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First Aired - 02/12/2012 04:30PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Have we lost our heritage through Orthodox Modernism? Curtis B. Wayne continues some of the themes explored on last week's discussion with Wilfried Wang. Listen as Curtis revisits the Cooper Union discussion and ties many previous ideas together on a passionate and solo episode of Burning Down the House. This program was sponsored by Heritage Foods USA.

"Can you imagine for a minute what New York would be like if every corner had something as unusual as the Guggenheim Museum?"

"Reinvention, I think, is really an infantile reaction [for Cooper Union]."

--Curtis B. Wayne on Burning Down the House


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First Aired - 10/08/2009 08:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Thursday October 8, 2009 - Curtis B. Wayne discusses Frank Lloyd Wright and the turn of the twentieth century with Oliver E. Allen, Debra Allen, & Jake Alspector. http://burningdownthehouse-radioarchitecture.blogspot.com & www.alspecorarchitecture.com
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First Aired - 09/01/2010 07:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on Burning Down the House Curtis laments the slow decline and potential disappearance of works by masters like Frank Lloyd Wright (his Ennis house of Blade Runner fame is in danger) and the various post-war "case study" houses of the 40's. He also stresses the importance of collaboration in everything from architecture to music, and instructs architects to be ignorant of the "trade" processes of building at their peril. This episode was sponsored by Tekserve: your one-stop Mac specialists.

Photo: Pierre Koenig's Case Study House #22

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Curtis B. Wayne, Heritage Radio Network, Tekserve, Jacob Adleman, Associate Press, wonderful and fascinating works of modern architecture now languish on the market, Schindler, Frank Lloyd Wright, selling at a loss if at all, Richard Noitra, Pierre Koenig, Case Study House Number 21, The Plaza Hotel, The Mayflower Hotel, The Schaffer Residence, John Lautner, Schindler's How House, Textile Block style, La Miniatura, taking the house apart block by block and shipping it to Japan, The Old London Bridge move to Arizona, value and how we go about creating our built environment, collaboration is all the rage now, works of solitary masters, The California Case Study Houses, industrial components, Charles Eames, André Le Nôtre, The Entenza House, The Arts and Crafts revival, Richard Morris in England, revolutionaries or reactionaries, The Rossellini Brothers, The Red House, The Bow House, Gropius, Clay, Albers, students and teachers working together, working almost tribally towards a common aesthetic goal, informed by many different disciplines, The Greene Brothers of Pasadena,
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Jazz, that's true collaboration, Dan Breindel, the world of collaboration, the built environment, Horace Silver, an emerging trend, Norwegian-American Design Firm, Oslo and New York City, dedicated the teamwork, input from all parties from client to builder, The AIA, codifying a system of contractual relationships, Integrated Project Delivery, IPD, everyone involved is a shareholder, all playing together, considering all aspects, site is very important, projects MUST be site specific, Jean Nouvelle's west 53rd st. tower, tall towers can go anywhere, the AIA's focus is on contracts and profitability, voidence patterns of the past 30 years, architects cannot legally remove themselves from the construction side, learn through exposure to builders and time spent on construction sites, FAR, floor area ratio, Curtis won't name names, passing on a love of building to your junior staff, Snøhetta,
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