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    Adolph Gottlieb Icon - 1964 - oil on canvas , 142 x 98 1/2 inches, copyright Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation /
    Licensed by VAGA, NY NY

    Supermoon over the Parthenon 3/19/2011 - Image Credit & Copyright- Anthony Ayiomamitis (TWAN)

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The Mies birthday cake

Lego Farnsworth House!



    The 10th installment in the LEGO Architecture Series.



    The model is almost a foot in length and contains 546 pieces. It comes with a booklet on Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois, including drawings provided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

    Primavera becomes plastic

    So, is it more than just white tiles?  Yes, it comes with LEGO Mies furniture!



    No LEGO water pump? It needs LEGO landscape.

    Remember when the real Farnworth House was for sale

    Remember this "fake" LEGO set of the Farnsworth House?

    A Word from the LEGO Artist - Chicago architect Adam Reed Tucker

    Farnsworth House celebrates our 10th model in the LEGO Architecture series. As a minimalist “Steel & Glass” modernist symbol of the 1950s, it delicately balances clean lines, volume of space, minimal structure, and expansive glazing, creating an inviting relationship between the natural and built environments.

    In order to effectively replicate the balance between the refined white structural elements and expansive clear glazing, I started with the smallest cross section I could make for the vertical exterior columns. After several attempts, the most promising turned out to be using basic 1x1 bricks. Everything else essentially fell into place: the inviting steps, the floating floor and roof decks, the understated furnishings and cleverly designed built-ins. It’s fitting that recreating a minimalist symbol of modern architecture was done so with the simplest of LEGO bricks, the humble 1x1.

    This is LEGO #21009. 546 pieces. Released April 2011. For ages 12 and up. 
    The LEGO Farnsworth House is available to purchase now for $59.99.
    Enjoy!

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Eduardo Souto de Moura receives the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Mies and Jackie O

    In honor of Mies van der Rohe's 125th birthday, a rarely published photograph:


    Jackie Kennedy Chatting with Mies Van Der Rohe 

    Original caption: Mrs. John F. Kennedy, chats with Mies Van Der Rohe, internationally known architect on April 12, 1964. Architects, designers, and artists assembled here (Hyannis Port, Massachusetts) to discuss type and design of the $10 million memorial to be erected on the Harvard University campus at Cambridge, Massachusetts.  ©Bettmann/CORBIS

     
    The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum of course, went to a young I.M. Pei. After many iterations, site changes and even money issues, it was built (with many compromises), away from Harvard, on Columbia Point in Dochester.

    From the Library's website: Jacqueline Kennedy played a major role in the selection of I.M. Pei to be the architect of the Kennedy Library. At an early meeting in 1964, Mr. Pei explained to Mrs. Kennedy, somewhat apologetically, that as a relatively young architect he had not worked on monumental projects. Though relatively unknown and obscure at the time, Mrs. Kennedy nevertheless selected Pei from a list of candidates that included of some America’s best-known architects. He seemed to her so filled with promise and he had the imagination and temperament to create a structure that would reinforce her vision of the goals of the library.

    And in Chicago, a Mies birthday party you can attend in Crown Hall!
    I'm told that someone special to Mies will make the toast.  
       
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Mies's 125th Birthday Par-tay in Crown Hall! ~~~~~~~~~ Monday, March 28, 2011, 6-8 pm


    The Mies van der Rohe Society
    invites you to

    Celebrate Mies’ 125th Birthday

    In celebration of Mies van der Rohe’s 125th birthday, we’re planning on good company, delicious cocktails, student exhibits and a brief presentation on collecting the master’s work by Wright auction’s Michael Jefferson. We hope you can join us!

    Tickets are $50 per person. In honor of this special occassion, we are also offering a $125 ticket, which includes a one-year membership to the Mies Society. Tickets are can be bought online or by phone (312-567-7146) through March 18th. To send Mies a birthday gift, kindly make a donation to support the preservation of his buildings. 

    For more information about this event, call 312-567-7146.





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The Most Interesting Archi-Man in the World

    (With thanks to LACMA and apologies to Dos Equis.)

    He likes his "sustainable" architecture
    with a healthy dose of hedonism.


    Other world leaders might have to apologize,
    but he will stop climate change.


    He can pass through an entire building he designed and see everything,
    in two minutes.



    He improves the aphorisms of giants who came before him.
    And can say more words in one talk, than they said in a lifetime.


    When he appears in public, the next generation lines up to show him his own book.


    At age 36, he has known for years
    what it took other architects lifetimes to understand.

    He's sure juries of important architecture competitions rewrite rules
    so he wins.

    He doesn't design buildings,
    he designs forces of nature, like mountains


     and pyramids.


    His work is so cool, it blows smoke rings.

     
     He spent three years with Rem Koolhaas, but he remained a charmer.
    Even when he's silent, people listen.

     
    He is the most interesting Archi-Man in the world. 

    "I don't always drink beer, but when I do,
    I prefer Carlsberg."


    He's Bjarke Ingels.  

    Stay thirsty, my friends. 





    To see Archi-Man in action, click here.



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