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Frank Lloyd Wright's living space : architecture's fourth dimension
Satler, Gail.
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DeKalb, Ill. : Northern Illinois University Press, 1999.
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xvi, 194 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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NA737.W7 S29 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This work analyzes Wright's architecture from a sociological viewpoint. It examines the interactions between people and the space they inhabit, known to Wright as organic architecture, focusing on buildings considered important by Wright, but which have received little attention.

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An extended meditation on Wright's 1952 talk "The Destruction of the Box" and on other passages from his voluminous prose, this is the first book-length analysis of the architect's political and social intentions. Satler, a sociologist, parses Wright through filters from her profession and from architectural and other cultural critics to arrive at an accessibly written interpretation that may, however, be more useful to those who are beginning to think about Wright and about architecture than to those deeply involved. Some Wright scholars will quarrel over the meaning of buzzwords such as "democracy," "natural," and "organic." Others will be frustrated by the failure to locate Wright among thinkers contemporary to his formulations. Still others will be upset by generalizations, apparent unfamiliarity with other important studies, biographical bloopers, and silly spelling mistakes: Charles Fourier, Viollet-le-Duc, Le Corbusier, and John Ruskin are among those whose names are mangled. But all this should nudge those who have been long wrestling with Wright's ideas into substantial publication. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals. E. Weiss; Tulane University