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IMO, "2nd" would be the unknown (at least to me) architects and artists of Japan who not only contributed to Wright's clarity expressing his genius, but who also have influenced just about all practicing architects everywhere since. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Assyrians, Egyptians, etc, all developed variants of classical architecture with minimal precedent ("modern" in their time)-and we still copy them as we are beginning to copy Wright simply for the lack of new ideas. Buildings as pure sculpture are not architecture, would you compare Gehry with Eiffel? Or Gaudi? Not even Rodia! And as pleasing as they may "look" and as well meaning as the Dahlin, Rusts, etc, works are-what is new or interesting in them architectutally? We continue to confuse style with art. I think only Lautner had truly new and original ideas comparable to Wright, even more so than the Neutras, Schindlers and other mid century moderns.
I admire many of those listed. In addition James Cutler, Cliff May, Legoretta and Pier Luigi Nervi come to mind - and what about Sullivan who made skyscrapers look "tall" organically for the first time?
I thoroughly enjoy the pattern of incongruity that can appreciate Wright with the same mind(s) that see value in Gehry and his ilk. Yes, I'm an unapologetic hardliner when it comes to architectural criticism....but when you find something that trumps, not comes "close" to, Frank, let me know!
Although personally, I don't subscribe to the best artist/architect/work of art idea. I think they can all sort of hover near the top. Makes for interesting discussions.
As for non-US architects, Olbrich stands out in the early 20th Century as a favorite of mine, although if we're talking "greatest" (of the 20th C), we'd have to include the biggies like Corbusier, Aalto, and more than I can think of.
As for living, I think Tadao Ando's work is fantastic, and I'm interested to see more of it. I would need to know more to really comment about great living American architects.
I am surprised no one said
Griffin's Sydney legacy is being given fresh focus, thanks to an acquisition by the National Library of Australia. It has just bought the largest collection of Griffin's architectural drawings, plans and photographs still in private hands.
They came from the family of the late Eric Nicholls, Griffin's Australian business partner. Nicholls took over the architect's Sydney practice in 1935 when Griffin left Australia for India. Griffin died at 61 in 1937 after falling from a scaffold.
"This collection could have easily ended up in North America," says Linda Groom, the library's photographic curator. "There are 2000 photographs, 500 negatives including glass negatives and 250 drawings; perspective drawings, plans and presentations drawings." Over the next few months, the library will put digital copies of the collection on the internet (www.nla.gov.au).
http://www.smh.com.au/news/property/wal ... 43178.html
I noticed part of the collection is of Wright designed projects including Midway Gardens. Perhaps there are some never before seen Wright photos in that collection??? These aren't digitized yet???
Great stuff and looks like some of the drawings are for studies or unbuilt projects.
Griffin gets no respect. If people would take the time to look into Griffins work in Austrailia and India they would see him (and Marion) in a different light!!!!