Wright Chat user "classic form" was kind enough to post a link to a fascinating video slide presentation featuring Robert and Rae Levin discussing their memories working with Frank Lloyd Wright in designing their 1949 Usonian home and the larger Parkwyn Village community in Kalamazoo, MI. Watch it here.
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PrairieMod pal George J. sent us a head's up that as a follow-up to last month's exciting event at Taliesin West called "Minding Design: Neuroscience, Design Education and the Imagination," he connected us with Jonathan West at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to get info on the event and a link to a the slew of videos posted to the Foundation's YouTube channel. Watch them here.
Photo by Andrew Pielage for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Every year, millions of birds crash into the glass-covered skyscrapers that make up our city skylines. Adam F. sent a link to a story on NPR about what architects are doing to design buildings that make the skies safer for our fine feathered friends. Read and listen to more here.
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The 141-year-old French Paper company has been cutting edge for a longtime (they were one of the first to sell stock online and they are 100% hydro powered). Now they've launched a brand-new website that showcases all of their beautiful and original American-made paper stock. Check it out here.
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The work on the "Usonian House," the new educational and visitor center for Florida Southern College that is based on a previously unbuilt Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Usonian home is coming along nicely. Take a virtual walk through of the progress so far and get ready to visit the finished product in Fall 2012. See and learn more here.
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Scott T. sends a link to a YouTube video segment from Orange County's KOCE news which highlights a Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr.-designed strip mall that's been all but forgotten in Huntington Beach. Watch it here.
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Avatar, eat your heart out! Check out an amazing 2-part digital recreation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel that's posted on YouTube. Sadly lost to the wrecking ball in the late 1960s, this digital recreation is the only way we can experience the building as it once was. See more here and here.
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Mark Hertzberg has posted a bevvy of new reviews over at his blog, Wright in Racine. They include reviews of Patrick Mahoney's new book about the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Davidson House; Randy Henning's 2011 book about Alfred Browning Parker's work; Roland Reisley's 2001 "Usonia" book, and a link to a demo of Tim Sakamoto's iPad app. Read them all here.
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Karlitos E. sends a link to a podcast he thought PrairieMod readers would enjoy. "The Approachable Architect" with David Doucette is based in Santa Monica, California and has many great podcasts regarding topics such as "green" living, energy efficiency, conservation, etc. Check it out here.
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PrairieMod reader Anne S. sent a wonderful link to Guggenheim Foundation's digitized collection of correspondence about the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum's construction—including several from Wright himself. Follow the link, click on the "Folder List" heading, and have fun exploring!
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Joanne H. sends a link to information about Chicago-based digital creative agency, Manning Productions, and their recent project working with the Lincoln Park Zoo to develop a digital kids' book. The "book" is titled Chimps Should Be Chimps and is intended to help get the word out about Project ChimpCARE, "a non-partisan group committed to improving the well-being of chimpanzees." Find out more here.
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Debbie B. sent a link to a YouTube video showcasing an Oak Park, IL renovated garage/home, which they are calling "wannabe" Frank Lloyd Wright. Debbie adds that she believes the original barn was part of the Herman W. Mallen estate, 300 N. Euclid (at Erie), George W. Maher, architect. Can anyone add more insights? Watch the video here.
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WGNO ABC26 reports that New Orleans mayor, Ray Nagin, has put his "Ashtray" House, designed by Modernist architect, Albert Ledner, on the market for $729,000. Why the smoking-related moniker? According to the article:
"If you look closely just below the roofline, you will see 1,200 gold-colored glass ashtrays the architect had set into the walls."
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Lee Bey has unearthed some very cool news reel footage of Chicago from the early 1930s showcasing the city's magnificent architecture. Read and see more here.
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The Wauwatosa Patch provides a brief article on Frank Lloyd Wright's Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, along with a video of Reverend James Dokos, Construction Supervisor John Ottenheimer, and Parish Council Member John Galanis discussing what makes the church so special. See it here.
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PrairieMod readers Paul R. and Linda E. were kind enough to provide a little more background info about the pro-bono bridge design that Frank Lloyd Wright proposed for the Wisconsin River at the Dells. Made of reinforced concrete, the twin arches of the bridge were intended to rise above the water, evoking the graceful butterfly wings that it was named after.
Though never built, Wright tried to pitch the same design to San Francisco—but only a cool model was the result. Watch a video featuring this model here and learn a bit more about this bridge design here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, IA is not only nearing the completion of its multi-million dollar restoration, it's started taking reservations for guests to stay amidst the building's architectural grandeur. Read more and watch a video here. Information on booking reservations here.
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On the drive up to Milwaukee yesterday to catch the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum before it closed, I listened to an interesting interview with sculptor Richard Serra on Bob Edwards Weekend. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City just opened a new exhibit titled Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective which showcases this often overlooked aspect of his creative output. Find out more here and about the Met exhibit here.
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