Frank Lloyd Wright

What Broadacre City Can Teach Us

Frank Lloyd Wright's agrarian fairytale offers some lessons, and plenty of warnings, to contemporary architects and planners.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s agrarian fairytale offers some lessons, and plenty of warnings, to contemporary architects and planners.

Pockets of Long Island Once Went Crazy for Modernism. Why?

The simple answer is wealth and enlightened tastes. New York elites grafted Bauhaus and Taliesin ideas onto picturesque spots in an empty countryside.

Long Island at the mid-twentieth-century, you might have heard, was a place of explosive growth. Most of this was not very interesting. Sprawl. Tract housing. Billy Joel. They came with the island’s rapid suburban development. For a brighter look at the considerable architectural benefits of the period, there’s Long Island Modernism 1930-1980 by Caroline Rob Zaleski. The book is an…

Learning from Wright’s Work Ethic

Are historic design trends coming back to the workplace?

Are historic design trends coming back to the workplace? It’s impossible to generalize, but one thing is sure: In Frank Lloyd Wright’s SC Johnson Administration Building in Racine, Wisconsin, with its neat rows of desks, there isn’t a private office in sight. It’s the same situation today, when these inner sanctums are missing in our offices. And although the rows of…