Archinect - News 2017-10-23T00:24:08-04:00 The Neutra VDL House Celebrates its National Historic Landmark Status Nicholas Korody 2017-04-26T13:13:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T18:04:19-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Built in 1932, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VDL Research House</a> designed by Richard Neutra is one of Southern California&rsquo;s modernist gems. Now it has been named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior following the tireless work of its owners, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cal Poly Pomona</a> Foundation and, in particular, the VDL House director and chair of the architecture department at Cal Poly, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarah Lorenzen</a>. The effort was assisted by Los Angeles Congressman Adam Schiff, who helped celebrate the designation last Sunday.</p><p>Neutra&rsquo;s third building in the United States, and his own private home, the House is said to encapsulate his ideas. For the famed Austrian-American architect, the role of contemporary architecture was to shape life in the modern world, marked by new technologies and new lifestyles. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the House is &ldquo;the only property where one can see the progression of his style over a period of years and is among the key properties to understanding the nation...</p> Check out the newly-restored Neutra-designed Oasis Building in the Petrified National Forest Nicholas Korody 2017-04-14T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-04-14T15:15:44-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Back in the early &lsquo;60s, the National Park Service had a program dubbed Mission 66, dedicated to bringing modern facilities to the national parks. One of the earliest examples of this, the Painted Desert Community Complex designed by Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander, has just been restored in a joint effort between the Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.</p><p>A 22-acre self-contained park community, the Complex is the last surviving Neutral-Designed structure in the Park Service system. It&rsquo;s design was inspired by Puebloan Native American buildings as well as the dramatic landscape of its site, the Petrified Forest National Park. Comprising 36 steel, glass and masonry buildings with flat roofs, low silhouettes, primary colors and native plantings.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The buildings have been in a state of depredation for some time, ravaged by neglect, a lack of maintenance funding and the harsh desert climate. The restoration mainly focused on the glass Oasis Building storefront, m...</p> Ain't No Party Like an Archinect Party: Treatise Launch at the VDL House Julia Ingalls 2015-05-06T16:20:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T19:02:57-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cognoscenti Coffee</a> cocktails were flowing (and frothing) at the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra VDL House</a> on Saturday May 2nd, as Archinect, the VDL House and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Graham Foundation</a> hosted the book launch of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Treatise</em></a>, a series of publications wherein 14 relatively new design offices explored the question "Why Write Alone?" Featuring work from emerging talents such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Kovacs</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Point Supreme</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOFTLab</a>, the project is part of a larger mandate to explore creative approaches to architecture, and was initially part of an exhibition featuring over 200 models, images, drawings, and multi-media installations curated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai</a> in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> in January.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""><br><em>Photo by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diana Koenigsberg</a></em></p><p>Several hours into the party, the stylishly-dressed Lai mounted the gravel strewn median above the&nbsp;courtyard&nbsp;to toast the Graham Foundation for providing the grant&nbsp;that&nbsp;made <em>Treatise</em> possible. He also thanked Archinect's Paul Petrunia&nbsp;for hosting the event, to which over 250 attendees affirmatively R.S.V.P.-ed.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""><br><em>Photo by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diana Koe...</a></em></p> Architect Dion Neutra To Take His Famous Father's Work To Raleigh, NC kimweiss 2012-10-30T19:19:00-04:00 >2012-11-05T19:32:53-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> <strong><i>Triangle Modernist Houses continues the 2012 TalkModern Lecture Series. </i></strong></p> <p> October 30, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) &ndash; In 1949, <i>Time</i> magazine named modern master <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Neutra</a> (1892-1970) the second most important architect in America, second only to Frank Lloyd Wright. On Tuesday, November 13, at 7 p.m., <b>the master&rsquo;s son, architect Dion Neutra, AIA,</b> will discuss his father&rsquo;s celebrated work and philosophy when he presents &ldquo;Neutra Architecture: The View From Inside&rdquo; at the AIA North Carolina Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Raleigh.</p> <p> Dion&rsquo;s lecture is the second half of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Triangle Modernist Houses</a>&rsquo; 2012 TalkModern Lecture Series this fall entitled &ldquo;A Fistful of Neutras.&rdquo; His brother Raymond spoke in October.&nbsp;</p> <p> A partner in his father&rsquo;s firm, Dion will share his personal and professional views of the sensitivity to the relationship of man and nature that he and his father called bio-realism.</p> <p> &ldquo;The Neutras sounded the environmental alarm in the 1950s many years before ecology, ...</p> 'nother Neutra slated to be demo'd Barry Lehrman 2011-07-25T14:55:17-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The [Kronish House]... has been "terribly neglected, but the bones are still there," said Dion Neutra, an architect who teamed up with his late father, Richard, on the project. "The new owner thinks it would be more valuable to tear it down and have empty land."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Cal Poly Pomona Archives on California Modernism and International Style Orhan Ayyüce 2011-04-19T14:33:46-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> I recently got&nbsp;acquainted&nbsp;with Cal Poly Pomona's archives of Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Donald Wexler, Garrett Eckbo, Craig Ellwood and others. These archives contain <em>never published before</em> original drawings, photographs, blueprints, and stories. They were given to the College of Environmental Design and they are in care of Dr. Lauren Weiss Bricker. The archives are open to public with an appointment. I have&nbsp;arranged&nbsp;a permission to do an Archinect Feature on them including an interview with Dr. Bricker and others who have many stories about this precious collection. Coming soon...</p> Neutra on a roll Barry Lehrman 2011-04-09T23:21:57-04:00 >2011-04-10T22:51:53-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The 1941 Maxwell house by Richard Neutra, one of Southern California's most celebrated residential architects, is being moved in pieces from Brentwood to a vacant lot in Angelino Heights, the neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles best known for its restored Victorians. Photographer Brian Thomas Jones was on the scene as the first part of the 1,700-square-foot wooden structure made the journey down Sunset Boulevard to its new home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The LA Times covers the moving of Neutra's Maxwell house.</p>