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The Wright Space: Pattern and Meaning in Frank Lloyd Wright's Houses Paperback – July 1, 1991
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Hildebrand applies a landscape theory developed by Jay Appleton (books also available on Amazon.com) - our early ancestors sought homesites high in the qualities of PROSPECT (ability to survey the surroundings) and REFUGE (protection from environmental and other threats), and thus we are programmed to find these qualities appealing.
Wright's large windows, sheltering eaves, solid stone, welcoming hearth, etc., are rich in Prospect and Refuge which give the subconscious signal "This is a great homesite!"
(Also see A PATTERN LANGUAGE, by Alexander, for more patterns underlying architectural appeal).
To the serious student of Wright's organic architecture, this book is an indispensible resource.
Now for the good things: the author researched quite a lot of material to get this book done, and as a result, there's a lot historical details that I found very interesting. Also some of the more lyrical, emotional descriptions are revealing (e.g. that of Fallingwater). The introductory chapters are quite revealing too. Also, there's an attempt to link Wright's emotional periods with evolution and preferences over prospect or refuge in its work.
Too bad academics these days have to research a 4 pages full of interdisciplinary bibliography to get the required assets for their credibility in the academic world. The market certainly doesn't require that much of an effort. Normal people will just agree with you or not. My 2 cents.
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Superb book with great insights into recurring design strategies that extended throughout his career. Read morePublished on July 22, 2007 by Architect FAIA
This is a great book, giving insight into Wright'd designs. Good pictures of details of some of his houses that are not found in other sources and really nice 3D exploded views of... Read morePublished on June 21, 2007 by Moo Cow