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Barbara Flanagan

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  • BA
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Masters , Architecture
    Yale University
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Minneapolis newspaper columnist for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune beginning in the 1940s, author, city promoter extraordinaire. Barbara Flanagan was born in Des Moines, Iowa and attended Drake University from 1942-1945, where she pursued a major in drama. After a summer at the Minneapolis Times, she left college and began working in the promotion department from 1945 to 1947. Flanagan was a reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune from 1947-1958. In 1958 she was named the women's editor for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune and worked in that capacity until 1965 when she was named a columnist for the Star. She wrote about "interesting personalities and colorful events. She also used the column as a "constant and effective crusade for city beautification and for the preservation of historic buildings."
Flanagan also authored three books: Minneapolis (1973), Ovation: a Partnership Between a Great Orchestra and a Great Audience (1977), and Minneapolis-St. Paul:Linked to the Future(1997). Her career also involved significant membership participation in various Twin Cities area clubs and organizations. Some memberships included: Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Arts(founding Minnesota Arts Forum), Minneapolis Club, Minikahda Club, Kappa Alpha Theta, Sigma Delta Chi, American Swedish Institute, and Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library. She continued to work for both papers and retired from the combined Star Tribune in 1988. After retirement, Flanagan continues to write her "Flanagan Memo" for the Star Tribune in which she promotes the city of Minneapolis and its civic treasures.
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I told Barbara Flanagan at the Star Tribune that I had written a book because she had been writing about those 1801 tap dancers for 30 years. Two weeks later she wrote in her column, "Beth Obermeyer has written a book on her 1,801 tap dancers and . . . it will be published!" I asked her, "Who do you think would like to publish?
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Barbara Flanagan Barbara Flanagan is an author and designer who trained as an architect. This month she launches her new book, Flanagan's Smart Home (Workman). A Contributing Editor to ID Magazine, she also wrote The Houseboat Book (Rizzoli), and contributed to Design Is . . . (Metropolis Books). She has written extensively for The New York Times, as well as The New York Times Magazine and Elle Decor. homeportfoliobiographylinksbooks & articlespurchasecontact
Barbara Flanagan is a designer and author trained as an architect.
She tweaks the ordinary, overlooked parts of life, making nothing into something whenever she can. That's why she is busy covering lots of territory, in several fields, both inside and out of her expertise.
Flanagan likes ideas. New ideas applied to age-old concerns or old ideas rebuilt for new issues. Small ideas that surprise or big ideas that inspire. She has been called "way ahead of the curve" often and way too late to profit from prescience. Nevertheless, many of her ideas--new, old, small, big--appear in the form of products, interiors, books, articles, lectures, teaching and consulting.
In her design/build work, Flanagan she has re-constructed a Cape Cod as a high-tech, barrier-free bachelorette pad equipped for "aging in place," transformed a kitchen into a hangar for a beloved sea kayak, turned a rainhead shower into a chandelier, and invented new uses for countless materials, fixtures and fittings.
For years, Flanagan was a contributor to The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Elle Décor, and many other national publications, while she was a contributing editor to Metropolis and I.D. Magazine. In essays and journalism, she covered architecture along with industrial, urban and landscape design. Currently, Flanagan writes about the lessons of living in the dynamic, volatile ecosystem of California.
Under different titles, Flanagan aims to do projects not done before. As a consultant, for example, she's advised a real estate magnate, seeking a market edge, to make his upscale Arizona trailer parks into horticultural utopias. As a visiting architecture professor, she devised "Flotilla Night" to glamorize an old riverside canal; for a civic procession, her students built illuminated vessels they self-powered through the water. As an upstart, she created/moderated "In Your Face," a public event, in NYC, where outspoken architects (Rem Koolhaas, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and more) grappled with 9-11. As an inventor, Flanagan has prototyped a dirt-cheap backyard vermicomposter ready for licensing.
Flanagan has a Masters in Architecture from Yale University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She studied sculpture at the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
In 2010, Flanagan moved to downtown Santa Barbara to live in the urban outdoors. There, she runs an outdoor/indoor studio, exhibits her art, grows most of her food, cultivates a xeriscape, and commutes to the sea, via Vespa or bike, to swim wetsuited with her pals, the Ocean Ducks.
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