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For a Community of Gamers, The Sims is a Gateway to the Real World of Architecture

Drawing inspiration from iconic architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, many fans of the popular life-simulation game are using it to design virtual worlds.

Drawing inspiration from iconic architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, many fans of the popular life-simulation game are using it to design virtual worlds.

Minnesota Design: Uncovering Minnesota’s Influential Modernist Past

From the flat-roofed house to the shopping mall, Minnesota was a dynamic proving ground for pioneering midcentury design ideas.

From the flat-roofed house to the shopping mall, Minnesota was a dynamic proving ground for pioneering midcentury design ideas.

5th International Iconic Houses Conference + House Tours 15-18 May 2018

When: May 15, 2018 – May 18, 2018 all-day
Where: Dolce Norwalk

With more exclusive house tours, more authoritative speakers, and more knowledge-sharing networking activities than ever before, ICONIC HOUSES’ fifth international conference is its most ambitious event yet. Taking place from May 15th to 18th at Dolce Norwalk in Norwalk, CT, the conference – on the theme Modernism on the East Coast – Philip Johnson and the Harvard Five – highlights…

When Frank Lloyd Wright Lived at the Plaza Hotel

Three experts who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright recall his days living in New York City at the Plaza Hotel—from Wright's secret meeting with Marilyn Monroe to his epic Easter celebrations.

Three experts who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright recall his days living in New York City at the Plaza Hotel—from Wright’s secret meeting with Marilyn Monroe to his epic Easter celebrations.

Call of the Wild: Taking Up Paolo Soleri’s Mantle

Jeff Stein on living in the experimental desert town of Arcosanti, merging architecture and ecology, and urban systems that function as super-organisms.

Jeff Stein, photo by Jared Green At 42 Arcosanti, a community north of Phoenix, Arizona has been celebrated, yet generally ignored, by the world at large. Nevertheless, the place that architect Paolo Soleri and his followers built in the desert, survives. Indeed, it can teach us enormously important lessons about cities, buildings, people, nature, and authenticity of place. Jeff Stein,…

Pockets of Long Island Once Went Crazy for Modernism. Why?

The simple answer is wealth and enlightened tastes. New York elites grafted Bauhaus and Taliesin ideas onto picturesque spots in an empty countryside.

Long Island at the mid-twentieth-century, you might have heard, was a place of explosive growth. Most of this was not very interesting. Sprawl. Tract housing. Billy Joel. They came with the island’s rapid suburban development. For a brighter look at the considerable architectural benefits of the period, there’s Long Island Modernism 1930-1980 by Caroline Rob Zaleski. The book is an…

Still Modern After All These Years

Groups of 1950-ish Modernist buildings usually mean Corbusian-style autotopias of heroic proportions (New York’s Empire State Plaza in Albany comes to mind). Plymouth Circle on Madison, Wisconsin’s leafy west side proves the opposite. Here, perched above a sea of generic bi-levels is a collection of, can we say “nifty”, yet modest, Mid-Century Modern homes with a distinctively local pedigree. More…