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Glass House Director, Henry Urbach, will visit Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Cologne, and Brno, Czech Republic for his lecture tour with Iconic Houses.

Henry Urbach, Director, the Glass House ©MelaniLustPhotography, courtesy of the Glass House

Henry Urbach, Director, the Glass House ©MelaniLustPhotography, courtesy of the Glass House

Glass House Director, Henry Urbach, will visit Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Cologne, and Brno, Czech Republic for his lecture tour with Iconic Houses. His lecture considers the history of the Glass House and its transformation from a private residence to a historic house museum and center for new art and ideas. The lecture will explore some of the more complex aspects of the Glass House campus, including references to historical architecture and Johnson’s own life, and consider how its exhibitions contribute to a rich interpretation of the site. There will also be a film screening of Diary of an Eccentric Architect, filmed on site with Philip Johnson.

Glass House Iconic Houses lecture schedule with links to purchase tickets:

February 16th, Van Schijndel House, Utrecht, The Netherlands

February 17th, John Adams Institute Amsterdam, The Netherlands

February 18th, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

February 19th, Ungers Archive, Cologne, Germany

February 24th, Villa Tugendhat, Brno, Czech Republic

March 18th, Filmtheater ‘t Hoogt, Utrecht, The Netherlands: repeat screening of the film with Henry’s recorded lecture held at the Van Schijndel House

March 19th, Henry’s lecture online on Iconic Houses YouTube Channel

and Iconic Houses website.

Click here to view Henry’s interview with Iconic Houses

 

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CLOG Hosts a Glass House Conversation on Brutalist Architecture + Preservation

Image courtesy of CLOG

Image courtesy of CLOG

There are just a few days left to join our online Glass House Conversation on Brutalist architecture and preservation hosted by CLOG!

Brutalism, also referred to as New Brutalism, is a highly controversial topic in modern preservation. A defining architectural style of the postwar era—characterized by severe, abstract geometries and the use of cast concrete, block and brick—Brutalism arguably produced some of the world’s least popular public buildings.

In the latter half of the 20th century critics Alison and Peter Smithson and Reyner Banham defined Brutalism as an ethic rather than an aesthetic. Today the ethical issue of preserving Brutalist buildings, versus contemporary aesthetic preferences, must be considered as many Brutalist structures —Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital, Marcel Breuer’s Ameritrust Tower, Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center, Alison and Peter Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens, and Gillespie, Kidd and Coia’s St. Peter’s Seminary, to name a few—are now threatened with demolition.

Should we consider Brutalism as an ethic or an aesthetic?

The conversation is inspired by the latest issue of CLOG, a publication that explores, from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now. CLOG is currently accepting submissions for their sixth issue, CLOG : BRUTALISM which will be guest edited by Michael Abrahamson. The deadline for submissions is November 5.

Share your thoughts–join the discussion, going on now at glasshouseconversations.org!

Prentice Women's Hospital (center) by architect Bertrand Goldberg, Chicago, IL, August 2012. Photo © Jason Smith, courtesy of The National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Prentice Women’s Hospital (center) by architect Bertrand Goldberg, Chicago, IL, August 2012. Photo © Jason Smith, courtesy of The National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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The Architect’s Newspaper Hosts a Glass House Conversation Inspired by the Venice Architecture Biennale

Glass House Conversation

There’s just a few days left to join the Glass House Conversation hosted by The Architect’s Newspaper inspired by the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale!

Visit glasshouseconversations.org to read what everyone is saying and share your reply!
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Glass House Focus Tours: Architecture + History

Glass House Focus Tours: Architecture + History

2-hour guided tour | $45 per person | Select Wednesdays at 2:30pm

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Focus tours delve into specifics of the tour topic, including special access and alternate paths. Focus Tours are intended for guests interested in learning more about a key element of the site or for those looking to see the Glass House through a new perspective.

Architecture + History | Explore the history and theory, materials and technologies, influential architects, and preservation challenges of Modern architecture through the lens of the Glass House campus. Visit interiors of the Glass House (1949), Painting Gallery (1965), Sculpture Gallery (1970), da Monsta (1995), and access (through a field of tall grass) the Library/Study (1980), housing Johnson’s architectural library spanning Schinkel to Hadid and overlooking the Ghost House (1984).

For more information on this and other Glass House tours visit
http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/

The 2012 Glass House public tour season runs from May 2 – November 30, 2012 (closed Tuesdays). Tickets are available now!  Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Tickets by phone, please call 866.811.4111.


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Hannia Gómez Hosts a New Glass House Conversation

Villa Planchart in 1963. Image from Archivo Gio Ponti Caracas.
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Join in a new Glass House Conversation on modern architecture + preservation hosted by Hannia Gómez, president of Fundacion de la Memoria Urbana, and founder and Vice President of Docomomo Venezuela:


Share your thoughts, join the Conversation going on now at glasshouseconversations.org
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Glass House Focus Tours: Art + Influence

Glass House Focus Tours: Art + Influence

2-hour guided tour | $45 per person | Select Wednesdays at 2:30pm

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Focus tours delve into specifics of the tour topic, including special access and alternate paths. Focus Tours are intended for guests interested in learning more about a key element of the site or for those looking to see the Glass House through a new perspective.

Art + Influence | Philip Johnson and David Whitney played a significant
role in cultivating and commissioning the work of world-renowned creative talent that defined an era: enjoy deeper discussion and close observation
of the art works of the Glass House campus, including one of the world’s foremost collections of pieces by Frank Stella. Artists include Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, David Salle, Lynn Davis, Julian Schnabel, Michael Heizer, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Andrew Lord and John Chamberlin. Explore the personal relationships between the Glass House, these artists, and the founding and development of The Museum of Modern Art.

For more information on this and other Glass House tours visit
http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/

The 2012 Glass House public tour season runs from May 2 – November 30, 2012 (closed Tuesdays). Tickets are available now!  Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Tickets by phone, please call 866.811.4111.


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Happy Birthday Ludwig Mies van der Rohe!

Illustration by architect Tadao Ando of the Farnsworth House (1945–51) designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. (Image from the Modern Views project, Courtesy of the architect.)

Illustration by architect Tadao Ando of the Farnsworth House (1945–51) designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. (Image: Farnsworth House, 2009, Ink on paper, 18 1/2” x 12 3/4” each, Courtesy of the architect.)

Today, 126 years ago, modern architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born!

The historic exchange reflected in the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House (1945–51) and the Philip Johnson Glass House (1949) is considered one of the twentieth century’s great cultural dialogues, and was explored in the recent Glass House commissioned film Points on a Line by artist Sarah Morris as part of the Modern Views project. (View the list of one hundred contemporary artists, architects, and designers who participated in Modern Views.)

Johnson was also an associate of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the 1950s, and worked with the modern master on the design of the Seagram Building and its famed Four Seasons Restaurant. Interested in learning more? Enjoy an exclusive pairing of these two Modern Icons – tour the Glass House and enjoy a three-course dinner at the Four Seasons Restaurant! For more information visit http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/#fourseasons

Photo courtesy of the Four Seasons

The interior of the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York designed by Philip Johnson, in the Seagram Building, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Photo courtesy of the Four Seasons.

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What design spectacles – eyewear or event – have had a significant impact on you?How will you celebrate Mies’s birthday?
The Philip Johnson Glass House invites you to join in
the Glass House Conversation on Design Spectacles -
share your thoughts on the design events (+ architect’s eyewear!) that have had a significant impact on you @ glasshouseconversations.org!

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Glass House Pop Up Shop on Fab.com!

Support The Glass House: Visit Fab.com to check out our
Glass House Design Store sale going on now through April!

Bracelets by Jessica Kagan Cushman with quotes by Philip Johnson.

Bracelets by Jessica Kagan Cushman with quotes by Philip Johnson, now available on Fab.com!

The sale includes great gifts and Glass House-commissioned products by Michael Graves, Jessica Kagan Cushman, Moleskine and more!

Sign-up to be a member of Fab.com (it’s free!) to view Glass House Design Store products available now on Fab.com!

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Landscape Architect Raymond Jungles Hosts New Glass House Conversation

1111 Lincoln Rd.

 Raymond Jungles, FASLA

Raymond Jungles, FASLA

Join us for this week’s online Glass House Conversation hosted by landscape architect Raymond Jungles. Jungles and his firm based in Miami design private residential gardens, civic gardens, boutique hotels, and botanical gardens, and have collaborated with leading architecture firms including Herzog & de Meuron, Frank Gehry & Partners and Foster + Partners. See more of Jungles’s work, including 1111 Lincoln Rd. pictured above, on his website raymondjungles.com.

Jungles asks:

Considering the landscape an integral part of an overall architectural solution, we identify regional context and a sense of place as the primary objectives. To us, unity, harmony and human experience are the driving force.

Which architects best prioritize the human experience in their work? How are people responding?

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Visit the Glass House: Extended Tour

The Glass House

2.5-hour guided tour | $100 per person

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The Extended Tour offers visitors more time, a smaller group and increased access to the Glass House’s 47-acre curated landscape, 14 architectural structures and world-class private art and design collection. In addition to the interiors of Philip Johnson’s Glass House (1949), Painting Gallery (1965) and Sculpture Gallery (1970), and Da Monsta (1995) visitors on the Extended Tour enjoy access to Johnson’s Library / Study (1985) housing his private architectural literature collection. Extended Tour visitors are entitled to a membership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a 10% discount in the Glass House Store.

For more information on this and other Glass House tours visit
http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/

The 2012 Glass House public tour season runs from May 2 – November 30, 2012 (closed Tuesdays). Tickets are available now!  Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Tickets by phone, please call 866.811.4111.


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