Chicago's WGN Channel 9 will have a special news feature on Tuesday night at 9pm highlighting the story of the Alfonso Iannelli-designed Guard Family Memorial and the efforts underway to restore it. Be sure to watch it Tuesday night and then be sure to help support the Kickstarter campaign to save this wonderful memorial.
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. . .of a lovely building." For all the Brady Bunch fans out there, here's some information on the fab mid-century house that was used as Mike Brady's pre-Carol house, including some film stills of the pilot episode of this iconic sitcom.
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Sometimes nothing but an original will do. Case in point: When Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner wanted a very specific mid-century feel for the latest season's campaign, he went straight to the source: British illustrator Brian Sanders, 75, whose prolific career spans 50+ years. Read more about Sander's "Mad Men' project in this New York Times interview.
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Curbed National provides a gawker's guide to the absolute train wrecks that often come out of the "reality" TV interior design world. Prepare for some truly un-PrairieMod moments here.
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WTTW's resident architecture guru, Geoffrey Baer, has a new program coming in 2013 titled "10 Buildings That Changed America." It's an interesting and provocative title that is sure to lead to a lot of opinion and discussion. See the list and read more about the upcoming show here.
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The only upside of being sick this past weekend was that I was able to find some time on the couch watching some interesting shows on television. One such show is "The Genius of Design" from the Smithsonian Channel. As a designer, I found a series exploring the history and importance of design in our society fascinating. Find out more here.
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If you missed seeing Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter on the PBS series, American Masters, last night, then follow the link to watch it online.
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In other Wright film news: a new documentary titled "Frank Lloyd Wright's Boynton House: The Next Hundred Years" by WXXI, a Rochester, NY public broadcaster, will have a sneak preview this Wednesday, December 7, 2011. The full-length film is scheduled to broadcast in Spring 2012. Read more about it here.
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Anyone who has seen the amazing documentary, Louis Sullivan: the Struggle for American Architecture, knows how wonderful it is. This labor of love by director Mark Smith now has a shot at being exposed to a larger audience by being aired on PBS stations nationwide for next spring.
But for that to happen, Mark has to raise a substantial amount of money to re-edit the film for an hour time slot and pay a hefty carriage fee for a national broadcast. Normally foundations underwrite this type of programming, but Mark is turning to a grass roots campaign on Kickstarter.com to raise the funds needed to make this broadcast of Louis Sullivan's legacy a reality.
Unfortunately, the deadline to help is a short one--pledges need to be made by October 6, 2011! If you're a fan of the film and Louis Sullivan, then please help out the cause here!
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Today is Earth Day, a time to reflect on our home planet and how to be better stewards of it. In an effort not to be gloom and doom about environmentalism, here's a link to a recent NOVA special called "Power Surge" which discusses the ways our own creativity and technology could help save us from ourselves. See it here.
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Chicago Tonight recently featured architect Harry Weese, who fought to save Chicago from urban blight. He gave the city some of its most famous buildings, and then was almost forgotten. Learn more about the life and work of Harry Weese in this new book and through this article in Chicago Magazine.
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A fan of Chicago history and bicycles? Then get ready to catch Geoffrey Baer's newest city-centric documentary "Biking the Boulevards" on Monday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. on WTTW. Get all the details and a video preview here.
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Architecture meets Animation when Canberra's ACT Planning Minister, Andrew Barr, recently compared the reverence in ACT planning circles for Canberra's designer, Walter Burley Griffin, to the awe in which "The Simpsons" characters hold their town's founding father, Jebediah Springfield (who turns out to be a fraud and a pirate). And you thought American politics was absurd. Read more here.
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Here's some video and lots of great images on the rehabbing of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ross House in Glencoe, IL that appeared on the WTTW program, Chicago Tonight. See it here.
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I caught an interesting episode of "Modern Marvels" all about chrome on the History Channel the other day. Featured in the episode was one of my all-time favorite works of architecture, the Chrysler Building. Apparently, it's chrome (and lots of it) that makes that Art Deco masterpiece shimmer so beautifully. Catch the episode or order the DVD to learn all about it.Image via Wikipedia
The gardens at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin home, Taliesin, near Spring Green, will be featured on the upcoming Public Television Station broadcast “The Wisconsin Gardener.” Follow the link for details.
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A few weeks ago we posted that the Wisconsin Public Television program "In Wisconsin" would feature a segment on the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's American System-Built Homes, Model B1. That post had the wrong date for broadcast. The program will air in Madison on Wisconsin Public Television on Thursday, February 4th at 7:00 pm CST, with an encore presentation on Sunday, February 7th at 4:00 pm CST. Milwaukee Public Television, Channel 10, will also air the In Wisconsin program on Sunday, February 7th at 11:30 am CST. The program will also be available after air date at the Wright In Milwaukee website. Follow the link for more details.
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Architecture critic and author, Paul Goldberger, was on the Colbert Report last night discussing his book Why Architecture Matters. At the end of the interview, the Guggenheim Museum got a shout-out and Stephen asked where the handle was to flush it. Hilarity ensued. The clip will eventually be up on this link...look for it.
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