Title: Frank Lloyd Wright Natural Design, Organic Architecture
From the Publisher:
An unsung prophet of today’s green movement in architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright was an innovator of eco-sensitive design generations ahead of his time. An architect and designer of far-reaching vision, it is not surprising that Frank Lloyd Wright anticipated many of the hallmarks of today’s green movement. Across his work—which stands upon a philosophy Wright termed "organic"—widespread evidence is seen of a refined sensitivity to environment, to social organization as impacted by buildings, and to sustainable and sensible use of space. The desire to work and live with nature to create livable homes and cities is an ongoing theme of American architecture and planning. This book explores Wright’s lessons on how climate, sustainability, sunlight, modern technology, local materials, and passive environmental controls can become the inspiration for excellent design, and highlights a selection of Wright’s buildings to show how he dealt with these issues. The book is organized by the green concepts Wright used—including passive solar design and the use of thermal massing, passive berm insulation, environmentally sensitive landscaping, passive ventilation systems, passive natural light, and intelligent and artful adaptation of technology—with examples from different houses. It shows how Wright evolved certain ideas that continue to spur discussions of green architecture design today
From the Author!;
Frank Lloyd Wright may not only be the greatest architect of the 19th century (as Philip Johnson faintly praised him), but of the 21st century, too. He anticipated our century's concern for sustainable cities and green architecture.
Growing up in rural Wisconsin after the Civil War, Wright was familiar with how traditional architecture solved the challenges of heating, cooling and illumination in the days before central heat, air-conditioning, and electricity. He never forgot those lessons even as he became one of the world's foremost Modern architects. Wright always spoke of building with nature, climate, and topography, and his knowledge of time-tested methods shaped his Modern solutions. The Prairie House's wide eaves were not just a novel, eye-catching form; they also actively cooled the house in summer, warmed it in winter. His proposal to give every citizen of his model city, Broadacres, an acre of land to farm was an early version of today's local food movement.
With these and dozens of other ideas he built a true Modern architecture. Our century can learn from Wright's blend of ancient knowledge and progressive improvement--and from his insistence that functional designs be beautiful architecture as well.
224 pages, hard cover. Rizzoli October 2012
Author: Alan Hess, Photographs by Alan Weintraub
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