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Palm Springs Modernism Week Celebrates Huge Turn Out for 2013

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The 11-day celebration of midcentury architecture, design, and culture drew record crowds this year, attracting more than 40,000 visitors to the Coachella Valley.  As the only such event in the country when it was launched in 2006, Palm Springs Modernism Week has helped fuel a robust national interest in the preservation and appreciation of modernism, and has grown quickly over the years, with estimated attendance reaching 35,000 last year. Continue reading

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Video: Moby on Modernism

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We had a full house yesterday at The ACE Hotel to see Grammy-nominated musician Moby wax poetic on LA architecture, minimalism, Lautner and much more.  The conversation covered everything from John Pawson to Zaha Hadid, madly unlivable minimalism, and a bit of personal history on how the artist came to be such a fan of architecture.  Dubbed LA architecture’s newest mascot by the LA Weekly, the populist Moby effect is quite clear.  As he said himself, everyone should feel entitled to have a point of view on architecture.  When architecture is made exclusively for architects and academians, it ceases to be relevant.

If you missed the event, the Desert Sun filmed the event.  Watch it here now.

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Photo and video courtesy of the Desert Sun

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TODAY @ MODERNISM WEEK – SUNDAY, FEB. 24

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We couldn’t ask for a more perfect day to conclude this year’s Palm Springs Modernism week with. Spend your sunny Sunday exploring the best of today’s modernist designs, tour local architecture gems, and shop the 1st Annual Modernism Yard Sale while you still can! Continue reading

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TODAY @ MODERNISM WEEK – SATURDAY, FEB. 23

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Moby, modernism, Marrakesh – need we say more? Check out today’s top Modernism Week events! (Also, you won’t want to miss the unveiling of Modfire’s newest design, the Astrofire, at the Modern Living Expo, 10:30am.) Continue reading

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TODAY @ MODERNISM WEEK – FRIDAY, FEB. 22

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It’s the last weekend of Modernism Week! Be sure to make your way to these fabulous Friday events before they’re gone! Continue reading

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Weekend Pass: Prefab Showcase, Vintage Trailer Show, and Modern Living Expo

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Get ready for the closing weekend of Palm Springs Modernism Week 2013!   As an added treat this weekend, dozens of vintage trailers will be temporarily taking up residence on the Hilton Hotel Parking Lot embodying and reviving that most classic of American past-times – traveling the open road – when the Vintage Trailer Show returns to Palm Springs.   To simplify things for our visitors, Modernism Week is offering a special weekend pass for the first time-ever.  Visitors are invited to buy a special weekend pass at the door for $20 on Saturday, Feb. 23rd and Sunday, Feb. 24th.  This pass gets them into the Vintage Trailer Show, the Prefab Showcase, and the Modern Living Expo.  Who loves ya?

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Today @ Modernism Week – Wednesday, Feb. 20

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Modernism Week continues with a variety of lectures, tours, exhibitions, and showcases.  Tickets are still available to all of these events. Continue reading

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Today at Modernism Week – Friday, Feb 15th

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It’s Friday, the sun is a lot, and the weather is warm.  Welcome to Palm Springs everyone!  While tickets are all sold out for the architectural bus tours and many of the home tours and parties, please know that there are still LOTS of events that have available tickets and/or are open to the public.  Here’s a list of what you could see today, Friday, Feb. 15th.

  • Prefab Showcase
    Prairie Schooner Parking Lot behind The Hilton Hotel – 10am to 5pm
    Check out this state-of-the-art pop-up prefab village, replete with food trucks and live music.
    BUY TICKETS AT THE DOOR ($10).  Gets you into both Prefab Showcase and Modern Living Expo.
  • Modern Living Expo
    Prairie Schooner Parking Lot behind The Hilton Hotel – 10am to 5pm
    The best in modern lifestyle accessories, furniture, and more.
    BUY TICKETS AT THE DOOR ($10).  Gets you into both Prefab Showcase and Modern Living Expo.
  • A. Quincy Jones Star Dedication
    300 S. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, CA 92264 – 2pm -3:30pm
    Join officials, architecture aficionados, and fans as they pay tribute to architect A. Quincy Jones as a star is added to the sidewalk in his name.  Sneak peek at the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Center, Edward Harris Pavilion and reception at the Palm Springs Historical Society following the dedication.
    FREE EVENT
  • Marrakesh Designer Showcase
    The Gardens on El Paseo, 73-545 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260 – 12;30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, 3:30pm
    Tour the Coachella Valley’s first-ever designer showcase.  See why it’s called the Jewel of the Desert.  Problems booking?  .
    Book your ticket here.  Park at El Paseo, entering off of Larkspur Lane, and take the complimentary shuttle to the Marrakesh Country Club.
  • Stamberg Aferiat Book Signing
    The Saguaro Hotel @ Tinto Restaurant – 5pm to 7pm
    Meet the architects behind this brightly-hued boutique hotel and pick up a signed copy of their new Rizzoli book.
    FREE EVENT
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Prefab Preview: miniHome by Altius Architecture

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Few homes leave a physical and carbon footprint as small as the miniHome by Altius Architecture – and this week, Palm Springs Modernism Week guests can tour the energy efficient, modern prefab home during the exciting new Prefab Showcase.

Designed by Altius Architecture and built by HMK Prefab Homes, the miniHome represents the best in modern design and energy efficiency. Design details – such as a structural steel chassis and floor assembly, green materials, reflective thermal barrier, cedar siding, energy efficient windows and cork flooring – have resulted in a reduced environmental footprint, as well as lowered operational and maintenance costs. Like its name, the urban dwelling is a lean, green, eco-friendly machine, incorporating a surprising amount of sustainable technology into a compact (and comfortably livable) space. Continue reading

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Preview: Lectures, Live Music and More @ the Modern Living Expo and Prefab Showcase

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This year, your $10 ticket at the door buys you entrance into a whole world of modernist fun at the Prefab Showcase and Modern Living Expo.  Here’s a quick rundown of some of the programming that’s in store!

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