Prairie Hotel. After a 2-year, $18 million renovation, Frank Lloyd Wright’s last standing hotel has reopened in Mason City, Iowa. The Historic Park Inn Hotel is a premier example of the Wright’s Prairie style, and features deep hanging eaves and a terra-cotta faÃ§ade. A massive art-glass skylight drenches the lobby in multi-colored light. More atÂ ArtInfo.
Library of Glass. Although Philip Johnson’s Glass House library is transparent, Birch Books Conservation will soon offer the public a view the architectâ€™s library without a trip to New Canaan. The non-profit publisher hopes â€œto preserve the professional libraries of artists, architects, authors, and important public figures through publishing photographic and written research,â€ with an inside look at Johnsonâ€™s personal collection, reportedÂ Unbeige.
Mapping Poverty and Rebellion.Â The GuardianÂ opened up the recent London riots for debate. Journalist Matt Stiles mapped the newspaperâ€™s accumulated data of riot hot spots on a plan of Londonâ€™s neighborhoods. Deep red stands for the British capitalâ€™s poorest regions, while blue represents the wealthiest communities.
Metro In-The-Middle. The long-awaited Culver City Expo Line station was delayed by a disagreement between Culver City and construction authorities. Now, the two parties have agreed to the $7 million budget increase, which will fund a pedestrian plaza, bike lanes, parking facilities and pavement improvements. More at Curbed LA.