Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright was 68 years old when he built Fallingwater. A weekend house for the three members of the Kaufmann family, Pittsburg store owners. There they could escape city life and enjoy nature outdoors and contemplative time indoors.

And what a house Wright designed! It became one of those great American symbols, because of it’s natural beauty. The house really blends in with its environment and thus doesn’t feel like a man made construction, but rather part of the woods surrounding it. Frank Lloyd Wright designed a concept of how man should live. He even took care of the indoor aspects such as furniture like the best modernist architects.
And how was it to live in that house? Liliane Kaufmann wrote in a note to Wright “Living in a house built by you has been my one education”.
I can imagine.

Reference
Waggoner, Lynda S. (1996). Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Romance with Nature. Pennsylvania: Fallingwater, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in association with Universe Publishing.

Empire State of mind

The day before yesterday the Empire State Building showed off its brand new and shiny LED lights.

Some facts:

  • there are now 1200 LED lights replacing 546 flood lights, the LED lights can project 16 million colors
  • the soundtrack of the light show was broadcasted simultaneously via radio

The story behind the LED lighting in a nutshell:

Why did the Empire State Building choose LED lights?

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And how did the complete show look like? This You Tube video below was shot from Hoboken, New Jersey. Enjoy!
Don’t hesitate to skip the first part, the fun starts at 3:52 😉

The show not only was a celebration of one of the most prominent landmarks in New York City, but was also a stunt to promote a new Alicia Keys album. It was a bit disappointing to discover, but hey, this is America right?

Wondering how Alicia Keys experienced the show? Take a look at the video at the bottom of this article.