Archinect - News 2015-10-09T01:28:39-04:00 Two of a kind: photographer Robin Hill contemplates the Farnsworth House and Glass House simultaneously Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-15T17:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T15:48:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Naturally paired, but too quickly equated. Photographer Robin Hill takes on the iconic and somewhat contending Farnsworth House and Glass House in his photo series, "<a href="!/portfolio/G0000ao4ebepAYSY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Side by Side: The Glass Houses of Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson</a>". With eighteen magazine-ready spreads, Hill matches shots of each house as a &ldquo;dyptych&rdquo;, often aligned to show how one house&rsquo;s element can be extended into the other, but with clear atmospheric differences. Other shots are paired by their similar perspectives, or proportional beauty &ndash; the hinge of the dyptychs serving as the axis of symmetry between the two houses.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The gaze in these photos isn&rsquo;t critical &ndash; the goal doesn&rsquo;t seem to be to declare a winner in the Glass House battle. Instead the pairings have a composed distance that seems genuinely concerned with illustrating the buildings&rsquo; co-evolutionary existence. The series takes a fresh look at these iconic, historical buildings to consider why they appear so similar in the first place, and then bri...</p> Philip Johnson's Tent of Tomorrow still stands, but what should happen to it? Justine Testado 2015-05-26T14:13:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:01:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During the [1964-65 World's Fair], the elliptical Tent of Tomorrow was used as a versatile performance space...But not much has been done to preserve the structure since the fair ended in 1965...At the moment, there are no formal proposals, and ['Modern Ruin' film director Matthew Silva] admits it&rsquo;ll be hard to raise funds without one. But he hopes the film, as well as his advocacy group, will get people thinking about what can be done.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><p><a title="The NY Mets Are Trying to Save the 'Tent of Tomorrow'" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NY Mets Are Trying to Save the 'Tent of Tomorrow'</a></p><p><a title="Vandals break into the historic New York State Pavilion and set fire to a stolen van, damaging the 50-year-old terrazzo map" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vandals break into the historic New York State Pavilion and set fire to a stolen van, damaging the 50-year-old terrazzo map</a></p><p><a title='"Modern Ruin" documents the rise, fall, and revival efforts of historic New York State Pavilion' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Modern Ruin" documents the rise, fall, and revival efforts of historic New York State Pavilion</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for May 2014</a></p> Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T15:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T17:59:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The interior of the Four Seasons restaurant, a vision of Modernist elegance with its French walnut paneling and white marble pool of bubbling water, should not be changed, New York City&rsquo;s Landmarks Preservation Commission decided [...]. The decision was a setback to Aby J. Rosen, the owner of the Seagram Building, which is home to the restaurant. Mr. Rosen had proposed what he characterized as minor changes to the interior that was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson in 1958.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Phyllis Lambert &mdash;&nbsp;part of the group of architects passionately opposing Rosen's revamp plans and personally interwoven with the history of the Seagram Building like no one else &mdash;&nbsp;penned this Op-Ed in the <em>New York Time</em>s last week: <a href="" target="_blank">Save New York's Four Seasons</a>.</p> Rev. Robert H. Schuller, patron of architecture, 1926-2015 Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-03T00:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T14:31:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Come as you are in the family car"</p></em><br /><br /><p>"ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) &mdash; The Rev.&nbsp;Robert H. Schuller, a California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions of followers from his landmarkCrystal Cathedral&nbsp;only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88."</p><p>The Rev. Schuller known as the pastor who invented religious marketing and branding was also a patron of architecture. He started his congregation as a rented space from Orange Drive-inTtheatre. Later, Schuller hired modernist architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Neutra</a> who completed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tower of Hope</a>&nbsp;in 1968 and in 1980 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crystal Cathedral</a> was dedicated as it was designed by Philip Johnson, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a>&nbsp;winning&nbsp;(its first in 1979)&nbsp;American architect. The latest addition was a <a href=",_back_of_bldg_with_towers-WEB_SIZE.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visitor Center</a> designed by a New York architect&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richar Meier</a> in 2003 who also won a Pritzker Prize in 1984.</p> A living museum of American style Nam Henderson 2015-03-08T21:44:00-04:00 >2015-03-08T21:47:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rest of the buildings came naturally, if gradually. The idea of having a slew of small houses for different activities, moods and seasons, complemented by decorative 'follies,' was Johnson&rsquo;s conception for the site from early on. He called it a 'diary of an eccentric architect," but it was also a sketchbook, an homage to architects past and present</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alexandra Lange explores the 49 acre grounds and architectural neighbors of&nbsp;Glass House. Ranging from; the "<em>bunkerlike&nbsp;Brick House</em>" and "<em>postmodern Library</em>" to the more historic structures of&nbsp;Calluna Farms and Grainger.</p> The NY Mets Are Trying to Save the 'Tent of Tomorrow' Diane Pham 2014-07-30T17:17:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T17:18:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With change in Queens arriving rapidly, the Mets can preserve a piece of team history&mdash;and public good will&mdash;by helping to restore a part of the World's Fair from 50 years ago.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Vandals break into the historic New York State Pavilion and set fire to a stolen van, damaging the 50-year-old terrazzo map Archinect 2014-07-24T18:41:00-04:00 >2014-07-24T18:42:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vandals broke into the historic New York State Pavilion last weekend, setting a stolen van on fire and damaging a piece of its deteriorating terrazzo map, park watchdogs said. The shocking mayhem in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was heartbreaking for volunteers who have been working for years to spruce up the aging 1964 World&rsquo;s Fair relic.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Philip Johnson’s “Tent of Tomorrow” Receives $5.8M for Its Restoration Diane Pham 2014-06-27T18:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T22:39:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Philip Johnson lovers rejoice! It was just announced that the city will put aside $5.8 million to restore the dilapidated crown jewel of the 1964-65 World&rsquo;s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Funding for the restoration of the &ldquo;Tent of Tomorrow&rdquo; came via Mayor Bill de Blasio, who contributed $4.2 million to the project, while the rest was provided by City Council and Borough President Melinda Katz... Efforts to restore the project will begin soon, but a bumpy road lies ahead&hellip;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Johnson’s Glass House re-opens to self-guided tours Nam Henderson 2014-05-16T12:14:00-04:00 >2014-05-16T23:10:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Diane Daniel calls attention to the fact that&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glass House&nbsp;</a>in New Canaan, Conn., will now have a twice-monthly option of taking a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">self-guided tour</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Philip Johnson Was a Nazi Propagandist Archinect 2014-04-22T21:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:26:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Philip Johnson was a terrible, hateful human being. And he wasn't just some casual Nazi sympathizer whispering, "maybe Hitler has some good ideas" in shadowy bars, either. He actively campaigned for Nazi causes in the U.S. and around the world. Johnson visited Germany in the 1930s at the invitation of the government's Propaganda Ministry. He wrote numerous articles for far right publications. He started a fascist organization called the Gray Shirts in the United States...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Buy a Night in Philip Johnson’s Glass House for $30K at Neiman Marcus Archinect 2013-10-16T12:19:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T12:19:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neiman Marcus, purveyor of luxury goods, now also sells luxuries of the architectural variety. As part of its holiday gift catalog, the high-end retailer is offering one night in Philip Johnson&rsquo;s 1949 Glass House &mdash; for $30,000.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New director to take over reins of The Glass House Archinect 2012-02-20T12:24:00-05:00 >2012-02-20T13:01:03-05:00 <img src="" width="300" height="448" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Glass House and The National Trust for Historic Preservation have announced Urbach's appointment as Director of the historic site. "I can hardly imagine a place more full of potential than the Glass House," said Urbach. "It has long contributed to culture by bringing together art, architecture, landscape and people in significant and inventive ways. That is exactly what I hope to foster."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Crystal Cathedral congregants ‘devastated’ by church sale Archinect 2011-11-21T13:19:55-05:00 >2011-11-21T13:23:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some congregants at Crystal Cathedral said they felt blindsided by the church board after it threw its weight behind a bid from the Catholic Church &ndash;- an offer that effectively boots them from their landmark site in Garden Grove. The ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Kwan to allow the sale of Crystal Cathedral to the Diocese of Orange was met with tears.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Philip Johnson's iconic church gets purchased by the Catholic church.</p> Hour of Power to Power of Cash: Crystal Cathedral bankruptcy sale sparks bidding war Orhan Ayyüce 2011-08-11T13:19:20-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I believe with every fiber of my being that God turned the eyes of the world on Crystal Cathedral because God wants to make a big bold statement, he wants the world to know that he is a God who still does miracles</p></em><br /><br /><p> Philip Johnson's masterpiece, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crystal Cathedral</a> is the subject of bidding wars between Chapman University,&nbsp;Roman Catholic Archdiocese and the retailer Hobby Lobby. Sheila Schuller Coleman, director of ministry at the church and the daughter of Schuller also thinks they can raise the money and keep the church if they can raise $50 million. The Garden Grove campus also includes buildings by Richard Neutra and Richard Meier.</p> <p> The Crystal Cathedral was parodied in the &nbsp;Simpsons&nbsp;episode <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Natural Born Kissers"</a>&nbsp;(towards the end)</p> Fears for Philip Johnson headquarters if Schlumberger buildings are razed Archinect 2011-07-23T11:56:52-04:00 >2011-07-23T11:57:01-04:00 <img src="" width="325" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A partial or complete tear-down of Schlumberger&rsquo;s 10-building corporate campus off Sunset Lane and Old Quarry Road could save the company millions in maintenance costs but would take a chunk out of the town&rsquo;s tax roll and could include the demolition of a building designed by famed architect Philip Johnson.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>