Introducing The Organic Architecture + Design Archives
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The wait is over! The special news that I've been teasing you with is the announcement that a brand new organization has been launched called The Organic Architecture + Design Archives (or OAD Archives for short) that will also publish the new Journal of Organic Architecture + Design! So what's it all about? Find out after the jump... The mission of the OAD Archives, Inc. is to honor the past, celebrate the present, and encourage...
The wait is over! The special news that I've been teasing you with is the announcement that a brand new organization has been launched called The Organic Architecture + Design Archives (or OAD Archives for short) that will also publish the new Journal of Organic Architecture + Design! So what's it all about? Find out after the jump...
The mission of the OAD Archives, Inc. is to honor the past, celebrate the present, and encourage the future of creative organic architecture and design through education, endorsement, and promotion.
The primary means of achieving this goal is through the publication of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design and to actively advocate for the acquisition, retention, preservation and conservation of the archives of design professionals whose work is/was based upon the philosophy of organic architecture and design.
The OAD Archives, Inc. was formed as a cooperative partnership between three main principals:
Randolph C. Henning: Architect and author of several books and numerous articles on organic architects.
William Blair Scott, Jr.: Architectural historian and founder of the Scott Architectural Archive.
Eric M. O'Malley: Graphic Designer, co-founder and editor of PrairieMod.com.
Our shared passion for furthering the education, appreciation, and preservation of archival materials associated with organic architecture and design was the impetus behind forming OAD Archives, Inc. Our combined archival collections have saved thousands of pieces related to a wide range of organic architects and designers. But it's just the beginning.
Our goal is to share these collected materials through the tri-annual publication of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design and bring our subscribers new insights into the many facets that make-up the fascinating world of OAD.
Our inaugural issue focuses on one of the greatest works of organic architecture ever created: Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. This issue is a feast for the senses with a look at rare, never before published photographs and drawings showing the construction and early years of Wright's desert masterpiece.
As excited as I am to be working on this new publication project, the ultimate goal of the organization is something even greater.
Every year, more and more materials are lost due to neglect or the lack of institutional interest for taking them on. We felt something had to be done to not only try and save these materials, but also make them available to anyone interested in learning more about them.
In order to do this, we need your help. Purchases of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design help to support the ongoing acquisition of organic architecture and design-related archival materials and their preservation. If you would like to be apart of this cause and have materials related to organic architecture and design you'd like to share, please contact us for our help in securing them for future study and appreciation for generations to come.
PrairieMod will do its part to keep you informed of when new issues of the OAD Journal will be out and what will be in store. Be sure to check out the new OAD Archives website and order your copy of the inaugural Journal of Organic Architecture + Design to have it delivered in-time for the holiday! We look forward to more exciting things in 2014--thanks for your support!
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