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Ideas and Philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright: An Organic ArchitectureAn Organic Architecture
Frank Lloyd Wright (Author), Andrew Saint (Editor) / May 2017

In May 1939, the celebrated American architect Frank Lloyd Wright visited London and gave four lectures at the Royal Institute of British Architects. The meetings were hailed at the time as the most remarkable events of recent architectural affairs in England, and the lectures were published as ‘An Organic Architecture’ in September 1939 by Lund Humphries. The texts remain an important expression of the architect’s core philosophy and are being reissued now in a new edition to commemorate the 150th anniversary in 2017 of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth. In the lectures, Frank Lloyd Wright covers a wide 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, the then-imminent Second World War, and the ‘Future’.

Frank Lloyd Wright: The Early YearsFrank Lloyd Wright: The Early Years: Progressivism: Aesthetics: Cities
Donald Leslie Johnson / Nov 2016

Johnson examines Wright’s belief that all aspects of human life must embrace and celebrate an aesthetic experience that would thereby lead to necessary social reforms. Inherent in the theory was a belief that reform of nineteenth-century gluttony should include a contemporary interpretation of its material presence, its bulk and space, its architectural landscape. This book analyzes Wright’s innovative, profound theory of architecture that drew upon geometry and notions of pure design and the indigenous as put into practice. It outlines the design methodology that he applied to domestic and non-domestic buildings and presents reasons for the recognition of two Wright Styles and a Wright School. The book also studies how his design method was applied to city planning and implications of historical and theoretical contexts of the period that surely influenced all of Wright’s community and city planning.


Collection of QuotationsFrank Lloyd Wright on Architecture, Nature, and the Human Spirit: A Collection of Quotations (Frank Lloyd Wright Collection)

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer / September 2011

The architect of the Guggenheim Museum, Fallingwater, the Robie House, and the Johnson Wax Administration Building, Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “You do not learn by way of your successes. No one does.” Just as he flouted convention in a series of astonishing buildings, so did Wright go against the grain in his career as a writer and lecturer. On subjects as diverse as McCarthyism and cement blocks, he produced countless lectures and articles, a half-dozen books, and a remarkable series of informal talks delivered to his apprentices on Sunday mornings. Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, the author of several collections of Wright’s writings and Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, has culled more than two hundred quotations from a wide range of sources, drawing heavily on transcripts of the Sunday talks. The themes to which Wright returned most often serve as the book’s sections: the value of architecture takes precedence, but topics such as government and the getting of wisdom provide memorable and pungent comments. Wright was brash, outspoken, funny, irreverent, and unafraid of the most sweeping generalizations. In Frank Lloyd Wright on Architecture, Nature, and the Human Spirit, all those qualities shine, but so do the architect’s religious faith, his unswerving commitment to hard work, and a firm moral scheme that connected the two. Quotes organized by subject: Architecture, Nature, the Soul & Faith, Humanity, Wisdom, Creativity, Beauty, Culture & Values, Democracy & the Individual, Government, Work & Success, and Frank Lloyd Wright on Frank Lloyd Wright.


Essential Frank Lloyd WrightThe Essential Frank Lloyd Wright: Critical Writings on Architecture

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer / February 2008

The Essential Frank Lloyd Wright is a one-volume compendium of Wright’s most critically important–and personally revealing–writings on every conceivable aspect of his craft. Wright was perhaps the most influential and inspired architect of the twentieth century, and this is the only book that gathers all of his most significant essays, lectures, and articles on architecture. Bruce Pfeiffer includes each piece in its entirety to present the architect’s writings as he originally intended them. Beginning early in Wright’s career with "The Art and Craft of the Machine" in 1901, the book follows major themes through The Disappearing City, The Natural House, and many other writings, and ends with A Testament in 1957, published two years before his death. This volume is beautifully illustrated with original drawings and photographs, and is complemented by Pfeiffer’s general introduction, which provides history and context. The Essential Frank Lloyd Wright is a must-have resource for architects and scholars and a delight for general readers.


On and By Frank Lloyd WrightOn and By Frank Lloyd Wright: A Primer of Architectural Principles

Robert McCarter / November 2005

This volume contains a collection of the key essays on and by Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), one of the most influential and prolific architects of the 20th century. The individual essays focus on specific aspects of Wright’s work, analyzing buildings and projects in order to explain the general principles of Wright’s much-debated design methods. Included are previously published contributions from well-known historians and Wright scholars such as Kenneth Frampton, Colin Rowe, and Gwendolyn Wright, as well as new commentary from the book’s editor, Robert McCarter, an acknowledged Wright expert and author of Phaidon’s Frank Lloyd Wright monograph. Overall, this volume brings together in one place decades of important scholarship on key architectural principles, making it an essential reader for students of architecture.


30 Years of CorrespondenceFrank Lloyd Wright & Lewis Mumford: 30 Years of Correspondence

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer & Robert Wojtowicz (editors) / November 2001

Publisher’s Weekly. The meeting of two great 20th-century architectural minds is recorded in Frank Lloyd Wright & Lewis Mumford: Thirty Years of Correspondence, edited by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Archives Director at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and Robert Wojtowicz, chair of the Art Department at Old Dominion University. Wright first wrote to Mumford in 1926, when he was in his 50s and already renowned, and Mumford was in his 30s and making his name in cultural criticism. Mumford, who focused much of his writing on architecture and urban planning, greatly admired Wright’s work as "the exemplar of organic design, built in accordance with the rhythms of modern life"; the two men shared ideas and interests, though Mumford resisted getting too intimate in order to preserve his critical integrity. Their friendship weathered political, aesthetic and personal disagreements (including a 10-year rift regarding U.S. intervention in WWII), but up until Wright’s death in 1959 they maintained fondness and admiration for one another. B&w photos.


Mike Wallace InterviewsFrank Lloyd Wright: The Mike Wallace Interviews

Audio Cassette / 1996

In 1957, at the age of 90, Frank Lloyd Wright was in New York to supervise construction of his final masterpiece–the Guggenheim Museum. Mike Wallace invited him to be a guest on the TV show, The Mike Wallace Interview. Rarely has a figure of such historic importance been so revealingly captured. Guided by Wallace’s questioning, America’s greatest architect emerges as a wise, idealistic, nonconformist, and uniquely self-confident man. This is the complete soundtrack to that legendary interview.


Collected Writings Vol 4
Frank Lloyd Wright : Collected Writings, Vol 4: 1939-1949

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer (Author)/ 1994

The famed architect shares his thoughts on Beethoven, genius, and the human spirit. “Space, motion, and gravitation are (the architect’s) palette: the sun his brush. His concern is the heart of humanity. He, of all men, must see into the life of things; know their honor”.– Frank Lloyd Wright.


1071 Fifth Ave1071 Fifth Ave: Frank Lloyd Wright & the Story of the Guggenheim Museum

Frank Lloyd Wright / VHS / 1994

One of the greatest buildings on Earth, New York’s Guggenheim Museum opened in 1959 as a mutilated version of Wright’s original vision–parts of his wonderful spaces were turned into offices and storage, and much of the natural light was blocked off. Architect Sir Richard Rogers delves into the planning disputes, money problems, and personality clashes that plagued the museum during its inception, as well as the recent restoration to its intended glory. Wright’s own correspondence, read by Claire Bloom and F. Murray Abraham, vividly reconstructs the 17-year drama that led to the Guggenheim’s birth.


UsoniaUsonia : Frank Lloyd Wright’s Design for America

Alvin Rosenbaum / 1993

The publisher, John Wiley & Sons: The fascinating parallel narratives of three men who influenced the era between 1920 and 1950 — Wright, Henry Ford, and Franklin D. Roosevelt — are interwoven with provocative details about other lives, historic events and personal insights to demonstrate how Wright’s ideas have shaped modern America. Describes how the architect’s vision failed and succeeded and how Usonia was realized in expected and unexpected ways.


Truth Against the WorldTruth Against the World : Frank Lloyd Wright Speaks for an Organic Architecture

Frank Lloyd Wright, Patrick J. Meehan (Editor) / 1992

Customer review. Truth Against the World is a must for anyone interested in understanding Wright’s philosophy of Organic Architecture. It is a great resource because, unlike the thousands of other books that were written about Wright, Truth Against the World is a view of the famed architectural philosophy through the genius himself. You do not get a third person interpretation about Wright and his philosophy; instead you read and hear about it in his own words. The end result is a greater depth of understanding not only of the Organic philosophy, but of arguably one of the world’s greatest architect of all time.


In the Realm of IdeasFrank Lloyd Wright in the Realm of Ideas

Gerald Nordland, Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer (Editor) / 1988

Part 1 of the book, prepared by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, contains four sections defined by Wright’s own words: “The Destruction of the Box: The Freedom of Space”; “The Nature of the Site”; “Materials and Methods”; and “The Architecture of Democracy.” The 150 illustrations in this part (86 in full color), are dazzling visions of what was but is no more, what was planned but never built, as well as those architectural treasures that continue to enrich and challenge our society. The illustrations are accompanied by quotations from Frank Lloyd Wright that demonstrate how his ideas found expression in his designs. Part 2 contains 5 essays that serve to increase our awareness and appreciation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s contribution: Jack Quinan, “Frank Lloyd Wright in 1893: The Chicago Context”; Aaron Green, “Organic Architecture: The Principles of Frank Lloyd Wright”; E. T. Casey, “Structure in Organic Architecture”; Narciso Menocal, “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architectural Democracy: An American Jeremiad”; and Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, “The Second Career: 1924–1959.” An appendix provides full descriptions of the works in part 1, including notes on media, methods, and measurements.


Master ArchitectThe Master Architect : Conversations With Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright, Patrick J. Meehan (Editor) / 1984

The publisher, John Wiley & Sons: Previously unpublished conversations of "The Father of Modern Architecture" with such notables as Carl Sandburg, Mike Wallace, Alistair Cooke and Hugh Downs. In this magnificently illustrated volume, Wright shares his often controversial views on art, literature, society, history and architecture. Photographs of Wright’s greatest achievements accompany these provocative conversations. This book presents a penetrating portrait of the architect, exposing his humor, charm and guiding philosophy –an intense faith in the individual, the independent mind and the free spirit.