Thanks to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Sadly, The Glasgow School of Art suffered a fire yesterday. It is an iconic work by the famous Scottish architect/artist/designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a personal favorite of mine. The most recent updates say that the firefighters were able to save much of the building and its contents which is very good news. Mackintosh is best known for his unique take on the Art Nouveau tradition which was reflected in all of his work and gave it a very beautiful, flowing style. The Glasgow School of Art is often cited as one of the most important buildings in modern architecture.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Directing the New Age

The Marshmallow Sofa by George Nelson and Irving Harper for Herman Miller, 1956.

George Nelson was offered the Directorship of The Herman Miller Furniture Company in 1945 following the publication of a book called, Tomorrow's House which he co-authored with Henry Wright. Under Nelson's leadership, mid-20th century design had a home and was allowed to flourish.

The Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI is hosting a retrospective of Nelson's career through October 14, 2012.

City on the Lake

Designed by a panel led by architect Danial Burnham and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition made Chicago the leading force in architecture, a prominence the city is still known for today. The style is classically influenced by the Greeks and Romans, but the designed on a  faux city built onto the lake. More than 27 million people came to see the sights, among them, the first use of electric lighting designed and installed by George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla, using his invention of AC current.

Mad Architecture

The Old Pennsylvania Station, NYC, 1910-1963, McKim, Mead, and White Architects.

When the original Beaux-Arts station was torn down in 1963 there was such an uproar from the citizens of NYC that the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission was established. The loss of historic architecture to make way for future projects is a double-edge sword, what went up in its place is Madison Square Garden.