Two icons of Modernism—the Farnsworth House in Plano, Ill., and Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, Conn.—will be the beneficiaries of a newly launched funding initiative by the National Trust for Historic Preservation that reflects the dialogue between the two properties. Modern Views: A Project to Benefit Farnsworth House and the Glass House has a funding goal of $1 million, which will go to the restoration of the Brick House at the Glass House and to restoration, maintenance, and operations at Farnsworth House.
The January 2010 addition of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House to the National Trust’s portfolio of historic sites allows closer collaborative efforts between the two properties, one of which is the Modern Views initiative.
Unfolding over the next several months, Modern Views will showcase drawings, models, and other works of art created by 100 of the world’s most respected and famed architects, designers, and artists, along with statements from each about how their work is inspired by these two historic houses.
Featured architects, artists, and designers include: David Adjaye, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Jeanne Gang, Leon Krier, Thom Mayne, Richard Meier, Eric Owen Moss, Ron Radziner, Pugh + Scarpa, Annabelle Selldorf, Annie Leibovitz, Julius Shulman (1910-2009) and Juergen Nogai, Karim Rashid, Constantin Boym, and many others. Click here for the complete list.
Two exhibitions of the donated works will be held in Chicago and New York as part of the fundraising program, and each event will include a screening of a new film by Sarah Morris inspired by the two houses. The first exhibition will be held on Sept. 16 in Chicago at The Arts Club; the second will be held Oct. 6 at Sotheby’s in New York. An online exhibition hosted by Sotheby’s, the project’s underwriter, will go live in September at www.sothebys.com/modernviews.
Written by Stephani Miller for Residential Architect.
One World Trade Center has reached a construction milestone by rising 260 ft above street level. Upon its completion in 2013, it will become the tallest office building in the United States reaching 104 stories.
Currently standing at the 26th floor level, the 1,776-ft-tall office building is being designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (NY office) and developed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and is scheduled to reach a height of 50 stories by the end of 2010. To date, more than 67,000 cubic yards of concrete have been poured for the tower, both above and below ground exceeding the amount of concrete used to build the entire Empire State Building.
One World Trade Center will incorporate design elements based on LEED Gold criteria with energy efficiency running 20% higher than city codes presently require. Seen at GreenSource.
A few weeks ago we introduced you one of the latest built projects by Frank Gehry, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. The center is supported by Keep Memory Alive, and it is planned to become a national resource for the most current research and scientific information for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington ‘s Diseases, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) as well as focusing on prevention, early detection and education.
On our previous feature we got a glimpse of the project, which at first sight might look like just another Gehry project. And now, thanks to these new photos by Matthew Carbone, we can get a better look at it.
The center features three main spaces:
The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservations (GSAPP) at Columbia University have announced its Summer Lecture Series 2010. Here are June events:
June 23 / Urban Design Lunchtime Lecture Series: Shaping the City / Edith Hsu-Chen + Charles McKinney
June 24 / Metropolis Film Series: Michelangelo Antonioni, Blow Up
June 29 / Arguments Lecture Series / Iwan Baan
June 30 / Urban Design Lunchtime Lecture Series: Where and How does Economic Development happen? / Josh Wallack and Vishaan Chakrabarti
For more information go to www.arch.columbia.edu/events.
The symposium marks the release of the 11 Architects + 12 Conversations issue of PRAXIS: a journal of writing and building. The moderated discussion will invite audience participation in an open dialogue that explores shared and contested territory among this emerging generation of practices.
The symposium, “Conversations: Continued”, brings together 10 Young Architectural Practices: MOS, NArchitects, WORKac, PATTERNS, Aranda/Lasch, Productora, FAR, Ciro Najle, The Living, and Howeler +Yoon with two critics, Timothy Hyde and Lucia Allais. The event continues the more formal discussion begun in PRAXIS 11, 11 Architects/12 Conversations, by bringing the firms together in a shared conversation, broadening the issues at stake, and sharing the material with a wider architectural and public audience.
The ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition challenges design teams to reweave the landscape for wildlife in a cost-effective manner using new methods, new materials, and new thinking. The site of the ARC design competition is located where natural and human-dominated worlds collide. Between the rapidly urbanizing metropolitan area of Denver and the resort communities of Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge, Colorado, the site sits at approximately 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level and 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Denver along the I-70 Mountain Corridor just west of Vail Pass.
Jurors will be looking not only for beautiful, compelling designs that meet the needs of both people and wildlife but also the use of materials that make infrastructure more affordable and, ultimately, our roads safer from wildlife-vehicle collisions. Expressions of Interest are due in hard copy by 4pm (Mountain Daylight Time) July 30, 2010. For complete information visit the competition’s official website. Seen at Bustler.
MINE THE GAP, a single-stage international design ideas competition dedicated to examining one of the most visible scars left after the collapse of the real estate market in Chicago: the massive hole along the Lake Michigan remaining from the cancellation of Calatrava’s Spiral Tower, have recently announced it’s winners. See them after the break.