this excites me!!!!!!!!

from prairieMod:

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW LICENSEE

The LEGO Group and Brickstructures, Inc. to produce and distribute Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® LEGO® Architecture Building Sets

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced today that The LEGO Group is now the exclusive licensed manufacturer of Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® LEGO Architecture sets.

The LEGO Group and Adam Reed Tucker of Brickstructures, Inc. officially introduced the LEGO Architecture line in 2008. The line currently consists of six buildings – now including two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous and recognizable buildings, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and “Fallingwater.”

With models developed in collaboration with architects, LEGO Architecture works to inspire future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world with the LEGO brick as a medium. Builders of all ages can now collect and construct their favorite worldwide architectural sites through these artistic replicas.

Both exclusive Frank Lloyd Wright LEGO Architecture sets contain booklets that feature traditional building instructions along with exclusive archival historical material and photographs of each iconic building.

The LEGO Group will release the first of the LEGO Architecture Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® sets at the opening of the Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibit: From Within Outward at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on May 15, 2009.

Doug Volker of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation:

According to Director of Licensing and Product Development, Doug Volker, “The LEGO product was one that the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation had considered pursuing for several years. It was the vision, passion and creative desire of Adam Reed Tucker to capture the essence of Mr. Wright’s most famous buildings using the medium of the LEGO brick that brought this partnership into being.”

Another exciting aspect of the Architecture Series is the capability to use them for education, team building, or other formats that make the LEGO Architecture series more than just a toy.

“The LEGO Group is known for its creative approach to brick models and now, with its Architecture Series, it will reach even further, to individuals of all ages,” Volker concluded.

Adam Reed Tucker of Brickstructures and the LEGO Group
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“Mr. Wright’s buildings are a treasure trove of possibilities,” says Adam Reed Tucker, innovator of the Architecture Series for The LEGO Group.  “I wanted to create these marvelous buildings for years, so I’m thrilled to be working with the Foundation in order to include Mr. Wright’s timeless buildings in this series, which conceptualizes the very essence of each building in LEGO bricks.”

Images copyright LEGO, Brickstructures and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

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北京

01May09

i’ve been in beijing for 12 hours. how much has changed since 2006? A LOT.

new airports, new highways, new buildings, cleaner skies.

this is rejuvenation. although i never really feel “at home” here, i never really feel “at home” in canada either. negotiating my identity in both countries is a mixed bag but damn it feels rejuvenating to be here among people who look like me, and of course, with my brother who i love and miss.

we went to “hui hua” district, which is kind of like a bar/club/loungey touristy area. i remember partying there three years ago and it was nice to see some stability in a country that changes every single day. met some new people, relaxed, drank some (cold*) tsingtao, had a great time.

in 2 hours i’m off to catch a train out to the “country”, a scenic spot called Shidu, which is known as the Guilin of the north. i loved guilin so i’m excited to plant my ass in a chair, take in the scenery and relax.

* according to chinese traditional medicine, things that are too “cold” are disruptive to one’s chi. that means lukewarm/room temp beverages on the hottest of days. NOT okay! shows how much of a jook sing i am.


yes yes ya’ll, it’s the 25th anniversary of the iconic and massively influential book, subway art, by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, documenting the then burgeoning graffiti scene in new york city.

subway art is being re-released in large format with additional images. can’t wait to get my hands on this. paint streets!


the 15th anniversary of kurt cobain’s death was last week, so in honour of that, here’s 11 year old Sungha Jung.


check out this clever ad campaign for the zimbabwean, a paper looking to unite zimbabweans at home and abroad.

they’ve printed their ads on real currency, which has been completely devalued because of inflation.