Archive for January, 2007

01/31/2007

A great play on Frank Lloyd Wright….
is still waiting to be written.

Isherwood in the New York Times agrees with me.

“It’s hard to do much with a play so unrelentingly dour and lacking in either thematic or narrative shape…”

Kuchwara of AP agrees with me.

“Richard Nelson’s disappointing play, (Frank’s Home) which opened Tuesday at off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons…

Winer in Newsday agrees with me.

“What we do not feel, alas, is more than mildly engaged.”

Remember what I wrote when Frank’s Home had its world-premiere? That the script is as flat as a .

So I continue to wait for a dramatic treatment of the dramatic life of Frank Lloyd Wright. One disappointment in Frank’s Home was when Wright gets the telegram that the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo has in fact survived the earthquake, contrary to what he had been told. This moment needed to be a climax, instead it came and went and ruffled little.

Frank Lloyd Wright! The Opera. It’s waiting for you to write it.
—-
The Price is Wright.
In the meantime, if you’re in Chicago, see the exhibition on FLW’s Price Tower in Bartlesville, OK, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. If you’re in Bartlesville, (and don’t say, “I would prefer not to“) go see the real thing.

The exhibition is revelatory. In addition to drawings for Price Tower and some original furniture, it features some large scale drawings of “The Golden Beacon” that Wright planned for Chicago.

But what really adds zip is the design for the installation of this show in the atrium lobby of the Santa Fe building (1904, D.H. Burnham & Co.) It comes to us from the office of Zaha Hadid. She has designed an addition to Price Tower, which is now an Arts Center. It’s good to see ‘Zaha’ in Chicago. Her dynamic shapes energize the historic Santa Fe lobby.

All best,
-Edward

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01/31/2007

A great play on Frank Lloyd Wright….
is still waiting to be written.

Isherwood in the New York Times agrees with me.

“It’s hard to do much with a play so unrelentingly dour and lacking in either thematic or narrative shape…”

Kuchwara of AP agrees with me.

“Richard Nelson’s disappointing play, (Frank’s Home) which opened Tuesday at off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons…

Winer in Newsday agrees with me.

“What we do not feel, alas, is more than mildly engaged.”

Remember what I wrote when Frank’s Home had its world-premiere? That the script is as flat as a .

So I continue to wait for a dramatic treatment of the dramatic life of Frank Lloyd Wright. One disappointment in Frank’s Home was when Wright gets the telegram that the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo has in fact survived the earthquake, contrary to what he had been told. This moment needed to be a climax, instead it came and went and ruffled little.

Frank Lloyd Wright! The Opera. It’s waiting for you to write it.
—-
The Price is Wright.
In the meantime, if you’re in Chicago, see the exhibition on FLW’s Price Tower in Bartlesville, OK, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. If you’re in Bartlesville, (and don’t say, “I would prefer not to“) go see the real thing.

The exhibition is revelatory. In addition to drawings for Price Tower and some original furniture, it features some large scale drawings of “The Golden Beacon” that Wright planned for Chicago.

But what really adds zip is the design for the installation of this show in the atrium lobby of the Santa Fe building (1904, D.H. Burnham & Co.) It comes to us from the office of Zaha Hadid. She has designed an addition to Price Tower, which is now an Arts Center. It’s good to see ‘Zaha’ in Chicago. Her dynamic shapes energize the historic Santa Fe lobby.

All best,
-Edward

01/31/2007

Bears vs. Colts. Who wins the Super Bowl

of lighting-the-town?

Here’s Chicago:


The John Hancock gets high marks for the navy blue, orange and white about 100 stories in the sky. C’mon Indianapolis, let’s see you top that!


The Wrigley looks regal (left.) Tribune Tower isn’t in the game.

Here, you see it better up close. And that’s Donald Trump’s new Tower encroaching on the left.

One South Dearborn looks jazzy beaming out over Michigan Avenue.

Years ago, Saul Bellow wrote, “I am an American, Chicago-born. Chicago, that somber city…

Somber no more!

Even da bridgehouses

look snazzy, rootin’ for da Bears.

211 Wacker does a lot with just a few colored lightbulbs.

But it takes more than just a few filaments to light


a building biggger than a football field,


or two. The Merchandise Mart.

And then – our lions. Guarding our cultural treasures inside the Art Institute. They were due to have Bears helmets slapped on them today. (Why? To show that museums are not stuffy places? What do winning sports teams have to do with the preservation of and contemplation of sublimity in a museum?) But the helmets were too small and in the very cold weather they’d have cracked if they’d been forced on. So the lions – and the Art Institute – keep their dignity for one more day.


So I declare Chicago the winner of the Super Bowl Lighting Derby


C’mon Indianapolis ?! Beat that.


bottom photo: Chicago Tribune

01/31/2007

Bears vs. Colts. Who wins the Super Bowl

of lighting-the-town?

Here’s Chicago:


The John Hancock gets high marks for the navy blue, orange and white about 100 stories in the sky. C’mon Indianapolis, let’s see you top that!


The Wrigley looks regal (left.) Tribune Tower isn’t in the game.

Here, you see it better up close. And that’s Donald Trump’s new Tower encroaching on the left.

One South Dearborn looks jazzy beaming out over Michigan Avenue.

Years ago, Saul Bellow wrote, “I am an American, Chicago-born. Chicago, that somber city…

Somber no more!

Even da bridgehouses

look snazzy, rootin’ for da Bears.

211 Wacker does a lot with just a few colored lightbulbs.

But it takes more than just a few filaments to light


a building biggger than a football field,


or two. The Merchandise Mart.

And then – our lions. Guarding our cultural treasures inside the Art Institute. They were due to have Bears helmets slapped on them today. (Why? To show that museums are not stuffy places? What do winning sports teams have to do with the preservation of and contemplation of sublimity in a museum?) But the helmets were too small and in the very cold weather they’d have cracked if they’d been forced on. So the lions – and the Art Institute – keep their dignity for one more day.


So I declare Chicago the winner of the Super Bowl Lighting Derby


C’mon Indianapolis ?! Beat that.


bottom photo: Chicago Tribune

01/30/2007

Da Hancock.

With “da lights” on “da buildings”
da town’s agog for the Super Bowl and da Bears.

Somehow, (maybe because I saw a nice local collection of Moholy-Nagy and Kurt Schwitters last night) those lines and their angle and the colors look very

Bauhaus.
-e

01/30/2007

Da Hancock.

With “da lights” on “da buildings”
da town’s agog for the Super Bowl and da Bears.

Somehow, (maybe because I saw a nice local collection of Moholy-Nagy and Kurt Schwitters last night) those lines and their angle and the colors look very

Bauhaus.
-e

01/30/2007

The hottest market in the US for office property?

Chicago shot to the top of the list of the hottest US office property markets last year as investors flocked from the east and west coasts towards cheaper prices in the Windy City. The amount of office property changing hands in downtown Chicago soared to more than 26m square foot last year, nearly tripling from the year before, and shooting past midtown Manhattan’s property market, according to data from Cushman and Wakefield, the property services company.

Read it in the Financial Times.

01/30/2007

The hottest market in the US for office property?

Chicago shot to the top of the list of the hottest US office property markets last year as investors flocked from the east and west coasts towards cheaper prices in the Windy City. The amount of office property changing hands in downtown Chicago soared to more than 26m square foot last year, nearly tripling from the year before, and shooting past midtown Manhattan’s property market, according to data from Cushman and Wakefield, the property services company.

Read it in the Financial Times.

01/30/2007

You sexy architect you !


Got this in the mail today. FastLife.com sends this card to the media, no doubt for Valentine’s Day. They say their studies show that for women the top five sexiest professions are

1. Athlete
2. Fireman
3. Doctor
4. Architect
5. Model

I knew I should have been an athlete.

67% of women think architects are sexy! And 89% of women think architects are “dateable”! Only 68% of men want to date an architect.

What do men really want? Acc. to FastLife men find the following sexy:
1. Model
2. Dancer
3. Flight Attendant
4. Athlete
5. Musician

Hm, dunno about that. But tell your spouse/partner, in case he/she, doesn’t know/forgot, just how sexy architects are.

-E

01/30/2007

You sexy architect you !


Got this in the mail today. FastLife.com sends this card to the media, no doubt for Valentine’s Day. They say their studies show that for women the top five sexiest professions are

1. Athlete
2. Fireman
3. Doctor
4. Architect
5. Model

I knew I should have been an athlete.

67% of women think architects are sexy! And 89% of women think architects are “dateable”! Only 68% of men want to date an architect.

What do men really want? Acc. to FastLife men find the following sexy:
1. Model
2. Dancer
3. Flight Attendant
4. Athlete
5. Musician

Hm, dunno about that. But tell your spouse/partner, in case he/she, doesn’t know/forgot, just how sexy architects are.

-E