Author David Jameson and Cultural Historian for the City of Chicago, Tim Samuelson, both appeared yesterday on WTTW's nightly news program, Chicago Tonight, to discuss the new book on the industrial design work of Alfonso Iannelli. Watch the segment here and be sure to pick up your copy of the new book here.
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PBS's American Masters series and Latino Public Broadcasting’s VOCES team up for the first time to explore the life and work of photographer Pedro E. Guerrero in a documentary airing September 5, 2015. In addition to being the personal photographer for Frank Lloyd Wright, Guerrero had a long and illustrious career working with artists like Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. Find out more info and watch a video preview here.
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CBS Sunday Morning recently based their entire show at Frank Lloyd Wright's Auldbrass Plantation in Yemassee, SC. Host Charles Osgood discussed the estate's extensive restoration, undertaken by Hollywood producer, Joel Silver. Silver's dedication to getting Auldbrass (W)right can be seen in the breathtaking images in the show. If you missed it, watch it here.
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Sharon T. sends word that CBS Sunday Morning will feature segment on newly-moved Bachman Wilson House that will be aired this Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 9 am EST. We'll post a link if one is available after the airing.
UPDATE: Sharon informed us that CBS contacted her to say that the program is being rescheduled. CBS says that it will definitely be aired but they don't have a date yet. We'll let everyone know when it does have a scheduled air date.
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Sure, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, and Mies van der Rohe built impressive homes and imposing skyscrapers—but the new three-part Nature series called "Animal Homes" explores the astounding architecture and engineering feats of the animal kingdom. The first episode "The Nest" premieres this Wednesday, April 8, 2015 on most PBS stations. Check out the link for details and local listings.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff in Buffalo, NY will be featured on an upcoming episode of “Mysteries at the Castle,” which is supposed to air on the Travel Channel this Friday at 9pm. According to this article, the episode's segment "will focus on Wright’s time in Japan, where he lived and worked immediately before designing the estate, and highlight the elements of Japanese design in Graycliff." More info here.
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Michael Bridgeman sends word that "Remarkable Homes of Wisconsin" is finished and has recently aired on Wisconsin Public Television. Two of the houses in the program are from 1939: the Moderne-style Brooks Stevens house and Frank Lloyd Wright's Wingspread near Racine. They're the last two homes visited in the one-hour program. The other four houses are from about 1850 to 1915. Watch the program online here.
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If you watched the Oscars last night, the most excited anyone got was not for the traditional gold statues, but the yellow plastic LEGO ones made by artist Nathan Sawaya. In looking around this morning at other LEGO creations, I came across a pretty sweet plastic brick version of Frank Lloyd Wright's unbuilt "Seacliff" design for the cliffs of San Francisco. Check out more here.
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Spike TV's new furniture design reality show "Framework" debuts tonight, January 6, 2015, on the cable channel and it sports some interesting Organic architectural connections. One of the contestants, Jory Brigham's great-grandfather was John S. Van Bergen, and one of the judges, Brandon Gore, recently cited being inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and E. Fay Jones in his furniture work. Read more here and 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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If you missed watching the Chicago Tonight segment yesterday evening about Frank Lloyd Wright's musical (and misunderstood) father, William Carey Wright, then you're in luck! Follow the link to watch the video on-line. If you like what you hear, then you can order a copy of David Patterson's CD of the elder Wright's music here.
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We recevied news from David Patterson that WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" will be airing a segment on his project recording the music of Frank Lloyd Wright's father, William C. Wright this evening Monday, September 8, 2014. The broadcast airs from 7:00-8:00 pm CST. Typically, a story like this would be shown on the latter half of the program. I'll be sure to post a link to when the segment is posted on-line as well.
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Anthony Thompson sends a link to the air dates of the upcoming documentary, Lost Twin Cities: Part 4. As you can guess, the show is all about the lost landmarks of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and will include a segment on the Second Francis Little house. They are using some of Anthony's photos from his visit to the house in March, 1972, just a few months prior to it's demolition. The show airs in the Twin Cities area August 13, 2014, so follow the link to get more info here.
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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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