Author(s): Robert McCarter
Few architects shaped the course of architectural history as dramatically as Frank Lloyd Wright. While Wright has long been the focus of scholarly debate, among his other many accomplishments during his long career he was also the author of key essays on design that have influenced generations of architects. This volume brings together the most important essays on and by Wright, providing both an illuminating study of one of the key figures of the 20th century, as well as an overview of the very principles that are at the foundation of great architecture. The editor of this volume, Robert McCarter, poured through all of the important scholarly work on the subject of Frank Lloyd Wright to select the highlights in research and reading. Each essay is illustrated with archival material.
Robert McCarter is a practising architect and Professor at the University of Florida, where he was Director of the School of Architecture from 1991-2001. He has written for numerous international publications and is author of the comprehensive monograph Frank Lloyd Wright as well as Unity Temple and Fallingwater in the Architecture in Detail series, and Louis Kahn all by Phaidon Press, and William Morgan: Selected and Recent Work 1961-2001. Author's Residence: Newberry, Florida
Introduction: Abstract Essence: Drawing Wright from the Obvious by Robert McCarter, editor; ON FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT; CHAPTER 1. Academic Tradition and Individual Talent:Similarity and Difference in the Formation of Frank Lloyd Wright by Patrick Pinnell; CHAPTER 2. Evolution of the Prairie House by Werner Seligmann; CHAPTER 3. Chicago Frame by Colin Rowe; CHAPTER 4. Architectural Practice and Social Vision in Wright's Early Designs by Gwendolyn Wright; CHAPTER 5. Schooling the Prairie School: Wright's Early Style as a Communicable System by David Van Zanten; CHAPTER 6. Form and Philosophy: Froebel's Kindergarten Training and the Early Work of Frank Lloyd Wright by Richard MacCormac; CHAPTER 7. Enspacement: The Main Sequence - from 4 to 6: Analysis of Wright's Steel Cathedral Project by Otto Antonia Graf; CHAPTER 8. The Text-Tile Tectonic: The Origin and Evolution of Wright's Woven Architecture by Kenneth Frampton; CHAPTER 9. Warp and Woof: A Spatial Analysis of Wright's Usonian Houses by John Sergeant; CHAPTER 10. Frank Lloyd Wright: From the Prairie House to Fallingwater by Bernhard Hoesli; CHAPTER 11. A Beat of the Rhythmic Clock of Nature: Frank Lloyd Wright's Waterfall Buildings by Kathryn Smith; CHAPTER 12. Frank Lloyd Wright's Diagonal Planning, Revisited by Neil Levine; CHAPTER 13. Consecrated Spaces: The Public Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright by Jonathan Lipman; CHAPTER 14. The Integrated Ideal: Ordering Principles in the Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright by Robert McCarter; BY FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT; "In the Cause of Architecture" (1908); "The Logic of the Plan" (1928); "In the Nature of Materials: A Philosophy" and "Integrity" (1932/1954); NOTES; ESSAY and ILLUSTRATION CREDITS; AUTHOR BIOGRAPHIES; BIBLIOGRAPHY