AZCentral.com recently featured Taliesin apprentice Kamal Amin consulting with students of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture about rebuilding Amin's 1963 Lotus Shelter on the grounds of Taliesin West. The structure is one of the longest continually inhabited shelters occupied by students and is getting some much needed TLC as part of the "learn by doing" curriculum of the school. Read more and watch a video here.
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This winter has many Chicagoans asking "Why do we still live here?" The answer might be found in this stunning video that Mark H. sent us a link to called "Windy City Nights." Max Wilson's writes that the "video is the result of a two year journey through Chicago at night. I started this timelapse project back in April of 2012 after getting inspired by a video I saw posted on Vimeo titled “We are Chicago” by Ross Gerbasi. The video contained several night timelapse sequences that were captured in Chicago." Watch it here and see why Chicago is arguably the most beautiful city in the United States and worth enduring a harsh winter.
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George J. sends a link to a new 3-minute video released by the County of Marin that goes over accessibility improvements and aesthetic upgrades that are scheduled for a stretch of Civic Center Drive between the lagoon and the proposed SMART station near McInnis Parkway. There are also some good shots of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin County Civic Center and a nice quote shown from Mr. Wright. Have a look here.
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2014 arrived with big celebrations all over the globe. But the biggest celebration occurred in Dubai, where the world's tallest tower Burj Khalifa was transformed into a giant fireworks launcher as part of the city’s Guinness World Record bid for the largest fireworks display. Watch the spectacle here. Happy New Year!
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Mona Goddard was kind enough to email us that she came across a new documentary titled Coast Modern while surfing Hulu that she thought would interest PrairieMod readers. Check it out here.
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Thanks to OpenCulture.com for posting a rare audio rare recording from June 18, 1957, where a 90-year-old Frank Lloyd Wright discusses his thoughts on Creativity, Nature, and Religion. Listen to it here.
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Modern architect Bertrand Goldberg would have been 100 on July 17, 2013. It's been a rough couple of years recently for Goldberg's works (think Prentice Women's Hospital). But several of the architect's Chicago works are celebrated icons. His Marina City Towers definitely fall into that category. Listen to Chicago Public Radio's recent Curious City segment discussing the famous "corncobs" here.
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Apparently, the creative process behind Microsoft's Xbox video game consoles, according to Xbox Creative Director Carl Ledbetter, was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. Read more about it here.
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Dana from Smith Art Conservation was kind enough to send some before and after photos and a link to a stop action time lapse video of the amazing restoration work the company did on the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ravine Bluffs Development Markers in Glencoe, IL. See the video here.
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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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