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Under Arizona Skies: The Apprentice Desert Shelters at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West Hardcover – 15 Sep 2011
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Nestled among the cactus thickets and dry washes of the Arizona desert lies an intriguing landscape of architectural experiments. Sometimes encompassing a palo verde tree or suspended many feet above the desert floor, these small dwellings, conceived by architecture students as alternatives to dormitory rooms, embrace--and in their own way, celebrate--the natural, rugged terrain surrounding Frank Lloyd Wrights Taliesin West. The earliest shelters were created by adventurous apprentices at the Taliesin Fellowship, a school for architects established by Frank Lloyd Wright in the mid-1930s. After Wrights death, a more structured school--the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture--was established, and the practice of designing and building a personal dwelling became a unique feature of the schools curriculum.Wright insisted that there would be no armchair architects at his school; apprentices would learn through hard work and first-hand experience. The response to this directive has been astonishingly creative. In addition to honing their design and drafting skills, students comb the desert for dwelling sites; consider the effects of extreme temperature change and winter rain; gather construction materials from surrounding hills and dry riverbeds; and thoroughly explore what Wright termed "organic architecture."Collected in "Under Arizona Skies" are photographs and architectural plans of the most exemplary student shelters built at Taliesin West, as well as personal accounts written by Victor E. Sidy, Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Director of Archives at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
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The photography is excellent, but it would have been nice to have the book published in a larger format - although understandably the publisher and the budget available dictate such things. The illustrations of the design plans though were in the main just a little too small and inadequate to really satisfy my curiosity. Overall a really nice publication which will be of interest to anyone interested in architecture or contemporary design.
A great, beautiful book that does exactly what it sets out to do. Recommended.
(Please note this was part of the LibrayThing Early Reviewers programme)
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My one complaint about the book is that I wish they had put more written information in about the program at Taliesin West (and how it's still ongoing) and about the artists themselves. I would love to know what inspired these artists to create the structures they did, what process they went through to plan and build, and just to get a better sense of them.
Even though the $25 price tag seems a bit high for such a slim volume, the book is literally packed with gorgeous photographs that capture these buildings beautifully. A worthwhile addition for any fan of Frank Lloyd Wright.