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Paul Rudolph: Concrete Connoisseur | Mid-Century Modern Furniture Then and Now

Paul Rudolph: Concrete Connoisseur | Mid-Century Modern Furniture Then and Now | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
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Paul Rudolph was born to a nomadic Methodist preacher in 1918.

He was instrumental in the development of the Sarasota School of Architecture which highlighted natural light, sweeping overhangs and flat roofs, among other details.

 

His Brutalist Architecture (architectural style of the mid-20th century characterized by massive or monolithic forms, usually of poured concrete) is often a contentious subject in light of the frequency in which it is in the headlines for demolition versus restoration.

 

Paul Rudolph is high on the list of great American Architects

 

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Mid century renovation Vancouver | Plastolux

Mid century renovation Vancouver | Plastolux | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Mid century renovation Vancouver by Office of Mcfariane Biggar Architects is a great re-imagination of a 50's post and beam house. The results are stunning
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This is a wonderful renovation to a modernly charming and classic MCM post and beam 50's home.
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Less Is More: 10 Buildings by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Less Is More: 10 Buildings by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's "International Style" was the impetus for the midcentury modernism we know today. Thus, he's widely acknowledged as one of the 20th century's greatest architects.
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We are very partial to Mies...it's personal!
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IM Pei at 100: 10 of the architect's most significant buildings

IM Pei at 100: 10 of the architect's most significant buildings | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Chinese-American architect IM Pei turns 100 today. To celebrate, we've selected 10 of his most iconic buildings from a career that spans seven decades.
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Marcel Breuer's New Canaan Home

Marcel Breuer's New Canaan Home | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
It’s a rare occasion that an iconic home is put on the market—let alone one that the architect actually lived in. So is the case with this Marcel Breuer-designed residence in New Canaan, CT that’s listed with Houlihan Lawrence for $4,850,000. - Dwell's Marcel Breuer's New Canaan Home design collection on Dwell.
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via Dwell: What makes this home so special is the fact that Breuer himself lived in it with his family for more than 20 years after he built it in 1951. Additionally, the way it stands today is largely in-line with the way he originally intended it to be—thanks to a pair of dedicated homeowners and an architect who understood that they had a treasure in their hands.
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Sex, Lies and Modernism: Jeff Bridges to Star as Mies in the Scandalous Story of Farnsworth House

Sex, Lies and Modernism: Jeff Bridges to Star as Mies in the Scandalous Story of Farnsworth House | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Much of the movie is likely to be manifested in the tumultuous relationship between Mies and his client, Dr. Edith Farnsworth.
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The Wiley House: A Philip Johnson Masterpiece

The Wiley House: A Philip Johnson Masterpiece | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
It is a shame that the architect can not emulate Monet and build one building after another in experimentation and variation. The Wiley House leads to one creative idea after another, and not just …
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"The degree to which architecture satisfies the desire to be cuddled, exalted or stimulated, determines the magnitude of greatness. The genius of Philip Johnson comes from the further step of reducing these principles to a simple visual feast." Philip Johnson
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Mid-Century Modern Furniture Then and Now: Architects and Their Chairs "L" is for Loos

Mid-Century Modern Furniture Then and Now: Architects and Their Chairs "L" is for Loos | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
"What I call culture is that balance between our physical, mental and spiritual being which alone can guarantee sensible thought and action." Adolf Loos
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"I do not design floor plans, facades, sections. I design spaces. For me, there is no ground floor, first floor etc…. For me, there are only contiguous, continual spaces, rooms, anterooms, terraces etc. Storeys merge and spaces relate to each other." http://www.e-architect.co.uk/architects/adolf-loos
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Stanley Tigerman on Learning from Mies, The Younger Generation and "Designing Bridges to Burn"

Stanley Tigerman on Learning from Mies, The Younger Generation and "Designing Bridges to Burn" | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

This article was originally published on Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Inside My Design Mind: Salt-of-the-Earth Lessons From Architec

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Stanley Tigerman’s conceptual 1978 image of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall sinking into Lake Michigan. Image Courtesy of Tigerman McCurry Architects

Stanley Tigerman, "Mies didn’t say anything casually. He meant what he said, and he said very little. I knew him very well; he was very impressive. It’s a challenge because he wasn’t loose with his comments—about life, about work and architecture. He took things very slowly; very deliberately; and never in any way, shape, or form off the cuff. That, to me, has always instilled a kind of role model and paradigm."

"ST: Because an unfortunate part of my M.O. is putting my foot in my mouth more often than necessary. I tend to say things without thinking. That’s why Mies was such a role model to me. He never said boo without thinking it through. The title came from a phrase Margaret used one day after we were having some argument. “When they find you face down in an alley, it will take the police a very long time to find the killer because the list of suspects will be very long,” she said. “You’re at the stage of your life where you’re designing bridges to burn.” I’m not exactly user-friendly, which I feel badly about because that’s not the way I see myself."
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Critical Round-Up: The National Museum of African American History and Culture

Critical Round-Up: The National Museum of African American History and Culture | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
A century since the founding of the National Memorial Association and the start of a campaign by African-American war veterans for a monument of African American culture, the National Museum of African American History and Culture will finally be opened on September 24th. The Museum took $540 million and four years to build, resulting in a striking, and refreshingly unorthodox, architectural construction on Washington DC’s National Mall. The Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup JJR team, led by Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye, defiantly broke the white-marble-Corinthian-column convention, opting instead for a bronze-coated aluminum façade bound to provoke a reaction from the critics.

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Harvard Museums Releases Online Catalogue of 32,000 BAUHAUS Works

Harvard Museums Releases Online Catalogue of 32,000 BAUHAUS Works | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus school in 2019, Harvard Art Museums has released an online catalogue of their 32,000-piece Bauhaus Collection, containing rarely seen drawings and photographs from attendees and instructors of the revolutionary German design school.

The collection features work from the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Bertrand Goldberg, Marcel Breuer, and Bauhaus-founder Walter Gropius himself, and can be navigated through a search bar and an easy-to-use set of filters, allowing you to categorize work by topic, medium, date or artist.

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Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye encapsulates the Modernist style

Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye encapsulates the Modernist style | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

World Heritage Corb: one of the most important buildings by architect Le Corbusier from the 17 that have been to UNESCO's World Heritage List is Villa Savoye, the top-heavy weekend retreat created as a Modernist version of the French country house (+ slideshow).
 

Completed in 1931, Villa Savoye is one of the most important houses of the 20th century. A key building in the development of the International Style of Modernism, it is one of the only houses in France to have been declared a national monument during the architect's lifetime.

Designed as a weekend holiday home for the Savoye family, it was the last building in Le Corbusier's "white villas" series of private homes and was created in collaboration with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, who worked with Le Corbusier on a number of his most famous projects.


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A Midcentury Modern Gem Called the "Athens of the Prairie" Columbus, Indiana

A Midcentury Modern Gem Called the "Athens of the Prairie" Columbus, Indiana | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

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Columbus, Indiana is a special city with great barbecue, a cool brewery in an old depot on the river, and a lot of ARCHITECTURE!
Image: The First Christian Church (1942) Columbus, Indiana Eliel Saarinen combines simple forms with asymmetry. Note the asymmetry in the clock placement on the tower and the cross as well.
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Oscar Niemeyer’s Casa de Canoas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | DesignRulz

Oscar Niemeyer’s Casa de Canoas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  | DesignRulz | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
When I think of a place I would like to live, it is always in a house that is modern, yet old, surrounded by forest and close to the sea. A place to relax,
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Enjoy this wonderful post filled with admiration for the great Oscar Niemeyer and numerous images of this very iconic home.
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A Mystic Monumentality

A Mystic Monumentality | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
1. How odd that the towering genius of architecture during the third quarter of the twentieth century—when his most conventionally successful colleagues prized innovation over tradition, analysis over intuition, and logic over emotion—was a mystically inclined savant who sought to reconnect his medium with its spiritual roots. Indeed, he ran wholly counter to prevailing images …
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"After he almost single-handedly restored architecture’s age-old status as an art form, his legacy was quickly squandered by younger coprofessionals. From the mid-1970s onward they have careened from one extreme, short-lived stylistic fad to the next—Postmodernism, Deconstructivism, Blobitecture—and lost sight of the profound values Kahn wanted to convey: timelessness, solidity, nobility, and repose."
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FLW Roadtrip

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We are very interested in Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture and have reason to believe that the architect's home we live in was influenced by FLW's philosophy of Organic Architecture. When we visit his builds and listen to the guides we learn so much about the thinking of the architect of our home....
Since we drive from the south to the midwest once or twice a year, the idea of visiting these homes is very appealing. Last summer we visited Taliesen East, Spring Green Wisconsin,  WOW,
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Saving the country’s first modern church, and a Columbus architecture landmark

Saving the country’s first modern church, and a Columbus architecture landmark | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
A new initiative to restore Eliel and Eero Saarinen’s First Christian Church hopes to establish a model for modern preservation.
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"The boxy brick-and-limestone-clad complex, a series of rectangular masses accented by a 166-foot-high bell tower and a yard dotted with maple trees and a reflecting pool, was a revelation when it first welcomed parishioners in 1942. The progressive design was considered “the most daring innovation in American church architecture,”
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Designed to evoke the expansive landscape of the Midwest, the Robie House characterizes horizontality with its forms, spaces and even construction materials.
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Inside a gorgeously restored Frank Lloyd Wright house in Wisconsin

Inside a gorgeously restored Frank Lloyd Wright house in Wisconsin | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
The house was built in 1948 for Edith and Albert Adelman, and is still in the family. It comprises a concrete block-and-wood exterior with the long, low-lying profile for which Wright’s residential designs became renowned.
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As fans of everything Frank Lloyd Wright it was interesting read the how's and why's of this job, and to see the beautiful results.
Dezeen offers night views and additional comments:
https://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/24/kubala-washatko-architects-tkwa-restoration-1940s-frank-lloyd-wright-adelman-house-fox-point-wisconsin/
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Too Much is Never Enough: Morris Lapidus’ Postmodern Curves « The Hooded Utilitarian

Too Much is Never Enough: Morris Lapidus’ Postmodern Curves « The Hooded Utilitarian | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
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Morris Lapidus- Architect | Icon | American Original https://vimeo.com/10274077 video by Chuck Farris * via The Hooded Utilitarian bit.ly/2iiBAAy Too Much is Never Enough: Morris Lapidus’ Postmodern Curves Basically, Morris Lapidus knew the limitations of a straight line. In the 1930s, living in New York and working as a merchandiser, he was already getting customers’ attention through curvilinear ornamental devices that an editor at Pencilpoint magazine described as “bean poles, cheese holes, and woggles. ”Mr. Lapidus knows how to give emotions physical form,” she said. ”His space swirls you; it prompts you to move; it’s an interactive architecture.” Deborah Desilets * video: Morris Lapidus about his reinvention of Lincoln Road into a Pedestrian Mall...."a car never bought anything"...I remember it all....ahhh the Fountainbleau and #Lapidus 's love of the curve (Niemeyeresque) #architecture and the #whimsy of #LincolnRoad 's design and innovative #pesdestrian driven #architecturaldetails. XO a #guyabera my dad wore one every day, perfect for the #Miami climate! #architects #MCM thank you @AliceLowe @ArtandDesignMatters image via wikimedia commons
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Freunde von Freunden — Living Where The Mountains Meet The Sea: Gwen & Gawie Fagan

Freunde von Freunden — Living Where The Mountains Meet The Sea: Gwen & Gawie Fagan | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Depending on where you stand, the Fagan’s self-built home ‘Die Es’ has a mountain or seaside backdrop. ‘Die Es’ – meaning ‘the hearth’…
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As one of South Africa’s most celebrated architects, Gawie’s ideas concerning connecting architecture with the natural landscape were revolutionary. Over the years, Gwen played an instrumental role as a historical researcher and landscape planner in Gawie’s practice. Together they share a love of designing new buildings just as much as restoring old ones.
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How American architect Irving Gill helped shape early modernism

How American architect Irving Gill helped shape early modernism | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
A new symposium seeks to bolster the case that a San Diego architect foreshadowed Modernist design
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Before MCM there was Irving Gill!
Soooo much to learn and so little time..do you know Irving Gill?

"Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Gropius…. and Gill? A new symposium taking place in San Diego on October 20th, “Irving J. Gill and the Chicago School,” presents new scholarship connecting American architect Irving Gill’s experience in Chicago with his later designs for “buildings of amazing modernity” in early 20th century California, as well as the broader Modernist movement."

Gill quote: In his 1892 essay, Ornament in Architecture, he wrote:
“I take it as self-evident that a building, quite devoid of ornament, may convey a noble and dignified sentiment by virtue of mass and proportion…I should say that it would be greatly for our aesthetic good if we should refrain entirely from the use of ornament for a period of years, in order that our thought might concentrate acutely upon the production of buildings well formed and comely in the nude…”

Gill, “stripped architecture of external ornamentation, and used nature as his ornamentation. "
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Francisco Artigas: A fresh look at a neglected Mexican modernist

Francisco Artigas: A fresh look at a neglected Mexican modernist | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
In the mid 20th century, Francisco Artigas was one of the best known architects in Mexico. Today he is largely unknown. It's time for a fresh look.
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I enjoyed learning about this important Mexican Modernist, what and who influenced him and his contemporaries. This is a wonderful and well written look back, by Keith Eggener.

"Artigas — like Neutra, Pietro Belluschi, John Yeon, or Harwell Hamilton Harris — mediated the clean lines and cubic forms of the International Style with local materials and site-sensitive planning. Like Neutra, he gave close attention to the lifestyles, cultural practices, and psychological well-being of his occupants."


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Untouched 1953 Marcel Breuer House Asks $1.1M

Untouched 1953 Marcel Breuer House Asks $1.1M | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Designed for sociologist and Princeton University professor Marion Levy Jr., the home has stayed within the same family since construction. After all these years, it retains the original paint colors, floating staircase, built-ins, and more.
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sweet....in pretty much original details/condition, obviously loved!
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Richard Meier’s Douglas House in Michigan receives HISTORICAL Designation

Richard Meier’s Douglas House in Michigan receives HISTORICAL Designation | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
The Douglas House designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP and completed in 1973, which is dramatically situated on an isolated site that slopes down to Lake Michigan. The isolated private house now receives recognition of its historical and architectural significance by the National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior. 

The house will now be included in the National Register of historic places, and it will become part of the selective list of cultural resources worthy of preservation in the United States of America. Richard Meier is World Architecture Community member since 2007.

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Interview with Julius Shulman (1990) | #ASX

Interview with Julius Shulman (1990) | #ASX | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
“I had been blessed with an innate, a built-in, quality of design composition–of composition, not just design composition.” Interview with Julius Shulman Conducted by Taina Rikala De Noreiga at the Artist’s home in Hollywood Hills (Los Angeles), California. January 12 & 20, February 3, 1990. TAINA RIKALA DE NOREIGA: Let’s start by you telling us …
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This is an excellent interview with Shulman from 1990, that had my attention from beginning to end. Julius Shulman.... "So I drove to Silver Lake, met Mr. Neutra, and he asked me who and what I was. Of course I was nothing ’cause I hadn’t any ideas of being a photographer. He was, as I say, the first architect I’d ever met. And those pictures, by the way, of the Kun House, are still being published and were published. They were used in Neutra’s books, and I still get calls from publications for that house. The same Vest Pocket Kodak pictures, I still have the negatives on file."

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