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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:47 am    Post subject: Video: Desert shelters at Taliesin West Reply with quote

Survivalist tiny dorms at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin architecture school - (21:17)


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting this DavidC.
The shelter filmed at 18:21-19:49 in the video is (at least its fireplace and low wall with standing stone) the one designed and built by Charles Schiffner featured in LIFE magazine in 1971.

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http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/student-charles-schiffner-building-his-own-shelter-at-news-photo/72363661
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What beautiful structures! I'm not sure I could have endured living with scorpions and javelinas but it must have been an inspiring experience for the young architecture students! Thanks for sharing David!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you DRN and Mod mom!

In case you aren't familar with it, there is a book called "Under Arizona Skies: The Apprentice Desert Shelters at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West" that covers the various desert shelters over the years.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I wrote in part in my review of the book ....

"Plans help illustrate the structures. However, as they are apparently computer-generated, these plans and elevations lack a certain clarity. It's sometimes difficult to connect line to form and photograph. The text itself is cut to the bone ... which is surprising, as an earlier, far more informative version of this subject was published in 2007 in the Taliesin Quarterly: Spring 2007, Volume 18, No.2. The reader can only assume the publisher's rigid format dictated the compass of the book ."
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Help us Build. - [4:08]


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take the Tour: 'Tiny dorms' built by Valley architecture students - [1:05]


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture School Students Built These 'Survival Cabins'


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I went to T-West in 1962, all the apprentice habitations were the pyramidal canvas tents on concrete bases, except for one, which was a low-slung metal canopy over a slightly depressed open area, surrounded by cacti and, if 55-year-old memory serves, a Palo Verde tree. From a distance, the tents looked like tiny white triangles marching up the foothill.

What would FLW's reaction have been if he had seen these various architectural confections scattered across the desert? Had anything other than a humble tent been erected before his death?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roderick Grant wrote:
Had anything other than a humble tent been erected before his death?


The book "Under Arizona Skies: The Apprentice Desert Shelters at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West" show pictures (pp 18-19) of John Lautner's shelter from 1938 and Joe Fabris' from the 1940's with both having elaborate roof structures, walls and built-in's. But, BBF (the book's co-author) writes (pp 8-9): "Many apprentices constructed a foundation or other embelishments for their tents - including concrete slabs and redwood tent platforms, flagstone terraces out front, and open fireplaces. Indeed many of the tents became rudimentary dwellings. More adventuresome apprentices constructed dwellings using desert-masonry or concrete-block walls with roofs of metal, wood or textile."


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. It was during a stroll by Bob Beharka's textile block shelter that Wright decided Bob was the apprentice to supervise Llewellen Wright's house. Bob built his shelter in 1956. he didn't get to spend much time there, as he left to supervise the construction of Wright, Marden and Fawcett.
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How Architecture Students Are Building Shelters By Hand With Just $2K


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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A new shelter at T West.

http://www.archdaily.com/870957/atalaya-shelter-jaime-inostroza?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ArchDaily%20List

The architect has taken a chance with the forces of nature; there are no shear panels or diagonals, and a certain degree of rotation appears to have taken place already, indicated by out-of-plumb verticals. Nevertheless, the little structure is a delight . . .

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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR wrote:
A new shelter at T West.

http://www.archdaily.com/870957/atalaya-shelter-jaime-inostroza?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ArchDaily%20List

The architect has taken a chance with the forces of nature; there are no shear panels or diagonals, and a certain degree of rotation appears to have taken place already, indicated by out-of-plumb verticals. Nevertheless, the little structure is a delight . . .

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You'd like to think if anywhere was going to encourage you to work _with_ nature and not _against_ nature, it would the Frank Lloyd Wri ... er, the School of Architecture at Taliesin. Beautiful artistically, but provides little more shelter than a playground climbing structure. Wouldn't want to be there when one of the famous Sonoran Desert gullywashers comes through ...
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are significant roof overhangs and the structure is placed well above any running water that might be flowing below. How much shear is necessary in such a tiny box? The sound of pounding rain on the plastic roof would be deafening, but that rarity might have its charm. Staying warm on a cold night would be the biggest problem, wouldn't it?
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