Individual Architects of the 2oth Century
Taliesin 1911 1914
Hardcover ISBN: 0809316242
This inaugural issue is devoted to studies of Taliesin I. Designed and constructed in 1911 upon Wright’s return to Wisconsin from Europe, Taliesin I burned in August 1914. It thus became the most difficult Wright residence for Wright scholars to examine. In this volume’s critical essays, Neil Levine offers a view of the different layers of meaning of Taliesin I; Scott Gartner explains the legend of the Welsh bard Taliesin and its meaning for Wright; Anthony Alofsin considers the influence of the playwright Richard Hovey and the feminist Ellen Key on Wright’s and Cheney’s thought of the period; and Narciso G. Menocal suggests that the Gilmore and O’Shea houses in Madison, Wisconsin, are a collective antecedent to Taliesin I. To conclude the volume, Anthony Alofsin has written what amounts to a catalogue raisonné of the drawings and photographs of Taliesin I. Surprisingly, he finds no photographs of the living area and argues that those that have been published are in fact of Taliesin II.
Purcell & Elmslie
Prairie Progressive Architects
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 1423600053
Purcell and Elmslie: Prairie Progressives explores the work of two important members of the organic architecture movement, and celebrates their tremendously important contributions to American architecture and the Prairie School. Wishing to return to simplicity and honesty, Purcell and Elmslie created homes and buildings that were consistent with a democratic society-simple forms, the natural use of textural materials and decoration, and buildings that accommodated the nature of a site. As did Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, Purcell and Elmslie held the conviction that a building does not end with its simple structure, but reaches its final and logical culmination in the clothing-color, situation and natural environment, together with its decoration of glass, terra-cotta, and other textural materials.
You Say to Brick
The Life of Louis Kahn
Paperback ISBN: 0374537631
FINALIST FOR THE 2018 PEN/BOGRAD WELD PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY AND THE 2017 MARFIELD PRIZE One of the Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2017, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017, and one of Kirkus's Best Nonfiction Books of 2017 "Wendy Lesser's You Say to Brick is easily the most complete narrative of Kahn's life and career, magnificently researched and gracefully written."
Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House
The Illustrated Story of an Architectural Masterpiece
Paperback ISBN: 0486245829
Painstakingly researched and illuminating account of the making of the Fred C. Robie home. Revealing family documents, excerpts from a 1958 interview with Fred Robie, and 160 black-and-white illustrations.
Toshiko Mori Architect
Hardcover ISBN: 158093191x
Founded in New York City in 1981, Toshiko Mori Architect is known for using both new and traditional materials and for integrating architecture with light and landscape. This monograph, the first on the practice, includes more than twenty-five residential, cultural, institutional, and commercial projects. The firm has designed private houses in Maine, New York, and Florida, including additions to modern residences by Paul Rudolph and Marcel Breuer. In addition, Toshiko Mori Architect specializes in exhibition designs, notably various installations of textiles and other materials at the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
The Fantastic Seashell of the Mind
The Architecture of Mark Mills
Hardcover ISBN: 1939621399
Mark Mills was a visionary architect, a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice whose innovative designs grow beyond Wright's work to uniquely blend structural principles and the organic forms of seashells. When he heard Wright say that seashells are Nature’s perfect architecture, Mark made that idea the foundation of his life’s work. As seashells change their forms to meet the needs of their inhabitants, so Mark adapted structural roof systems to shelter his clients, and he made them spectacularly beautiful. If the sky is Nature's umbrella above us, Mills's ceilings were the umbrella over his clients' lives in their homes. The ceiling revealed the skeleton of the building, exposed, visible from every part of the interior, since the interior walls were partitions that did not interrupt the view of the ceiling system. He used to joke (joking but not kidding) that he put so much thought and care into his roofs because the clients couldn't hang their knick-knacks on it and wreck its design. From any place within Mark's houses, there is a sense of being under the entire shell of the roof. We may be in the living room, but we are also in the entire house at all times. They are, for him, shells for humans. THE FANTASTIC SEASHELL OF THE MIND is thoughtfully illustrated and brings together Mark Mills's own thinking behind his houses along with the insights of his wife, colleagues, and original clients and owners of Mark Mills houses. It is written to appeal to both architects and a general readership.