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Frank Lloyd Wright (Reaktion Books - Critical Lives) Paperback – June 1, 2006
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Essentially, Wright approached his buildings as personal works of art designed for the purchaser after long conversations on their desires (with a few glaring exceptions, due to a sudden excess of FLW's arrogance). He designed them from the inside out, with the greatest attention to detail as total works of art down to the furniture and even the clothes of residents, kind of like Wagner's Gesamtkunstwerk, but for living space and quality of life. He also strove to orient them wrt the sun and other natural contours of the landscape. The range of buildings is far too complex and varied to describe here, of course, and I could have used more pics in the text to supplement McCarter's wonderful descriptions (easily available on the internet). I finally get it and will study his legacy in greater detail. Also, many of his homes were designed for the middle class, rather than exclusively for an aristocracy of the rich.
The wider context is also covered in just the right detail, that is, how Sullivan mentored Wright; how Wright rebelled against the neo-classical fashion as exemplified by the great Burnham; how he hated Corbusier, Mies van der Rowe, and Gropius.Read more ›
It's certainly uncommon to find so many floor plans and having the book focus on just three buildings gives the author a real opportunity to go into great detail on each. With everything combined that this book offers, you get a much better grasp of the many details of each building, far more than you can with a book that spends 1 to 4 or even 10 pages on a single building. The photos are quite nice, the floor plans are all very clear and the drawings are well defined, not too light. In fact, it appears that some of the naturally lighter drawings have been slightly darkened for better viewability. It's a good book to own, if you don't mind a lot of floor plans, drawings and some b&w photos.
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What do Frank Lloyd Wright and Walt Disney have in common? They died before being able to see the finished construction of their building designs, the Moma and Epcot CenterPublished 16 months ago by Rene L. Santiago