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Arizona Biltmore a Phoenix Landmark

Wright Accents to Albert Chase McArthur Design

By: Charles Giuliano - 11/04/2014
Wright Accents to Albert Chase McArthur DesignWhen it opened at the edge of Phoenix in 1929 the Arizona Biltmore was isolated in a dessert environment. The city has grown around it with a now upscale community. The hotel has gone through different owners, fire, remodeling and renovation . It still retains the aura of Frank Lloyd Wright who was a consutlant to the architect of record Charles McArthur. It remains a landmark for scholar and appeciators of classic American luxury resort design.

Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona

By: Charles Giuliano - 11/03/2014
Frank Lloyd Wright in ArizonaFrom 1928 and the Biltmore, to the founding of Taliesin West in 1937 until his death at 91 in 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright created fifty designs for Arizona. About half were built which is consistent with the average of his career. Recently we spent time exploring projects by the greatest American architect of his generation. There is an ongoing financial struggle for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to preserve his remarkable legacy.

Arcosanti Rings a Bell

Desert Laboratory of Architect Paolo Soleri

By: Charles Giuliano - 10/22/2014
Desert Laboratory of Architect Paolo SoleriIn 1946, with a degree in architecture, Paolo Soleri started a year and a half fellowship with Frank Lloyd Wright. Returning to Italy in 1950 by 1956 he and his wife Colly established a home, foundation and bell making studio Acosanti near Scottsdale Arizona. In 1970 he founded Arcosanti some 70 miles from Phoenix as a laboratory for his radical urban designs. The plan was for a community of 5,000. Only a fraction was built before his death in 2013.

American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style Experience

Lavish Book by Margaret Supplee Smith

By: Charles Giuliano - 09/23/2014
Lavish Book by Margaret Supplee SmithWake Forest professor emerita Margaret Supplee Smith combined two loves, skiing and architecture in ten years of research. This has resulted in a lavishly illustrated, beautifully designed book American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience. It will be an absorbing read both for skiers and armchair enthusiasts. Her overview from the Depression to the current era goes beyond a chronicle of the sport to address social, economic, envirnomental aspects of architetural and design issues of resort development.

Companhia Urbana de Dança at Jacob’s Pillow

From Favelas to World Stages

By: Charles Giuliano - 08/17/2014
From Favelas to World StagesCompanhia Urbana de Dança thrilled the audience last year and this week was equally well received in a return to Jacob's Pillow. The company of eight men and one woman combines the street smarts of break dancing and hip hop moves with the choreography of the classically trained Sonia Destri Lie. The two part program of hour long works contrasted joy and tragedy in a world permiere of "You. We…ALL BLACK" and the uppeat celebration of "Na Pista."

State Approves MoCA's Phase Three Expansion

$25,420,000 for Ambitious Development

By: MoCA - 08/08/2014
$25,420,000 for Ambitious DevelopmentWith Governor Deval Patrick's signing of H.3933, an omnibus capital infrastructure bill which included $25,420,000 for MASS MoCA's Phase III development, the museum announces that it has begun work on the third phase of its multi-decade effort to renovate its 26-building, 600,000 square foot, 16-acre factory campus, an internationally recognized, mixed-use destination arts institution in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. A representative from the Governor's press office confirmed the news, saying, "Governor Patrick is very, very supportive of the project and is excited to work with MASS MoCA to finance the expansion."

The Mount in Lenox Suffers Storm Damage

Encouraging Response from the Community

By: Mount - 07/02/2014
Encouraging Response from the CommunityThe Mount, Edith Wharton’s country estate in Lenox, Mass suffered severe damage from last week’s record-breaking storm that dropped six and a half inches of rain over a five-hour period. Thanks to a quick response from the organization and financial support from the community, the damage to The Mount’s flower gardens and access road has, to a large extent, been addressed and the house has been able to reopen.

Clark Art Institute Reopens

Completing a $145 Million Renovation and Expansion

By: Charles Giuliano - 06/28/2014
Completing a $145 Million Renovation and ExpansionSince it opened in 1955 with a superb permanent collection the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute has long been regarded among America's finest regional museums. With a $145 expansion and renovation designed by Tadao Ando the Clark is now a whole lot more fabulous. Combined with nearby Mass MoCA, Williams College, and the Wlliamstown Theatre Festival the Northern Berkshires are an even better first class arts desitinaton.

Japanese Architect Tadao Ando: A Portrait

Pritzker Prize Winner Designed Clark Art Institute Expansion

By: Charles Giuliano - 06/28/2014
Pritzker Prize Winner Designed Clark Art Institute ExpansionInitially the 72-year-old Japanese architect, Tadao Ando, trained to be a professional boxer. When he became interested in architecture he read books and traveled extensively to see works by modern masters. In 1970 he returned from travel and field research to establish his firm. In 1995 he won the Pritzker Prize the most prestigious in the field. Followed by a film crew we tagged along when he surveyed his now completed design for the Clark Art Institute.

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