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Lecture 6

Week 6 Lecture Note

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John Hannigan

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Frank Lloyd Wright one of the most famous architects His fame probably comes from his architectural design of residential homes and his ideas about redesigning cities for people If you see an architect designing a home today with glass and stones, its the inspiration of Frank Lloyd Wright He was hugely influential, not only famous designerarchitecture of modern housing, but also had all kinds of ideas of what cities should look like We will see in a way his urban utopia is to do away with cities As weve seen, Ebenezer Howards idea was to build new urban settlements at a distance from cities Le Corbusier wanted to build high rises, but Wright wanted to build cities in another way Like these other urban utopian thinkers, there are aspects of his ideas and designs that become central to North America More than any of the three other utopian thinkers weve looked at so far, its hard to separate Wrights life and his biography and his work His life at times is when he reads things like soap opera? He was born in 1867, the year in which Canada became a country; he was born on a farm, and his community was in Wisconsin The images of growing up in rural Wisconsin, images that stayed with him in his whole life and played a significant role in his designs He was always preoccupied with idealization of his rural childhood In the case of Frank Lloyd Wright, there were many cases that were unhappy At one point when he was a rebellious teenager, his father tried to beat him, so was close to mother instead Again, he was not an architect, he didnt go to university, he was a high school drop out When he left high school in 1885, his mother arranged a part time job for him to assist the member of engineering in University of Wisconsin At the same time, he enrolled in Engineering in University of Wisconsin and that lasted a year and never got his degree As many people did, since he got a chance, what he set out for at that time was a city in middle of Chicago (emerging as great industrial centre for architecture and building) Like Daniel Burnham, he was really good at drawing planets and blueprints He ended working in architectural company and met Louis Sullivan regarded as genius in Chicago architecture at the time, and was well-known figure in social service in Chicago In essence of Frank Lloyd Wright, he worked with Sullivan He started as a draftsman and designed more himself Combined the engineers understanding of technology with the artists
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