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Wright designed the Taliesins to provide for the residence and apprenticeship of architects who could reject long-standing and accepted architectural standards, and apply his theories of architectural practice. Those theories led to constant experimentation, creative thought, and furthering architecture as an art.
We have had the Olga years, and the Fellowship years. FLLW is long gone, but his facility, papers, and ideas are intact. As long as we are brainstorming, I would suggest the Taliesins be preserved and accessible to the public as an historic and educational resource, and a unique school of architecture, based on Wrightian principles as applied to today's challenges, be provided. The imagination and excitement of youth, given opportunity, will give direction and leadership.
Doug Kottom, Battle Lake, MN
Both situations are moot at this point in time, but if the Foundation eventually can morph into a center of study for the legacy, archives, conference center, whatever, on some level, that would be fantastic..... but I still see no purpose for the school. Sorry.
I wholeheartedly agree with your vision - the problem is there is NO ONE at the organization that shares that vision, or can even imagine it. There's a saying here - something about leading a horse to water......
IF the board were comprised of true thinkers, who had the where with all to enact some of these plans, it would help, but unfortunately the FLW Foundation has failed miserably at attracting the "right" people - those who do look to the future (Vern Swabeck, for example) leave out of frustration. It will be a long, long time before things change.......