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Need to Save a Lighthouse from Erosion? Just Pick It Up and Move It

About six years ago, Richard Skidmore, longtime keeper of the Gay Head Lighthouse in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, discovered that 40 feet of fencing around the lighthouse had disappeared—falling down onto the cliffs below. That’s when he knew his beloved workplace needed some help.

What followed was a long journey toward saving Gay Head Lighthouse from tumbling into the Atlantic. Skidmore enlisted a team, which then raised funds, got city approval, and did something that seems baffling even when you watch the video above: they picked up the 160-year-old structure, and they moved it.

The preservation of Gay Head Lighthouse isn’t just in the interest of history, it’s still used for maritime navigation. The 134-foot relocation will keep Gay Head Lighthouse safe from erosion for at least another 100 years. The $3 million move happened last year, and the building will open once again to the public this Memorial Day.

It’s technically not the first time the lighthouse has been moved (moving lighthouses, while incredible, is not as rare as you might think).

To learn more about how the team moved the 400-ton building (it involved 16 hydraulic jacks, a steel track, a couple of days, and a whole lot more), check out a recent episode of PBS’s NOVA called “Operation Lighthouse Rescue” and this great long read from our friends at Popular Mechanics. There’s also a documentary on the lighthouse in the works (the video above is a teaser).

[h/t: Popular Mechanics]

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One Photographer's Quest to Document Every Frank Lloyd Wright Structure in the World
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From California’s Marin County Civic Center to the Yokodo Guest House in Ashiya City, Japan, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence spans countries and continents. Today, 532 of the architect’s original designs remain worldwide—and one photographer is racking up the miles in an attempt to photograph each and every one of them, according to Architectural Digest.

Andrew Pielage is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s unofficial photographer. The Phoenix-based shutterbug got his gig after friends introduced him to officials at Taliesin West, the late designer’s onetime winter home and studio that today houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Higher-ups at Taliesin West allowed Pielage to photograph the property in 2011, and they liked his work so much that they commissioned him for other projects. Since then, Pielage has shot around 50 Wright buildings, ranging from Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, to the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.

Pielage takes vertical panoramas to “get more of Wright in one image,” and he also prefers to work with natural light to emphasize the way the architect integrated his structures to correspond with nature’s rhythms. While Pielage still has over 400 more FLW projects to go until he's done capturing the icon’s breadth of work, you can check out some of his initial shots below.

[h/t Architectural Digest]

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

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