Around the time of this blog’s creation, I learned of a wonderful website called The Glass House Conversations. This website serves as a virtual extension of the Philip Johnson Glass House, salons hosted (by invitation) by noted American architect Philip Johnson (1906-2005) and art critic David Whitney (1939-2005) at Johnson’s home, The Glass House, seen below. These gatherings focused on modern architecture, art, landscapes and the preservation of such. Built in 1949 and located on a 47-acre estate in New Canaan, CT, the Glass House was designated a national landmark in 2007, serving as an ode to modern architecture (in my opinion). Johnson resided in the house from 1958 until his death.
Starting in April 2010, Glass House has virtually hosted over 20 discussions that touch on topics such as the making of a great conversation, architectural trends, creativity, and various sub-topics that address urban design issues (traffic congestion, environmental disaster planning, etc.). Each Monday, a question is posted to the website and participants have five days to provide feedback before the conversation closes.
When I came across this website, I was, and still am, in awe of the conversations taking place. Even the website is beautiful, having an almost ethereal quality to it. Last week, I dipped my toe in the shallow end of the pool after a call for topics appeared on the site, asking to discuss integrating sustainable architecture that is affordable in older neighborhoods. Hopefully, in 2011, my question will become a conversation for the week. That would be the best. If you are into this sort of thing, please check out the website.
The Glass House also holds several types of programs throughout the year on design matters. At some point, I would like tour the Glass House, hopefully sometime next year. Crossing my fingers that I can make it happen.