The six finalists and their designs for the new Guggenheim Helsinki have been announced. While the competition to design this high profile work of architecture drew thousands of competitive designs from around the world, the six that were chosen leave me saying: "Meh." Let's just say the flagship New York City museum doesn't have to worry about being upstaged. Read and see more here.
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Mark H. sends a link from the New York TImes which analyzes how New York's World Trade Center Transportation Hub and its Santiago Calatrava-designed winged “Oculus” pavilion are nearing the $4 billion mark for cost. See some interesting video of it being built and read more about it here.
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Tristatehomepage.com reports that the William Wesley Peters-designed Peters-Margedant House in Evansville, IN has been purchased by Indiana Landmarks and efforts are underway to move the prototype Usonian house moved to the University of Evansville campus by late next year. Read more here.
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Zachary Matthews sends some fantastic photos of the newly-restored Bruce Goff-designed Sooner Play Park Tower in Bartlesville, OK. The grand reopening of the tower was on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, where local residents who attended the original tower opening in 1964 were invited to be the first to climb the restored tower. A brave adventure in the days 25mph wind gusts.
As part of their series called "Home Tour," WCPO contributor Brent Coleman was given the chance to tour and photograph the rarely seen Frank Lloyd Wright-designed William P. Boswell House in Indian Hill, OH. The catch? You have to be a subscriber to see and read it. If you don't want to take the bait and sign up, then check out photos from when the house was last on the market here and here.
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Students and faculty from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture recently completed the design of a group of homes that are planned for Cahava Springs, a 982-acre master planned preserve community in the Town of Cave Creek, AZ. Read more here and here.
Rendering by the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
Nelson B. also sends word that the Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (1927) in Los Angeles, CA, built of concrete blocks and looking like a wonderful ancient temple, has come back to the market for $1.9 million. Read more here.
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The artnewspaper.com reports that the task of putting the disassembled Frank Lloyd Wight-design Bachman Wilson House (formally of New Jersey) back together again in its new Arkansas home begins later this month. Finding the right spot on the grounds of the Crystal Bridges Museum proved almost as big of a challenge. Find out more here.
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Although the Edgar Tafel-designed Carl Albert House near Racine, WI has been given a demolition reprieve, restoration work has apparently slowed, raising the ire of neighbors and the judge on the case. According to the Journal Times, if the remaining rehab work isn’t completed by Feb. 6, 2015 the judge said she could begin assessing fines. Read more about it here and see more recent photos of the house on Wright in Racine.
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Hyperallergic.com features a look at the various pieces associated with Italian architect Paolo Soleri's desert experimental utopia, Arcosanti, that are on display in the new show The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) in Baltimore. Read it here.
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The SunHerald.com features the history and challenges of rebuilding/restoring the Louis Sullivan/Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Charnley-Norwood House in Ocean Springs, MS. Read it and see a gallery of photos here.
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The Capital Times reports that Ron McCrea, author of Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss will discuss Frank Lloyd Wright as part of a C-SPAN "Cities Tour" segment about Madison set to air this Saturday at 11am. Read more here.
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Architecture Arts Hub reports on another interesting merger of architecture and technology: Italian 3D printing company World Advanced Saving Project or "WASP" (which is no coincidence since they were inspired by the mud dauber wasp) has developed a 3D printer that builds houses using only materials found on-site, like mud. Whether or not the process or the materials are practical, it remains an intriguing possibility for how we build in the 21st century. Read more about it here.
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Wright in Racine reports that after almost two years of legal wrangling, the Edgar Tafel-designed Carl and Marie Albert House in Racine, WI has been officially saved from the threat of demolition. Read more about it here.
Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg (taken a year ago, before the roof was repaired.)
Curbed Chicago reports that Organizers released more details about next October's Chicago Architectural Biennial, the first of its kind in North America and counterbalance to the international version in Venice. The theme of the 2015 Chicago event will be "The State of the Art of Architecture," named after Stanley Tigerman's 1977 conference. Read more about the event here and visit its official website here.
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Reine Hauser sends word that Edythe "Kitty" Turgeon, the preservationist credited with saving the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY and helping to designate National Historic Landmark status passed away Monday in Buffalo, NY at the age of 81. Read more about her life and preservation work here.
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Jeanette Fields, one of the pillars of Chicago-area architectural preservation, passed away peacefully on Sunday November 2, 2014 at the age of 94. Jeanette was the first executive director of the Chicago Architectural Foundation in 1970 and the director of the Glessner House on Prairie Avenue in Chicago. She and her husband, Ellis, purchased the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Davenport House in River Forest and became long-time stewards of the home and became integral to the architectural community of Oak Park/River Forest. You can read more on Jeanette's life and important work here and here.
A memorial service will be held this coming Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 7 pm at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. Please join all of us and her family, and bring a "Jeanette Moment" to share.
Also, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will dedicate their concert this Thursday, November 6, 2014 to Jeanette - "American Originals" - Gershwin, Ives, Barber, Copland and Weill - by the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players, also at 7 pm at Unity Temple. Details here.
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Crains Chicago Business reports that after developer Garrett Kelleher failed to make a $22 million dollar payment on the property where the Santiago Calatrava Chicago Spire was to be built, it was taken over by Related Midwest LLC. This effectively kills any dream of building the spiraling tower.
The building site's new owner does pledge to create "an architecturally significant and thoughtful development befitting this premier location," so perhaps there's hope for something architecturally worthwhile yet. Read more here and here.
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The Western Daily Press reports that the battle to build what was billed as "the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in the UK" has hit a roadblock that it may not be able to overcome. The North Somerset Council has rejected the plans, reinforcing its policy of no green belt development, and planning inspector Edward Gerry has agreed with the council and dismissed the builder's appeal. Read more here.
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Paul R. shares links to an article in the Regina Leader-Post about Usonia Homes Inc., a custom home builder in Canada that is using the ideas expressed by Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian residences as inspiration for a new generation of homes that blend "classic designs with ultra-modern building techniques." Read more here.
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Hadley Meares of KCET.org recently had the opportunity to tour the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Barnsdall Residence (aka 'Hollyhock House") on Olive Hill in Los Angeles and provides some history on the mysterious architectural gem. It's not quite ready for public tours again, but hopefully we'll all get the chance to revel in the home's restored beauty soon. Read more and see images of the gloriously restored interiors here.
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Here's a link to a WMAC Northeast Public Radio segment on a new exhibit at the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Lichtenstein Center, which explores how housing designs for industrial workers shaped the city, including the never-built designs by Frank Lloyd Wright. Read and listen to more here.
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The Boston Globe recently featured the remarkable collection of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings that make up the campus at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL. Read it here.
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Curbed, the architectural and real estate website, recently suggested a bevy of tongue-in-cheek suggestions for architect themed Halloween costumes. Most are fun, but their concept for dressing up like the ghost of Mamah Borthwick Cheney, replete with "a sheer Victorian dress, pearls, white make-up, and copious amounts of blood" is not funny. Making light of this tragic murder is just tasteless. Shame on you Curbed--you're better than that.
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Curbed Miami recently highlighted Frank Lloyd Wright's reaction to visiting Miami in 1955. In a nutshell: He hated it, calling the local's houses something "pigs would be ashamed to live in" and comparing one hotel to an anthill. Ouch. Of course the main target of this bile was not the people themselves, but the architects who built what he saw. Read more here.
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Architectural Digest reports that the Guggenheim decided to celebrate the 55th anniversary of their iconic spiraling museum in a truly Modern way by inviting a bunch of architecture-loving Instagrammers to photograph the empty museum yesterday morning before the building opened to the public. Check out AD's favorites here and the rest at #emptyguggenheim (or here).
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The Kewannee, IL Star Courier reports that after running a September 6, 2014 article on the Philip B. Welch-designed boat house at Johnson Sauk Trail State Park, additional historic material related to the commission has been located at the Kewanee Historical Society. Read more about it here.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article in the New York Times that features architect Frank Gehry's big moment in Paris, with a pair of events that celebrate his work: The Louis Vuitton Foundation, a new contemporary-art museum designed by Gehry officially opened on Monday and at the same time, the Pompidou Center features his first European career retrospective. Read more about it here.
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If you were in Grand Rapids, MI over the weekend and took part in the 2014 Parade of Homes, then you likely got a look at a 101-year-old Harry F. Robinson-designed home as part of the event. As this article details, the 1913 house was originally built for Adolf Brandt and has been through a lot of remodeling. Read and see more about this little known Prairie School residence here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports that George Lucas has laid out a vision for his new museum, and its design will be bold, iconic, envelope-pushing...and the architecture will be Organic. Referring to Organic Architecture as "...the wave of the future", the new Museum of Narrative Art on Chicago's lakefront promises to be something important--perhaps a rival for New York's Guggenheim? That will remain to be seen. Read more here.
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Zachary M. sends a link to a curbed.com post that maps 10 gorgeous MCM houses in America's Heartland, including Herb Greene's astonishing "Prairie Chicken" house. Read it here.
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Colin Edward Slais is an architect and a member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, and in preparation of the 2014 FLWBC Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on October 29th-November 2nd, he wrote a blog post about what he's learned from Frank Lloyd Wright. Read it here.
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PrairieMod reader, George J. sends a link to an article on nevadabusiness.com announcing that Dickson Realty has been chosen as the exclusive listing broker for The Residence Club at Nakoma (based on a 1923 Frank Lloyd Wright design), a golf resort community near Graeagle, California in Plumas County. Read more here.
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Nelson B. sends a link to an article in Architectural Record about the new exhibit highlighting Antoni Gaudi's masterwork, the Sagrada Familia at the City University of New York’s Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. Read it here.
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