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Cheap and Thin: Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright Kindle Edition
In this richly illustrated book, Dr. Raymond Richard Neutra traces the forty-year relationship between his parents and the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The author's father, the pioneer modern architect Richard Neutra, immigrated to the United States in the early 1920's with the dual motivation of working for his idol Frank Lloyd Wright and for exploring the American industrial potential for economical and light weight housing, schools, medical facilities and other "architecture of social concern."
He brought his young wife with him to work for Wright in the last part of 1924 and they maintained a correspondence with Wright over the next forty years until the great man's death. Within nine years of his arrival in the United States Richard Neutra's writings on American building practices and technology and his 1927-29 steel framed "Lovell Health House" and plan for a prefabricated Ring Plan School won him a place in the 1932 MOMA "International Style" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Wright's early cordiality changed to vitriol when he characterized those projects as "Cheap and Thin." Although meant as an insult, the characterization revealed a recognition of the different direction that Richard Neutra's goals had given to the basic strategies that Wright had developed twenty years earlier: Neutra wanted to develop an economic and light way to deploy technology and nature for a happy and healthy life.
Cheap and Thin quotes from the many letters exchanged between Wright and the Neutra's and recounts family memories of visits between them. It then explores the substantial influence of Wright on Neutra and how Neutra adapted, adopted and added strategies and design features to gradually develop what was to become mid-century "California Modern."
- ASIN : B0716SFDMT
- Publication date : May 10, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 10748 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 260 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #470,655 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Russell L. Quacchia
An additional treat for me, as an architect who was influenced by the thoughts and work of Richard Neutra, is the insight into the nature of influence revealed in the exploration of the complex relationship between Wright and Neutra. While Neutra had great admiration and respect for Wright, he considered Adolph Loos his mentor. The author is an epidemiologist who uses his skills in that field to delve into this subject and in that exploration, comes up with a clear explanation of the ways one is influenced and how one might use those insights in their own work, view of the field or one's world view.
For any fan of these great men, this book is a must read. It is not long and can be read quickly, but should be read more than once. The photos offer a very intimate view of the Neutra family and the book is written in the first person voice of Raymond Neutra so it feels like the story is being told to you directly. And Neutra himself is a very good storyteller!