8-Bit Farnsworth House
Jul27

8-Bit Farnsworth House

  I’ll admit it—I’m a little into retro things.  Nothing crazy like my record-collecting, Eames-chair-sitting, Dean-Martin-loving wife. But I do have an Atari 2600 hooked up to my flat screen, I keep personal notes in WordStar for CP/M, and I’m in the middle of a game of Zork I on my iPhone. For those of you into the whole 8-bit thing, check out the video above by Matteo Muci.  It’s animated, simplified...

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Plans Floated For Saving Farnsworth House From the Fox River
Jun02

Plans Floated For Saving Farnsworth House From the Fox River

The Farnsworth House can’t catch a break from Mother Nature. The nearby Fox River repeatedly threatens the historic Mies van der Rohe-designed house. All too frequently, the rising water floods Farnsworth House (14520 River Road, Plano). Only a few years after it was built in 1951, two feet of flood water gave it a quite unintended and unwanted indoor pool. It wouldn’t be the last time.  The most recent time the river entered the...

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Illinois Students Bring New Side to Modernist Farnsworth
Aug28

Illinois Students Bring New Side to Modernist Farnsworth

About an hour southwest of downtown Chicago is Plano, Illinois, a small city that’s home to an iconic structure: the Farnsworth House. For those who don’t know it, this steel and glass structure—an embodiment of modernist ideals—was commissioned by Dr. Edith Farnsworth as a country retreat and brought to life by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a master pioneer of modernist architecture. For years, the Farnsworth House has served as a...

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Architecture Students Trying to Preserve History
Feb21

Architecture Students Trying to Preserve History

A group of students from the Illinois Institute of Technology are putting their education to work in the real world. They’ve taken up a project to build exhibit space at  Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House (14520 River Road, Plano), about 60 miles west of Chicago. Farnsworth House (if you haven’t heard of it, just pick up a Chicago Tribune, it’s in there pretty much every day) is a one-room weekend...

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