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In today's America, it would be against the law for FLLW to call himself an architect, or practice architecture. Furthermore, many of his buildings could not get building permits. No Fallingwater, no Johnson Wax, no Taliesin West. Forget the Guggenheim. Our cities have become automobile hell and our open land traded as an investment commodity, while Broadacre City is considered a fantasy.
Oh how we need these creative minds.
Doug Kottum, Battle Lake
As always, I value your comments. However, unconventional buildings as Fallingwater can be successfully built today since they are located in very isolated places such as Stewart Township in Fayette County where there is absolutely no code for residential properties. This is true in other remote places in the U.S. as well. One does not need an architect
There are great architects doing great residential work in this country right now. However none will be called greater than FLW because the conditions are not set for a massive sea change in architecture. Here is my quick list in alphabetical order with one great Australian: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Cutler Anderson, Stephen Holl, Lake Flato, Marmol Radziner,Toshiko Mori, Glenn Murcutt, Office dA, Lorcan O'Herlihy, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen, Thomas Phifer, Predock Frane, Todd Williams Billie Tsien.
In my opinion Frank Lloyd Wright would have found Bart Prince's work too idiosyncratic and lacking in rigor for his taste. Then again FLW was disparaging of the work of every other architect, including the great ones of his time and former employees who went on to achieve greatness, i.e. Neutra and Schindler.karnut wrote:If Mr. Wright were alive today he would no doubt have high respect for Bart Prince. Any comments on Mr. Prince?
The thread is about living great architects doing residential work, not the deceased great architects that did residential work. John Lautner is a great deceased architect. Of my quick list Marmol Radziner is also interesting of note because they actually build much of their own work. They have received numerous design awards in the city that is the most fertile environment for young architects and design innovation today.karnut wrote:I can"t believe everyone here forgets John Lautner,also in reply to P. Harding listing Marmol Radziner ,All that firm does is Rip Off Pierre Koening.The only person in this forum that ever seems to get it besides my humble self is R. J. H. Time to take my Lotus on its Saturday drive to clear my head of all this. Peace
I also recall Wright commenting and intrigued with a very positive and organic design done by Eduardo Catalano in Raleigh, NC back in the 1950s. That house had a very organic (Parasol) roof shaped like a potato chip and supported by two buttresses.
It is my understanding that FLW was a licensed architect in Illinois. I assume that he achieved registration in other states by reciprocity.dkottum wrote:...In today's America, it would be against the law for FLLW to call himself an architect, or practice architecture. ....
We admire Wright because of his buildings, in my view, not for any more esoteric reason. The closest we come to his architecture is to copy it. Anything else is either watered-down Wright or else it's something with other qualities. We will look in vain for his "equal," but we hope for other architects to use space, light, view, enclosure, sequence, material and siting as sensitively and imaginatively as he did. Will another move us in the same way, without in any way mimicking him ? I hope so. But that person will have to be mighty original, and prolific, to elicit the reaction "he's another Wright" -- or Mies, or Corbu -- don't you think ?
I really am beginning to believe that GREAT Architecture in the US today, and forseable future may never gets its chance to ever cast a shadow. So I will now jump into my beat up american car, and search for the dumpster that will provide me with tonights dinner.
As to the practice of residential architecture. For much of Wright's career he was not in any way in competition the mega-developers. If a person wanted a house it would have necessarily been a one off proposition whether they went to an architect or had a local carpenter come up with something. The point being, fewer potential clients out there nowadays since most will follow the path of least resistance and settle for what the developers model house shows them. Let's also factor in the near impossiblity of finding a buildable lot within hailing distance of an urban center. Anyone out there with several million to buy up a few hundred acres of farmland to secure that rural building site?
On the subject of codes, regulations, etc., I will offer up rural Wyoming as a place blessedly free of these perceived impedements. Ditto Montana.
However, I've never quite understood the notion that the code would prohibit a Wright design being built today. Some of them yes, all of them no. Sure, you're not going to use a 2 ft wide door as a fire exit door, so use a pair with automatic bolts in the inactive leaf or go to a 4 ft. door if you want to stay on a 4 foot module. No you're not going to be able to do the Usonian Automatic design exactly because of the lack of egress from the bedrooms. So throw a french door in there: this doesn't destroy the integrity of the system. Well I could go on and on, but you get the idea.
One last rant. If there's a real fireball of a young architect out there who's tired of the boss telling him everyday what can't be done, is tired of the code, or worse yet, some insipid bureaucrat's misinformed interpretation of the code, come out here. I believe there's a lot of opportunity awaiting. You wouldn't believe the number of people moving here to retire. I'm sure many of them have tastes not met by the ubiquitous doublewide modular, oversized log "cabin", etc. Hey, it might beat dumpster diving, don't ya' think?