How Creatives Work: Frank Lloyd Wright

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Frank Lloyd Wright was a complex individual to understand. He was celebrated as a genius architect, which he undoubtedly was, but he was also an incredibly complex and flawed individual.

Wright is undeniably on the top of the list of great architects of history. He designed some of the greatest buildings of the twentieth century including Fallingwater, The Guggenheim Museum, The Imperial Hotel, the Johnson Wax Office Building, and his groundbreaking Prairie Style and Usonian houses. His buildings were an attractive organic-looking alternative to the boxiness of conventional Modernism. He used natural materials, preserved ornament, and hand-craft in construction. He emphasized the horizontal over the vertical, against the grain of the growth of skyscraper oriented cities which he detested.

A Film Shows How La Sagrada Familia Will Look When Completed (as Soon as 2026!)

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Just when you thought Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia basilica couldn’t get any bigger, another tower goes up. The master work of Antoni Gaudi, the fantastic structure is on a truly classic building schedule. Started in 1882 (just 131 years ago) the structure was only half completed in 2010. That means there’s far more to complete, and even at its current dizzying height, there’s far more upward growth to be seen. With a strong final push, new targets have been set for a final completion in just 13 years – at the end of 2026.

11 Words with No English Equivalent

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Have you ever been wandering in the woods, alone, and longed for a word to describe the feeling? Now you have one: waldeinsamkeit. Ok, if you’re an English speaker that might not say a lot to you; but if you’re German it could mean something significant. Ella Frances Sanders recently created an illustrated series of 11 such words, all that have no equivalent in the english language. Now you have a way to describe those pesky wet rings left on the table by your beer, and that beautiful road-like reflection of the moon on the water (well, at least if you’re Italian or Swedish).

How Creatives Work: John Cage

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John Cage is one of the most controversial and important figures in the history of music. He made his mission to redefine how we think about musical composition and performance, creativity, and ultimately life. The important conclusion he reached about music in particular was that it could be anything. Any sound we hear in the course of our daily life could be enjoyed and appreciated in and of itself in the same way as we appreciate a Mozart sonata. We just needed to turn up our ears and our brains, to train and stretch them in order to experience the world around us in a different, more active way.

Heavenly Bodies: Bejeweled Roman Skeletons from Europe

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It’s a case of mistaken identity, but one that has bizarrely left skeletons across Europe adorned with masses of ornate jewels and gold. These macabre skeletons are part of a group taken from Roman catacombs in the seventeenth century and completely decorated with jewels by teams of nuns, mostly from German-speaking lands. Why go to such great lengths for the dead of another country? These dead, known as ‘the catacomb saints,’ were often mistakenly identified as early christian martyrs put to death by the Romans.

New York Crime Photos – Superimposing Then and Now (Warning: Graphic)

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Alongside all the glitz and glamour, New York has always had a grim and grisly side. Mark Hermann, photographer and historian for the New York Press Photographers Association, has stitched together imagery collected from the New York Daily News archive, showing crime photos from the not-so-distant past, superimposed on the sanitized New York of today. Be warned – his film-noir-esq images are not for the faint of heart.

Pastoral Paintings Hidden on the Edge of Old Books

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Here’s something that will have you bending all the classic books in your house: fore-edge painting, the art of hiding illustrations and paintings on the outer edges of a book. The technique, which is said to date back to as early as the 1650s, was recently brought to the webs attention by Colossal, who shared brilliant examples of the result in GIF form.

How Creatives Work: Akira Kurosawa

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Akira Kurosawa is respected as one of the greatest film directors who ever lived, and as a master of the Samurai genre of Japanese cinema. Films such as “Rashomon,” “Seven Samurai,” Ran,” “Throne of Blood,”  “Yojimbo,” and others, revolutionized cinema and introduced Japanese film to Western audiences. He always said he didn’t like talking about particular films after he had finished them. He wanted them to do the talking for him. “If what I have said in my film is true,” he explained, “someone will understand.”

The 20 Best Volkswagen Ads from Their 1960s Campaign

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When Mad Men’s Donald Draper chats about the 1960 Volkswagen ad with his team, he’s rightfully awed. This introduction of the bizarrely shaped auto to the American market was far from the norm. In those days, most car ads looked something like this or this, and while other companies were producing their largest cars ever – advertising “wide-track” steering and selling it with models sporting tuxedos and cocktail dresses – Volkswagen said we should “think small” and that their car was a “lemon.”

Working Women in the First World War

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World War Two’s Rosie the Riveter is an iconic figure of the era. Tough and capable, she is symbolic of women’s role in the conflict and their much needed work while men were off at war. World War One had no such figure, but equally strong women.