Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Built America
Frank Lloyd Wright is America’s greatest-ever architect. However, few people know about the radical ideas that shaped his life and world-famous buildings.
Now, leading Welsh architect Jonathan Adams sets off across America to explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces for himself. Along the way, he uncovers the tempestuous life story of the man behind them and the significance of his unconventional family background.
In a career that spanned seven decades, Frank Lloyd Wright built more than 500 buildings and changed the face of modern architecture: Fallingwater, the house over the waterfall, has been called the greatest house of the 20th century; the spiralling Guggenheim Museum in New York reinvented the art museum; the concrete Unity Temple was the first truly modern building in the world. But the underlying philosophy that links all Wright’s buildings is as important as anything he built.
One hundred and fifty years after his birth, Jonathan Adams argues that Frank Lloyd Wright is now a vitally important figure who can teach us how to build for a better world. Wright believed in what he called organic architecture; buildings that grace the landscape, express an idea of how to live and respond to individual needs. This bespoke approach – a philosophy, not a style – puts him at the heart of modern architectural thinking.