Who Was Frank Lloyd Wright

Author: Ellen Labrecque
Publisher: Penguin Workshop
ISBN: 0448483130
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Born in Wisconsin in 1867, Frank Lloyd Wright became obsessed with a set of building blocks his mother had given to him on his ninth birthday. He grew up to become the father of organic architecture and the greatest American architect of all time, having designed more than 1,100 buildings during his lifetime. These included aprivate homes - such as the stunning Fallingwater, churches, temples, a hotel, and the world-famous Guggenheim Museum in New York City. aWhen asked how he could create so many designs, he answered, oI can't get them out fast enough.o Frank Lloyd Wright was a man ahead of his time who could barely keep up with his own ideas!

Frank Lloyd Wright

Author: Robert McCarter
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781861892683
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The life and architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) have been much-studied, yet there is a consistent division between analyses of his architecture, which exclude any discussion of his daily life, and books that tell the often sensational tale of his life, with barely a passing reference to the buildings themselves. The result is that, despite the large number of volumes on Wright, the most essential part of his life – his life as an architect, working, as he said, ‘in the cause of architecture’ – remains virtually unexplored. Frank Lloyd Wrightoffers an account of Wright’s life as an architect, the ideas, beliefs and relationships that shaped his life and work, and the manner in which these affected, and are reflected in, his architecture. During a tumultuous life and extensive career which includes such hugely defining buildings as the Guggenheim Museum, Fallingwater, Taliesin, Unity Temple, and the prolific Prairie Houses, Wright endeavoured to shape the emerging and evolving American democracy, its mode of dwelling, and its relation to the traditional conception of the city. Fusing ancient construction geometries with contemporary ideals of Transcendental philosophy, Wright sought to develop an appropriate architecture for the new world of the twentieth century. In doing so, he served as the primary inspiration for the emergence of Modern architecture around the world. Robert McCarter examines how Wright’s architecture crystallized key conceptions of both private dwelling and public citizenship for American society, and relates how, through his work and writings, Wright developed relationships with key leaders of the arts, industry and society. He analyses how and why Wright maintained that architecture was the ‘background or framework’ for daily life, never the literal ‘object’ of our attention, as well as Wright’s belief that architects have the most significant ethical responsibilities to improve the larger society and culture to which they belong. In exploring Wright’s life, times and culture, Robert McCarter shows how Wright was an architect of astonishing ability, whose works continue to shape the world around us, fifty years after his death.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Author: Meryle Secrest
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226744148
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Meryle Secrest's Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography focuses on Wright's family history, personal adventures, and colorful friends and family. Secrest had unprecedented access to an archive of over one hundred thousand of Wright's letters, photographs, drawings, and books. She also interviewed surviving devotees, students, and relatives. The result is an explicit portrait of both the genius architect and the provocative con-man. "Secrest seizes the themes most evocative of certain of our cultural myths, forging them into a coherent and emotionally plausible narrative."—New Republic "An engaging narrative."—New York Times Book Review "The real triumph of this biography . . . is the link it makes between Frank Lloyd Wright's personal life and his architecture."—The Economist "Secrest's achievement is to etch Wright's character in sharp relief. . . . [She] presents Wright in his every guise."-Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune "An extremely engaging profile."—The Philadelphia Inquirer "A spellbinding portrait."—Library Journal "The best [biography] so far, a huge and definitive accumulation of fact."—Time

Frank Lloyd Wright

Author: Frank Lloyd Wright
Publisher: Pomegranate
ISBN: 9780764932434
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Frank Lloyd Wright exerted perhaps the greatest influence on twentieth century design. In a volume that continues to resonate more than seventy years after its initial publication, Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography contains the master architect's own account of his work, his philosophy, and his personal life, written with his signature wit and charm. Wright (1867-1959) went into seclusion in a Minnesota cabin to reflect and to record his life experiences. In 1932, the first edition of the Autobiography was published. It became a form of advertising, leading many readers to seek out the master architect--thirty apprentices came to live and learn at Taliesin, Wright's Wisconsin home/school/studio, under the master's tutelage. (By 1938, Taliesin West, in Arizona, was the winter location for Wright's school.) The volume is divided into five sections devoted to family, fellowship, work, freedom, and form. Wright recalls his childhood, his apprenticeship with Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, the turmoil of his personal life, and the background to his greatest achievements, including Hollyhock House, the Prairie and the Usonian Houses, and the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.

Years with Frank Lloyd Wright

Author: Edgar Tafel
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 048614433X
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Insightful memoir by former apprentice presents a revealing portrait of Wright the man, the inspired teacher, the architect.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Author: Robert Twombly
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471857976
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The events of Wright's life and career are examined, with an analysis of his work, an assessment of his place in modern architecture, and an evaluation of Taliesin, the firm that continues his work

Frank Lloyd Wright

Author: Paul Laseau
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471288831
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Despite the renewed interest in Frank Lloyd Wright and the increasing body of literature that has illuminated his career, the deeper meaning of his architecture continues to be elusive. His own writings are often interesting commentaries but tend not to enlighten us as to his design methodology, and it is difficult to make the connection between his stated philosophy and his actual designs. This book is a refreshing account that evaluates Wright′s contribution on the basis of his architectural form, its animating principle and consequent meaning. Wright′s architecture, not his persona, is the primary focus of this investigation. This study presents a comprehensive overview of Wright′s work in a comparative analytical format. Wright′s major building types have been identified to enable the reader to pursue a more systematic understanding of his work. The conceptual and experiential order of each building group is demonstrated visually with specially developed analytical illustrations. These drawings offer vital insights into Wright′s exploration of form and underscore the connection between form and principle. The implications of Wright′s work for architecture in general serves as an important underlying theme throughout. This volume also integrates the research of several noted scholars to clarify the interaction of theory and practice in Wright′s work, as well as the role of formal order in architectural experience in general. By seeing how Wright integrates his intuitive and intellectual grasp of design, the reader will build a keen awareness of the rational and coherent basis of his architecture and its symbiotic relationship with emotional, qualitative reality. A graphic taxonomy of plans of Wright′s building designs helps the reader focus on specific subjects. Among the diverse areas covered are sources and influences of Wright′s work, domestic themes and variations, public buildings and skyscraper designs, and the influence of site on design. Complete with a chronology of the master architect′s work, Frank Lloyd Wright: Between Principle and Form is an important reference for students, architects and architectural historians.

The Vision of Frank Lloyd Wright

Author: Thomas A. Heinz
Publisher: Chartwell Books
ISBN: 0785834427
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A guide to the great architect's work features color photos of all of the buildings he designed, with information on Wright's life and philosophy, biographical information on his clients, and more.

Loving Frank

Author: Nancy Horan
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 0345495004
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Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Author: Jennifer Fandel
Publisher: The Creative Company
ISBN: 9781583413784
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Examines the life and career of the American architect, detailing the evolution of his innovative design and the structures which won him fame around the world.