John Lloyd Wright
might not have the renown for the architectural creativity of his father, but John found inspiration in his father's work and designed toys that are still being made today. I'm talking about Lincoln Logs
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Frank Lloyd Wright
was one of the most important architects of the 20th century. He is known for buildings such as Fallingwater
, the Guggenheim museum
, and the Darwin D. Martin House
. One of Wright’s most fascinating houses is Taliesin
, his second home. Wright built the home in Spring Green, Wisconsin upon ancestral land given to him by his mother. Wright had fled his home in Oak Park
after abandoning his family and running off with the with the wife of a client. The Wisconsin home
was built as a getaway for Wright and his mistress
, but ultimately was the scene of her brutal murder
. Wright did not abandon the building, but turned it into a place
where young architects could study
under the master. In 1937 he created a second home and school at Taliesin West
Fascinating documentary on Wright.
In 1956 a 12-year-old Jim Berger exchanged letters
with Frank Lloyd Wright. The result was a Wright designed doghouse
Brilliant short series of documentaries each dealing with an architect and their signature creations. (each approx. 30 minutes) Frank Lloyd Wright Johnson Wax Building
:: Walter Gropius The Dessau Bauhaus
:: Alvaro Siza The Siza School
:: Renzo Piano Centre Georges Pompidou
:: Santiago Calatrava Satolas TGV
:: Felix Duban School of the Beaux Arts
:: Peter Zumthor The Thermae of Stone
:: Emanuele Rocco La Galleria Umberto
:: Otto Wagner The Vienna Savings Bank
a short computer graphic movie featuring the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece
Frank Lloyd Wright in Half Life 2
a machima walkthrough of the Falling Water / Kaufmann House. (youtube) (higher res version
- 57mb) (slightly more information
The decade between 1922 & 1932
was not a good one for Frank Lloyd Wright; his star had faded in the US upon his return from Japan
, and even though his most prolific years were still ahead of him
, he had trouble finding work, and was evicited, his fabled home
siezed by creditors. The Library of Congress hosts a fantastic collection of 5 projects
he undertook during
, none of which ever came to fruition. All that's left are his extensive blueprints
, perspective drawings
, and scale models
carved specifically for the exhibit.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Beth Shalom Synagogue
- Cool photo essay about a beautiful building
Only about 350 of the original 400 structures designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright are still standing. As of last week, that number has decreased by one
. The demolition of the 1916 W.S. Carr house
in Grand Beach, Michigan was the first Wright building in over 30 years to be demolished. Mark another loss to the heritage of U.S. Modernism.
The Larkin Administration Building.
"It's not too much to say that this was the most significant demolition of an architectural landmark in the United States." A good read on one of Frank Lloyd Wright early masterpieces, and the history of Buffalo, NY architecture.
A viilage to reinvent the world : Gaviotas "In 1965 Paulo Lugari was flying over the impoverished Llanos Orientales, the “eastern plains” that border Venezuela. The soil of the Llanos is tough and acidic, some of the worst in Colombia. Lugari mused that if people could live here they could live anywhere.....The following year Lugari and a group of scientists, artists, agronomists and engineers took the 15-hour journey along a tortuous route from Bogota to the Llanos Orientales to settle."
"...they would need to be very resourceful. So they invented wind turbines that convert mild breezes into energy, super-efficient pumps that tap previously inaccessible sources of water [powered by a child's playground seesaw!], and solar kettles that sterilize drinking water using the furious heat of the tropical sun....They even invented a rain forest!" (from "Gaviotas - A village to reinvent the World"
, by Tim Weisman) Amidst the strife of war torn Columbia, Gaviotas persists and even flourishes
" "When we import solutions from the US or Europe," said Lugari, founder of Gaviotas, "we also import their problems."....Over the years Gaviotas technicians have installed thousands of the windmills across Colombia
....Since Gaviotas refuses to patent inventions, preferring to share them freely, the design has been copied from Central America to Chile."
Gaviotas is real
, yes, but it is also a state of mind
- as if Ben Franklin, Frank Lloyd Wright, Leonardo Da Vinci - all of the great those giants who reinvisioned the possible
- were reincarnated : as a small Columbian village on a once-desolate plain. "Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has called Paolo Lugari the "inventor of the world." "