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Frank Lloyd Wright
An Organic Architecture and Travels with Frank Lloyd Wright

An Organic Architecture

Frank Lloyd Wright We might not all major in architecture but we are all touched by it, and it’s argued that Frank Lloyd Wright has had more impact than most on buildings in both the 20th and 21st centuries.

Frank Lloyd Wright introduced the word ‘organic’ into his vision of building, and indeed he did this as far back as the early 20th century. Although the word ‘organic’ now refers to something which has the soft lines of animals or plants, Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture represents another element. He does not mimic nature but, rather, considers nature’s characteristics. Lloyd Wright looks at the location and builds to create a marriage between constructed forms and natural setting.

Throughout his 70-year career, Frank Lloyd Wright published articles and books and gave lectures. The philosophy of his organic architecture was that architecture should be a partnership of its site and its time, and should never impose a style for the sake of it.

In May 1939, Lloyd Wright visited London and gave four lectures at the Royal Institute of British Architects. The lectures were published as ‘An Organic Architecture’ in September 1939 by Lund Humphries. The book represents the design philosophy for which he is so celebrated. This new edition commemorates the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth.

The text covers a range of topics including his Usonian houses, his visions for the future of cities both in North America and elsewhere, particularly in Britain, Taliesin and the Johnson Waxworks factory. More importantly we are introduced to the man through his words and his passion.

Author: Frank Lloyd Wright
Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd
Price: £20
ISBN-10: 1848222327
ISBN-13: 978-1848222328

Travels with Frank Lloyd Wright

frank Lloyd wright travelsThis is a volume for any student of architecture who is interested in that phrase ‘form follows function’ with regard to the inspiring and revolutionary architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Gwyn Lloyd Jones retraced Frank Lloyd Wright’s steps on journeys he made outside the USA. This volume considers the man along with his buildings. It’s a contemporary look at Lloyd Wright and his celebrated international work.

Lloyd Wright was well-travelled, and these six trips were undertaken to promote his ‘organic’ architecture philosophy. Gwyn Lloyd Jones starts his adventure in Japan, which is the only country outside the US where Lloyd Wright both lived and worked. He travels to Germany to explore the way Lloyd Wright’s visits influenced his ‘Prairie House’ collection. He then travels to Russia and the UK, where Lloyd Wright presented his global ‘Usonian’ concept. The final two chapters look at Italy and the Middle East as part of Lloyd Wright’s legacy, the last chapter having ‘A Short Taxi Ride Around The Persian Gulf’ as its amusing heading.

Travels with Frank Lloyd Wright isn’t a glossy full-colour coffee-table book. This is for those who have perhaps visited some of the buildings mentioned in the text. It’s for those who want to actually understand the Lloyd Wright concept. How did he perceive the relationship between location and materials?

The author meets people who are living with Wright’s organic architecture today and he finds out whether their homes are functional and practical, and the Lloyd Wright work is contrasted with more typical architecture in the countries visited.

This new book from Lund Humphries offers a unique view of this often controversial American architect, and in a thoroughly international context. His legacy continues.

Author: Gwyn Lloyd Jones
Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd
Price: £30
ISBN-10: 1848222262
ISBN-13: 978-1848222267

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