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Frank Lloyd Wright Natural Design: Lessons for Building Green from an American Original [Hardcover]

Alan Weintraub , Alan Hess
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16 Oct 2012
This title examines the work of Frank Lloyd Wright as a progenitor of today's 'green movement' in architecture. Green design and general green awareness is a major concern today, and looking at the work of Wright in this context is both timely and instructive.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications (16 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847837963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847837960
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 2.6 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 808,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Hess, an architect and architecture critic of the San Jose Mercury News, is the author of Casa Modernista and Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses. Alan Weintraub is a widely published architectural photographer whose books include Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses and Frank Lloyd Wright: American Master.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing 18 Dec 2013
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I have been a fan of Mr FL Wright's work for years and have bought a number of books on his architecture. This book brings together a number of pictures I have not seen before and explores the setting of his houses in their natural environment; his "organic" architecture in a new perspective. Focus is also on his less "grand" houses which is great. A nice addition to my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than architectural genius 17 Jun 2013
By Kenneth E. Woods - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a long time admirer of Mr. Wright's work. This book demonstarted in one more way that his work was more than architectural genius. He had logical reasons for his siting and orientation to and with Mother Nature. His impact on architecture will be studied and admired for centuries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice coffee table book 15 April 2014
By A. J. Minhas - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this explicitly for a coffee table book in addition to the modern architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. I haven't had a chance to revisit his works since my junior year in college during Art History class. It's a very nice binding with generous photos of his architecture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Addition to Frank Lloyd Wright Book Collection 13 Nov 2013
By Daniel R. Grangaard - Published on Amazon.com
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High quality photography combined with meaningful text clearly explaining fundamentals of organic architecture. A must own book for any fan of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and design.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Another gimmick to sell books - FLW, Greenie architect 11 May 2014
By Arthur Van Pelt - Published on Amazon.com
So what does an author do to make a mid-20th century architect relevant to a new customer base, the greenies?
Why he proclaims him to be sustainable, natural, and anything else that might be construed as
somehow attractive to the current generation of self-proclaimed environmentalists. In point of fact, FLW took account of
his natural surroundings for one(or both) of two very un-environmentalistic reasons : he thought a building which
blended into its surroundings was more attractive, and because it made for cheaper construction and cheaper operational costs(primarily energy costs). Sustainability, even on those rare occasions when there is agreement as to what that term actually means, has no meaning with respect to a FLW house. The concept of limited energy resources was unknown to FLW, and, with todays concepts of fast reactors and electric vehicles, is of less consequnce or concern than even in FLW's day. Only those time-warped in the 70's, still clinging to the archaic notion of peak oil worry about future energy resources. Wright was far more concerned with housing for the middle and lower classes, which during the never-ending Great Depression meant small and smart structures. Wright was rightly concerned with lowering housing costs for folks that didn't have much, not whether the energy supply is going to suddenly vanish. Labor costs are a far different cost component of housing than during Wright's time, and insulation (and all building materials) is much improved, all of which would have lead him to discard some of his techniques in favor of others. FLW designing in 2014 would not have produced the same structure that he did in his wonderful Jacobs house in the 1930's. The book attempts, in large measure,to fit a square peg in a round hole.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Coffee table book for sure 12 Sep 2014
By Carol A Beard - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book. Coffee table book for sure.
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