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Our visit to the homage to the post World War Case Study Houses, with two of them being recreated in Second Life by the talented designer Painter Meriman is now on the web!

The Case Study Houses were experiments in American residential architecture sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, which commissioned major architects of the day to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the United States residential housing boom caused by the end of World War II and the return of millions of soldiers. The core idea of a Case Study house was to hypothesize a modern household, elaborate its functional requirements, have an esteemed architect develop a design that met those requirements using modern materials and construction processes, and then to actually build the home. The houses were documented before, during and after construction for publication in Arts & Architecture.

Case Study House no 8 - The Eames House - interior

Case Study House no 8 – The Eames House – interior

Painter has created homages to two of these houses (both of which still exist in Pacific Palisades), the Entenza House (Case Study House No. 9) and the Eames House (Case Study House No.8). We will be looking at the buildings, and talking about the background to the Case Study Houses project – as well as taking a look at how this has inspired Painter’s latest home.

If you would like to learn more, you can see a short film made by the Eames family here.

Case Study House No 9 - The Entenza House

Case Study House No 9 – The Entenza House

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Post Architecture by Troy Vogel

Post Architecture by Troy Vogel

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 10th June, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, as we pay our second visit to the fantastic Home and Garden Expo.

The Expo itself has now closed, having raised over US$30,000. But we were there to visit some of the amazing creations and to talk to the designers behind them.

Dwarfins

Dwarfins

In this second visit we talk to the co-organiser of the Expo, Heavenly Villa, and to Cortiez Brandiss, who organised the associated (and highly successful) Breedables Fair.  And Saffia talks to Judith Chestnut and Jaimy Hancroft of the Dwarfins, one of the popular “breedables” at the Fair, while Elrik met Mewroo Resident and Levio Serenity of the very popular Meeroos.  Then we talk to Troy Vogel who created a beautiful and very unusual House for the Expo, before finishing with the very nmoving Lantern Ceremony that occurred each day of the Expo – a chance for reflection and commemoration of those who have left us and celebration of those who remain.

Lanterns Lifting

Lanterns Lifting

It’s a packed show – so do come and watch it at 2pm!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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Now available on the web – our latest episode, as we explore the architectural beauties and the seamy underbelly of 1020s Berlin.

While Saffia browses the high class shops in Unter den Linden and muses on the wealth of art, architecture and cinema, Elrik explores the alleys and shabby apartments that show vividly what life was like for ordinary people in the Weimar Republic, and in a city that was open to experimentation and innovation like no other. And, hand in hand with that, went the famed decadence of Berlin’s clubs …

1920s Berlin - looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate

1920s Berlin – looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

It was a time of political upheaval too, and we catch glimpses of that – although the Nazis were still a comparatively small and disregarded faction, engaging in street fights with the Communists.  But this was a society dancing on the edge …

Jo Yardley, the creator of 1920s Berlin, talks about all this and more as she gives them a fascinating guided tour of the region with a soundtrack of authentic music of the era. It’s an amazing show – don’t miss it!

Berlin, the Alexanderplatz - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Berlin, the Alexanderplatz – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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1920s Berlin - looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate

1920s Berlin – looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 28th January, for our new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we explore a really fascinating region – a thoughtful and incredibly detailed recreation of 1920s Berlin.

This is a fascinating slice of history. Weimar Germany was a place of immense social deprivations, and great wealth, a time of fiery politics, riots, rebellions and the growth of political parties that would dominate the coming decades.  But it was also a time of enormous artistic creativity in art, architecture and the comparatively new medium of film. It was also a time of tremendous decadence – a time when all sorts of previously hidden or repressed behaviours were permitted, sometimes encouraged … and often viewed on the stages and in the cabarets.

1920s Berlin - the Alexanderplatz

1920s Berlin – the Alexanderplatz – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

All of this vibrant life takes place in a beautiful European city – a city also teeming with slums and a vibrant working class culture.

Jo Yardley, the creator of 1920s Berlin, talks about all this and more as she gives them a fascinating guided tour of the region with a soundtrack of authentic music of the era.

It’s a show you really won’t want to miss! So do come and join us at 2pm – and see how the Designing Worlds studio has acquired a Bierkeller!

1920s Bierkeller in the Designing Worlds Studio

1920s Bierkeller in the Designing Worlds Studio

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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