Saturday, February 25, 2006

FLW in Japan

Frank Lloyd Wright became obsessed with Japanese prints in the late 1880s, praising their design and composition, and in particular their "elimination of the insignificant." While designing 12 projects in Japan and overseeing the construction of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Wright found time to explore this magical country, always searching for hidden treasures.

You can take a 12-day exploration sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust to see how Japan influenced the master during the formative years of his career. Tour three of Wright's remaining Japanese buildings and stay at the Imperial Hotel. For more information:

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Create a house with Frank Lloyd Wright

One of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust's most popular programs is the Youth Architecture Workshop, held every summer in the drafting room of Wright's first studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Young people in grades 7 through 12 learn architectural and design principles as they create their own buildings and get acquainted with the ideas of one of the world's most influential architects. With Architect Studio 3D, the Preservation Trust brings to young architects everywhere the exciting process of designing a home — hands-on. Starting as real architects do, with a client who has lifestyle preferences and a site that has its own environmental considerations, you will use your imagination to design your own architectural solutions.

Check out the Architect Studio 3D from The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

Monday, February 20, 2006

Frank's Home to open at the Goodman Theatre

Frank's Home will be presented first at The Goodman in November-December 2006, followed by Playwrights Horizons in early 2007

According to Goodman and PH, "It is summer, 1923, and architect Frank Lloyd Wright has recently left Chicago for California — the edge of the continent — determined to embrace Hollywood's youthful zest, mend broken relationships with his adult children and revive his career. He has recently enjoyed the successful completion of his latest 'wonder of the world' —Tokyo's Imperial Hotel — and is now poised to settle down and embrace his new home. But splintered family still has deep-seeded resentments.

Then news arrives of an earthquake in Japan that has crumbled his prized hotel to the ground. Or has it?

A stunning new play from one of America's best contemporary playwrights, Frank's Home is a lyrical, heartbreaking story about one of our greatest, if less than perfect, visionaries — a man who created a new architectural vocabulary, but couldn't create a home for himself and his family."

Read the entire article at Playbill

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