This Week

A weekly round-up of my favorite preservation stories from around the web and in the news.

Architecture has dominated the headlines this week.  Check out some great stories about Frank Lloyd Wright’s archives,  architectural drawing, and the nation’s biggest architectural toy collection below!

FLW moves to NYC

More than 23,000 architectural drawings, about 40 large-scale, architectural models, some 44,000 photographs, 600 manuscripts and more than 300,000 pieces of office and personal correspondence that have been in storage at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West since his death in 1959 are moving  to New York  City.  In an unusual joint partnership between the Museum of Modern Art and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library,  the Wright’s archive will be more accessible to the public for viewing and scholarship.   Because of his innovative use of material and form,  Wright’s oeuvre represents a particular challenge for preservationists.   No doubt, access to his original drawings and notes can only help with preservation efforts!



Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing

An argument for architectural drawing in a digital world from architect Michael Graves, whose architectural drawings can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt. This is an issue that effects preservationists too!



Drawing of Lower Manhattan Skyline (video)















Take a minute (ok – one minute and 20 seconds) to watch UK illustrator Patrick Vale draw the lower Manhattan skyline – freehand!  Cityscapes and skylines are close to this preservationist’s heart.  Plus, it’s mesmerizing. Just go watch it!



Lessons From the Nation’s Biggest Architectural Toy Collection

A selection from the Architectural Toy Collection  will be exhibited in PLAY WORK BUILD  in November at The National Building Museum in Washington, DC, reports The Atlantic Cities.  The collection was assembled over 25 years by English Teacher George Wetzel. Architectural toys were sold to parents as an education in logic disguised for children as fun.  Frank Lloyd Wright’s mother bought into this trend and his genius will forever be connected to the Fröbel’s Gifts set he played with as a child.  His son John didn’t fall far from the tree – he invented Lincoln Logs! A history of American architectural toys is a social history – from the he blocks of Richter’s World War I-era “Fortress Series” set (gun turrets and bunkers) to the Sky Rail Girder and Panel Building Set (“Build and Operate Sky Rail Systems of Tomorrow”). Check out the article for more info on this fascinating exhibit!



Rust Belt Cities Best Places to Live

Rick Brown over at rustwire parses this year’s best places to live list.  Turns out that despite all of the ruin porn coming out of the rust belt,  its cities comprise about a quarter of the list, including first place.  Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis, is the best place to live in the United States. See the rest of the rust belt cities to make the list after the jump.

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