Archinect - News 2015-08-30T16:07:36-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/131950074/two-of-a-kind-photographer-robin-hill-contemplates-the-farnsworth-house-and-glass-house-simultaneously 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/of/of34z52gyrhqxrsz.jpg" 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="http://sidebyside.photoshelter.com/#!/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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ez/ezcwiqlslotizu3n.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/un/un9utppx331ao6pe.jpg"></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> http://archinect.com/news/article/129964678/view-from-the-farnsworth-house-may-soon-be-a-lot-drier View from the Farnsworth House may soon be a lot drier Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-19T20:13:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T14:38:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j0uj3abv1zfjlkz6.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The river was part of its immediate environment. To move it to higher ground where it never floods would be ridiculous. You would ask: 'Why is it on stilts?' It makes no sense to me."</p></em><br /><br /><p>All along, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/128649077/screen-print-33-the-alternative-history-of-edith-farnsworth-and-her-architect-from-mit-s-thresholds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe's iconic design for the retreat of Dr. Edith Farnsworth</a> was intended to withstand floodwaters, but in the past 19 years, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98957852/should-it-stay-or-should-it-go-preservationists-weigh-options-to-protect-farnsworth-house-from-flooding-damage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">house has flooded</a> three times, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. These incidents were partially blamed on rapid suburban development nearby, for bringing more water into the Fox River.</p><p>So as a protective measure, the house's owner, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is considering a few drastic alternatives for how to proceed &ndash; most notably moving the house entirely to another, higher spot on Farnsworth's 62-acre property. The other options include lifting the house on hydraulic stilts, or reorienting it on top of a "9-foot mound at its original site". An advisory committee, including Chicago architect and grandson of Mies, Dirk Lohan (quoted above), is discussing the options with the Trust today.</p><p>The Trust alone can't make the final call &ndash; Landmarks Illinois, a group of historic preservation advocates, ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115038321/video-luftwerk-s-insite-performance-at-the-farnsworth-house VIDEO: Luftwerk's INsite performance at the Farnsworth House Justine Testado 2014-12-02T14:24:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:18:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9pfozsh9z5c9449n.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>INsite by Chicago-based Luftwerk put Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House in the public eye yet again this past October in Plano, Illinois. Spectators got to see the Miesian landmark transformed into a structure of light and sound through site-specific digital video projections&nbsp;directed by Liviu Pasare and original music compositions by Owen Clayton Condon.</p><p>Check out the performance in the video below.</p><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99726458/insite-by-luftwerk-turns-mies-farnsworth-house-inside-out-with-light-and-sound" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INsite by Luftwerk turns Mies' Farnsworth House inside-out with light and sound</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99726458/insite-by-luftwerk-turns-mies-farnsworth-house-inside-out-with-light-and-sound INsite by Luftwerk turns Mies' Farnsworth House inside-out with light and sound Justine Testado 2014-05-15T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-05-23T00:00:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/ei43mwneapu7ja1o.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you're a diehard Miesian fan or could care less about the modernist architecture canon, we've heard of ol' Farnsworth time and time again since its completion in 1951 in Plano, Illinois. But Chicago-based artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero of <a href="http://luftwerk.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luftwerk</a> want the public to see the historic Farnsworth House in a whole new light &mdash;&nbsp;literally &mdash;&nbsp;with their digital installation project called INsite.<br><br>INsite highlights the house's characteristic clean lines through site-specific digital video projections and original music compositions, thus rendering it into a new structure of light, sound, and space. In addition to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98957852/should-it-stay-or-should-it-go-preservationists-weigh-options-to-protect-farnsworth-house-from-flooding-damage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent preservation efforts</a> to protect the Farnsworth from more floodwater damage in the future, INsite could help revive public interest&nbsp;in an eye-catching way that is suitable for these tech-friendly times.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/un/un2xoqib6hzb5sl8.jpg"></p><p>Illuminating modern architecture landmarks is nothing new for Gallero and Bachmaier, who have collaborated with video designer and programmer&nbsp;<a href="http://liviu.stoptime341.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liviu Pasare</a>&nbsp;and co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99331236/editor-s-picks-366 Editor's Picks #366 Nam Henderson 2014-05-07T11:27:00-04:00 >2014-05-07T21:16:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ul/ul8ko4e0ndiunu15.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of <strong>Showcase</strong>&nbsp;features the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/98960895/showcase-fall-house-by-fougeron-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall House on Big Sur&rsquo;s south coast, designed by Fougeron Architecture</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zg/zgir840i3rmrkynw.jpg"></p><p><strong>SeriousQuestion</strong> felt it was a "<em>Spectacular project-- there's obviously a lot more glass here, but there are nice nods at Lautner and Sea Ranch. &nbsp;Makes me miss California. &nbsp;I do wonder how much it costs to insure this place, though</em>". &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v8/v8wn86u6js7v7he0.jpg"></p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l4/l4tvoi2nmpiocouw.jpg"></p><p>FastCoExist called readers attention to the news that NYC's Hudson Yards is being developed as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98840693/world-s-largest-quantified-community-being-developed-in-nyc-s-hudson-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World&rsquo;s largest "quantified community"</a>. In response <a href="http://archinect.com/ryangriffin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryan Griffin</a>&nbsp;suggested Archinectors should read Adam Greenfield pamphlet, "<em><a href="http://www.lulu.com/shop/adam-greenfield/against-the-smart-city/paperback/product-21300749.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Against the smart city</a></em>"&nbsp;the first installment of his forthcoming book The City is Here for You to Use.</p><p>Coincidentally, I&nbsp;just ordered and received my edition about a week ago..</p><p>Similarly, Adie Tomer and Rob Puentes wrote an editorial for Wired regarding the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98843122/here-s-the-right-way-to-build-the-futuristic-cities-of-our-dreams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Right Way to Build the Futuristic Cities of Our Dreams</a>. Some readers complained about the buzzwordiness and corporate agendas behind the term, however <strong>curtkram</strong> repli...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98957852/should-it-stay-or-should-it-go-preservationists-weigh-options-to-protect-farnsworth-house-from-flooding-damage Should it stay or should it go? Preservationists weigh options to protect Farnsworth house from flooding damage Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-30T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-05-07T00:05:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/732wdh6vd7c9iph4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Fox River has shown little respect for Mies' brilliant juxtaposition of the natural and the man-made. In the past 18 years, the river has inundated the [Farnsworth] house three times. [...] Confronted with the prospect of more flooding, the house's owner is carefully weighing how to preserve and protect the house, two goals that potentially conflict... Such are the choices in an era when disastrous "100-year floods" seem to occur every few years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/69694364/editor-s-picks-307 Editor's Picks #307 Nam Henderson 2013-03-19T17:39:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T14:59:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zczj5rak1g07xas3.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reflecting on the site of Farnsworth House, an obvious floodplain, toasteroven wondered "who pushed siting the building where it is - the client or mies?". To which snooker-doodle-dandy replied "don't believe Mies would ever let a Client tell him what to do. In fact if they tried, he would most likely stuff out his Cuban cigar on their forehead"</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69398442/fox-river-flash-flooding-surrounds-the-farnsworth-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As of March 11, 2013 Farnsworth House is fully surrounded by river water, but neither the lower deck nor the upper deck had yet been breached</a>.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69398442/fox-river-flash-flooding-surrounds-the-farnsworth-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zczj5rak1g07xas3.jpg"></a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69398442/fox-river-flash-flooding-surrounds-the-farnsworth-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Petrunia</a> noted that last time it happened "<em>They even blogged the cleanup: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80993/farnsworth-clean-up" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.com/news/article/80993/farnsworth-clean-up</a></em>".</p><p>Reflecting on the site of Farnsworth House, an obvious floodplain, <strong>toasteroven</strong> wondered "<em>who pushed siting the building where it is - the client or mies?</em>". To which <strong>snooker-doodle-dandy</strong> replied "<em>don't believe Mies would ever let a Client tell him what to do.&nbsp; In fact if they tried,&nbsp; he would most likely stuff out&nbsp; his Cuban&nbsp; cigar on their forehead</em>"</p><p>For her part <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> expressed the opinion "<em>I think evilplatypus - whose presence here I miss - once noted that the 100 year flood level that Mies used to site the building has been radically changed due to the massive suburban development that has happened upstream in the intervening 60 years. I think the house should be moved</em>".</p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aanyp03ix5cc6qj6.jpg"></p><p>AIA Chief Executive Office...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/69398442/fox-river-flash-flooding-surrounds-the-farnsworth-house Fox River Flash Flooding Surrounds the Farnsworth House Archinect 2013-03-13T21:00:00-04:00 >2013-03-15T06:34:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/26/26363b781c5f0d33cefaee9712cdc4b7.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Above freezing temperatures and continued rainfall has left the Fox River that runs next to the Farnsworth House in a state of rising flood waters today, March 11, 2013. The house is fully surrounded by river water, but neither the lower deck nor the upper deck has yet to be breached.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/80993/farnsworth-clean-up Farnsworth Clean-Up Paul Petrunia 2008-10-06T12:56:44-04:00 >2013-03-14T00:37:25-04:00 <br><p> The Farnsworth House, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article.php?id=79921_0_24_0_C" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">damaged by flood on September 14th</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/links/redirect.php?action=redirect&amp;post_id=?id=80992_0_26_0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">now has a blog</a> to communicate the clean-up. They have also announced special tours of the damage to help finance the effort.<br></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79921/farnsworth-flooded-again Farnsworth Flooded... again... Paul Petrunia 2008-09-15T12:11:37-04:00 >2013-03-14T00:36:32-04:00 <p> As positive-platypus <a href="http://www.archinect.com/forum/threads.php?id=79905_0_42_0_C" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">points out in the forum</a>:<br><br> "As of mid-day Sunday, flood waters rose above the 5-foot risers on which the steel and glass home sits, leaving its interior covered in another two feet of water," said Whitney French, historic site director.<br></p>