PrairieMod reader Scott T. sent me a link to some really sweet collage artwork by Mark Weaver. I love the integration of retro imagery and architectural elements found in several of the pieces. Mark contributes a collage every day to the "Make Something Cool Every Day project/pool" on Flickr. Check out the pool here and Mark's website here.Image copyright Mark Weaver
Frustrated by a lack of action by city government to improve downtown Madison, Wisconsin's city plan, a group of real estate and design professionals organized by Downtown Madison Inc. has now taken things into their own hands. Focusing on the area around Monona Terrace, the volunteers from DMI are finishing their own recommendations aimed at jump-starting the city process and getting things moving forward as the economy begins to recover. Read more about it here.
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At some point this year, I need to make my way to Sioux City, IA to see the Woodbury County Courthouse. A Prairie School architectural Tour de force, it was designed by William LaBarthe Steele (with help from William G. Purcell & George G. Elmslie and Alfonso Iannelli). Read more about it here and check out photos here.
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A new show opens at the Chicago Loop-based ArchiTech Gallery. "Two Centuries: An Architectural Evolution" exhibits original drawings, prints and photographs charts architecture's evolution from the Ecole-des-Beaux-Arts to Modernism. The show runs Friday, January 8th and continues through Saturday, March 27th, 2010. Find out more details here.
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Herbert F. Johnson Jr. wanted to follow his father's lead in commissioning great architects to produce great architecture. The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, designed by I.M. Pei is that masterpiece of architecture that furthers the Johnson cultural legacy. Read more about it here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy recently announced that the Wright-designed Ross House in Glencoe, IL will be saved from the wrecking ball and instead fully restored to its 1915 appearance and made a "Green" building, too. Read all about this wonderful preservation victory here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Prairie School masterpiece, the Burton J. Westcott house in Springfield, OH still retains the original setting around it from when it was built. The problem is that the setting includes abandoned, boarded-up and shabby houses, which could pose a historical preservation controversy if torn down. Read more about it here.
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Interiordesign.net posted a great article on Arthur A. Carrara, a Chicago-based architect and designer who was inspired by both Prairie School and modernist influences. See more here.
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Immediately after World War II, Chicago reestablished itself as a world capital of Modern architecture, especially with the towering achievements in the Loop. The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a look at the Mod wonders of Chicago through their Happy Hour tour offerings. Learn more here.
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Frank Lipo, executive director of The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest and a member of the Historic Preservation Plan Steering Committee, is looking to residents of Oak Park to help preserve their village. Read more after the jump...
I've been anticipating this book for a couple years and it finally will be available in April 2010. The Frain House (1967) by Edward Humrich appears to be featured on the cover of this new title, Julius Shulman: Chicago Mid-Century Modernism.
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Here's a great starter set of maple blocks for the budding architect. Created by Little Sapling Toys, this 18 piece set comes in a recycled content gift box and a tag that features the woods used, a bit about the family business that created it and care instructions. Get yours here.
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Chris Nichols, L.A. architecture buff, and a group of preservation-minded high school students are seeking to save four historic buildings in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley. Fewer than 10 percent of L.A.'s nearly 1,000 historic-cultural monuments are located in The Valley, so protecting four more would be extremely significant. Read more about it here.
Think you know everything about Frank Lloyd Wright? Take this test and find out.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, the organization that oversees both the Oak Park Home and Studio and Wright's Robie House in Chicago, offers a full range of really interesting events and programs to look forward to in 2010.
This month there are two that look really interesting: Geek's Guide to the Robie House (with a techie-lover's look at what makes Robie tick) and By Hand or Machine: Arts and Crafts Influence at the Home and Studio (looking at the home's objects and designs influenced by the A&C Movement's ideals). Find out more details at the FLWPT's newly relaunched website here.
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If you missed Between Heaven & Earth: The Architecture of John Lautner at the Hammer Museum in LA last year, you may have another chance to catch it in Palm Springs.
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A Daniel Burnham memorial, designed by David Woodhouse Architects, is being planned for installation at the southern end of Chicago's Grant Park. The response has been mixed, with groups like Friends of the Parks generally liking it and the Grant Park Advisory Council/Grant Park Conservancy generally not. Read more about it here.
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Triangle Modernist Houses.com and Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture Gallery will be organizing screenings of movies in which modern architecture is the “star.” the 1949 film, The Fountainhead, based on Ayn Rand’s novel, is the first-up on Thursday, January 14, at 7 p.m. at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary, NC. Learn more here.
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After the opening ceremony fireworks are over and everyone's left, there's the clean-up. It will apparently take 36 people 3 months to clean all of the windows on the world's tallest building— the 206 story Burj Khalifa (formally known as the Burj Dubai). Read about it here.
River Forest, IL's 2010 is unfortunately looking a lot like 2009. I read some troubling news on the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's Discussion Board this morning about an historic park designed by Prairie School landscape architect Jens Jensen that is in danger of being demolished to make way for a Park District Recreation Center and parking lot. Read more details here.
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These stylishly Mod ceramic clocks were designed in the early 1950s by George Nelson and developed as far as the production stage. For reasons unknown, however, they never made it to the production line. Based on the original plans and prototypes, the Vitra Design Museum is now, for the first time ever, bringing these original quartz movement clocks to the market. They are pricey, but nice, nonetheless. Check them out here.
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Here's an interesting tid-bit of architectural history: a Flickr user posted an article with images of a mobile home design as originally envisioned by Frank Lloyd Wright (and brought to life by Taliesin architects after his passing). See more here.
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While we look ahead to enjoying the architecture Los Angeles has to offer, we must pause to take note of the works that were torn down last decade so we can do a little better in 2010. Check out this video of the fallen by CurbedLA.com.
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Did you miss the olive dropping at midnight last night at the Price Tower? Then here's your chance to check it out at this link.
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