January 26, 2010 (CARY, NC) – For Valentine’s week, Triangle Modernist Houses.com (TMH) and Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture present the romantic movie “The Lake House” (2006) on Thursday, February 18, at 7 p.m. at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary.
The house Nathan Crowley designed just for the film.
“The Lake House” stars Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. It is the story of two people who communicate via the house’s unique time-traveling mailbox.
“But the real star,” according to TMH founder George Smart, “is the modern, glass and steel house designed by British architect/set designer Nathan Crowley.”
Crowley was hired for “The Lake House” in 2004, Smart notes on the TMH website at http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/lakehouse.htm. He wanted to build on a lake with nothing on it — no piers, no houses – but few of those locations exist. Through negotiations with a nature preserve, he took the project from sketches to completion in just 10 weeks with a construction crew of nearly 100 people. As part of the agreement to with the nature preserve, the house was destroyed afterwards.
by Stephani L. Miller
While George Smart, founder and executive director of the modernist design archive, Triangle Modernist Houses, researched the work of North Carolina architect Elizabeth “Lib” Bobbitt Lee, he found himself wondering: Where were all the other pre-1970s women architects? Lee stood out as the first female graduate of the North Carolina State University School of Design in 1952, but surely there must have been others who followed, he reasoned.
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by Monica Chen
DURHAM — When Jean Middleton was a draftswoman for an architectural firm in the 1960s, she was the only woman there who was not a secretary.
“When someone would come into the drafts room, they would immediately turn to me and ask, ‘Jean, would you ask so-and-so to make a cup of coffee,’ ” said Middleton.
When asked how she would respond, Middleton replied, “I got up and got it. There was no such thing as harassment.”
Women now make up about 20 percent of the architectural field, according to the American Institute of Architects. In the 1940s through the ’70s, however, women represented only 1.2 percent of the profession, according to Triangle Modernist Houses, a Web site that archives and promotes modernist residential design in North Carolina.
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January 13, 2010 (DURHAM, NC) – Triangle Modernist Houses.com (TMH), the largest educational and historical archive for modernist residential design in the nation, will serve as a host site for “Architects + Artisans: Thoughtful Design for a Sustainable World,” a new design blog written and edited by Mike Welton.
“Architects + Artisans strives to wire itself into the coolest design trends on the planet,” said Welton. That sits well with George Smart, founder and director of TMH, who announced the association today.
“Architects + Artisans’ broad and knowledgeable perspective dovetails nicely with our targeted modernist focus,” says Smart.
Mike Welton’s articles and commentary on architecture, design and travel have been published in such national journals as Dwell, the New York Times, Interior Design and Travel + Leisure. This fall he launched a new monthly column on the business of architecture in Raleigh Metro Magazine. The blog, however, allows the writer to step “beyond print and online publishing into a blog of my own – where good design and those who create it can be illuminated, demonstrated and discussed,” he said.
Gary Cooper at Howard Roark in "The Fountainhead"
January 4, 2010 (CARY, NC) – Triangle Modernist Houses.com (TMH) and Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture Gallery will present a special showing of “The Fountainhead,” the classic 1949 film based on Ayn Rand’s seminal novel, on Thursday, January 14, at 7 p.m. at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary.
“The Fountainhead” screening is part of the Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series organized by George Smart, founder and director of TMH, to showcase movies in which modern architecture is the “star.”
The protagonist, Howard Roark, played by Gary Cooper, is a young, individualistic architect who chooses to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic and personal vision.
“Roark is the embodiment of the human spirit and his struggle represents the triumph of individualism over collectivism,” Smart said.
The novel The Fountainhead was Rand’s first major literary success and brought her fame and financial security. More than five million copies of the book have been sold worldwide.