Wrightscapes : Frank Lloyd Wright’s Landscape Designs
The first in-depth look at the environmental designs of “America’s favourite architect”, Frank Lloyd Wright. It contains many never before published photographs and site plans. “…a comprehensive and intriguing look at the work of Frank Lloyd Wright from the outside. It provides a view from the perspective of his designs in settings or landscapes …the […]
The first in-depth look at the environmental designs of “America’s favourite architect”, Frank Lloyd Wright. It contains many never before published photographs and site plans. “…a comprehensive and intriguing look at the work of Frank Lloyd Wright from the outside. It provides a view from the perspective of his designs in settings or landscapes …the point of view is to see how the designs of the outside flow into, out of, around, and in a few classic cases, under the architecture of the building.” – John Crowley, Dean, College of Environmental Design, University of Georgia. Shedding light on a fascinating yet previously unexamined topic, “Wrightscapes” analyzes 85 of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs paying particular attention to site planning, landscape design, community scale and regional planning. The authors include many original diagrams, rare archival material, and some 200 photographs and site plans, many never published before, detailing Wright’s residential and public work and his urban design initiatives. A true collectors item “Wrightscapes” is a pleasure to read and a joy to own. Frank Lloyd Wright is perhaps best remembered for his unmatched mastery of the organic style of architecture – where a structure’s form and material blend harmoniously with its natural surroundings. Less well known, but equally inspirational are the contributions Wright brought to landscape and site design. His creations in this area reflect a holistic, sustainable, and environmentally-sensitive utilization of plants, climate, solar power, and natural lighting. “Wrightscapes” is the first definitive book to address Frank Lloyd Wright’s landscapes and environments. The authors provide a unique new perspective of the man and his work by presenting previously ignored, yet important aspects of his achievements, interests, and career, including little-known facts such as: Wright originated the visionary concept of a rear living-room opening into a garden terrace – fifty years before the California architects generally credited with the concept; Wright actually designed the first carport – three decades prior to the date he is said to have “invented” it; during the first forty years of Wright’s career, he personally and professionally interacted with, and was significantly influenced by, designers who today would be described as landscape architects; Wright had a career-long fascination with community-scale planning. “Wrightscapes” also chronicles how and why Wright’s famous ecological sensibilities were established, delving into Japanese and European influences as well as forces that shaped both the young and the mature architect. The authors also demonstrate how his design aspirations went far beyond the accepted definitions of architecture. In order to be as complete as possible, “Wrightscapes” even includes a detailed listing of “dos and don’ts” for owners of homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Here is truly groundbreaking, richly-illustrated coverage of an important yet unexplored aspect of Frank Lloyd Wright’s genius.
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