By retracing Frank Lloyd Wright's footsteps on journeys he made beyond his homeland of the USA, this book explores his global ambitions and his lasting legacy and offers an original and contemporary view of Wright and his architecture. While Lloyd Wright is perceived as the quintessential American architect, in fact he was well-travelled, and these six journeys were to develop and promote his globalising 'organic' philosophy. The author takes off first to Japan and Germany to explore the way Wright's visits to these countries informed and framed his 'Prairie House' period. He then travels to Russia and the UK, where Wright presented his global 'Usonian' manifesto. The final two chapters pursue Wright to Italy and the Middle East as part of his 'Legacy' period. The book is beautifully illustrated with Wright's own sketches and photographs, as well as some historical photographs of Wright's original journeys and works. The author meets people who are living and coping with Wright's 'organic' architecture today and asks them whether their homes are still true to Wright's intent or whether there is something else that made their home particular.By considering Wright beyond America, his architecture is critiqued against different cultural settings so that it can be evaluated as emerging from a new globalised era of architectural production.
The author reflects on Frank Lloyd Wright as an early promoter of globalisation - in fact, as the first 'global architect'.
Dr Gwyn Lloyd Jones is an architect at Studio Egret West in London. He was the inaugral winner of the RIBA President's Dissertation Medal, has been awarded the Giles Worsley Travel Fellowship to the British School in Rome and has written and presented a television programme on Frank Lloyd Wright for Welsh Channel 4.
Introduction; Chapter 1. Japan: Unusual Views of Outstanding Sites; Chapter 2. Germany: Vanity Fair; Chapter 3. Russia: Egor'evsk Cultural Club; Chapter 4. United Kingdom: Engaging with Social Justice; Chapter 5. Italy: Cross-cultural Dialogues; Chapter 6. Middle East: Arabian Fantasies