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      Introducing TST "Clubs!"   08/28/2017

      No, we're not getting into the equipment business, but we do have "clubs" here on TST now. Groups. Check them out here:

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For the discussion of BUILDING architecture - what makes an attractive and functional building, bridge, or whatever.

  1. What's new in this club
  2. I posted about this thing going up in Hudson Yards, NY. So this is being built in Denmark: https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/europe/97484770/walking-on-tree-tops-amazing-danish-tourist-attraction-opening-soon Coincidence? Dunno which is first or if something other already exists.
  3. I've been a fan of his organic prairie architecture for decades. We are fortunate to have a number of his homes in Michigan including 5-6 in the Metro Detroit area. One is near Detroit Golf Club in a prestigious part of Detroit. He was a controversial figure with a huge ego and invariably his projects went way over budget. For example, in the late 1930's following the great depression Fallingwater, commissioned by the Kaufman family of Pittsburgh was estimated to cost $35,000.00 and ended up (including the separate guest house) running $155,000.00. Fortunately he usually had clients willing to pay to execute Wright's visions.
  4. Frank Lloyd Wright

    Oh my, that's magnificent! I haven't been to Philadelphia in years. Looks like a need to make a trip.
  5. Frank Lloyd Wright

    It's definitely worth the trip. My favorite Wright building is the Beth Sholom Synagogue in Elkins Park, PA (near Philadelphia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beth_Sholom_Congregation_(Elkins_Park,_Pennsylvania) One of the neat things about Wright is that he designed everything in his buildings...from furniture, to light fixtures, to light switches. Nothing was "off the shelf".
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  7. Frank Lloyd Wright

    I did not know that. This is a terrific video about the home. Edgar Kaufman Jr is a large part of it but of course there's no mention of it being his father's spot for trysts. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qvQZbC1OOZc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  8. It was where the old Kaufman took and stashed his many mistresses, says my wife, a former Kaufman's executive… Not a very well kept secret. I'm looking forward to visiting some day after one of @NatalieB's tournaments.
  9. Frank Lloyd Wright

    It's been a long time for me as well but other than the bedrooms I don't recall it being cramped. For Wright the primary living space was the living room where friends and family could gather for discussion, music and other events. Fallingwater's living room has a door that opens to the waterfall, is centered around the rock the home is built on, the huge fireplace and a built in kettle to warm wine and other beverages. No matter than some of this was impractical. It was a home to allow you to commune with nature. It's the organic site that's important. Also, it was not the Kaufman family's primary residence, it was a weekend getaway home.
  10. Frank Lloyd Wright

    Many of these 'name brand' architects have huge egos and cost overruns and boondoggles. See Calatrava. I'll admit their designs are inspiring and capture the imagination, but there must be some happy medium balancing practicality and design. It's been awhile since I last visited Fallingwater, but I still clearly remember it being incredibly cramped and shockingly, a little clinical and cold, despite its natural environs. There is an FLW exhibit at momma now: https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/1660
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