaffolding as part of a massive restoration effort, Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple still shines as an important destination for anyone interested in Modern Architecture. Take advantage of the new tour hours recently announced by Unity Temple Restoration Foundation to visit this icon and be apart of saving it for future generations. See more here.
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PrairieMod reader Adam F. sent me a link to the Lego Kitchen, created by Parisian designers Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti of Munchausen. Check out more here.
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The owners of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bernard Schwartz House in Two Rivers, Wisconsin let me know that they are currently running a Winter Special, where you can rent this beautiful Usonian house for only $195 per night, mid-week through March. Having visited this house and stayed the night, it's a great value for such an amazingly unique experience. Find out more details and book your stay here.
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We've also gotten word that Organic Architect, master carpenter and former Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, Bob Beharka passed away Wednesday January 13, 2010. Before starting a private practice in Los Banos, California, Mr. Beharka joined the Taliesin Fellowship in 1955, and supervised the construction of the Marden House, Robert Llewellyn Wright House, and the Fawcett House. Read more about this amazing man here.
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