Icons at Risk
Registration and Program IH Conference 15-18 May
Terence Riley -KEYNOTE SPEAKER- on Philip Johnson
Toshiko Kinoshita on Japanese Modern Heritage Houses
Hilary Lewis on Philip Johnson and his Glass House
Amanda Nelson on Building Donor Relationships
William D. Earls on the Harvard Five in New Canaan
Anne Mette Rahbæk on Philanthropic Investments and Preservation
Peter McMahon on Saving Modern Houses on Cape Cod
New era for Villa E-1027 and Cap Moderne
Restoring the past: The Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Home Studio
Behind the Scenes: Hendrick de Keyser Association
Latin America Special – Focus on Mexico
De Stijl in Drachten
Preserving the Nancarrow House-Studio
Meet the Friends - Nanne de Ru
Latin America Special – Focus on Brazil
Iconic Houses Lecture Tour - The Weizmann House
Jan de Jong’s House is Latest Hendrick de Keyser Acquisition
Stay in a Belgian Modernist Masterpiece
In Berlin’s Modernist Network
Rietveld-Schröder House Celebrates De Stijl Anniversary
Meet Our New Foundation Board Members
Virtual Tour of a Papaverhof Home in 3D
Getty Grant for Villa E-1027
11 Le Corbusier Homes now on Unesco World Heritage List
At home with Le Corbusier
Our Badge of Honour
Wright Plus 2016 Walk
Casa Batlló's innovative Video Guide
Documentary La Ricarda
Richard Hutten at the Sonneveld House
Rent a house designed by Gerrit Rietveld
Barragán House on Screen
Gesamtkunstwerk – An Icon on the Move
Maurice Drue Parrish named Executive Director of Farnsworth House
Triennale der Moderne 27 September - 13 October 2013
Prestigious Art Nouveau mansions in Brussels open
September 14 + 15: Heritage Days in Paris
June's New Arrivals: Museum Apartments
Iconic Houses is now on Twitter and Facebook
Corbu’s Cabanon: Reconstruction and Lecture
Projekt Mies In Krefeld: Life-sized model of the Krefeld Clubhouse
New arrivals: Spain special
MAMO: Le Corbu’s ‘Park in the Sky’ open 12 June
Annual Wright Architectural Housewalk: 18 May
Frank Lloyd Wright Homes on Screen
Message from the Editor
Neutra’s House on Screen
Melnikov House on Screen
Iconic Houses in the media
Message from the Editor
Eileen Gray House on Screen
Henry Urbach, The Glass House
Photo Henry Urbach by Melani Lust, photo Glass House by Stacy Bass, courtesy of the Glass House
Henry Urbach, director of the Glass House, was previously curator of architecture and design at SFMOMA from 2006 – 2011. Prior to that, he directed Henry Urbach Architecture, a gallery of contemporary art and architecture in New York, for nearly a decade. He has taught at several universities and published extensively on art, architecture, and culture.
We put our five questions to Henry.
Can you describe for us your relationship with significant houses?
I have had the pleasure of visiting many significant houses around the world and am often surprised by the experience of a place otherwise known only in photographs. Qualities such as smell, light, context, and spatial sequence matter a lot.
Which is your favourite house?
Impossible to answer! But somehow I keep dreaming of Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s Leme House. I would love to walk there with bare feet.
What’s the biggest challenge for you and your organization right now?
We are in the process of transforming the Glass House from a static historic house museum into an active place of cultural exchange, a center for new art and ideas. Developing excellent and exciting programs is one of the challenges we face. We also have a great many preservation needs and are working to secure a strong and sustainable future for the site.
What’s next for you?
We’ve already launched temporary exhibitions as well as performance and readings series that take advantage of the extraordinary atmosphere of the Glass House while building on its history as a place of cultural innovation. And there’s much more to come!
Which 21st century home is an iconic house of the future?
The Dupli.Casa by J. MAYER H. Architects.
Leme House, Paolo Mendes da Rocha, São Paulo, Brazil 1974. Photos Richard Powers