Organic Architecture: The Other Modernism
  • Organic Architecture: The Other Modernism
  • Organic Architecture: The Other Modernism

Organic Architecture: The Other Modernism

by Alan Hess
     
 

Organic Architecture: The Other Modernism illuminates the broad brush stroke of Organic residential architecture throughout the panorama of twentieth-century Modernism. A wide-ranging style that defies definition, Organic buildings are notable in their curves and colors, as well as their exuberant, opulent, and at times, extravagant complexity of line, form,… See more details below

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Organic Architecture: The Other Modernism illuminates the broad brush stroke of Organic residential architecture throughout the panorama of twentieth-century Modernism. A wide-ranging style that defies definition, Organic buildings are notable in their curves and colors, as well as their exuberant, opulent, and at times, extravagant complexity of line, form, texture, structure, and color.
Organized chronologically, beginning in 1880 and ending with the present, each chapter explores the contributions of Organic architects in depth. With riveting historical context, including the movement's foundation, evolution, and major events, author Alan Hess shows why the Organic movement has remained a strong, deep-running current in culture and design.

Some key Organic architects featured in this book include:

Louis Sullivan

Frank Furness

Frank Lloyd Wright

Bruce Goff

Charles Haertling

John Lautner

Walter Burley Griffin

Mickey Muennig

R. M. Schindler

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586858575
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
08/02/2006
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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It is this book's intention to illuminate the broad brush stroke of Organic residential architecture in America throughout the panorama of twentieth-century Modernism. Organic architecture is a style wide ranging enough to defy easy definition, yet vivid enough for people to know it when they see it. It reached a high point in the mid-twentieth century, but it has roots much deeper in American culture than the European Bauhaus architectural style that combined technology, craftsmanship, and aesthetics. Despite being marginalized at times by the tastemakers and professional magazines, Organic architecture has remained a strong, deep running current in American culture and design. There are, of course, Organic office buildings (the Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, by Wright), coffee shops (Pann's in Los Angeles, California, by Armét and Davis), churches (Sea Ranch Chapel in Sea Ranch, California, by James Hubbell), as well as other building types, but for the sake of clarity and comparison the focus of this book is on residences.

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