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Original Rendering of The Timken Museum of Art

Saturday April 17, 2011

Join me and Timken Museum of Art for ‘Modernism in the Park’ on Thursday, May 12. The event will be an intimate conversation with John Wilson, Executive Director of the museum and I on topics of museum architecture of the period, the Timken Museum building (by a team of Frank Hope Associates architects including John Mock), its lighting scheme by widely recognized lighting designer Richard Kelly, and other modern structures in the Park and nearby (by Robert Mosher etc).  Come by at 6pm for refreshments, the program will begin at 630pm. With limited seating, reservations are required by May 5. Call to make reservations ($55 for non-members, $45 for museum members) at 619-239-5548, x100.

The Wisconsin Historical Society recently acquired a series of photos of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, near Spring Green, Wis., some of which have never been seen before or studied by Wright scholars and academics. Check them out HERE.

The New York Times just published an intriguing story about a modernist gem known as the Plastic Tent House, designed in 1974 by the architect John M. Johansen, as his own residence.  Mr. Johansen, now 94, was a member of the Harvard Five, a group of young modernists associated with Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in the postwar years. These architects, who included Philip Johnson and Marcel Breuer, built a number of experimental homes that helped reinvent American domestic architecture, many of them in New Canaan, Conn. The Plastic Tent, one of five so-called Symbolic Houses Mr. Johansen designed between the late 1950s and the 1970s, represented a departure from the modernism practiced by his colleagues. Drawing on the work of the psychoanalyst Carl Jung, he incorporated elements symbolizing the various stages of life — cavelike rooms, bridges, towers, trees — into these houses, taking his work in a new direction. Read more HERE.


Robert Platt's Christiansen Residence, Point Loma

Tuesday April 12, 2011

This coming Saturday, April 16 between 10a-3p The College Neighborhoods Foundation will host their annual home tour. This year's tour includes Sim Bruce Richards' Alpha Phi Sorority, Bob Ferris' Cottrell Residence (ca. 1979) and a few late '50s mid-century homes in the College View Estates area. Call 619-800-2631 for more information.

Following the popularity of 2009′s release of Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Fallingwater, LEGO is now offering a build-your-own Farnsworth House. The latest in their Architect Series, the kit will include all the 546 blocks you’ll need to recreate Mies van der Rohe‘s classic residential design outside of Chicago. Read more HERE.

Learn about architect Wallace K. Harrison and view images of a 1931 home he designed for his family on Long Island HERE.

Ars Libri Ltd, a rare book vendor, is currently offering for sale a complete run of Wendingen, a key Dutch publication chronicling the rise of modernism between 1918-1931. Learn more about the 116-issue set produced by architect Hendrik Wijdeveld HERE.


Southworth's 'Oasis' House by Herb Turner

Tuesday April 5, 2011

I created a page for the late Edward Fickett, FAIA HERE.

Apparently someone recently started publishing a magazine titled Bauhaus despite the fact 90 years an unprecedented explosion of design in Germany, included a magazine of the same name. Read more HERE.

Eero Saarinen’s Miller House, with intact interiors by Alexander Girard, and landscape design by Daniel Urban Kiley, will open to the public in Columbus, Indiana this May. The Indianapolis Museum of Art will begin providing tours for the public – making it yet another reason for all of us to put Columbus on our vacation schedules. Read more HERE.


John Dirks Residence, Mt Helix

Friday April 1, 2011

A catalogue raisonné of the work of the architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, including architectural plans, essays, and photographs that began its life in 1952 was finally released a few months ago. Sullivan, now regarded as the father of architectural modernism, coined the underpinnings of the phrase “form follows function”. After a book contract was signed in 1956, and publication was scheduled for the fall of 1957, things became complicated to say the least. Finally you can grab ‘The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan’ by Richard Nickel and Aaron Siskind with John Vinci and Ward Miller. Read the review HERE or order a copy HERE.

In a few weeks Architect, Historian, Critic, Writer, and Landscape Designer Charles Jencks will offer a lecture and moderated discussion as the final chapter of UCSD By Design’s lecture series. At 7pm on April 21 Jencks will lecture at MCASD La Jolla. The following morning at 10am I will join Jencks for a moderated discussion at the UCSD International House Great Hall. For more information go HERE.

On Thursday April 7, USD is sponsoring a lecture by architects Iñaki Abalos and Renata Sentkiewicz at 5:30p. Learn more HERE.

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