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Frank Lloyd Wright

Data di nascita: 8. Giugno 1867
Data di morte: 9. Aprile 1959

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Frank Lloyd Wright è stato un architetto statunitense, tra i più influenti del XX secolo.

Assieme a Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe e Alvar Aalto è considerato uno dei maestri del Movimento Moderno in Architettura. Nel 2011, il Presidente Barack Obama dichiara l'intenzione degli Stati Uniti di presentare all'UNESCO la candidatura delle opere di Frank Lloyd Wright a Patrimonio Mondiale dell'Umanità.

Romanticamente legato all'ideologia individualistica del "pionierismo" statunitense, si volse all'approfondimento del rapporto fra l'individuo e lo spazio architettonico e fra questo e la natura, assunta come fondamentale riferimento esterno. Questi suoi interessi lo portarono a prediligere come tema le case d'abitazione unifamiliari , che costituirono l'aspetto determinante del suo primo periodo di attività. È considerato uno dei maggiori esponenti della corrente organica dell'architettura contemporanea. Nel 1937 iniziò la costruzione della scuola per architetti Taliesin West.

Nel suo volume Architettura organica del 1939 Frank Lloyd Wright espresse compiutamente la sua idea di architettura, che aveva come idea trainante il rifiuto della mera ricerca estetica o il semplice gusto superficiale, così come una società organica dovrebbe essere indipendente da ogni imposizione esterna contrastante con la natura dell'uomo. La progettazione architettonica dovrebbe creare un'armonia tra l'uomo e la natura, costruire un nuovo sistema in equilibrio tra ambiente costruito e ambiente naturale attraverso l'integrazione dei vari elementi artificiali propri dell'uomo e naturali dell'intorno ambientale del sito. Tutti divengono parte di un unico interconnesso organismo, spazio architettonico. La casa sulla cascata del 1936 è l'esempio più pragmatico ed eccezionale di questo modo Wrightiano di fare ed intendere l'architettura. Wright così si espresse a proposito dell'architettura organica:

Frasi Frank Lloyd Wright

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„It is where life is fundamental and free that men develop the vision needed to reveal the human soul in the blossoms it puts forth.“

— Frank Lloyd Wright
Context: It is where life is fundamental and free that men develop the vision needed to reveal the human soul in the blossoms it puts forth. … In a great workshop like Chicago this creative power germinates, even though the brutality and selfish preoccupation of the place drive it elsewhere for bread. Men of this type have loved Chicago, have worked for her, and believed in her. The hardest thing they have to bear is her shame. These men could live and work here when to live and work in New York would stifle their genius and fill their purse.... New York still believes that art should be imported; brought over in ships; and is a quite contented market place. So while New York has reproduced much and produced nothing, Chicago’s achievements in architecture have gained world-wide recognition as a distinctively American architecture. Lecture to the Chicago Women’s Aid (1918); later published as "Chicago Culture" in On Architecture: Selected Writings (1894-1940) (1941)

„I'm no teacher. Never wanted to teach and don't believe in teaching an art. Science yes, business of course..but an art cannot be taught. You can only inculcate it, you can be an exemplar, you can create an atmosphere in which it can grow.“

— Frank Lloyd Wright
Context: I'm no teacher. Never wanted to teach and don't believe in teaching an art. Science yes, business of course.. but an art cannot be taught. You can only inculcate it, you can be an exemplar, you can create an atmosphere in which it can grow. Well I suppose I, being an exemplar, could be called a teacher, in spite of myself. So go ahead, call me a teacher. Quote from an interview on the NBC television program, Wisdom- A Conversation with Frank Lloyd Wright (1953)

„If you would see how interwoven it is in the warp and woof of civilization … go at night-fall to the top of one of the down-town steel giants and you may see how in the image of material man, at once his glory and his menace, is this thing we call a city.“

— Frank Lloyd Wright
Context: If you would see how interwoven it is in the warp and woof of civilization … go at night-fall to the top of one of the down-town steel giants and you may see how in the image of material man, at once his glory and his menace, is this thing we call a city. There beneath you is the monster, stretching acre upon acre into the far distance. High over head hangs the stagnant pall of its fetid breath, reddened with light from myriad eyes endlessly, everywhere blinking. Thousands of acres of cellular tissue, the city’s flesh outspreads layer upon layer, enmeshed by an intricate network of veins and arteries radiating into the gloom, and in them, with muffled, persistent roar, circulating as the blood circulates in your veins, is the almost ceaseless beat of the activity to whose necessities it all conforms. The poisonous waste is drawn from the system of this gigantic creature by infinitely ramifying, thread-like ducts, gathering at their sensitive terminals matter destructive of its life, hurrying it to millions of small intestines to be collected in turn by larger, flowing to the great sewers, on to the drainage canal, and finally to the ocean. Lecture to the Chicago chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (1904); later published as "The Art and Craft of the Machine" in On Architecture: Selected Writings (1894-1940) (1941) <!-- Duell, Sloan, & Pearce publishers -->

„No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it.“

— Frank Lloyd Wright
Context: No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other. Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography (1932) page 168

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„I believe in God, only I spell it "Nature".“

— Frank Lloyd Wright, Truth Against the World: Frank Lloyd Wright Speaks for an Organic Architecture
As quoted in Quote magazine (14 August 1966)

„The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.“

— Frank Lloyd Wright
New York Times Magazine (4 October 1953) Sometimes paraphrased: "A doctor can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines."

„The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.“

— Frank Lloyd Wright
Context: Human beings can be beautiful. If they are not beautiful it is entirely their own fault. It is what they do to themselves that makes them ugly. The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life. Quoted in A Living Architecture : Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin Architects (2000) by John Rattenbury

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