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“Preservation as Provocation” Winners Discuss Designs for the Farnsworth House

The Farnsworth House is one of the most revered buildings of the 20th century. Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1945 and constructed in 1951, it is a vital part of modern iconography. The building first opened to the public in 2005 and a modest visitor’s center was erected. Visitors...

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Spring 2016 Forum Journal: Activating Historic Spaces

Activating historic spaces hinges on engaging audiences, existing and new, in the reimagination of a site. Successfully activating places requires a dual connection: the contemporary reanimation of a place must both credibly incorporate its past and authentically resonate with its present-day...

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Visionaries vs. Pragmatists:

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s house for Edith Farnsworth in Plano, Ill., completed in 1951, and Philip Johnson’s Glass House, completed in 1949, are linked in many ways. The obvious connections that scholars and critics have explored over the years concern architectural history. Johnson...


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Why Do Old Places Matter? Architecture

Farnsworth House | Courtesy of Carol Highsmith Editor's Note: Click here for full coverage on the Why Do Old Places Matter? series including the Spring 2015 issue of Forum Journal . Tom Mayes, a 2013 Rome Prize winner is Historic Preservation from the American Academy in...

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