Friday, April 18, 2008

Earth Day 2008!

Wear Blue for Earth Day. Everyday is Earth Day, but it is good to recognize our beautiful home and be the best stewards that we can be!

Here's a few life altering activities:
Take the metro
Walk or bicycle
Use a canvas bag at farmer's markets
Bring your own cup to locally owned coffee houses

Reduce, reuse, recycle is the mantra of the day.

Join a local Earth Day event...
Green Apple Festivals in major cities.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Lautner - His Architectural Spirit Lives On

John Lautner is best known as the Architect for the Chemosphere and Elrod Houses, as seen in movies Body Double and Diamonds Are Forever in that order. His work is amazing and simply elegant. He will finally be recognized in an exhibit at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. See the LA Times article. His work speaks volumes. See for yourself...

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Acres of Books - An LA Institution is Closing

Acres of Books, the largest Bookstore in Los Angeles is closing in one year. It has been open since 1960, when founder and established bookseller Bertrand Smith moved from Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Streamline Moderne building is being sold to Long Beach Redevelopment Agency who plans develop the property into a mixed-use development, according to the LA Times article.

Go visit Acres and Aisles of Books at their current location: 240 Long Beach Blvd. while you can!

Monday, April 7, 2008

R. I. P. Ralph Rapson

One of the last Modernist Architect's Ralph Rapson dies at 93. Considered by many in the architectural field as Minnesota's best Architects, he is best known for designing the original Guthrie Theater. The Theater was torn down and a new one was built, designed by Jean Nouvel.

He is widely remembered for his Case Study #4 home, where he depicted helicopters and people gardening in the front yard.

RR was a Pioneer in Prefab. Wieler Homes sells Rapson's Greenbelt prefab homes.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Jean Nouvel wins the 2008 Pritzker Prize!

Architects in the News:

French architect Jean Nouvel wins the Pritzker Prize.
Known as the Contextualizer, he blends his designs into urban fabric and is a master of light and form. This is the highest international award given to an Architect.