Frank Lloyd Wright, arguably America’s greatest architect and protagonist for Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, has long informed my world view about design, nature, philosophy, education … and on and on. Considered a true genius and “renaissance man” by many, he was both a beloved and polarizing figure as he journeyed through a long and fruitful life. He is one of those extraordinary individuals who left the world he touched a much better place than when he got there, for which I and untold millions remain most grateful.
This month’s starter list naturally is a long one, reflecting the long and diverse life he lived. I’ve tried to share a blend of all media types, and if you’re pressed for time the PBS Documentary below provides a wonderful peek into the mind and ethos of FLLW (as Frank Lloyd Wright often signed his work), and the powerful synergies that led to the creation of America’s most famous house.
- The Falling Water House – PBS Documentary made in 1987 (27 min)
- NY Times Book Review – In ‘Architecture’s Odd Couple,’ It’s Philip Johnson vs. Frank Lloyd Wright
- Mike Wallace interviews Frank Lloyd Wright (November 1 and 28, 1957) – Video (about 54 minutes for both parts), and here’s the written transcript.
- Book: The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog, Updated 3rd Edition (N.B.: This was my “Bible” as I went on my FLLW pilgrimages).
- Fictionalized Biographies about FLLW: 1) Loving Frank – by Nancy Horan; 2) The Women: A Novel – by T.C. Boyle.
- Book: Modern Architecture: Being the Kahn Lectures for 1930 – Critical early book outlining FLLW’s principles on organic architecture and beyond.
- Super-cool 3D video fly-through of Fallingwater (Vimeo staff pick! About 4 minutes) – by Cristobal Vila.
- Link to pictures I took during a pilgrimage to FLLW-designed structures across Wisconsin and metro-Chicago September 2009.