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For once, the story of a house threatened by demolition has a happy ending. The property, designed by Edward Tafel (1912–2011) in 1950, was saved and is now restored. The new Scarsdale-native owners, their architect and the restoration are all covered in a Scarsdale Inquirer article. ... MORE

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To celebrate R. Buckminster Fuller’s 125th anniversary which occurred in July, cook your way through recipes inspired by the design master. Synergetic Stew: Explorations in Dymaxion Dining is newly reprinted. The book’s original release in 1982 was on Fuller’s 86th birthday as a surprise gift from friends, one of which was Isamu Noguchi. Among these 100 recipes are Fuller’s own recipe for tomato ice cream, ‘Geodesicandy’, an ‘Allspace-Filling Whole Wheat Bread,” ‘a macrobiotic Diet,’ all by musician John Cage, among other favorites.... MORE

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The only national program of its kind, Docomomo US Tour Day is devoted to the appreciation of modern architecture in the United States. Tours and events focused on architecture and design of the Modern Movement are hosted by Docomomo US chapters, partners, and leading voices in preservation across the country. This year's theme is The 70s Turn 50. ... MORE

Graycliff, near Buffalo, NY, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built between 1926 and 1931 for Isabelle R. Martin, wife of industrialist Darwin Martin, as a summer home for the family. It's open for a full slate of fall tours.... MORE

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Architectural photographer and filmmaker Michael Biondo and creative reality capture duo Michael Robison and Dallas Bennett (aka MYND Workshop) have collaborated to create an episodic series of short visual tours of the Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This video series seeks to create an ambient and intimate tour of Philip Johnson’s property in New Canaan, CT.... MORE

Screen captures from one of the team's videos.