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A South American Embassy in Tel Aviv Olympus C5050 Jean Jeures St, Tel Aviv, Israel Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004.

Some Curves
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Some Curves iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, May 6th, 2017.

Springtime with My Boy
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Springtime with My Boy iPhone 6S Hod Hasharon, Israel Thursday, April 20th, 2017.

Somebody’s Home
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Somebody’s Home iPhone 6S Trastevere, Rome, Lazio, Italy Saturday, April 8th, 2017.

Shapes
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Shapes iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, February 6th, 2017.

Smile
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Smile iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Friday, December 23rd, 2016.

Staggered
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Staggered iPhone 6S Tate Modern, London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Cityscape with Some Color
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Cityscape with Some Color iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Angled Cityscape
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Angled Cityscape iPhone 6S Tate Modern, London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Light Slates
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Light Slates iPhone 6S Tate Modern, London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

The Cathedral and the Merry-Go-Round
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The Cathedral and the Merry-Go-Round iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Further (Better) Than You
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Further (Better) Than You iPhone 6S Tate Modern, London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Like a Cathedral
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Like a Cathedral iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Skeletal Hills
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Skeletal Hills iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Bridge Gone
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Bridge Gone iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Cream & Green
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Cream & Green iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Tuesday, October 25th, 2016.

London Road Station
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London Road Station iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Thursday, October 13th, 2016.

Swinging Clock
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Swinging Clock iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, October 10th, 2016.

I Love Lamp
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I Love Lamp iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, October 10th, 2016.

Brighton Station 2016
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Brighton Station 2016 iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, October 10th, 2016.

Regular Man
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Regular Man iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Wednesday, October 5th, 2016.

Control
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Control iPhone 6S Israel Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.

School & Pantheon
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School & Pantheon iPhone 6S Kiryat Ono, Israel Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.

Top Hat & Defence Ministry
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Top Hat & Defence Ministry iPhone 6S Tel Aviv, Israel Friday, September 30th, 2016.

Rarin’
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Rarin’ iPhone 6S Tel Aviv, Israel Friday, September 30th, 2016.

Doing the Parthenon
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Doing the Parthenon iPhone 6S Tel Aviv, Israel Friday, September 30th, 2016.

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Briefs

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

This fresh Los Angelino perspective on Frank Lloyd Wright tries to build the case that the somber Mayan style of the four homes he built in the city reflects the devastation of the mass murder at Taliesin a few years earlier.

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Francis Fukuyama coins and explains vetocracy. The intricacies are bamboozling—which is the point. Seems to me that fixing this is the first domino.

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Some tentative optimism from The American Interest: If the new Administration can both push infrastructure and simplify the regulatory process, “it will have proven that the Trumpian earthquake can in fact break certain decades-long patterns of bipartisan paralysis…

 

Friday, November 18th, 2016

This article features a list by Dan McNichol of suggested public works projects throughout the USA. He is author of The Roads That Built America, a history of the Interstate highway system (of which I actually have a copy).

Monday, October 24th, 2016

The New York Times sassily brings us up to speed on the revival at least in interest of Brutalist architecture.

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Anyone who goes to [Beethoven’s] Ninth Symphony then sits down and designs a wallpaper pattern is either a confidence trickster or a degenerate.

Adolf Loos, Ornament and Crime

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Monday, March 9th, 2015

[Dead link]

“Custome [sic] Granite Cuntertops [sic, no joke!] And New Sink Gives This Remodeled Kitchen A Modern Look.” These 8 photos by the proud illiterate builders are the first time I’ve seen such a travesty documented as they dismantle an original Frank Lloyd Wright kitchen and replace it with something that would be nice enough in a regular home but here is gruesome. The homeowner should be prosecuted.

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Apprentice to Genius: Years with Frank Lloyd Wright

Edgar Tafel

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I ploughed through this. It’s the most vivid portrait I’ve seen of the apprenticeship itself. The chronology is a bit confusing at first—perhaps the book design could have made more clear that he’s jumping back and forth between his own beginnings and FLLW’s. The traffic cop encounter with Alexander Woolcott, the travels in the car as FLLW’s driver—great stuff. There could be more from Tafel as an architect—he was there on the great ones, such as Fallingwater and the Johnson Wax HQ.

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

My Father, Frank Lloyd Wright

John Lloyd Wright

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Originally entitled My Father, Who Art on Earth, there are gems here that you can’t get from any of the other masses of FLLW books. I welled up when in Venice, when entering St Marks, it reminds John Lloyd of nothing else but his own childhood playroom. Just how great we can get?

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

A Dwell slideshow of cabins.

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright: The Heroic Years: 1920 – 1932

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer

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A tad hagiographic but this one left me with a good feeling that unlike most Rizzoli books the text actually matters as well. Gorgeous drawings.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Household objects form iconic buildings. Watch out for Fallinghairwater…

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Gadamer’s Floor by Jacques Herzog, in which the Swiss starchitect relates designing the Tate Modern. Actually, forget it, it gets boring, drifting off to installations within the museum and other projects, as if the job itself wasn’t interesting enough to warrant an entire little article.

Given that this is the second time I’ve ended up at this story, I can’t miss adding it to the Trail: The best houses of all time in L.A. by the LA Times.

Monday, January 14th, 2013

The ABC of Architects, a great short animated film.

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

The changing face of London. A series of aerial photographs by Jason Hawkes posted as a slideshow in The Telegraph. Exciting.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Dutch scientists are testing self-healing concrete. The method is bacteria that produce limestone when wet.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The Daily Mail gathers dozens of images of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Frank Lloyd Wright

Vincent Scully, Jr

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It was an essay I came across online somehow that I thought was great that led me to this and I bought it online and not from Amazon. But sadly it was a few months ago and I cannot remember it save that I was mildly disappointed and the best part seemed to be the bit I’d read. Nonetheless, it does seem to have been about the buildings themselves more than the man, which I like. I’m guessing mid-September I bought it.

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Frank Lloyd Wright’s House Beautiful

Dianne Maddex

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I’m not sure what this one added for me except the fact that House Beautiful the magazine had an ongoing relationship with FLLW. Plus my copy, I realize now, smells of lady perfume. Maddex recycles and reorders FLLW’s own writing, takes or gets nice photos, and presto, another book. Coffee table, as the Amazon reviewers say of her stuff.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The Frank Lloyd Wright archives are moving to New York, reports Arch Daily; paper to Columbia University’s Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library , models and prototypes to MoMA.

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

I’ve not understood why Frank Lloyd Wright houses sell for roughly the same as those next door. This New York Times article on real estate as art fobs off the question by discussing high-priced status apartments in New York, only obliquely mentioning a few FLLW houses.

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

I still can’t decide which is simpler: a single wall interrupted by a door, which is arguably three things, or a door next to a wall, which is definitely two.

ASK

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Exhaustive and wonderful list of what Alli Magidsohn expects to miss upon leaving Israel after 7 years, published by the impressive David Horowitz’s new The Times of Israel. (Not so sure about “the ferocity of celebration here” though, at least among the non-religious.)

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

At last I understand Picasso’s adage, “Artists don’t copy, they steal,” this being an example of copying: Travesty/pastiche/parody of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. It is the anti-FLLW house. Just look at the fireplace in IMG_0053.JPG, which can only be described as pitiful.

Photos by Paul Ringstrom of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Muirhead Farmhouse which I had not heard of until this moment. I just love it. Beautiful brickwork that seems to be just the same as unbeautiful brickwork. Perfect shapes. The slightly outcropping wooden ziggurat on top. Oooh. Also the Sims House.

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Taking his time, Morozov asks the right questions about Steve Jobs, comparing him first to the Bauhaus movement, then to Henry Ford. Many quotable quotes, and good comments, especially the long one from JakeH at 02/27/2012 – 7:46pm EDT.

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Four Eyes House by Edward Ogosta Architecture of Culver City. I love it when design brings objects to life, and this house appears like four desert sentinels. Check out the living room at night — such a spectacular feel of immense desert space. And best of all, the bedroom (sorry, sleeping tower) with the transparent ceiling.

Friday, January 13th, 2012

On parking in LA Mag—the history, the psychology, the economics.

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Irit and I were discussing this regarding ET, which still feels contemporary: in arts, entertainment and style, it’s been Groundhog Day for 20 years. “Now that we have instant universal access to every old image and recorded sound, the future has arrived and it’s all about dreaming of the past.”

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Slideshow of Jerusalem’s Hotel Mamilla by Moshe Safdie. I want to visit.

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Buildings, too, are children of the Earth and Sun.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Space is the breath of art.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

My favorite FLLW site is Peter Beers’ Frank Lloyd Wright Road Trip. He’s stayed at the houses wherever you can, and done some benign architectural stalking where the residence remains private.

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Architect Santiago Calatrava on his spectacular light rail bridge in Jerusalem.

The Natural House

Frank Lloyd Wright

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I was moved to read this again almost as soon as I finished it the first time. It feels nice to give the fine compliment of rating it higher the second time around. I can feel his exquisite designs through the prose of the pages, and if that’s so, what more can one ask for?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Wright-sized Houses

Diane Maddex

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I drop to 4 from 4.5 stars, which would be extremely high for this sort of book, because I don’t think Maddex covers FLLW’s underpinnings for sometimes preferring small. Like valuing a difficult site, a successful job of making a small place feel big is better than actual big because it involves magic. True that? Maybe not quite, but if the question even comes up, you’ve done well. All the principles laid out in the book I already knew, but she covers them with examples, and I don’t think there’s another book with the same pretty darn important angle.

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The Natural House

Frank Lloyd Wright

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The style shows the influence of Emerson and Nietzsche, which is great—it’s the iconoclast speaking. There is much mention of America and democracy, more than of humanity writ large. And how refreshing—or provocative—his constant unrelenting simple disdain for the ancient Greeks.

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater: The House and Its History

Donald Hoffmann

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What a book to love. It’s a Dover, first off, my favorite publishers. Cheap and important. The cover makes the same-old view dramatic again. And somehow the book feels like the place. How is that possible? Perhaps it’s because the photos are in black and white, so that I feel almost more exposed to the bones of the thing than I did when visiting. The back picture is perfect as well: the guest house living room. What lies between? The entrance loggia. My my my. What can be so cheesy is so perfect and lush. And the hint of the magical steps.

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

50 Favorite Rooms By Frank Lloyd Wright

Diane Maddex

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Lovely pics—I’m increasingly believing that Maddex has chosen some of the seminal stuff. It’s a book I return to often, albeit almost exclusively for the pictures.

 
 

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