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A Wright is a Wright is a Wright.


Frank Lloyd Wright fifty-one years ago,
at Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses.

This year, the most modernist float I saw at the Rose Parade was from Illinois again!
(I’m claiming FLW for Illinois. And this year, the University of Illinois was apparently in the Rose Bowl.)

Reminded me of that gas station on Clark street, near North Avenue in Chicago. The “Archway Amoco.” (photo coming.) It’s now a BP. Which reminded me that there’s a nicely-designed BP in LA, called Helios House – by Office dA. BP’s first gas station to be LEED-certified in the United States.

And of course, Mr. Wright himself designed gas stations.

I wish Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses, or the city of Phoenix, would have recreated Wright’s float for this year’s fiftieth anniversary of it.

Happy New Year!


Al Gore and the Architects

Want to know what Al Gore told the architects this weekend at a closed-to-the-media event at the San Antonio national convention of the American Institute of Architects?

Click here.

Gore sees a ‘spiritual crisis’ in global warming.

The theme of the convention was “Growing Beyond Green.”

All aboard the Helmut Jahn Express


Pardon me boys, but Helmut Jahn’s SRO on the north side of Chicago is looking good.
Like a train running through the neighborhood.
Nice romantic imagery.
And Chicago has a lot of history with trains. Both as the freight and passenger hub and for the Illinois Central and the Great Migration of people riding the train up here from the south.

Helmut’s work is a knock – off of

his own fine dorms at the Illinois Institute of Technology, across the street from Crown Hall. There he said the train imagery is because these dorms run alongside the tracks and when he studied at IIT he’d romanticize taking the ‘el’ forty or so blocks north, into downtown Chicago.

The Near North Apartments add wind turbines to the top, – you can see them in the photos – they’re to create a little energy, or at least to make a nod in that direction.

Inside are 96-units for homeless people. The housing is slated to also provide access to services such as mental health assistance and vocational guidance.) Jahn told me he did the work pro-bono. It’s due to open in February. We’ll keep you up-to-date.


more on Jahn, and his SRO here