Aug, 19, 2014,
10:58 AM

The Ecological Imagination: Life and the Design of Urban Public Space

(Chicago) – Commissioned to redevelop Chicago’s Navy Pier for its 100th anniversary in 2016, landscape architect James Corner stands at the forefront of today’s landscape urbanism movement.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will present an evening with James Corner Thursday, Oct. 2 at the University of Chicago. Corner will share his vision for livable cities, which hinges on public spaces that offer a high-quality experience. The architect’s plans to renew the public spaces of Navy Pier and other world-class projects will come into play as Corner presents The Ecological Imagination: Life and the Design of Urban Public Space.

Corner’s presentation at6 p.m., Oct. 2 in the performance hall at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., University of Chicago, marks the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s fourth annual Thinking into the Future: The Robie House Series on Architecture, Design and Ideas. A cocktail reception will take place at 5 p.m. in the Gidwitz Lobby prior to the presentation.

This event is in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, the University of Chicago and the American Institute of Architects Chicago chapter. Admission to the presentation and cocktail reception is $20 Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members/University of Chicago alumni, faculty and staff/AIA Chicago members/Teachers; $25 non-members; and $5 students. Tickets are available online at flwright.org.

Corner combines landscape architecture, urban design, landscape ecology and engineering to create innovative solutions for modern day cities, landscapes and social places. The British-born architect’s award-winning and visionary designs, such as the High Line in Manhattan, once an elevated rail line, and FreshKills Park, a former landfill in Staten Island, have transformed city districts and post-industrial sites into vibrant urban destinations.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is a Chicago-based not-for-profit organization that provides public tours and educational programs at his Home and Studio in Oak Park, Ill.; The Rookery Light Court in the Chicago Loop; Unity Temple in Oak Park; the Frederick C. Robie House in Hyde Park; and Emil Bach House in Rogers Park. For more information, visit flwright.org.

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary home for arts practice and scholarship at the University of Chicago. The Logan Center is a catalyst for collaboration and a marquee venue for concerts, exhibitions, and performances from world class, emerging, local, and student artists. For more information, visit logan.uchicago.edu.

The Logan Center is located at 915 East 60th St., Chicago, IL. Parking is free in the flat lot at the corner of 60th Street and Drexel Avenue after 4 p.m. and on weekends. 

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May, 14, 2014,
12:00 PM

Luftwerk Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Farnsworth Public Art Installation

The artist duo of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, also known as Luftwerk have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund INsite, a temporary public art experience that transforms Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, into a canvas of light and sound.

Based on an architectural video mapping test in the fall of 2012 we feel destined to make INsite a public experience. We are very excited to launch this campaign now and hope to illuminate the Farnsworth House in October 2014 after dark with funds raised by May 31st through Kickstarter.”

INsite intends to bring a new experience to the Farnsworth House that will attract new audiences and celebrate the lasting relevance of the architecture. By choosing Kickstarter as a way to support INsite, Luftwerk hopes to excite the community and build the audience for the fall installation. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Mies enthusiasts and architecture lovers to see this icon of modern architecture in a new light.

Luftwerk’s fundraising goal is $25,000, which will support project development and equipment needs, as well as the installation and operation of the exhibit. Ten video projectors, encased in weatherproof housing, will display a seamless composition that highlights the structural minimalism of the Farnsworth House and its glass walls from the exterior to the interior. The video installation will be accompanied by an original music composition by Owen Clayton Condon, a Chicago based percussionist and composer and former member of Third Coast Percussion.

Luftwerk has delighted and illuminated viewers with a history of completing major commissions on landmark architecture.In 2011 they illuminated one of America’s most extraordinary buildings: Fallingwater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. ‘Celebrating 75 years of Art in Nature’ was followed by a site-specific video installation “Luminous Field”  (2012) that transformed Millennium Park’s AT&T Plaza into a digital playground, attracting over 65,000 visitors in only ten nights.

Support INsite here. For more information email mail@Luftwerk.net.

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May, 8, 2014,
3:48 PM

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bach House opens for seasonal tours in May

The only Wright site in the Chicago area available for overnight stays

(Chicago) – Step inside one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s more intimate homes on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s new tour of the Emil Bach House in Chicago.

Meticulously restored to its original 1915 appearance by Harboe Architects, the Emil Bach House will be open this spring and summer for public tours:

 Wednesdays,starting May 7 and running through Sept. 24.

Tours will take place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The 45-minute tours begin every 15 minutes with the last tour at 2:15 p.m.

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Built for Emil Bach, president of Chicago’s Bach Brick Co, the house was executed between Wright’s return from Europe in 1911 and his departure to Japan in 1916 to oversee construction of the Imperial Hotel.

In contrast to the expansive, open Prairie houses Wright designed prior to his European sojourn, the Bach House is strongly centered with self-contained built-ins and striking window designs. It looks toward the architect’s future stylistic directions in its crisp geometry and efficient scale.

Tours are $12 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and active military. For more information, visit flwright.org.

The Emil Bach House will be available this year for private meetings and as a vacation rental property. For more information, contact stay@emilbachhouse.com or visit emilbachhouse.com. Bach House themed gifts are available through ShopWright.org.

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