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Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright Is Pleased to Have His Humanistic Style of Architecture Placed in Opposition to Le Corbusier's Stark Modernism Throughout the Architecture World The self-centered and imperious architect calls himself a "one man Parliament" in a letter to his friend, critic Lewis Mumford. The self-centered and imperious architect calls himself a "one man Parliament" in a letter to his friend, critic Lewis Mumford.
10/9/31. Wright first wrote to Lewis Mumford in 1926, when he was in his 50s and already renowned, but at a low point in his career and in desperate need of renewed critical interest in his work; Mumford was in his 30s and making his name in cultural criticism, with much of his writing focused on architecture and urban planning. His writing, however, connected the separate domains of philosophy, architecture, anthropology, and literature to one another and to the human domain in general. He greatly admired Wright's work as ""the exemplar of organic design, built in accordance with the rhythms of modern life""; the two men shared ideas and interests. Wright first approached Mumford with an admiring note, and they developed an often wary friendship that meanders from growing intimacy to a break over politics and then to a gradual reconciliation. Their correspondence, which has been published, stands out in particular for the intensity of the pair's intellectual discourse.Both Wright and Mumford rejected what they considered the harsh designs of European modernists like Le Corbusier, whose spare cubist minimalism and focus on efficiency shaped the Modernist movement and earned the name the International Style. Wright and Mumford were very American with distinctly democratic style preferences, and shared a kind of Emersonian and Jeffersonian wish that architecture and technology should better serve humanistic ideals.Peter Behrens was a German architect, influential in Europe in the evolution of the modern architectural style. He established before World War I a predominantly u … [Click Below for Full Description]
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