Organic Architecture

Organic Architecture : The Other Modernism

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Organic Architecture: The Other Modernism illuminates the broad brush stroke of Organic residential architecture throughout the panorama of twentieth-century Modernism. A wide-ranging style that defies definition, Organic buildings are notable in their curves and colors, as well as their exuberant, opulent, and at times, extravagant complexity of line, form, texture, structure, and color. Organized chronologically, beginning in 1880 and ending with the present, each chapter explores the contributions of Organic architects in depth. With riveting historical context, including the movement's foundation, evolution, and major events, author Alan Hess shows why the Organic movement has remained a strong, deep-running current in culture and design. Some key Organic architects featured in this book include: Louis Sullivan Frank Furness Frank Lloyd Wright Bruce Goff Charles Haertling John Lautner Walter Burley Griffin Mickey Muennig R. M. Schindlershow more

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  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 256.54 x 261.62 x 33.02mm | 1,769g
  • Gibbs M. Smith Inc
  • Layton, UT, United States
  • English
  • 300 color photos
  • 1586858572
  • 9781586858575
  • 1,580,805

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Organic Architecture: The Other Modernism Photographs by Alan Weintraub Text by Alan Hess A century of Organic architecture has given the world an opulent, exuberant, often defiant variety of houses based on the patterns and forms of nature. Frank Lloyd Wright, the best known of the Organic architects, blended his houses into spectacular natural settings using stone and natural wood. In addition to presenting a thorough evaluation of Frank Lloyd Wright, Organic Architecture: The Other Modernism also presents the wide range of architects who went far beyond Wright to turn Organic architecture into an ongoing school of Modern design. The natural environment of their chosen sites often shaped the designs of Organic architects. They drew inspiration from the sun and winds, the stone and trees, the views and lessons of the natural world. Architect Bruce Goff created delicate flower-like structures out of high-tech materials; John Lautner used concrete to create great wave-like homes with free-flowing spaces; Fay Jones designed ethereal wood constructions that echo the forests of his native Arkansas. They and the other architects represented in this book constitute a deep and enduring stream of Modern design. For most of the twentieth century, Organic architects battled the steel, boxy architecture of the Bauhaus for primacy in the world of Modern architecture. It was a struggle of Nature versus Machine. Rooted in a pioneering attitude of self-reliance and rugged individualism, the often uncompromising, often cantankerous Organic designers frequently found themselves outside the architectural establishment-they indeed were "the other Modernism." And yet they thrived. Popular shelter magazines celebrated their unconventional, often futuristic buildings. For a public bored with glass-box architecture, the dream of a home of warm natural wood, stone, and curving organic surfaces was widely appealing. This volume reveals the full story of Modern architecture based on the Organic design principles. The revived enthusiasm for Mid-Century Modernism over the last decade has only begun to scratch the surface of the full range of superb design and architecture after 1940. Organic design was, in fact, a big part of avant-garde design in that period. Beginning with the popular Prairie style in the Midwest around 1900, the Organic Architecture movement had its successes and failures as cycles of taste evolved. Reborn in 1935 with Frank Lloyd Wright's famous design for Fallingwater in western Pennsylvania, a generation of architects, which included Alfred Browning Parker, Charles Haertling, and Alden Dow, created a lively variety of Organic houses from Florida to Illinois, Texas to Colorado, Arizona to California. Today, the irrepressible forms of Organic design are alive and well in a new generation of architects featured in this book. Organic Architecture is the story of a sometimes stubborn, sometimes transcendental struggle to create a modern habitation for humans in touch with nature by pushing back the frontier of what is possible. Organic architecture's longevity and its ongoing influence continue to exert a strong pull on the direction of Modern architecture.show more

About Alan Hess

Alan Hess is a practicing architect and historian and author of 9 books on architectural history. Hess is the architecture critic for San Jose Mercury News. He has been active in the preservation of roadside and post WWII architecture. He lives in Irvine, California.show more

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