Inspire Me Monday: A-Frames in Snow

There’s nothing like a delightful A-Frame cabin to make you wish for mountain getaways and snow-covered splendor. It may be 60-something degrees here in Los Angeles, but we can appreciate the beauty of a snowy A-Frame as much as the next modernist.

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December 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Haunting Images of Venezuela’s Tower of David

Since the late 1990s, an unfinished Skyscraper in Caracas has served as a unofficial commune for hundreds of impoverished squatters. Transforming the myriad unfinished office spaces into homes, stores, barbershops and small businesses, the residents created their own self-sustained community. This year, the residents were finally forced to evacuate the so-called Tower of David, but not before photographer Jorge Silva captured these haunting images.

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December 11th, 2014|0 Comments

Sarasota Heroes, Part 3: Victor Lundy

Another leader of the Sarasota School of Architecture, Victor Lundy studied at Harvard under Bauhaus great Walter Gropius. He then took his pedigreed education and moved to Florida where he started his own office. It was there that he helped to formulate the architectural style that is now known as the Sarasota School.

Victor Lundy is one of the few modernist architects who still lives today. He continues to paint and draw at his home in Texas, and was honored on his 90th birthday last year for his work at the Smithsonian Institute.

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Warm Mineral Springs Hotel, 1958. Photo courtesy of Life Magazine.

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Warm Mineral Springs Hotel, 1958. Photo courtesy of Roadside Architecture.

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Venice Presbyterian Drive-In Church, 1955. Photo courtesy of Gator Preservationist.

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Venice Presbyterian Drive-In Church, 1955. Photo courtesy of Gator Preservationist.

 

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Bee Ridge Church, 1958. Photo courtesy of Bee Ridge Church.

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Galloway’s Furniture building, 1959. Photo courtesy of the Herald Tribune.

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Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, 1956. Photo courtesy of Gator Preservationist.

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Lundy home in Aspen, Colorado, 1972. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute.

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The Herron House, 1957. Photo courtesy of Thurn and Bauer.

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The Herron House, 1957. Photo courtesy of Thurn and Bauer.

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The Herron House, 1957. Photo courtesy of Thurn and Bauer.

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U.S. Tax Court Building, 1974. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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“Space Flowers” for the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute.

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Alta Vista Elementary School, 1958. Photo courtesy of the Herald Tribune.

December 4th, 2014|0 Comments

Sarasota Heroes, Part 2: Ralph Twitchell

Although Ralph Twitchell was not native to Florida, he quickly began blazing trails in architecture after me moved there in 1936. It was he who founded the legendary Sarasota School of Architecture and worked with some of the most radical architects of the day to build a new and distinguished style.

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Ralph Twitchell on site during construction of his cantilever roof house on Siesta Key near Sarasota, Florida, 1951. Photo courtesy of Florida Memory.

Together with Paul Rudolph, Ralph Twitchell developed a style that defined an era in Florida architectural history.  Most of his works that still survive today are recognized as historical landmarks. Today we take a look at the work that set Sarasota apart from the rest of the country in the mid-2oth century.

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Revere Quality Institute House, 1948. Photo courtesy of Sarasota History Alive.

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Revere Quality Institute House, 1948. Photo courtesy of Sarasota History Alive.

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Cocoon House, designed with Paul Rudolph, 1951. Photo courtesy of Gator Preservationist.

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Cocoon House, designed with Paul Rudolph, 1951. Photo courtesy of Gator Preservationist.

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Cocoon House, designed with Paul Rudolph, 1951. Photo courtesy of Gator Preservationist.

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Walker Guest House, designed with Paul Rudolph, 1952. Photo by Ezra Stoller.

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Leavengood Residence, 1950. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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Leavengood Residence, 1950. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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Leavengood Residence, 1950. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

November 20th, 2014|0 Comments

Photography Spotlight: Hong Kong by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze

Hong Kong may be the most vertically-inclined city in the world, with over 7 million residents clustered into 426 square miles. No one has ever captured this vertical density quite so well as French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, who took the following images for his new book, Vertical Horizon.

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All photos courtesy of Arch Daily.

November 19th, 2014|0 Comments