Wrightscapes: Frank Lloyd Wright's Landscape Designs

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McGraw-Hill, 2002 - Architecture - 373 pages
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"" . . . a comprehensive and intriguing look at the work of Frank Lloyd Wright from the outside. It provides a view from the perspective of his designs in settings or landscapes . . . the point of view is to see how the designs of the outside flow into, out of, around, and in a few classic cases, under the architecture of the building."" -- John Crowley, Dean, College of Environmental Design, University of Georgia

Shedding light on a fascinating yet previously unexamined topic, "Wrightscapes" analyzes 85 of Frank Lloyd Wright's designs paying particular attention to site planning, landscape design, community scale and regional planning. The authors include many original diagrams, rare archival material, and some 200 photographs and site plans, many never published before, detailing Wright's residential and public work and his urban design initiatives. A true collectors item "Wrightscapes" is a pleasure to read and a joy to own.

Frank Lloyd Wright is perhaps best remembered for his unmatched mastery of the organic style of architecture - where a structure's form and material blend harmoniously with its natural surroundings. Less well known, but equally inspirational are the contributions Wright brought to landscape and site design. His creations in this area reflect a holistic, sustainable, and environmentally-sensitive utilization of plants, climate, solar power, and natural lighting.

"Wrightscapes" is the first definitive book to address Frank Lloyd Wright's landscapes and environments. The authorsprovide a unique new perspective of the man and his work by presenting previously ignored, yet important aspects of his achievements, interests, and career, including little-known facts such as:
* Wright originated the visionary concept of a rear living-room opening into a garden terrace -- fifty years before the California architects generally credited with the concept
* Wright actually designed the first carport - three decades prior to the date he is said to have "invented" it
* During the first forty years of Wright's career, he personally and professionally interacted with, and was significantly influenced by, designers who today would be described as landscape architects
* Wright had a career-long fascination with community-scale planning

"Wrightscapes" also chronicles how and why Wright's famous ecological sensibilities were established, delving into Japanese and European influences as well as forces that shaped both the young and the mature architect. The authors also demonstrate how his design aspirations went far beyond the accepted definitions of architecture. In order to be as complete as possible, Wrightscapes even includes a detailed listing of "dos and don'ts" for owners of homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Here is truly groundbreaking, richly-illustrated coverage of an important yet unexplored aspect of Frank Lloyd Wright's genius.

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The authors came to this project uniquely prepared for the task at hand. One possessed the well-founded savvy of an experienced landscape architect and city planner who collaborated with architects over a long period of time; the other has extensive writing expertise. They also share more than a half-century avocational interest in the subject matter and have spent the better part of the past decade conducting travel-field investigations and supportive research, evaluating and interpreting findings, and developing the Wrightscapes manuscript.

Charles Aguar (deceased) distinguished himself in all three areas of his professional life, as educator, landscape architect, and city planner. He was Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at the University of Georgia, a charter member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Society for American City and Regional Planning History.He was very active in historical and cultural initiatives across the country, earning awards and grants from the American Planning Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, and many other organizations.

Berdeana Aguar collaborated with her husband on the writing of many of his works during the five decades of their marriage and began working full-time on Wrightscapes in 1994. She is a scriptwriter for commercial videos and documentary films whose clients include The Nature Conservancy, the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design, Mitsubishi, the American Arbitration Association, WSB-TV, and PBS.

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