Posts Tagged 'landscape and gardens'

Virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s David and Gladys Wright House

The David & Gladys Wright House virtual tour navigation and imageThe David and Gladys Wright House is temporarily closed for public tours, but don’t let that stop you from exploring the site through a new virtual tour.

The virtual tour of the house, originally built for FLW’s son and his wife, begins with interactive floor plans of the main house and guest house, each of which are dotted with photographs, documents, video, and 360 interactive views. Once inside the 360 views, transparent circles dot the tour, either as a way to re-orient the viewer within the space or to inform by hovering the cursor over it.

If you have Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR, click here to view the house in Virtual Reality.

via Wright Society newsletter, Issue 36


Structures of Landscape

ENSAMBLE STUDIO, Domo (detail), from "Structures of Landscape" (Image Courtesy of ENSAMBLE STUDIO)

The new Tippet Rise Art Center, on an 11,500-acre working ranch north of Yellowstone in the shadow of the Beartooth mountains in Fishtail, MT, was founded as a site for monumental and site specific installations. One of these installations, the ongoing project “Structures of Landscape” by ENSAMBLE STUDIO, currently features large-scale outdoor sculptures Beartooth Portal, Inverted Portal and Domo (shown above) that are “[e]qual parts shelter, sculpture and landscape.”

via ArchDaily, including a slide show of the installation’s images and models

Places Journal launches new website

Plaza, Mental Health Building, Boston. [Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Paul Rudolph Archive]Places Journal, dedicated to public scholarship on architecture, landscape and urbanism, has a new responsive website. Browsing the Explore Places tab yields sections grouped by columnists or keywords such as Reputations, California, Ecology, Sustainability, Critical Practice and many others.

h/t SAH

Huntington Library acquires collections of LA early photography and Santa Barbara ephemera

E.G. Morrison, Roller Coaster at the Arcadia Hotel, Santa Monica, late 1880s, albumen print (photo: Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens)The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced the purchase of the Ernest Marquez Collection of 4,600 images of early Southern California during the 1870s to the 1950s, especially from Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades.

Another purchase the Council made hits closer to home: a set of 383 rare pamphlets, maps, and ephemera related to the early history of Santa Barbara. According to the press release, these items come “from the collection of Clifton F. Smith (1920–1999), author of Flora of Santa Barbara who had been the librarian at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.”

via LA Times

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden slideshow

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, satellite image shows the northern part of the burned area that butts up against Los Padres National Forest, with the outskirts of the city below the clouds ( NASA Earth Observatory / Wikimedia Commons; photo taken May 10, 2009)The LA Times posted a photo gallery of the SB Botanic Garden’s recovery after the Jesusita fire. Click here for access to over 35,000 additional images of the Garden’s historical, cultural and architectural images as well as images of California native plants, planted and natural landscapes, and animals.

More Google news: The World Wonders Project

Google’s World Wonders Project, together with partners UNESCO and World Monuments Fund among others, offers armchair travelers an opportunity to experience the built environment in far flung places throughout the globe. The project, once again utilizing Street View, is searchable by location or theme. Additionally, many sites feature videos and user-submitted photography.

Century-old images of estates and gardens now available online

The Library of Congress announced a new set of digital images is now available from over 1,000 hand-colored glass lantern slides by Frances Benjamin Johnston, one of the first professional female photographers to achieve international prominence. The images, originally taken between 1895 to 1935 and used during her popular lectures, depict predominantly American gardens and historic homes.

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