Architectural Excursions

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Soon after 1900 in both North America and Europe the evolution from the tradition of Mediterranean and Gallic architectural styles to modernism began. This phenomenon was due, in part, to American industrial architecture and the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright's building and architectural treatises of 1898-1908, with the additional help of Dutch propaganda on his behalf, significantly influenced European practitioners and theorists. European architecture within and outside of Holland reflects an adaptation of ...

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Soon after 1900 in both North America and Europe the evolution from the tradition of Mediterranean and Gallic architectural styles to modernism began. This phenomenon was due, in part, to American industrial architecture and the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright's building and architectural treatises of 1898-1908, with the additional help of Dutch propaganda on his behalf, significantly influenced European practitioners and theorists. European architecture within and outside of Holland reflects an adaptation of Wright's theories along with the structural determinism of American industrial buildings. With new evidence and fresh analysis culled from Dutch and American archives, personal correspondence, and professional material, this study examines the weight of Wright's works and words and those of the Dutchmen H.P. Berlage, Theo van Doesburg, Jan Wils, J.J.P. Oud, William Dudok, and Hendrik Theodor Wijdeveld.

This new insight on the effects of Wright's architectural theories and designs, coupled with an extensive guide for further research, will attract art and architecture scholars and historians on both sides of the Atlantic and will also be of interest to social historians, artists, and architects. Events and new theories, including the assertion that Hendrik Theodor Wijdeveld was the catalytic source behind Wright's Taliesin Fellowship established in 1932, are presented in clear accessible language. Tied to the text are numerous visual presentations of significant designs and buildings.

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A biographical, historical, and art-historical treatment of the architect Wright's influence in Europe, especially The Netherlands. Traces the relationship between Wright and Dutch architects of his time, a relationship which germinated architectural Modernism and eventually provided an architectural context for the political left. Includes a list of Wright-influenced buildings in The Netherlands, and appendices of letters and documents. Contains b&w photos and plans. Lacks a subject index. Langmead teaches architectural history at the University of South Australia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

DONALD LANGMEAD is Professor of Architectural History at the University of South Australia.

DONALD LESLIE JOHNSON is an American scholar who studied in the masters class of Louis Kahn.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Ch. 1 Fin de Siecle Turmoil 1
Ch. 2 Discovery 9
Ch. 3 Immediate Reaction 25
Ch. 4 Insights: Jan Wils 39
Ch. 5 Serious Looks, Passing Glances 55
Ch. 6 Wijdeveld: A Bright Prospect 81
Ch. 7 Wijdeveld: Eye to Eye 91
Ch. 8 The Show 107
Ch. 9 Turnings 119
Ch. 10 Fellowship 129
Ch. 11 Many Fellowships 147
Ch. 12 Wijdeveld in America 161
Ch. 13 Sixty Years of Living Architecture 173
Ch. 14 Retrospection 183
App. A Some Wright-Influenced Buildings in The Netherlands 189
App. B Wright to Wijdeveld, 21 October 1947 195
App. C Wijdeveld's An International Guild, Santpoort, 1931 199
App. D The Taliesin Fellowship Constitution, 1932 207
Notes 211
Bibliography 235
Index of Personal Names 241
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