He was the most iconoclastic of architects, and at the height of his career his output of writings about architecture was as prolific and visionary as his architecture itself. Frank Lloyd Wright pioneered a bold new kind of architecture, one in which the spirit of modern man truly "lived in his buildings." The Essential Frank Lloyd Wright is a one-volume compendium of Wright's most critically important--and personally revealing--writings on every conceivable aspect of his craft. Wright was perhaps the most influential and inspired architect of the twentieth century, and this is the only book that gathers all of his most significant essays, lectures, and articles on architecture. Bruce Pfeiffer includes each piece in its entirety to present the architect's writings as he originally intended them. Beginning early in Wright's career with "The Art and Craft of the Machine" in 1901, the book follows major themes through The Disappearing City, The Natural House, and many other writings, and ends with A Testament in 1957, published two years before his death.This volume is beautifully illustrated with original drawings and photographs, and is complemented by Pfeiffer's general introduction, which provides history and context.
The Essential Frank Lloyd Wright is a must-have resource for architects and scholars and a delight for general readers.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer 1 Part I 1901 The Art and Craft of the Machine 23 1908 I n the Cause of Architecture 34 1910 A usgef?hrte Bauten und Entw?rfe von Frank Lloyd Wright 52 1912 The Japanese Print: An Interpretation 66 1924 Louis Henry Sullivan: His Work 75 1925 I n the Cause of Architecture: The Third Dimension 80 1927 I n the Cause of Architecture I: The Architect and the Machine 92 In the Cause of Architecture II: Standardization, the Soul of the Machine 95 In the Cause of Architecture II: Steel 98 In the Cause of Architecture IV: Fabrication and Imagination 102 In the Cause of Architecture V: The New World 106 1928 In the Cause of Architecture I: The Logic of the Plan 109 In the Cause of Architecture II: What "Styles" Mean to the Architect 115 In the Cause of Architecture II: The Meaning of Materials-- Stone 120 n the Cause of Architecture IV: The Meaning of Materials--Wood 126 In the Cause of Architecture V: The Meaning of Materials--The Kiln 131 In the Cause of Architecture VI: The Meaning of Materials--Glass 137 In the Cause of Architecture VI: The Meaning of Materials--Concrete 141 In the Cause of Architecture VI: Sheet Metal and a Modern Instance 145 In the Cause of Architecture IX: The Terms 151 Part II 1931 Modern Architecture, Being the Kahn Lectures (Princeton) 159 Two Lectures on Architecture (Art Institute of Chicago) 217 1932 The Disappearing City 235 1937 A rchitecture and Modern Life: Some Aspects of the Past and Present of Architecture 276 1938 "The Architectural Forum" 292 Part III 1954 The Natural House 319 1957 A Testament 365 Index 441
Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer is director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. He is the author or editor of many books on Wright, including "Frank Lloyd Wright and Lewis Mumford: Thirty Years of Correspondence"