#49/Playboy, Just for the Articles: Beatriz Colomina and Sandra Costa

Hugh Hefner passed away last year after decades at the helm of Playboy magazine, the first mainstream magazine featuring nude centerfolds that depending on your point of view, liberated women, demeaned women, or both.  For nearly 20 years, Playboy promoted Modernist design like no other mainsteam magazine, with features on Frank Lloyd Wright, Bucky Fuller, Mies Van Der Rohe, Charles Eames, and others that influenced a generation.

Professor Beatriz Colomina is Director of PhD Graduate Studies at Princeton University's School of Architecture. Her books include Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media, awarded the 1995 International Book Award by the AIA; Sexuality and Space awarded the 1993 AIA International Book Award; She also had an essay published in the book The Sex of Architecture. In 2016, her exhibition Playboy Magazine and the Architecture of Seduction highlighted the magazine’s role in popularizing Modernism to outfit the ideal bachelor pad.

Originally from New Zealand, Sandra Costa was a Playboy bunny in Miami and Los Angeles from 1967 to 1974.  Soon she was known as the Kiwi bunny. She’s a well-known celebrity designer and founder of the Sandra Costa Design Group, providing custom interior design and remodeling - and a grandmother of three.  With her two sons, she runs design, construction, and entertainment companies with clients all over the world. 

#48/Preserving Seattle Modern: Eugenia Woo

Seattle has coffee, and rain, and Amazon, and amazing Tom Kundig houses.  It also has our guest today, Eugenia Woo, one of Seattle’s top advocates for Modernist historic preservation. She is the director of preservation services at Historic Seattle and is a co-founder and board member of Docomomo WEWA. Founded in 1974, Historic Seattle preserves Seattle’s architectural legacy. Eugenia has a BA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters of Urban Planning and Preservation Planning from the University of Washington. We talk about key Modernist buildings in Seattle and Woo's work to save them.
#47/NY Architecture and Design Film Festival 2: The Gamble House + Albert Ledner

From the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City, held late last year, host George Smart's first guests are Ted Bosley and Lori Korngeibel talking about the Gamble House in Pasadena, America’s most famous Arts and Crafts house.  Later, George is joined by Catherine Ledner and Roy Beeson, creators of a new documentary about Catherine’s father, New Orleans architect Albert Ledner, who died shortly after the film premiered in New York.
#46/Sarasota Modern:  Tammy Hauser, Center for Architecture Sarasota

Tammy Hauser
is Executive Director for the Center for Architecture Sarasota, a nexus for midcentury Modernist houses.  She's also CEO of Blue Sky Thinking, a consulting firm based in Sarasota for nonprofit organizations. This spring, the Center for Architecture Sarasota hosts an exhibition on Larry Scarpa, a Modernist architect based in Los Angeles, who uses conventional materials in unexpected ways and is considered a leader in sustainable design.  She's also a commercial theater producer and creator of The Ultimate Pajama Party™, a theatrical experience for women.
#45/NY Architecture and Design Film Festival:  Mina Chow + Bruce Inglis

You may recall that a few months ago, host George Smart interviewed Kyle Bergman, director of the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City.  Today’s special bonus edition features George and the stars, producers, and creators of the latest architecture documentaries, recorded in New York at the Architecture and Design Film Festival late last year.  George’s first guest is Mina Chow, producer and star of Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World’s Fair, and later on, he talks with Bruce Inglis, director of Photography for a documentary about an Australian architect, Glenn Morcutt: A Spirit of Place.

#44/Hawai'i Modern: Dean Sakamoto + Brad Dunning

Hawai'i architect Dean Sakamoto attended Yale, Cranbrook, and the Universities of Liverpool and Oregon and lives and works in both Hawai'i and Connecticut. He worked with the Univ of Hawai'i Department of Urban and Regional planning and he founded SHADE, Hawai'i's first public interest design organization that plans designs and builds in the rapidly urbanizing tropics. He also is on the board of DOCOMOMO Hawai'i which has their annual tour every October.

Returning to the podcast is our good friend Brad Dunning, one of California’s most sought-after interior designers. He's worked on numerous Richard Neutra houses and offices, including his own, with Tom Ford on his 1955 Neutra home, Courteney Cox on her Neutra office complex, the famous Kaufman house in Palm Springs, and other houses by A. Quincy Jones
, Paul Williams, John Lautner, and Wallace Neff. He gives a rockin’ talk on Hawai'i modernism every so often at Palm Springs Modernism Week, and he has written about architecture and design for Vogue, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and GQ Magazine. 
#43/Iconic Houses: Denise Miner (Fallingwater) + Shari Stahl Grunwald (Stahl House)

There are certain Modernist houses that just can’t be captured in a photo, a video, or even a 3D rendering. For example, Fallingwater in Pennsylvania is considered to be Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest residential work. It continues to attract millions of people, and in 1991 the AIA named Fallingwater the "best all-time work of American architecture." Denise Miner is Public Tour Supervisor at Fallingwater. She’s been associated with the house in some way almost all her life and has worked there as a guide for more than 30 years. Her grandfather and two uncles were part of Fallingwater’s construction and she is the Obiwan Kenobi of Fallingwater, training their team of wonderful guides.

However, there ain’t no party like a west coast party, and in LA there’s a house that’s not only iconic, it’s a true Hollywood movie celebrity. Former football player Buck Stahl created the vision for the Stahl House, also known as Case Study House 22, designed by Pierre Koenig. The two-bedroom house features a wraparound view from the mountains to the sea. It starred in countless movies and TV plus music videos for ATB and Wilson Phillips. In 2013 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Shari Stahl Grunwald grew up in the home and administers the property with her brother Bruce.

#42/Death of a Master Plan: Erin Sterling Lewis + Lewis Clarke

After WWII, states looked at their aging capitol buildings and considered sweeping new plans to bring technology, commerce, government, and even the performing arts into the full 20th century. One of the few state capitols to actually achieve this was Albany NY. Albany’s master plan was so successful, North Carolina wanted to do the same thing. The goal was, like Albany, to transform the epicenter of downtown Raleigh, the state capitol, into a city of the future. The blue ribbon panel of architects, consultants, and government members presented a beautiful plan.

Erin Sterling Lewis is a partner in situ studio in Raleigh. She is past President of AIA North Carolina representing the thousands of architects in the state.

One of those consultants from 1965 is Lewis Clarke, North Carolina’s most prolific landscape architect.

#41/Australian Modern: Tim “Rosso” Ross

Tim Ross
has starred in countless Australian radio and TV series. He’s a writer for Men’s Style Australia, Rolling Stone and Sydney Magazine. He’s interviewed and talked with celebrities like Will Farrell, John C. O’Reilly, and Hugh Jackman through shows such as Merrick and Rosso Unplanned, The B Team, Uncharted, Facing the Hangover, and Australia Versus. He’s a speaker, giving talks on Modernism at the Museum of Sydney, Government House, and Sydney Design Week. In 2013 Tim started a unique stand-up show ‘Man about the House’ set in real Modernist houses, with sell-out seasons in Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand.
#40/Lautner's Big Lebowski: The Sheats-Goldstein House with Roberta Leighton

Roberta Leighton
"runs the place" for owner Jim Goldstein at the Sheats-Goldstein house in Los Angeles, designed by John Lautner. She manages hundreds of movie, commercial, and photo shoots at the house, one of the country's most iconic. The house gained huge fame as the home of the Dude in the Big Lebowski. Roberta has also been many movies and shows we love. She was Bill Murray's girlfriend in Stripes, plus she's appeared on The Dukes of Hazzard, Barnaby Jones, Switch, Rosetti and Ryan, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, Baretta, and for over a dozen years she played Dr. Casey Reed on the Young and The Restless. She’s starred with everyone from Buddy Ebsen, Robert Wagner, Eddie Albert, and David Hasselhoff, to legendary soap star Eric Braeden (who you might remember was the nemesis Nazi, Hans Dietrich, in the old Rat Patrol show).
#39/Edward Durell Stone: Hicks Stone + Bernie Reeves

Architect Edward Durell Stone like many of his generation fell in love with Modernism. His first independent commission was a 1933 Modernist house for Richard Mandel, which led to many other prominent commissions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington. Stone is one of the few architects to make the cover of TIME. Business Week called Stone "the man with a billion on the drawing board" for the number and scale of prestigious projects in development. In North Carolina, Stone worked with Raleigh architects John Holloway and Ralph Reeves on two of the state’s most recognized and treasured buildings, the 1963 North Carolina Legislative Building and 20 years later, the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Hicks Stone is the author of Edward Durell Stone: A Son's Untold Story of a Legendary Architect. He is the principal of Stone Architecture LLC and has been featured in House & Garden, Palm Beach Cottages & Gardens, The New Yorker and This Old House.

North Carolina publisher and political writer Bernie Reeves created Spectator Magazine; Triangle Business Journal; Triad Business Journal; and Raleigh Metro Magazine. He ran for Congress in 2010, writes for the National Review, and has been a good friend to NC Modernist and US Modernist since we started. 

#38/Starchitecture: UK's Stephen Bayley

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Design guru and critic Stephen Bayley came to prominence in the 1980's curating the Boilerhouse Project at the Victoria and Albert Museum and later created London’s Design Museum. In the 1990’s he was briefly the creative director for a notoriously expensive and bureaucratic public boondoogle called the Millennium Dome (now the 02 Arena), and in 2007 he became The Observer's architecture and design correspondent. We talk about what makes an architect a starchitect, his dust-up with Zaha Hadid, and his appearance onTop Gear, a world-famous BBC car show that’s still running, barely, like a 1977 Ford Capri. 
#37/Design Documentaries: Jake Gorst, Kyle Bergman, and special musical guests Peter Lamb and the Wolves

Emmy-winning filmmakerJake Gorst is the Steven Spielberg of design documentaries, capturing mid-century modern architecture in at least 12 films on modern design, including a great series on Palm Springs architects such as E. Stewart Williams, Donald Wexler, and Bill Krisel - plus Modern Tide, Modern Ruin with past guest Matthew Silva, Beyond the Beach: The Life and Death of Norman Jaffe, and the upcoming film Frey.

Architect Kyle Bergman is director of the upcoming Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York, which he started in 2008 and has expanded to cities all over the world. In 1994 he created and moderated an architectural lecture series about the design/build process for the Smithsonian Institute. An entrepreneur at heart, Mr. Bergman founded Alt Spec in 1999, a publishing company that produced a visual resource of unique and alternative products for architects and designers.

Our first musical guests! Peter Lamb and the Wolves perform "Mess Around" and "Night Witches." Peter Lamb, sax; Pete Kimosh, bass; Carl Blackwell, drums; Paul Rogers, trumpet; Mark Wells, vocals and keyboard.
#36/Schindler: Mary Schindler + Guillaume Schindler

Rudolph Michael Schindler, who went by Michael, was one of the most important Modernist architects of the 20th century, yet he is largely unknown to the public outside California. Frank Lloyd Wrighthired him in 1918, and soon he was running Wright's studio in Oak Park the later in Los Angeles. Schindler and Wright argued frequently and eventually Schindler quit, becoming a huge success on his own. Schindler and his wife Pauline were dead center in the Los Angeles creative scene, hanging out with the era's celebrities in art, sculpture, design, and dance.

We talk with daughter-in-law Dr.Mary Schindler, perhaps one of the last living people who knew Michael Schindler, who died in 1953. She was married to his son Mark at the time and lived in their famous King’s Road house with Mark, Michael, and Pauline. We also talk with musician Guillaume Schindler, Schindler's great-grandson, who is a docent at the King's Road house. And did you know that, briefly, Dr. Mary Schindler was Groucho Marx' therapist?

#35/Scale: Thomas Bena + Mollie Doyle

What makes a house too big? And is it really anyone’s business other than the owner? We talk with Thomas Bena and Mollie Doyle, stars and creators of the new documentary One Big Home, based in Martha's Vineyard MA. Like many wealthy coastal communities, 10,000 sf and 20,000 sf and even larger McMansions started appearing during the 1990’s. One Big Home is about Thomas Bena's work to curb the disruption of life on the island by giant houses. But the film is more than the story of a cause. Along the way, he found a girlfriend, Mollie Doyle, they married, moved, had a beautiful daughter named Emma - all events that influenced or changed his progress and perspective on the film and his life.

#34/Fire Island: Chris Rawlins + Harry Bates

Fire Island, just 50 miles from New York City, was one of the few gathering places in the 1950’s where gay people could feel safe in a world that certainly did not offer such a welcome. It was also a haven for the creative class from New York and LA who built houses by Andrew Geller, Harry Bates, and the unbelievably attractive Horace Gifford.

Our guest is Chris Rawlins, architect and author of critically-acclaimed Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction. Chris is an architect who lives in New York City and Fire Island and is founder of Pines Modern, a non-profit preservation initiative documenting the island’s architecture.

We also talk with the last living mid-century architect of Fire Island, Harry Bates, whose masterful Modernist coastal residences adorn both Fire Island and the Hamptons.

#33/Urban Planning: Allison Arieff

Ever wondered how the famed children's book Knuffle Bunny intersects with thoughtful urban planning? Probably not. However, today's guest is well-versed in both! Allison Arieff is editorial director of SPUR, a San Francisco-based thinktank promoting urban planning in the Bay area. Allison writes about architecture, design, and cities for the New York Times, California Sunday, Wired, MIT Technology Review, and CityLab. She is a former editor-at-large for GOOD and Sunset magazines and was a founding editor at DWELL. Allison is the author of Prefab, Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America, and Airstream: The History of the Land Yacht. She's been on NPR, KQED Forum, the Diane Rehm Show, the Sundance Channel, HGTV, CNN Money, and 99% Invisible.

#32/ModMonuments: Joshua David + Matthew Silva

One of the problems with preserving futuristic-looking Modernist buildings is that they just don’t look that old. They aren’t universally loved, in fact some of them weren’t that popular when they were built. The World Monuments Fund (WMF) is a private nonprofit organization to decelerate the destruction of important artistic treasures throughout the world. You might have heard of the Leaning Tower of Pisa? They helped fix it. Well, they helped stop the extra leaning.

We'll talk with Joshua David, President and CEO of the WMF, about the fund's latest focus on Modernist buildings around the world.

Filmmaker and high school teacher Matthew Silva produced the acclaimed documentary “Modern Ruin” about one highly endangered Modernist site, the New York State Pavilion in Queens New York, or if you’re under 40, the Men In Black headquarters. As a kid. Matthew would ride past the ruined, hulking New York State Pavilion, built for the 1964 World’s Fair, and wonder what it was. Years later while studying architecture, he could not believe such a visible building by Philip Johnson could be left to ruin. His film charted the up and down history of the complex and has led to new public funding for its preservation.

#31/London: Alison Brooks

Host George Smartreports from the USModernist trip to London last May. He visits architect Alison Brooks who has won the triple crown of the UK's most prestigious awards for architecture: the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Manser Medal and the Stephen Lawrence Prize. Discover one of the coolest little hotels on a tiny island that Brooks designed. And, for the first time, you'll hear the guys all sing!

#30/Modernism Week 2017: Harry Seidler, with Penelope Seidler, Polly Seidler, and Daryl Dellora 

Host George Smart reports from February's Modernism Week in Palm Springs, the center for all things Mid-Century Modernist! He spoke poolside from the Hotel Skylark with keynote speakers from the week.

George talks with Penelope Seidler, her daughter Polly Seidler and documentary producer Daryl Dellora who created a compelling documentary about Australian architect Harry Seidler, Polly’s dad and Penelope’s husband.  Harry Seidler was an Australian architect considered to be one of the country's leading Modernists. He designed more than 180 buildings and won many architectural awards throughout his 58-year career. Daryl Dellora is also the producer behind The Edge of the Possible, the story of Jorn Utzon and the Sydney Opera House.

#29/Eric Lloyd Wright

June 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright, the most famous architect in the world, still showing off 58 years after his death. Few architects have come close to Wright's arrogance, his brilliance, and his incredible output that's still with us plus buildings he designed that never got built.

George and guest host Rebekah Laney talk with Eric Lloyd Wright, grandson of Frank, and son of Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr., aka Lloyd Wright. Although he aspired for another career, Eric eventually returned to his roots in architecture and created a practice that spanned seven decades, involved in the design of buildings you know and love, such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York and Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin; and his own house – still under construction after 30 years in Malibu.

#28/Modernism Week 2017: Todd Zeiger / Jennifer Sandy / Marsh Davis

Host George Smart reports from February's Modernism Week in Palm Springs, the Mecca for all things Mid-Century Modernist! He spoke poolside from the Hotel Skylark with keynote speakers from the week.

Todd Zeiger is the Northern Regional Director for Indiana Landmarks Director, a nonprofit saving significant and meaningful places. He's been particularly working saving and restoring Fred Keck's House of Tomorrow, a home that was ahead of it's time 80 years ago and in many ways still is. It will be open to the public this October.

Jennifer Sandy is a Senior Field Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, currently living in Chicago. She manages a diverse portfolio of National Treasure campaigns, working to save historic places by providing on-the-ground support to individuals, communities, and organizations engaged in protecting America’s heritage.

Marsh Davis is the President of Indiana Landmarks. He is an ardent preservationist and has successfully saved several wonderful buildings. Davis co-wrote 99 Historic Homes of Indiana: A Look Inside. He is a founder of the National Barn Alliance and originated the long-standing Barn Again in Indiana program.

#27/McMansion Hell with Kate Wagner

Kate Wagner's
riotously popular blog McMansionhell.com tears into the impractically large, ridiculously constructed, and often hilariously furnished monuments to wealth misspent. As a writer for Curbed and other design publications, she has appeared on 99% Invisible and has her own TEDx talk. Like us, she's a fan of Modernist evil lairs, writing on buildings used in film to depict the evil corporation archetype in Robocop, Blade Runner, and The Matrix. She's got a huge following and a new book in the works!
#26/Modernism Week 2017: Annalisa Capurro & Brooke Hodge; Mark Davis & Aluminaire

Host George Smart reports from February's Modernism Week in Palm Springs, the Mecca for all things Mid-Century Modernist! He spoke poolside from the Hotel Skylark with keynote speakers from the week.

Annalisa Capurro,
aka Ms. Modernism, is a interior designer, design educator, architectural historian, speaker, writer, preservationist, MCM photographer, and mid-century design afficionado who lives in the 1956 Russell Jack House in Sydney, Australia. She is an educator at Design Centre Enmore and the University of New South Wales. At Modernism Week 2017, she starred in SEXY & CULTURE, six presentations on surprising topics related to sexual mores in the MCM world. She love-love-loves the color orange.

Brooke Hodge
is an architectural historian, journalist, and former blogger for the New York Times Style Magazine. She's currently the Director of Architecture and Design at the Palm Springs Art Museum, overseeing their huge architectural assets including the Architecture and Design Center and the 1964 Albert Frey house. She's worked for some of the greatest names in design museums: the Cooper Hewitt Museum, the Hammer Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. She's also into Japan, California, juggling, modeling hats, and writing Mad Libs.

Besides serving as Treasurer for Palm Springs Modernism Week, which is a huge job, Mark Davis is Chair of the Aluminaire Foundation, dedicated to preserving, moving, and rebuilding Albert Frey's and Lawrence Kocher's iconic Aluminaire House from New York to Palm Springs. Spoiler: they moved it. Next challenge, getting it rebuilt. You can help!
#25/HouseTrackers: Jan-Richard Kikkert and Paul Moore

A lot of Modernist houses you love from the 1950's and 1960's are going the way of unfortunate "renovations" or worse yet the bulldozer, largely because few people are aware of their architectural significance. Although most houses by famous architects are on project lists, it's difficult to find where they are actually located. We talk with two expert house trackers who have between them documented thousands of houses and flown tens of thousands of miles to visit them.

Jan-Richard Kikkert
is a Dutch architect based in Amsterdam and is head of the Architectural Department of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. He has visited every project designed by John Lautner, over 300 from Los Angeles to Aspen and from Anchorage to Acapulco. He is Head of Architecture Department at the Amsterdam University of the Arts and a member of the Board of Advisors of the John Lautner Foundation. He was in the documentary Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner.

Paul Moore
is a former architect turned IT professional. He graduated with a BS in Architecture from the University of Michigan in 1986 and moved to Los Angeles to study at SCI-ARC. He started working on the digital version of Sweet's Catalogs for several years and in 2007, began using online mapping tools to locate public art and architecture posting to VirtualGlobeTrotting.com. He has searched for and found nearly 11,000 houses!
#24/Modernism Week 2017: Bill Earls/Devon Chivvis and Bert Simonis

Host George Smart reports from February's Modernism Week in Palm Springs, the Mecca for all things Mid-Century Modernist! He spoke poolside from the Hotel Skylark with keynote speakers from the week.

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Bill Earls
is the author of "The Harvard Five in New Canaan, Modernist houses by Breuer, Gores, Johansen, Johnson, and Noyes." It is a virtual tour of thirty-five landmark houses, 1947-1966, that elicited strong reactions from nearly everyone who saw them and are still astonishing today.

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Devon Chivvis
is a writer, director, and producer of narrative and documentary television and film with a passion for visual storytelling. Since 2003, she has produced, written, and directed documentary and narrative television and film for a variety of clients such as Nat Geo Channel and Travel Channel. She's working on a documentary on the Harvard Five architects with Bill Earls.

Bert Simonis
Bert Simonis
is the producer of Quiet Elegance, a documentary on Palm Springs architect Hugh Kaptur. Originally from Amsterdam, Simonis' other documentaries include The Last First Comic, an award-winning film chronicling the start of stand-up comedy in the burlesque industry; Mid-Century Moderns: The Homes That Define Palm Springs; 88 Days in the Mother Lode: Mark Twain Finds His Voice; and The Neon Struggle.
#23/Reviving Modern: Michael Miner and Liz Wayktus

Michael Miner
is a documentary filmmaker who since 2002 has devoted his career entirely to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, chronicling the master architect’s buildings in a series of films. Miner’s first Wright film, Sacred Spaces, was completed in 2005 followed by A Child of the Sun, the story of the West Campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland and Romanza, which was released in 2011. Miner's fourth film is called Masterpieces. But here what's really interesting - he's on a mission to actually build some of Wright's unbuilt buildings starting in Banff, Canada.

Liz Waytkus
is the Executive Director of Docomomo US, the leading preservation organization dedicated to the preservation of modern architecture, landscapes, and design. She has worked to increase the awareness of and appreciation for significant modern sites and developed annual Docomomo US National Symposium and the Modernism in America Awards. Her organization's most recent success was preserving the Ambassador Grill near the United Nations in NYC.
#22/Modernism Week 2017: Alan Hess and Janice Lyle

Host George Smart reports from February's Modernism Week in Palm Springs, the Mecca for all things Mid-Century Modernist! He spoke poolside from the Hotel Skylark with keynote speakers from the week.

Alan Hess is a journalist, historian, architect, and author with 19 books specifically addressing mid-century modernism. He's the Samuel L. Jackson of architecture movies, having appeared in more than any other historian.

Janice Lyle is the Director of Operations for Sunnylands Center and Gardens, known as the "Western White House" or “Camp David West” as a secure facility established by Walter and Leonore Annenberg for internationally significant meetings - like world-leaders level of significant! She is the author of "Sunnylands: America’s Midcentury Masterpiece" and is the former Director of the Palm Springs Art Museum.

#21/Evil Lairs: Adele Cygelman and Christine Madrid French

If you’ve seen a thriller like North By Northwest or Diamonds are Forever (or many others since) you may have noticed that the bad guy has impeccable taste. The classic villain has custom-tailored suits (or dresses, let’s not be sexist), a high-end car you can’t even buy used at Carmax, a British or vaguely Russian accent, and a gorgeous Modernist house, preferably with a killer view as certainly there will be some killing going on. 

Adele Cygelman is the author of “Palm Springs Modern” which was the first book to focus on desert modern architecture and its talented architects. The book has been a best-seller since 1999 and was re-issued in 2015 to rediscover the timeless, cool appeal of the mid-century modern. 

Christine Madrid French
 is a nationally known advocate for the study and preservation of American architecture. After working as a historian for the National Park Service, she directed the Modernism Program for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Her new book,"Critical Insights Series: Alfred Hitchcock", will be out soon.

#20.8/We're Back!
A preview of coming shows with Frank, Tom, and George.

#20.7/Modernism Week 2016/Annalisa Capurro on the Sydney Opera House

In 1957, architect Jorn Utzon unexpectedly won the commission for the iconic Sydney Opera House. His submission was one of 233 designs from 32 countries, many of them from the most famous architects in the world. Juror Eero Saarinen described the design as genius and could not endorse any other choice. Yet the project was rife with politics, cost overruns, incompetent cost estimators in the Australian government, and decades of wrangling. Utzon was eventually fired through no fault of his own. The Opera House was finally completed and opened in 1973. Utzon was rehired in 1999 to develop a master plan and bring closure to a long-running drama.

Annalisa Capurro is an interior designer, writer and speaker working in the sectors of commercial, residential, hospitality, conservation/heritage and textile design, both in Australia and overseas. She is a design educator at Sydney Institute's Design Centre Enmore in Sydney, Australia. She regularly presents public lectures including the Sydney Design Festival, Sydney Architecture Festival, Sydney Writers Festival and Modernism Week in Palm Springs. She also owns the iconic 1957 Sulman Award-winning Jack House in Sydney designed by architect Russell Jack, founding partner of the prestigious Australian architectural firm Allen Jack + Cottier. George Smart spoke with Annalisa during Palm Springs Modernism Week.

#20.6/Sarasota Mod 2015 with Sean Khorsandi of the Paul Rudolph Foundation

Every year, Sarasota Mod in Sarasota FL throws a great conference on mid-century modern and this year was focused on Paul Rudolph, an architect who made his name in exciting coastal architecture before moving on to become Dean of Architecture at Yale. Rudolph's work is recognized around the world for bold, progressive masses. People are polarized around his work. Modernists praise his visionary designs of concrete and steel, others see them as cold and impractical. Sean Khorsandi is on the Board of the Paul Rudolph Foundation.

#20.5/Sarasota Mod 2015 with Stephanie Grosskruetz of Visit Sarasota

Stephanie Grosskreutz works with Visit Sarasota, the folks who want you to travel down there and stay, dine, tour, and take in the scenery. We talk about how Modernist architecture has impacted Sarasota and has become one of the big draws for people to visit.

#20.4/Sarasota Mod 2015 with Carl Abbott FAIA

Carl Abbott is one of the most important architects of the Sarasota style of Modernist design. He studied at the University of Florida under Buckminster Fuller then received his Master’s from Yale with studies under Paul Rudolph and Louis Kahn. He has worked in Hawaii, in New York with I.M. Pei, and in London with classmates Lord Richard Rogers and Lord Norman Foster.

#20.3/Sarasota Mod 2015 with Christopher Wilson

Christopher Wilson teaches architecture and design history at Ringling College of Art and Design. He has been a board member of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation since 2012.

#20.2/Sarasota Mod 2015 with Larry Scarpa FAIA

Larry Scarpa is a principal in Pugh+Scarpa, award-winning architects. He worked for Rudolph and shares Rudolph's influence during a talk during the Sarasota Mod conference.

#20.1/Sarasota Mod 2015 with Ernst Wagner

Ernst Wagner was Rudolph's partner in life and in business and has been working since his death to create a legacy Rudolph organization.

#19/Best Clips of 2015

Here's our demo reel. Happy New Year! George, Frank, and Tom

#18.5/Archivist Todd Kosmerick and Harrelson Hall

Todd Kosmerick is University Archivist for NC State University's Archives. He and his staff collect, preserve, and make accessible vast physical and online resources that document the growth and development of the university and its continued service to the people of North Carolina.

Designed byTerry Waugh, Harrelson Hall was the first round classroom structure ever built on a university campus. With a huge 206 foot diameter and a long winding ramp to the top floor, staff and faculty offices were located on the rim, while lecture rooms are along the inner part of the building. While folks generally admired the design concept, the building was generally hated as an academic building. The weird-shaped, windowless classrooms, the wacky and rarely working HVAC, the too-easy temptation of skateboarders, bicyclists, and remote controlled cars careening down the pedestrian ramp four floors, and for a while the complete lack of an elevator - all contributed. After a long period of service, abandonment, and use as temporary offices as newer buildings were built, it has been destroyed.

#18/Frank Harmon and Lisa Germany Ziegler discuss Harwell Hamilton Harris

Architect Harwell Hamilton Harris FAIA never reached the celebrity status of his peers such as Richard Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright, yet his quieter career work stands as some of the most brilliant of the 20th century. Practicing primarily in California, Texas, and North Carolina, his achievements in residential, commercial, and academic settings earned national admiration and awards including the Richard Neutra Medal and an honorary doctorate from North Carolina State University.

Architect Frank Harmon was Harwell's student, close friend, and executor of his estate. Harmon was educated inNorth Carolina State University’s School of Design and at theArchitectural Associationin London. Harmon has received over 40 design awards, including the 2013 F. Carter Williams Gold Medal. Harmon announced his retirement in November 2015. Architect Jeffrey Lee writes: “Across the architectural profession, Frank Harmon is the face of North Carolina architecture.“

Author Lisa Germany Ziegler has written on architecture since the early 1980’s, contributing to publications such as Architectural Record, Harvard Design Magazine, and Progressive Architecture. Her beautiful and detailed 1991 book on Harwell Hamilton Harris traced the development of Harris's life and career and his honored place in American modernism. Her most recent book is Houses of the Sundown Sea: The Architectural Vision of Harry Gesner. 

#17.5/Jewel in the Wisconsin Woods: A Pristine House by Frank Lloyd Wright's protege, and son-in-law, William Wesley Peters

In the deep woods of Wisconsin, about an hour outside of Madison, sits one incredible house. If you didn't know otherwise, you'd be sure it was a Frank Lloyd Wright design. And you'd be close. It was designed by his son-in-law, William Wesley Peters. The place has been immaculately maintained and restored by a loving couple who are looking to downsize. You'll hear from those owners, their realtor Aaron Weber, and the challenges of selling one of the state's architecture masterpieces. It's at 4212 CO Road JJ, Black Earth, WI. Somebody's dream house is waiting for them! (still for sale as of Feb 2017)
#17/UK Modern: Michael Hammond & Brian Shawcroft

Michael Hammond is co-founder and Editor in Chief of World Architecture News (WAN). He chairs the WAN AWARDS jury panel and produces the topical series of podcasts,Shop Talk, which has featured many of the world’s leading architects. Prior to WAN, Michael spent 25 years in construction project management before taking up writing; he authored Performing Architecture published by Merrell in 2006. He has also contributed many other architectural features to media including the Architects’ Journal, Architect, British Airways magazine Highlife, CNN, CBC, the BBC, and the London Evening Standard.

Before the Beatles, before the Rolling Stones, architect, photographer, artist, and Jaguar-driving Brian Shawcroft was Raleigh North Carolina’s British invasion. He is now the state's oldest practicing architect. Born in England, he followed a masters in architecture at MIT with jobs with Page & Steele in Toronto; Tomei and Maxwell in London; Slater Uren and Pike; back to Page and Steele; thenEduardo Catalanoin 1960 where he worked on the Julliard School of Music in New York City.Henry Kamphoefner brought him to North Carolina to teach at the NCSU School of Design through 1968. In 1991, he was awarded the Kamphoefner Prize for achievement in the Modern Movement in Architecture. And each year, NC State gives a Brian Shawcroft Prize for hand drawing, now a lost art. He is the author of the book50 Houses. (We lost Brian in late 2017).

Learn some of the history of Modernism in the UK! Find out what Brian really thinks about Prince Charles.World Architecture News*Shop Talk*Brian Shawcroft*Henry Kamphoefner *Norman Foster's Gherkin*Leadenhall*Richard Rodgers' Terminal 5 Heathrow *El Chapo's Architect *Frog and Nightgown *Seattle Tunnel/Bertha

#16/Snøhetta: Craig Dykers & Greg Raschke

Craig Dykers, at just 28 years old, received international acclaim after winning the $350 million commission for the Library of Alexandria in Egypt. He is founder of the design firm Snøhetta, with offices in Oslo Norway and New York, architect for some of the most amazing modern buildings in the world. Snøhetta is the design architect for the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at NC State University.

Greg Raschke is the Associate Director for Collections & Scholarly Communication at NC State University. He's been deeply involved in the design and construction of the Hunt Library. You may recall he's a great friend of the show, having binge-listened earlier this year - and survived! Learn more about the people and topics mentioned in this episode: James B. Hunt Jr. Library* Snøhetta*Bookbot*Library of Alexandria (old)*Library of Alexandria (new)*Sex in Libraries*The Scream

#15.5/Aidan Buehler, Georg Buehler & architect Lucy Carol Davis

Aidan Buehler is 15 years old (in 2015). "Basically, I designed a house from start to finish,” he said, although it ended up being larger than planned. He laid out rooms and external design features, furnished the house, and added paint and textures. He did not include a plumbing system, electrical system, or internal wiring. “I did put in some vents and designed it so that, with some editing, it could be built legally I should hope,” he said. He got some of his ideas from architecture books he read. “For the most part, however, it was me experimenting with random ideas of mine and seeing if they looked good,” he said. “Although I did go into this project with ideas as to what qualities I wanted in my house, my model was constantly changing.” He estimates that he spent several hundred hours on the project. Learn more about the people and topics mentioned in this episode:News and Observer*Lucy Carol Davis.

#15/Kahn! Nathanial Kahn & Alexandra Lange

Nathanial Kahn is a director and producer. He is also the son of architectLouis Kahn, one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. In 2003, he produced the Oscar-nominated film My Architect about the life and work of his dad, interviewing people who knew Kahn includingFrank Gehry,Philip Johnson, and I.M. Pei. Kahn created modern buildings with the feel and presence of ancient ruins using concrete. His brilliant projects include the Four Freedoms Park, the Phillips Exeter Library, the Salk Institute, and his most famous work, the National Assembly building in Bangladesh.

Alexandra Lange is the architecture critic for Curbed and a columnist at Dezeen. She is a rising authority and a prolific writer for print and digital publications like Architect, Domus, Dwell, Metropolis, and New York Magazine. Previously a Loeb fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, she taught architecture criticism at New York University and is a leader in the new breed of digital curators, people who curate visually interesting exhibits you see on your screen and not inside a brick and mortar gallery or museum. She is the author ofWriting About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities.

Learn more about the people and topics mentioned in this episode: Louis Kahn*My Architect*Four Freedoms Park.

#14/Eames: Eames Demetrios & Jerry Nowell

Eames Demetrios is the grandson (and namesake) of Charles and Ray Eames and leads the Eames brand which has roared back into the public eye. His mission is communicating, preserving and extending the brilliant work of designers Charles and Ray Eames who were best known by the public for their furniture and for their 125 short films, including the much-heralded-and-still-relevant Powers of Ten. Their Eames Lounge chair for Herman Miller is one of the most popular furniture designs in the world. Demetrios is also creator of Kcymaerxthaere, a global work of three-dimensional fiction exploring stories of imaginary peoples, movements, even physical laws -- and then memorializing these stories on bronze plaques. He has written several books about Charles and Ray Eames—Including An Eames Primer, Eames: Beautiful Details, and The Furniture of Charles and Ray Eames.

Jerry Nowell ran North Carolina’s first all-contemporary furniture store, names, not surprisingly, Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture. He was the third generation of Nowell since 1905 to bring exciting designs like the Eames chair and many other iconic furnishings to the state. In 1968, Nowell's became the first all contemporary furniture store in North Carolina. It was also among the first furniture stores to challenge the “blue laws” prohibiting sales on Sunday and likely the first to hire black salespeople. Jerry closed the store a few years ago to spend more time with his family. The 20,000 sf store is greatly missed as a regional destination for Modernist house owners.

Learn more about the people and topics mentioned in this episode: Charles and Ray Eames / Powers of Ten / Kcymaerxthaere / Nowell's
#13/House Trek: Brad Dunning & Leon Meyers

California interior designer Brad Dunning grew up in Memphis and LA. He has early, wilder roots in the LA punk rock scene as part of the original Gun Club, a seminal noisy punk/blues band. Widely praised as designer to the stars such as Tom Ford, Sofia Coppola, and Demi Moore, Brad has been featured in Architectural Digest and created a look the magazine calls Cocktail Modern. Plus, he helped restore Neutra's famous Kaufmann House by Neutra in Palm Springs, where he’s been active for 20 years helping preserve MCM houses and buildings.

Durham builder Leon Meyers graduated from Duke University and after working for Chapel Hill’s well-known Security Building Company, he went solo in 1982 as LE Meyers Builders, later merged with BuildSense in Durham. Since then, Leon has become one of the most sought-after contractors for Modernist houses.

Priority one message from Starfleet! Somebody wrote a Star Trek book! The Tom Cruise of Modernist builders! George's second language! Guildmaster! Leon speaks French! Learn more about the people and topics mentioned in this episode:Brad Dunning/Leon Meyers/Richard Neutra/Richard Neutra's Kaufmann House/Quincy Jones the architect/Quincy Jones the musician/Star Trek: The Original Series

#12/Lustrons: Tom Fetters & Virginia Faust

The world's largest erector set: the Lustron was a house you put together with a screwdriver. It was metal, yet would never rust. It was ingeniously heated and insulated. It came on a truck ready for assembly. A brilliant design produced only a few years after WWII, the Lustron now has a cult following to repair and preserve them -- or assemble ones long in storage.

Author Tom Fetters is King of Lustrons, the go-to guy for anything about these unique houses. He also has interests in railroad history and dirigibles. His bookThe Lustron Homechronicles the history of the Lustron Corporation—how it started, why it failed, and what Lustron means to post-war America.

Virginia Faust is by day a realtor for Howard Perry and Walston and by night the research engine behind North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), scouring the state to documentLustronsand other livable works of art. She developed a special love for Lustrons from growing up in Ohio where they were plentiful.

Find out what Frank gets in the mail! Finally, the difference between a blimp and a dirigible! And opportunities for owning your own Lustron!
#11/Children of Genius: Susan Saarinen & Raymond Neutra with Marvin Malecha

Landscape architect Susan Saarinen, daughter of architect Eero Saarinen, granddaughter of architect Eliel Saarinen (pronounced sahr-uh-nen) and Raymond Neutra, retired physician and epidemiologist in California, son of architect Richard Neutra (pronounced noy-tra).

In the 1950's when the general public really didn’t pay much attention to architects, Richard Neutra and Eero Saarinen were rockstars, creating buildings like the TWA Terminal at JFK and the Kaufmann house.

They were each on the cover of TIME magazine and brilliantly shaped period we now call mid-century Modernism. In the architect’s families, however, art and architecture were not just buildings or occasional topics of conversation, they were a way of life. Growing up as the child of a well-known star in any profession can be thrilling – and also stressful. We'll talk with Susan and Raymond about growing up with brilliance.

Marvin Malecha was the Dean of the College of Design and Professor of Architecture at NC State University. He was President of the national AIA and Dean of the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, where he worked closely with Neutra's wife Dione Neutra to save the famous VDL house as well as to protect Neutra's archives.

Learn more about the people and topics mentioned in this episode: Richard Neutra/Eliel Saarinen/Eero Saarinen/Lillian Saarinen/Dione Neutra/Dion Neutra/Washington Dulles Airport /The St. Louis Arch /TWA's JFK Terminal /The Kaufmann House

#10/Eisenhower: Justin Shubow plus the 2015 Matsumoto Prize Winners

Justin Shubow
is President of theNational Civic Art Society, a Washington DC educational non-profit for the classical and humanistic tradition in public art and architecture. With a background in law, philosophy, comedy, and physics, his sharp wit informs and entertains through articles in Forbes and appearances before Congress and various Washington committees. Even C-SPAN.

We'll talk aboutFrank Gehry'sproposed designs for the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington DC, a project estimated to cost $150M that has dragged on since 1999. Shubow has been a vocal opponent to the both the selection process as well as Gehry's proposed designs.
What happens when a lawyer, philosopher and physicist go into a bar? And #1 fan Consuelo battles it out in Modernist musical chairs!

Learn more about the people and topics mentioned in this episode:Maya Lin/Vietnam Veterans Memorial/MLK Memorial/Civil Rights Memorial/911 Memorial/FDR Memorial/National Civic Arts Society


Also in the studio,Jason Hart,Vinny Petrarca, andKatherine Hogan, winners of Jury honors in the2015 George Matsumoto Prizefor excellence in recent Modernist residential architecture.
#9/Paul Rudolph:Gene Kaufman & Joe King
ArchitectPaul Rudolphwas not as well-known as Frank Lloyd Wright but he designed fascinating and creative Modernist buildings. While inspiring a generation of architects, the public generally does not warm to his large brutalist designs, finding the intense use of concrete and steel to be ugly and oppressive.

But hey, we love 'em, and today we welcome two passionate and willing-to-do-something-about-it architects who fight for Paul Rudolph’s brilliant buildings from different parts of the country.

Gene Kaufman has designed over $1B, as in onebilliondollars, worth of hotels in New York City. In 2011, his firm Gene Kaufman Architect joined forces with the esteemed Modernist architecture firm Gwathmey Siegel; the result is Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects.

Gene joins us to talk about rescuing a building you can’t check into for the night, the Goshen government complex designed by Paul Rudolph facing imminent destruction, and his admirable effort to save it.

Joe King is an architect and contractor practicing in Bradenton FL. With Christopher Domin, he is co-author of the essential bookRudolph: The Florida Houses. He has owned several Rudolph houses and re-created the famous Walker Guest House, below, for a national tour.

Noah Goldstein, the Ark-itect! Why you don't want to see Joe King coming down the driveway with a crowbar! And those damned hotel air conditioners that blow the curtains! And our first fan contest!

A last-minute legal appeal by the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation to save the building was rejected, allowing demolition to proceed. It's gone. Learn more about the people and topics mentioned in this episode: Paul Rudolph's Houses/Gene Kaufman/Rudolph: The Florida Houses/Paul Rudolph in Singapore/Yale Arts and Architecture building/Sarasota High School/Riverview High School /Rudolph Obituary /Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation /Sarasota MOD

#8/Smaller: Sarah Susanka & Monique Lombardelli

What's up with America's fascination with big houses, especially since well-designed smaller ones live so much better?

Sarah Susanka is an internationally- known architect and author of the best-selling "Not So Big" series of books which kicked off withThe Not So Big House in 1997. Over the years, she has been featured on Oprah, Charlie Rose, and many publications. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Monique Lombardelli is a filmmaker, CEO, Realtor, and developer in San Francisco. She produced three documentary films, includingPeople in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler, about mid-century-mod home design. 

Inspired by Eichler's 11,000 houses, she revived the iconic brand, rolling out in Nevada, California, and elsewhere around the country.  Learn more about the people and topics mentioned in this episode:

Sarah Susanka/Monique Lombardelli/Joseph Eichler/The Not So Big Life Workshop/Las Vegas Eichler/Where Steve Jobs Grew Up

Houses like Eichler's:Stoneson Brothers/Brown & Kaufman/Mackay Homes /Robert Rummer

#7/Renewal: Joe Kwon, Robby Johnston & Craig Kerins

Joe Kwon is the cellist for the internationally acclaimed band The Avett Brothers. In his first gig with the band, he first sat down like a classic cellist then shortly started dancing and rocking out for the rest of the night. Joe is also an avid foodie, cook, and photographer.

He's the new Modernist house client of Robby Johnston and Craig Kerins, principals in the design/build firm Raleigh Architecture. They are developing a stretch of downtown Raleigh into small, sustainable, walkable Modernist houses.

Learn more about the people and topics mentioned in this episode:Raleigh Architecture/Robby Johnston/Craig Kerins/The Avett Brothers/Joe Kwon's Food Blog/The Oakwood House/Belgian Beer. Robby and Craig drink their way through Belgium! And what's Joe's favorite room of the house?

#6/Special Agents: Crosby Doe & Emilie Huin

Ever since Modernist houses hit the mainstream in the 1950’s, the real estate community has largely stayed away. That continues. Unaware of their rich history, contemptuous of their design style, and overreacting to certain flaws, realtors often scare buyers off, causing in part more than a few demolitions. Two Modernist Realtors keep it real about these wonderful "livable works of art."

Crosby Doe is one of the leading Modernist realtors in America. Since 1983 he has sold houses, including Silvertop, left photo, by internationally prominent architects includingRichard Neutra,Harwell Hamilton Harris,Rudolph Schindler,Frank Lloyd Wright,John Lautner,Charles Eames,Craig Ellwood,Pierre Koenig, andFrank Gehry.

Emilie Huin started in real estate only four years ago but has become one of the leading Modernist realtors in North Carolina. She sold (and saved) an important and endangered Modernist house in Chapel Hill by the lateArthur Cogswell. Life lessons from liposuction! Crosby Doe's first sale! Growing up with the Guild's! Discover more about the people and topics mentioned in this episode: Crosby Doe/George Birmingham/Emilie Huin/Richard Neutra/Lloyd Wright/Neutra's Oyler House/Julius Shulman/Wright's Auldbrass/Wright's Storer House/Arthur Cogswell/North Carolina Modernist Houses

#5/Lawsuit: Paul Goldberger, Louis Cherry & Marsha Gordon

Imagine buying a lot, designing a house, getting all the neighborhood and city approvals, starting construction, then - boom - your neighbor sues to stop construction.Here's the background.

Louis Cherry has been an architect since 1983 and is principal of adesign/build practicefocusing on modern residential, commercial and institutional design. He is the husband of Marsha Gordon, associate professor of film studies at North Carolina State University. Their contested house, aka the Oakwood House, is at 516 Euclid, Raleigh. The house also has its own Twitter feed, independent of the owners. They honestly don't know who's behind the often-hilarious comments: @ModernOakwood.


Paul Goldberger is an architecture critic and winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism. He is the author of several books, includingWhy Architecture Matters, and wrote about the Cherry Gordon house for Vanity Fair. USModernist Radio's parent organization, North Carolina Modernist Houses, provided financial support to the Cherry's cause through itsLegal Defense Fund.

#4/Small World: John Morris & Milton Small III


John Morris is a Usability Engineer by day but by night he's the Batman of downtown architecture, documenting and photographing buildings in Chicago and Raleigh. He's also a superfan of Modernist architect Milton Small Jr., student ofMies Van der Rohe.

Although Small died in 1992, his firm lived on through Small’s son Milton Small III of Small Kane Architects. We'll talk with John and Milton about the man they both admire.

Frank relives his Modernist childhood! A water heater over the sink, oh my! Mt. Olive University!


The endangered masterpiece at 3515 Glenwood Avenue, since destroyed! John tries to speak Russian! 

Learn more about the people and topics mentioned in this episode:Milton Small Jr.*Jim Brandt*Frank Walser*Chicago Architecture Data*Chicago Patterns*Goodnight Raleigh*Mies Van Der Rohe*Small Kane Architects*George Matsumoto*Unigard / Raleigh Orthopedic Building

#3/Drawing: Mike Welton & Jim Cutler

Author J. Michael Welton writes about architecture, art, and design for national and regional publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Dwell, and Architectural Record. His new book isDrawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand. 

One of the architects featured in the book is
Jim Cutler, Seattle-area architect well-known for his work in sustainability. He also designed a little $66M million cottage for Microsoft's Bill and Melinda Gates in the 1990's (with Peter Bohlin).

Cutler is a passionate advocate for the return of freehand drawing in university architecture programs. His theory on how drawing affects thinking has huge implications for creativity in architecture. It's called the externalization of cognition, or in other words, the force behind, among other things, why we often move our hands as we're talking.

What's the Ferrari of drawing pencils! Does Bill Gates keep his high-tech house current with Windows Update? Does CAD make architects dumber? Or does drawing make them smarter? Who will start a Kickstarter campaign for the externalization of cognition? The first Microsoft iPad! 

Here's the quote none of us could think of that's engraved on the ceiling of Bill Gates' personal library: “He had come such a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close he could hardly fail to grasp it." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

More about the people and topics mentioned in this episode: Drawing from Practice*Architects and Artisans*Bill and Melinda Gates House*ITO-YA pencils*Fitzgerald Quote in the Gates House*Virginia Berninger*Frank Harmon*Richard Meier*EO Personal Communicator

#2/Cyclorama: Christine Madrid French

Chris French is one of America’s foremost experts on Modernist preservation. She is co-founder of the Recent Past Preservation Network (the first Modernist preservation organization) and served as President for nine years. She pretty much knows everything Modern from Bauhaus to Bob's Big Boy. We'll hear about her brave, decade-long attempt to save Richard Neutra's Cyclorama at Gettysburg PA. They tore it down anyway, bottom photo.

Learn about Mission 66! Was John Wayne a Modernist? What is brutalism and do you need handcuffs? And how about moving some Frank Gehry (again)!

More about the people and topics mentioned in this episode: Richard Neutra*Mission 66 Buildings in the National Parks*Cyclorama*John Wayne*Glendale High School*Frank Gehry*Winton Guest House

#1/Premiere: Kelly Lynch & Myrick Howard

Although actress Kelly Lynch appeared in Drugstore Cowboy, Roadhouse, Charlie’s Angels, and the swanky Miami TV series Magic City, we love her three movies about Modernist preservation, Visual Acoustics: The Modernism Of Julius Shulman, Infinite Space: The Architecture Of John Lautner, and The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat.

She's also got two killer Modernist houses in California, one by Richard Neutra and this one by John Lautner.

Myrick Howard has been President since 1978 of Preservation North Carolina, the state's top preservation organization.  Learn how to win a best-dressed award for just $15! Choose the right chair for your Basic Instinct re-make! Protect a Modernist house from the bulldozer! Learn more about the people and topics from the show:John Lautner*Richard Neutra*Preservation North Carolina*Rudolf Schindler*Farnsworth House in Plano IL*Preservation Easements*Buck House