Frank Lloyd Wright
By (author) Prof. Robert McCarter
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Frank Lloyd Wright by Prof. Robert McCarter
Book DescriptionThe life and architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) have been much-studied, yet there is a consistent division between analyses of his architecture, which exclude any discussion of his daily life, and books that tell the often sensational tale of his life, with barely a passing reference to the buildings themselves. The result is that, despite the large number of volumes on Wright, the most essential part of his life - his life as an architect, working, as he said, 'in the cause of architecture' - remains virtually unexplored. "Frank Lloyd Wright" offers an account of Wright's life as an architect, the ideas, beliefs and relationships that shaped his life and work, and the manner in which these affected, and are reflected in, his architecture. During a tumultuous life and extensive career which includes such hugely defining buildings as the Guggenheim Museum, Fallingwater, Taliesin, Unity Temple, and the prolific Prairie Houses, Wright endeavoured to shape the emerging and evolving American democracy, its mode of dwelling, and its relation to the traditional conception of the city. Fusing ancient construction geometries with contemporary ideals of Transcendental philosophy, Wright sought to develop an appropriate architecture for the new world of the twentieth century. In doing so, he served as the primary inspiration for the emergence of Modern architecture around the world. Robert McCarter examines how Wright's architecture crystallized key conceptions of both private dwelling and public citizenship for American society, and relates how, through his work and writings, Wright developed relationships with key leaders of the arts, industry and society. He analyses how and why Wright maintained that architecture was the 'background or framework' for daily life, never the literal 'object' of our attention, as well as Wright's belief that architects have the most significant ethical responsibilities to improve the larger society and culture to which they belong. In exploring Wright's life, times and culture, Robert McCarter shows how Wright was an architect of astonishing ability, whose works continue to shape the world around us, fifty years after his death.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781861892683
(200mm x 130mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 14-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Prof. Robert McCarter
Robert McCarter is a practicing architect and the Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of several books on Frank Lloyd Wright, and a recent monograph on Louis Kahn.
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