The response to the upcoming Wright Society Virtual Summit on March 25-26, 2015 has been remarkable! Over a thousand people have registered for the event and anticipation is building to watch the special guest expert interviews discussing Frank Lloyd Wright's early work and inspirations. As a special treat, Summit host Bryan Kelly prepared a sneak peek clip from of his recent interview with Tim Samuelson. More after the jump...
A BBC documentary from 1984 was recently posted on YouTube by AA School Architecture titled, "We Don't Like Your House Either: The Architecture of Bruce Goff." It features the architect discussing his work, along with filmed footage of lost works like Shin'enKan and The Bavinger house. Watch it here.
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wtxl.com reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Clifton and George Lewis House (aka "Spring House") is open the second Sunday of every month from 2-4 pm for tours of the building and the surrounding grounds. It costs $15 a person and children under the age of 12 are free. Follow the link to watch a video and read more. If you would like to learn more about Spring House, you can call 850-321-6417 or visit www.PreserveSpringHouse.org.
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Mark Hammonds has been undertaking an amazing amount of work to implement the on-line vision of Taliesin apprentice John Geiger in order to inform and engender appreciation for Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy. Recently, Mark reports that John Geiger's web site has been updated with all of his remaining writings; the inventory of his archives is largely up on the web site; and John's database has been completely recovered from the obsolete formats in which it was contained. You can read more detail about the ongoing effort here and then spend time exploring this invaluable resource here.
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In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Stockman House's move from its original location at 311 First St. S.E. to its current location at 530 First St. N.E., a special DVD has been created that documents the event. The DVD is available for purchase at the gift shop in the Robert E. McCoy Architectural Center, located next to the Stockman House. Plan a visit to Mason City, IA to see the home and purchase the DVD, or contact the the Architectural Center here for more details.
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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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Paul R. provides a link to a video tour of one of the interiors of the rarely-seen Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Roloson Row Houses. An early and rare example of one of Wright's multiple unit dwellings, this particular row house is for sale for $595,000. Watch the video tour here and see the listing here.
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Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects, recently featured a Q&A interview with Frank Lloyd Wright School Board of Governors member, Jerry van Eyck on the subject of the ongoing battle to keep the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture from dissolving after losing accreditation. The magazine previously featured a similar Q&A with Sean Malone, the President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, so it's interesting to get the other side as well.
What's often overlooked in all of this war of the words is how the students themselves feel. Luckily, student Pablo Moncayo has stepped up and put together a couple of YouTube videos speaking up on how he (and presumably other students) feel about the potential loss of their institution. Watch the videos here and here.
We'll keep watching how this story develops and will continue to report on its twists and turns. Feel free to let us know how you feel in the comments section!
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Here's a video clip featuring the news that county supervisors are taking steps to give some improtant artifacts associated with the 1917 Woodbury County Courthouse (a Prairie School symphony designed by architects Purcell and Elmslie with some sculptural help by Alfonso Iannelli) to the Sioux City Public Museum. Watch more about it here.
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ArchDaily recently featured Matteo Muci's brightly colored animated video showing graphic constructions of five of history’s most iconic modern houses (including Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater). See it here.
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Here's a link to an article and video on former Iowa state legislator, Donovan Olson's efforts to restore the Prairie Style James B. McHose House in Boone, Iowa. Read and watch more here.
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Yesterday we featured the news on Skyline Ink's animated Taliesin 1 project. PrairieMod reader, Bob B. sent a message that Skyline Ink is the same studio that produced the 3D animations of Bruce Goff’s unbuilt projects as part of the "Bruce Goff: Creative Mind" exhibit. Watch these fantastic animations here.
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I found myself perusing the website of Skyline Ink, a computer animation studio that specializes in bringing architecture to virtual life, when I came across intriguing images in their portfolio on a project i had not know about before.
Apparently, Skyline Ink was asked to work with experts at Taliesin to recreate the original Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Taliesin 1 (destroyed by fire in 1914) as a new 3D model in period-appropriate black and white. The website states that this ongoing history project is equal parts animation and investigation, and they will be adding more information to the animation in the coming months.
Follow the link to check out a series of still images for a sneak peak to this exciting project. As soon as we learn more info, we'll keep readers updated.
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Anthony T. sends a link to a YouTube video highlighting the proposed Santiago Calatrava design for Florida Polytechnic University, the next architecturally significant college campus in Lakeland, FL. The first building and surrounding reflecting pools are well under construction and if it turns out anything like the renderings we see in the video, FPU will give FSC a run for its money. Learn more here and watch more here.
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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