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

The Essential Frank Lloyd Wright: Critical Writings on Architecture

byFrank Lloyd Wright

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He was the most iconoclastic of architects, and at the height of his career his output of writings about architecture was as prolific and visionary as his architecture itself. Frank Lloyd Wright pioneered a bold new kind of architecture, one in which the spirit of modern man truly "lived in his buildings." 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.

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Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer is director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. He is the author or editor of many books on Wright, including Frank Lloyd Wright and Lewis Mumford: Thirty Years of Correspondence
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Title:The Essential Frank Lloyd Wright: Critical Writings on ArchitectureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:February 28, 2010Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691146322

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer 1

Part I
1901The Art and Craft of the Machine 23
1908I n the Cause of Architecture 34
1910A usgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright 52
1912The Japanese Print: An Interpretation 66
1924Louis Henry Sullivan: His Work 75
1925I n the Cause of Architecture: The Third Dimension 80
1927I n the Cause of Architecture I: The Architect and the Machine 92
In the Cause of Architecture II: Standardization, the Soul of the Machine 95
In the Cause of Architecture II: Steel 98
In the Cause of Architecture IV: Fabrication and Imagination 102
In the Cause of Architecture V: The New World 106
1928In the Cause of Architecture I: The Logic of the Plan 109
In the Cause of Architecture II: What "Styles" Mean to the Architect 115
In the Cause of Architecture II: The Meaning of Materials--
Stone 120
n the Cause of Architecture IV: The Meaning of Materials--Wood 126
In the Cause of Architecture V: The Meaning of Materials--The Kiln 131
In the Cause of Architecture VI: The Meaning of Materials--Glass 137
In the Cause of Architecture VI: The Meaning of Materials--Concrete 141
In the Cause of Architecture VI: Sheet Metal and a Modern Instance 145
In the Cause of Architecture IX: The Terms 151

Part II
1931Modern Architecture, Being the Kahn Lectures (Princeton) 159
Two Lectures on Architecture (Art Institute of Chicago) 217
1932The Disappearing City 235
1937A rchitecture and Modern Life: Some Aspects of the Past
and Present of Architecture 276
1938"The Architectural Forum" 292

Part III
1954The Natural House 319
1957A Testament 365
Index 441

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"Perhaps some people think you can have too many books on Frank Lloyd Wright, but I believe there's always room for more. This year, it's a scholarly duo from Princeton University Press: The Essential Frank Lloyd Wright: Critical Writings on Architecture, edited by Wright scholar Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer (453 pages, $49.95) and the essential Modern Architecture: Being the Kahn Lectures for 1930, with a new introduction by Neil Levine (115 pages, $29.95)."--Mary Chandler, Rocky Mountain News