Frank Lloyd Wright in the Realm of Ideas

Frank Lloyd Wright in the Realm of Ideas

by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer
     
 

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“One hundred years from now, people will look at his ideas, his principles, his forms, and see—with wonder and amazement—that those ideas are still fresh, vibrant, applicable, and intensely prophetic.”—Olgivanna Lloyd Wright (1969).

Nearly twenty years later, this exhibition of Frank Lloyd Wright’s principles and forms validates

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“One hundred years from now, people will look at his ideas, his principles, his forms, and see—with wonder and amazement—that those ideas are still fresh, vibrant, applicable, and intensely prophetic.”—Olgivanna Lloyd Wright (1969).

Nearly twenty years later, this exhibition of Frank Lloyd Wright’s principles and forms validates Mrs. Wright’s prophecy highlighting his ideas—the foundation of his achievement.

Part 1 of the book, prepared by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, contains four sections defined by Wright’s own words: “The Destruction of the Box: The Freedom of Space”; “The Nature of the Site”; “Materials and Methods”; and “The Architecture of Democracy.” The 150 illustrations in this part (86 in full color), are dazzling visions of what was but is no more, what was planned but never built, as well as those architectural treasures that continue to enrich and challenge our society. The illustrations are accompanied by quotations from Frank Lloyd Wright that demonstrate how his ideas found expression in his designs.

Part 2 contains 5 essays that serve to increase our awareness and appreciation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s contribution: Jack Quinan, “Frank Lloyd Wright in 1893: The Chicago Context”; Aaron Green, “Organic Architecture: The Principles of Frank Lloyd Wright”; E. T. Casey, “Structure in Organic Architecture”; Narciso Menocal, “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architectural Democracy: An American Jeremiad”; and Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, “The Second Career: 1924–1959.” An appendix provides full descriptions of the works in part 1, including notes on media, methods, and measurements.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Savor this book, browse through it, marvel at the beauty and simplicity of Wright’s architecture and philosophy.”—West Coast Review of Books

“[In] this handsome volume . . . words and images form a sweeping panorama of [Wright’s] belief that organic architecture should undergird individual freedom and democracy, wedding nature to technology.”—Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wright's own voluminous writings are still the most direct guide to his thought processes. Quotes from his essays are juxtaposed here with 170 photographs and plans. Words and images form a sweeping if uncritical panorama of his belief that organic architecture should undergird individual freedom and democracy, wedding nature to technology. The catalogue of a traveling exhibit, this handsome volume includes several penetrating essays. Contributors examine the architect's early years in Chicago, his ``second career'' that began in his 60s and lasted until the age of 92, his fusion of function, building materials and landscape. Pfeiffer is director of archives of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation; Nordland is author of Richard Diebenkorn. (March)
Library Journal
This collection of essays complements a traveling exhibition of Wright's work organized by the Scottsdale Arts Center Association. Five scholarly essays cover different aspects of the master's work, from his early career in Chicago to his principles of organic architecture. The illustrationscolor and black-and-white photographs and drawingscapture the beauty and excitement of Wright's architecture and are accompanied by quotations from Wright himself. While this book does not treat Wright's career comprehensively, it serves as an eloquent reminder of his genius and should be part of any architectural library. H. Ward Jandl, National Park Service, Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809314225
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1988
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer is Director of Archives of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Mr. Pfeiffer is editor and author of many books about Frank Lloyd Wright, including Letters to Apprentices, Letters to Architects, Letters to Clients, Frank Lloyd Wright: The Guggenheim Correspondence, and Treasures of Taliesin.

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