by John Rattenbury
Frank Lloyd Wright is perhaps the most influential figure in modern Western architecture. A truly American artist, Wright was inspired by the newness of his nation and the beauty of its terrain to take a radical approach to architecture. His innovative designs grew from a concept based on natural forms, which he called "organic architecture." Its goal is to create beautiful structures that suit the environment, serve people's needs, and lift their spirits higher.
Over two hundred books about Frank Lloyd Wright have been published, but little has been written about the continuation of organic architecture-until now. A Living Architecture explores the philosophy and principles that underlie organic architecture, explains why they endure, and illustrates how they may be applied. Through lavish photos and illustrations, the book presents an in-depth look at forty-seven design projects undertaken by Taliesin Architects, including residences, office buildings, hotels, concert halls, urban plans, a factory, and a palace in the desert.
Founded by the author and other architects who studied and worked with Wright, Taliesin Architects has remained true to Wright's ideas to the present day. In a span of four decades, the firm has designed over 1,300 projects worldwide. The representative projects in this book demonstrate the breadth of the firm's work and confirm that adherence to principle does not necessarily limit the creativity of an architect. A Living Architecture is a revealing and inspiring exploration of the legacy of America's greatest architect.
Since Wright's death 40 years ago, many of the architects who studied and worked under his tutelage continued within the firm Taliesin Architects. Rattenbury cofounded the group after Wright's death and perpetuated designs based on organic architecture-defined by Wright's belief that structures must not only meet the needs of people, but also suit the environment in which the structures stand. This retrospective expands this concept and illustrates how William Wesley Peters, Stephen Nemtin, and other architects at the firm have implemented this philosophy in nearly 50 structures featured here-a fraction of their portfolio. Profiles of residences and public-use structures feature stunning color photographs of the final product and text detailing the buildings' unique features.
--from Science News
Pomegranate Pr, 2000, 296 p., color photos/illus., 10 3/4" x 10 3/4", hardcover
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