Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2017

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84 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Above: This William Krisel-designed home in Las Vegas features the architect's distinctive butterfly roof. PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMONS ATTRIBUTION-SHARE ALIKE 4.0 INTERNATIONAL LICENSE. Moment of Silence—Architect William Krisel (Nov. 14, 1924 – June 5, 2017) William Krisel (Cry-sell), the pioneering architect who brought modernism to Southern California tract housing, passed away June 12 in Beverly Hills at the age of 92. Krisel's tract housing in Palm Springs homes, despite having the same floor plans, had varied rooflines, painting schemes and street setbacks to give each home its own identity. He is said to have popularized the "butterfly roof." According to the Los Angeles Times, his legacy is for the 1,200 middle-class homes in California that he designed from 1957 to 1963 with builder/developers George and Robert Alexander. His pragmatic architecture, coupled with attractive pricing for those homes made them a big success. A home on a 100' x 100' lot, fenced in, landscaped, air conditioned and with a swimming pool could be had for $29,900, he told NPR in an interview last year. MoMA: 'Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive'—Through October 1 Marking the 150th anniversary of the American architect's birth on June 8, 1867, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is presenting 'Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive' ( www. moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/1660 ), a major exhibition comprising 450 works made from the 1890s through the 1950s, including architectural drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs and scrapbooks, along with a number of works that have rarely or never been publicly exhibited. MoMA says this is an anthology, rather than a comprehensive, monographic presentation of Wright's work. The exhibition is divided into 12 sections, each of which investigates a key object or cluster of objects from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation archives. Below: Frank Lloyd Wright's 'Fallingwater' (Kaufmann house), Mill Run, Pa., 1934-37. The perspective is from the south, done in pencil and colored pencil on paper. Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation archives, Museum of Modern Art, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University NYC. I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 2 2

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