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Frank Lego Wright?

Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:52 pm
by jrdet10
See where Lego is retiring its $199 Robie House. Good riddance. What a perversion of Wright's work. If young Wright had had Legos instead of Froebel blocks, he'd have gone on to designing American Foursquares and International Style monoliths. Snap 'em into place, following the instructions, of course, and then Robie, Fallingwater, Guggenheim and the Imperial Hotel are there to ... uh ... stare at, with no clue as to how Wright was employing his genius inside.

Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:32 pm
by SDR
Heh-heh. Let's start a movement to make Lego "architecture" a thing of ill repute. I mean, have you seen their Guggenheim ? ... fgodswYACw


Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:06 pm
by egads
Mine is still in the box. Seemed like the perfect gift for me right? Ah no.

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:24 am
by hypnoraygun
Egads, send it my way!

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:27 am
by SDR
I'm dreaming of a big bonfire . . .


Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:07 am
by Mod mom
See it as a toy to get young kids interested in architecture and exposed to Wright's greatness. My son was older when this series came out but his years of building with legos (although he'd make the set once then use the blocks for his own creations) solidified his desire to study architecture. He went from legos to sketch-up and in middle school attempted to re-create Fallingwater on Sketch-Up.

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:28 am
by DRN
I mean, have you seen their Guggenheim ?
Only in the LEGO representation could the Gwathmey-Siegel addition look better than original building. The lesson to be learned is one of the nature of materials: hard, rectilinear plastic bricks based on an orthogonal grid don't do curves and spirals very well.

Now, maybe if there was a building set made to allow the user to make forms, using thin steel wire or screen in the forms for reinforcement and then pour plaster-of-Paris.....

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:46 am
by jmcnally
Have you seen their abysmal sets for the Disney move The Lone Ranger? I mean, seriously. There is no way you can use squared blocks to emulate the human form, nor do they capture the humorous emotion of Johnny Depp as Tonto. I don't see how any child could believe that a set of Legos could serve as a substitute for a real or imaginary movie star (or his character).

And don't get me started on their Pirates series.

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:55 pm
by Matt
Lego's are fun, but I'll take a nice scale model any day.


Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:21 pm
by jrdet10
mod mom, I don't object to Legos per se; my boys had them but they were basic -- no Star Wars or any of the other 'branded' sets. So they made crooked pyramids and tilting spires and cubes with clinker-brick-like 'imperfections.' All with their own little heads and hands. 'The perfect is the enemy of the good.'

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:14 pm
by SDR
I can't imagine a finer toy for kids of literally any age, than a Lego-style block set made of, say, wood -- with pieces two or three times the size of the plastic ones. Gravity alone should be the glue; the toy immediately illustrates, to the hands and the eyes, some basic laws of physics, and thus of building. Add beams, and panels (transparent and opaque) and you have the whole ?

Lego might be the 20-century version of the (let's pretend) 19th-century Lincoln Logs . . . ?


Posted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:27 pm
by Roderick Grant
What's the 21st Century equivalent? Virtual Lincoln Logs?

Posted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:30 pm
by SDR
Well -- I was thinking of architectural/techtonic content. It's been a long time since log construction was widespread, and almost as long since blockwork was new. So -- maybe an all-glass form -- assuming we're still taking about physical models. Yes, "model making" has taken on a new definition, hasn't it . . .

I, for one, am far from through with the twentieth century !


Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:01 pm
by Paul Ringstrom
Roderick Grant wrote:What's the 21st Century equivalent? Virtual Lincoln Logs?
The 21st Century equivalent would have to be digital and not physical: Google SketchUp.

Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:27 pm
by egads
And then 3D printing if you want a physical model.