I have a feeling that many residents in the small city of Cloquet, Minnesota routinely drive by the R.W. Lindholm gas station, which opened in 1958, without having any idea that it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It wasn’t just any old gas station, but a one-of-a-kind structure that the great American architect envisioned would be central to his vision of the hypothetical Broadacre City, “a decentralized urban landscape that many have interpreted as a sort of super-suburbia,” with the gas station expanding beyond its traditional utility and taking on a larger social role in the city. While this vision thankfully never came to pass, certain elements of the design were adopted: “…it helped popularize the now ubiquitous overhang, and other elements (including an angled plan that afforded sight lines, and generous, slanted windows) were appropriated for Phillips 66 stations across the country.” Okay, class is over, but before you go someone needs to update Cloquet’s Wikipedia page to highlight this piece of architectural and design history. It’s worth bragging and boasting about!
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Article: Falling Water gingerbread house
Over at Garden Melodies, 52 hours of labor, 164 different shapes of gingerbread, 12 square feet of gingerbread dough resulted in this impressive edible replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water. [Via]
If the name Julius Shulman doesn’t immediately ring a bell, what about names like Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, Pierre Koenig, or Mies Van der Rohe? Julius Shulman documented them all. But he did more than just take pictures of famous buildings.
Article: Architects are pigs
My pal, the talented illustrator Steven Guarnaccia, has a new book out. The Three Little Pigs is an illustrated fable about, you guessed it, three little pigs. But, being Steven, these aren’t just any pigs. They’re Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry, the three most famous modern architects. The architects, um, I mean,…
To celebrate its fifty anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum organized an exhibition paying tribute to its designer with “Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward” which will run through August 23, 2009. This exhibition “brings together sixty-four projects designed by one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, including privately commissioned residences, civic and government buildings, religious and performance spaces, as well as unrealized urban mega-structures.”
Article: LEGO + Frank Lloyd Wright
I could not be more excited for this news: LEGO in collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is releasing a new line consisting of 6 buildings, including two of Wright’s most famous designs, “Falling Water” and the Guggenheim, although NPR’s Edward Lifson commented “I can’t believe that in the Lego set they include the…
Architects in fictional movies and television are typically portrayed in unrealistic or overtly glamorous ways. The rare documentary will surface — Nathaniel Kahn’s My Architect or Ken Burns’ Frank Lloyd Wright — that accurately depicts not only the joy of architecture, but the architect’s personal process. I want this documentary series to give the viewer…
Article: New Media Artists At The Festival
New Frontier on Main will present the following Artist Presentations and Media Installations:
ALONG THE WAY/ (Artist: ©ause Collective)– ©ause Collective uses a vibrant assembly of video portraits of people and places around Oakland, CA to paint a mesmerizing digital canvas of what makes up a town. ALONG THE WAY digs below the surface to examine how the unique individual affects the greater identity and how a community is a direct reflection of its citizenry.
Complete list after the jump…