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The Urbanism of Frank Lloyd Wright

Author/EditorWright: Levine, Neil (Author)
ISBN: 9780691167534
Pub Date01/12/2015
BindingHardback
Pages464
Dimensions (mm)279(h) * 229(w)
Conceived and developed as a companion volume to The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.
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This is the first book devoted to Frank Lloyd Wright's designs for remaking the modern city. Stunningly comprehensive, The Urbanism of Frank Lloyd Wright presents a radically new interpretation of the architect's work and offers new and important perspectives on the history of modernism. Neil Levine places Wright's projects, produced over more than fifty years, within their historical, cultural, and physical contexts, while relating them to the theory and practice of urbanism as it evolved over the twentieth century. Levine overturns the conventional view of Wright as an architect who deplored the city and whose urban vision was limited to a utopian plan for a network of agrarian communities he called Broadacre City. Rather, Levine reveals Wright's larger, more varied, interesting, and complex urbanism, demonstrated across the span of his lengthy career.
Beginning with Wright's plans from the late 1890s through the early 1910s for reforming residential urban neighborhoods, mainly in Chicago, and continuing through projects from the 1920s through the 1950s for commercial, mixed-use, civic, and cultural centers for Chicago, Madison, Washington, Pittsburgh, and Baghdad, Levine demonstrates Wright's place among the leading contributors to the creation of the modern city. Wright's often spectacular designs are shown to be those of an innovative precursor and creative participant in the world of ideas that shaped the modern metropolis. Lavishly illustrated with drawings, plans, maps, and photographs, this book features the first extensive new photography of materials from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives. The Urbanism of Frank Lloyd Wright will serve as one of the most important books on the architect for years to come.

This is the first book devoted to Frank Lloyd Wright's designs for remaking the modern city. Stunningly comprehensive, The Urbanism of Frank Lloyd Wright presents a radically new interpretation of the architect's work and offers new and important perspectives on the history of modernism. Neil Levine places Wright's projects, produced over more than fifty years, within their historical, cultural, and physical contexts, while relating them to the theory and practice of urbanism as it evolved over the twentieth century. Levine overturns the conventional view of Wright as an architect who deplored the city and whose urban vision was limited to a utopian plan for a network of agrarian communities he called Broadacre City. Rather, Levine reveals Wright's larger, more varied, interesting, and complex urbanism, demonstrated across the span of his lengthy career.
Beginning with Wright's plans from the late 1890s through the early 1910s for reforming residential urban neighborhoods, mainly in Chicago, and continuing through projects from the 1920s through the 1950s for commercial, mixed-use, civic, and cultural centers for Chicago, Madison, Washington, Pittsburgh, and Baghdad, Levine demonstrates Wright's place among the leading contributors to the creation of the modern city. Wright's often spectacular designs are shown to be those of an innovative precursor and creative participant in the world of ideas that shaped the modern metropolis. Lavishly illustrated with drawings, plans, maps, and photographs, this book features the first extensive new photography of materials from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives. The Urbanism of Frank Lloyd Wright will serve as one of the most important books on the architect for years to come.

Neil Levine is the Emmet Blakeney Gleason Research Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. His books include The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (Princeton) and Modern Architecture: Representation and Reality.

PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS X LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS XII INTRODUCTION XIV I: SUBURBS IN THE GRID: THE NEW STREETCAR CITY 1 WRIGHT'S FIRST URBAN DESIGN INITIATIVE: THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE ROBERTS BLOCK, 1896 3 2 THE QUADRUPLE BLOCK PLAN AS THE FRAMEWORK FOR THE LADIES' HOME JOURNAL "HOME IN A PRAIRIE TOWN," 1900-1901 29 3 THE ROBERTS BLOCK REVISITED, 1903-4, THE CITY BEAUTIFUL, AND THE GARDEN CITY 48 4 THE QUADRUPLE BLOCK PLAN EXPANDED INTO AN ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD SCHEME FOR THE CHICAGO CITY CLUB COMPETITION OF 1912-13 77 II: THE CITY IN QUESTION AT THE DAWN OF THE AUTOMOBILE AGE 5 CONGESTION AND ITS REMEDIES IN THE SKYSCRAPER CITY OF THE 1920s 119 6 DECENTRALIZATION VERSUS CENTRALIZATION: BROADACRE CITY'S RURALIST ALTERNATIVE TO LE CORBUSIER'S URBANISM, 1929-35 157 III: NEW VISIONS FOR THE CITY CENTER: URBANISM UNDER THE HEGEMONY OF THE AUTOMOBILE 7 A CIVIC CENTER MEGASTRUCTURE FOR THE LAKEFRONT OF MADISON, WISCONSIN, 1938 183 8 CRYSTAL CITY: A HIGHRISE, MIXED-USE, SUPERBLOCK DEVELOPMENT FOR WASHINGTON, D.C., 1940 222 9: THE POINT PARK CIVIC CENTER AND TRAFFIC INTERCHANGE FOR THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH, 1947 261 10 PLAN FOR THE EXPANSION OF BAGHDAD ANCHORED BY A CULTURAL CENTER, 1957 334 CONCLUSION 385 NOTES 390 SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY 429 INDEX 436 CREDITS 446

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