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


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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.


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

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

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Mar, 19, 2014,
3:17 PM

Mies Birthday Party - Speakers Added; Exclusive Mies Monograph Presale!

Don’t Miss Out!

Mies Birthday Party
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Join us for an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the 128th birthday of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. We’ll take a look at “Mies pieces”—corners, furniture, materials, and more—and how the pieces come together to build Mies’ amazing legacy. 

Our program will feature an exciting dialogue on the pieces of Mies’ legacy that continue to inspire. Members of the jury for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize—the newly launched prize that will recognize the daring contemplation of the intersection of the new metropolis and human ecology, recognizing the most distinguished constructs of the North and South American continents while fostering research toward rethinking the metropolis—will be in attendance. Speakers include:

Wiel Arets
Dean of the College of Architecture and Rowe Family College of Architecture Dean Endowed Chair at IIT

Kenneth Frampton
Ware Professor of Architecture at GSAPP, Columbia University, New York

Jorge Francisco Liernur
Architect, Professor at Torcuato Di Tella University, and Researcher of Argentina’s National Council for Scientific and Technical Investigation, Buenos Aires

Dominique Perrault
Founding Principal, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Paris

Guests will also have the opportunity to buy Mies, by Detlef Mertens. This new monograph is illustrated with over 700 original drawings, contemporary and archive photographs, plans, and diagrams. Not available in bookstores until April 7th, guests will be able to buy it at a discounted price!

This event is sponsored by the Mies van der Rohe Society.

Event Timeline
5:30pm Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
6pm Program

S. R. Crown Hall
3360 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60616

RSVP by Thursday, March 20, 2014  Register online

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Jan, 21, 2014,
1:43 PM

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust seeks volunteers to give tours at Robie House

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust volunteers present world-class historic sites and their neighborhoods to an international audience, cultivate long-lasting relationships and receive ongoing education and training on topics related to history, design and Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will hold training sessions in February for volunteer interpreters to lead tours at the Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago’s Hyde Park.

Robie House interpreter training will take place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Feb. 11 to Feb 27.

Prospective volunteers are invited to attend a 60-minute orientation session prior to training. An orientation session will take place 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave.

An additional orientation session is available noon Friday, Jan. 24, at The Rookery Building, 209 S. LaSalle St., Chicago.

The Trust also seeks tour facilitators and guest relations ambassadors.

For more information visit and fill out an online form. Or call Volunteer Resources Manager Linda Bonifas-Guzman at (312) 994-4045.

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