Via MocoLoco, here's a look at a beautiful floating garden planter inspired by Japanese Ukiyo-e art and ideas. It also makes use of vertisol. This special soil developed by Vertilab is a mixture of an organic and a non-organic component to enhance the plant's time span. See more here.
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PrairieMod reader Randy H. sent word that the current issue of Style 1900 magazine (Winter 2010-11) has an article on the FLlW designed ASBH Model B-1 on West Burnham Street in Milwaukee that was recently restored by Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin. There is also another short feature on Castlecrag, a 1919 “dream of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin” outside of Sydney, Austrlia. Check out more details here.
Image via Style 1900 website
Scott T. is the undisputed master of finding Organic Architecture for sale on the internet. Here's an impressive list of houses (and one unbuilt FLW design) for sale that anyone wanting to live PrairieMod should check out. More after the jump...
If you missed the screening of the new Louis Sullivan documentary during the Chicago Film Festival, you have two more chances. The director, Mark Smith, announced that on 10/28/10 a special screening will happen at Northwestern University's Block Museum. Then on 10/29/10 another screening will be held at The Cliff Dwellers Club in Chicago. Details can be found here.
If you aren't in the Chicago area....don't fret! Order your DVD or Blu-Ray copy of the film here.
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Check out some really great photos at the Fawcett House website.
Image via theFawcettHouse.com
The PrairieMod Squad was bummed that we were not able to make last Sunday's Madison Mid-Century Modern Homes Tour, put together by Wright in Wisconsin and co-sponsored by The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation and the Sunset Hills Neighborhood Association. However, PrairieMod pal, John C., was kind enough to share some of his great photos of the homes on the tour. See them all after the jump...
Mark Hertzberg's Wright In Racine blog has a new post detailing many of the exciting architectural restoration efforts underway in Mason City, IA—including ongoing work on Frank Lloyd Wright's Park Inn Hotel and City National Bank. Read and see photos here.
Image copyright Mark Hertzberg
Anneliese D. sent us some terrific links to share with PrairieMod readers. The current issue of Milwaukee Magazine features the Wegner House in River Hills by John Randal McDonald. It displays some of his distinct characteristics...clearstory windows, indirect valance interior lights, shoji screens, and paneled walls and ceilings. Read about it online here.
Also, the Playscapes blog notes a playtower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma by Bruce Goff that residents are attempting to restore. Read more here. Thanks Anneliese!
Image via Playscapes blog
Thanks to PrairieMod reader, Jen B., for sending a link to this event called "YouTube Play." As described on YouTube, the event was "developed by YouTube and the Guggenheim Museum in collaboration with HP and Intel. A Biennial of Creative Video recognizes the ever-expanding realm of online video and its most remarkable practitioners." Watch it here.
Image via YouTube
Docomomo_chicagomidwest sent me notice that the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts will host a free lecture celebrating the release of The Architecture of Harry Weese, a new book by Robert Bruegmann and Kathleen Murphy Skolnik. More details after the jump...
Blair Kamin reports at his Cityscapes blog that the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust is making a bold new move by adding an organizational presence in the Rookery Building in Chicago's Loop. The office will be off the 1907 Wright-remodeled central atrium, allowing FLWPT to offer special tours of the space, sell tickets for their other sites and eventually have a gift shop. Read more about it here.
Image via Cityscapes/FLWPT
Tony McCune has posted photos and portions of a 2008 interview of original Wright client, Jean Rubin, at his blog. The 1951 Rubin House is a relatively unknown Wright Home and Tony's post and photos are a chance to learn more about this special little Usonian. See more here.
Image copyright Tony McCune
Allen L. thought PrairieMod readers might be interested in photos of a beautiful little church in Pauls Valley Oklahoma. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church was designed by Fred Shellabarger, formerly of the University of Oklahoma, an associate of Bruce Goff and was built in 1964. Enjoy the photos here. Thanks Allen!
Image copyright Allen Lea
Here's a link to an interesting post on Treehugger.com by Adam Lowry on examining the work of America's Founding Fathers from a design perspective. Read it here.
Image via Treehugger/Creative Commons
Tonight is your chance to come out and support Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple by eating, drinking and being merry at Cuchina Paradiso in Oak Park, IL. More details here.
Image via Cucina Paradiso's website and UTRF's website
The Chicago Architecture Foundation is offering two continuing education courses aimed at teaching people how to channel their inner architectural sketch artist. Get the details here.
Image via CAF website
Hoover Dam is one of the most impressive public works projects in American history. However, when it opened in 1936 no one anticipated the traffic bottleneck it would create, nor the potential security issues involved with it that face the nation today. That's why the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge was conceived. Construction on the nearly 2,000 foot long bridge began in late January 2005 and is now open. This signature bridge spans the Black Canyon (about 1,500 feet south of the Hoover Dam), connecting the Arizona and Nevada Approach highways nearly 900-feet above the Colorado River. Read more about this amazing new consort to Hoover Dam here.
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Help celebrate the work of Leslie Williamson, photographer and author of Handcrafted Modern at Heath Los Angeles. If you're in the Bay Area, then plan on attending an opening reception for the new book, October 23 from 6-8pm. Come for a glass of wine, meet the author and get your copy of Handcrafted Modern signed. Get more details here.
Image via Heath Ceramic's website
The line of bookend architecture offered by Edifice Models is growing, with the release of bookends featuring the detailed facades of the Dana House and the sadly demolished Larkin Building. Check out the whole line here.
Image via Edifice Models
The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Walter Residence (also known as "Cedar Rock") near Quasqueton, IA has hit some hard luck in these difficult economic times and needs some financial help to preserve and maintain this important Usonian gem. Read more here and consider joining the Friends of Cedar Rock organization by calling (319) 934-3572.
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The new, comprehensive book about the architecture of Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan (titled appropriately enough) The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan is now available! I was able to page through it this weekend, and it's beautiful. I can't wait to get a copy to spend some quality time with it. Put it on your Holiday wish list or get your copy here.
Image via stoutbooks.com
We received word that one of the Walter Burley Griffin-designed Rock Glen homes in Mason City, IA is for sale. The Sam Schneider Residence was designed in 1915 and features all the Prairie School amenities you'd imagine (plus breathtaking views of the waterfall it overlooks). Someone very lucky will get to live in this beautiful home in a stunning community! Get all the details and see more photos here.
Image via www.schonemanrealtors.com
According to news from Nelson Brackin of the Friends of Kebyar, a fire occurred last night at the troubled Bruce Goff-designed Tulsa Club building. The fire is now out now, but the streets are blocked for fire trucks, and concerned individuals have not been able to get near the scene yet. The fear is that after such an event, there will be a clamor about razing the building. As details emerge, we'll let readers know. More on the story here.
It seems that everything old is new again. Case-in-point: Retro steel-framed windows, also known as Crittall windows, have been the new must-have for "Designistas" in New York City and anywhere else in the country that leans toward the "hip and cool" side of the spectrum. Read more here.
Image via www.independent.co.uk
Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, already in need of restoration after 100 years of wear-and-tear, has been the repeat victim of vandalism and theft--most recently of their famed bronze lettered epigram. Now the community of friends are reaching out to help this iconic building in need. Read more here and do your part to be a friend to this important American building by donating here.
SC Johnson's Lord Norman Foster-designed Fortaleza Hall in Racine, WI, located on the campus adjacent to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson Administration Building, has been named Best Cultural Project & Best Architectural Design by Midwest Construction News as part of its Best of 2010 awards program. Read more about it here.
Image by James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography
Regional planners recently unveiled their vision yesterday for Chicago and surrounding areas. Titled Go To 2040, the plan echoes Daniel Burnham's famous ideas for the city and was based on years of research, input from the public. It places an emphasis on fixing road infrastructure, raising gas taxes for funding and developing more compact, walkable communities rather than car-centric sprawl. Read more about it at Blair Kamin's Cityscapes blog and see a video clip discussing the project at Chicago Tonight's website.
Image via Go To 2040 website
Here's a link to an article at globegazette.com about Newman Catholic High School art teacher Patty Ohl's classroom project where students learn about the world of Frank Lloyd Wright and then create paintings of their own homes, inspired by Wright’s techniques. Read more here.
PrairieMod reader Karlitos E. noticed that recent Nobel Prize in economics recipient Peter Diamond appears to be a fan of ties featuring Frank Lloyd Wright designs. More here.
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Elmhurst, IL has some important works of architecture by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Burley Griffin and others in their midst and the Elmhurst Historic Preservation Commission wants both the public (and home owners) to know more about and appreciate them. Follow the link to read about the commission's survey of 98 houses in the suburb.
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