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Frank Lloyd Wright: Part II
Part of the Series: Ken Burns' American Lives
Frank Lloyd Wright tells the story of the greatest of all American architects. Wright was an authentic American genius, a man who believed he was destined to redesign the world, creating everything anew. Over the course of his long career, he designed over eight hundred buildings, including such revolutionary structures…
Frank Lloyd Wright: Part I
Part of the Series: Ken Burns' American Lives
Frank Lloyd Wright tells the story of the greatest of all American architects. Wright was an authentic American genius, a man who believed he was destined to redesign the world, creating everything anew. Over the course of his long career, he designed over eight hundred buildings, including such revolutionary structures…
Ken Burns' American Lives - Frank Lloyd Wright
PBS
Frank Lloyd Wright tells the story of the greatest of all American architects. Wright was an authentic American genius, a man who believed he was destined to redesign the world by creating everything anew. Over the course of his long career, he designed more than 800 buildings, including such revolutionary…
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater
In 1935, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a country house for the Kaufmann family over a small stream in Western Pennsylvania. He named it Fallingwater. It remains one of Wright's most acclaimed buildings. Fallingwater, perhaps more than any other building, exemplifies Wright's concept of 'organic' architecture, which seeks to harmonize people…
Alvar Aalto
The Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was one of the 20th century's great reformers in architecture and interior design. Aalto's work demonstrates an intense individualism combined with clear-sighted understanding of the international architectural trends of his day. A striking characteristic of his work is a rationalism that is sensitive to…
Studio Gang Architects: Aqua Tower
Chicago is famous for its role in fostering modern architecture, owing to the legacy of Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in the late 1900s, and Mies van der Rohe in the mid-20th Century. Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang, gave the epithet "Chicago School" a new meaning. Gang, who…
The Architecture of Gwathmey Siegel - In Search of Clarity
Charles Gwathmey has held steadfast to the spirit of modernism in his architecture from the day he successfully built his parents' home in 1967 based on the theories of Le Corbusier and American individualism. Avoiding the nostalgia of fashionable postmodernism throughout the eighties, Gwathmey partnered with Robert Siegel, and their…
Frank Gehry - An Architecture of Joy
Frank Gehry sees himself as an artist first, and then as an architect, working much as an artist would. He has translated the vocabulary of contemporary art into an architectural language of his own, disobeying the rules of his profession and questioning its historic conventions. Like Rauschenberg, Johns, and Warhol,…
The Beauty and Versatility of Modern Concrete
Concrete, the world's most commonly used construction material, has been used in buildings that are anything but common. See concrete's versatility at work in an incredible range of structures, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, the Salginatobel Bridge in the Swiss Alps, and Dubai's Burj Khalifa (currently the world's tallest building).
Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects
Vincent Scully is likely the best-known living art historian in the United States today. Until recently, he was still teaching at his alma mater, Yale University, where a wide variety of students were drawn to his undergraduate history of art and architecture courses. For years, Scully's deep engagement with the…
Louis Sullivan - The Struggle for American Architecture
Louis H. Sullivan (1856-1924) was one of the most celebrated architects to come out of the Chicago School of architecture in the late 1800s. He is often called the "father of the skyscraper" and the "prophet of modern architecture." Sullivan also coined the most famous phrase ever to come out…
Daniel Libeskind - Welcome to the 21st Century
Daniel Libeskind is one of the most important architects of the 21st century - and one of the most controversial. At once sensual and intellectual, his architecture plays with the geometry of perception. In unifying form and function, his work engages with the philosophical debate surrounding the culture of buildings…