A charming video of an animated Frank Lloyd Wright is making the rounds on the internet this week. PBS Digital Studios has taken excerpts from the famous 1957 interview between Wright and Mike Wallace and set them to a new animation for their series Blank On Blank. Watch the video here.
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Mark H. sends a link to a suite of new retro-style space travel posters from the design studio at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs. The posters are a continuation of the Exoplanet Travel Bureau poster series initially created by JPL’s design studio last year, which NASA came to them to create as a way to inspire the public and to integrate some of the future ideas the agency had already been envisioning. All 14 posters are available as free downloads at JPL’s website here.
Image via NASA
The Daily Beast explores the topic of Frank Lloyd Wright's final urban designs for the city of Baghdad, Iraq and why they were fated to remain on the drawing board. Read it here.
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Just in time for the holiday, Curbed National provides a link list to all of their architectural "longreads" to help you pass the time waiting for the turkey to finish cooking. Pass the time here and Happy Thanksgiving!
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DavidC posts a link on Wright Chat to the Lawrence Modern website and an article (with images) of a sweet 1951 Usonian house, designed by The University of Kansas architecture department chair and former Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, George M. Beal. Read and see more here.
Photo credit: John Charlton
The John E. and Catherine E. Christian House (aka "SAMARA") in West Lafayette recently became the state of Indiana's 40th National Historic Landmark. Read and listen to more about this momentous event here. Then, visit SAMARA's new website and plan your visit to this remarkable Usonian gem here.
Image via www.samara-house.org
Hyperallergetic.com offers an article and link to an online exhibit from the University of Arkansas that explores the student/mentor relationship between two Organic Architectural geniuses—E. Fay Jones and Frank Lloyd Wright—and the ultimate impact that relationship had on Arkansas architecture. Read it here.
Image credit: Frank Lloyd Wright, right, shown visiting the Fine Arts Center Library, with Fay Jones, far left, and John G. Williams, left of center (image courtesy Fay Jones Collection, University of Arkansas Libraries)
The people behind PrairieMod are announcing a new opportunity for geographically dispersed Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts to gather on-line and watch FREE daily interviews with well-known scholars. This unique on-line gathering is called the Wright Society Virtual Summit, and the inaugural event, STARTING WRIGHT, will explore Wright’s early roots to gain a deeper understanding of his design genius. It takes place Wednesday, March 25 to Thursday, March 26, 2015. Get all the details and register for FREE by following the link.
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The University of Arkansas Libraries' Special Collections and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Library and Archives has put together a new on-line exhibit of materials titled "Fay Jones and Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture Comes to Arkansas" that focus on Frank Lloyd Wright and E. Fay Jones. The exhibit coincides with what would have been Jones's 94th birthday on Saturday. Check it out here.
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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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ArchDaily.com reports on the launch of the new Chicago Architecture Data website, which includes over 10,000 entries, and can be searched based on neighborhood, style, or keyword. Read the article here and then prepare to lose hours today looking through it here.
Image: John Morris/Chicago Architecture Data
Eric S. looks to Scandinavia to find some really interesting architectural work by a Norwegian architect named Helge Hjertholm (some of whose work has intersting Usonian overtones). Check out his website with a bunch of stuff to look at here.
Image via helgehjertholm.no
Attention architecture lovers and Facebook users: A new Facebook page has been launched for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Willey house in Minneapolis, MN. Be sure to "Like" the page to stay on-top of news worthy postings and to see vintage images and learn more backstory about the house. Follow the link to learn more.
Image via facebook.com/thewilleyhouse
Mark Hertzberg sends word that the newly launched website for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Penwern estate (located in Delavan, WI) has been updated with a collection of Wright's drawings for the house, boathouse, barn, and gate lodge. Check them out here.
Image copyright The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation/Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York
Curbed, the architectural and real estate website, recently suggested a bevy of tongue-in-cheek suggestions for architect themed Halloween costumes. Most are fun, but their concept for dressing up like the ghost of Mamah Borthwick Cheney, replete with "a sheer Victorian dress, pearls, white make-up, and copious amounts of blood" is not funny. Making light of this tragic murder is just tasteless. Shame on you Curbed--you're better than that.
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Photographer and Author, Mark Hertzberg, sends word that the current owners of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Fred B. Jones "Penwern" estate on Delavan Lake, Wisconsin (1900-1903) have have had a website created. Mark has also been commissioned to write a book about Mr. Jones and Penwern. It’s a challenging adventure, given the apparent absence of any correspondence between Messrs. Jones, Wright and Henry H. Wallis, the developer of the Wright homes on the lake. If any PrairieMod readers have any insights into Penwern or Mr. Jones, please let us know! In the mean time, check out the Penwern website here.
Image credit: Mark Hertzberg
News reaches us that the Building 51 website (brainchild of Eric Nordstrom, who also owns and operates Urban Remains) has be re-designed in concert with the virtual museum's publishing of its first softbound catalog, which features beautiful photography and in-depth information about the many historically important pieces in its collection. The catalog will be available in the coming weeks (but pre-orders are being taken at the website). Check it all out here.
Image via bldg51.com
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.
Images via Skyline Ink
North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), the award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design, has updated the NCMH Masters Gallery. With these updates and additions, the NCMH Masters Gallery is America’s largest open digital archive of Modernist houses, as well as the internationally known Modernist architects who designed them. Read more after the jump...
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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Last week we announced that a stunning work of Organic Architecture near Joshua Tree, CA designed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg has come on the market for the first time. The house has put up its official website and listed price of $3 million. If you don't have that kind of cash laying around, then enjoy a ton of photos and video here.
Image via organicmodernestate.com/nuvueinteractive.com
Pam O'Connor sends word that after 3 years of effort, Alfonso Iannelli and his Fountain of The Pioneers in Kalamazoo, MI FINALLY appears on the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office's Michigan Modern website. A capital campaign to restore this amazing Modern public art work is preparing to begin, and it's hoped that appearing on this website will help significantly. See more here.
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The wait is over! The special news that I've been teasing you with is the announcement that a brand new organization has been launched called The Organic Architecture + Design Archives (or OAD Archives for short) that will also publish the new Journal of Organic Architecture + Design! So what's it all about? Find out after the jump...
Patrick Steffes of the website, Forgotten Chicago, sent a heads-up on their newest article, which features one of the least-known modernist architects in Chicago history, James F. Eppenstein. Eppenstein had a relatively brief career from the mid-1930s to the early 1950s, but left behind a remarkable body of work. Forgotten Chicago’s article on Eppenstein covers his remodeling of Hyde Park’s Shoreland Hotel, recently reimagined by Studio Gang; a modest bar at the famed LaSalle Hotel that was the start of one of the worst fires in Chicago history; and the unique Electroliner interurban train which ran from Chicago to Milwaukee until 1963. More information on Eppenstein’s amazing career may be found at the Forgotten Chicago website.
1935 image of Eppenstein's office via forgottenchicago.com
Speaking of Edgar Tafel, the Edgar A. Tafel Archive at the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library's Drawings & Archives Department has now been fully arranged and cataloged and is open for research! Browse through the on-line finding aid and read more about every file that the archive contains here.
Image via Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library's Drawings & Archives Department
Today's "Google Doodle" celebrates the 120th birthday of Raymond Loewy, the "Father of Industrial Design." Loewy had a truly remarkable career, designing icons like the famous Coca-Cola bottle, Lucky Strike cigarette packets, and logos for Exxon and Shell. Read more about his life and work here.
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Tarantino Studio has launched their new "Usonian Essentials" website, a resource for the maintenance and preservation of Mid-Century Modern structures with specialized focus on Usonian houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. As stated on the homepage, "The intent of the website is to disseminate pertinent historic information, supply restoration products, provide access to published articles, and offer consulting services with solutions and results to assist Homeowners, Contractors, and Historic Preservationists." Explore this fantastic resource here.
Image via Tarantino Studio
Here's a link to an infographic created by the team behind The Tiny House Movement, who decided to collect over 70,000 data points associated with the question "how do tiny house people compare to the average American." The results were turned into a snappy infographic poster that you can purchase to grace the walls of your small abode. More here.
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It's once again time for Fair Oak Workshops's popular "Dog Days of Summer" sale, where the ever popular and iconic Arts & Crafts mica lamps are 20% off their regular price. The sale won't last for long, so if you've always wanted to enjoy the buttery warm glow of a mica lamp in your home, then act fast and order yours today. Check out all the sale items here.
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