Frank Lloyd Wright

These ideas proposed by Wright represent a half century of ingenuity
and unrivaled creativity. Wright was unquestionably a architectural
genius and was years ahead of his time. The biggest obstacle which held
Wright back throughout his career was the lack of technogaly that was
present during his time. As a architect, Wright accomplished more that
any other in history, with the possible exception of DaVincci or
Michangelo. His philosophy of Organic Architecture showed the world
that form and function could both by achieved to create a house that was
both true to nature and affordable. Wrights homes, have today become
monuments of greatness and distictionn. Most of them serve as museums,
displaying the his ideas and the achievements of a lifetime of
innovation. It wasn't until Wright published "The Natural House"
however, that he fully was able to illustrate all of his ideas relating
toward housing. In the "Natural House" wright defines the meaning of
Organic Architecture and how it can be applied to creating housing which
provides a closeness to nature for the occupents. Wright was undoubtly
a romantic and individualist. His feeling toward nature and self
integrity can best be shown by comparing them to those shared by Emerson
and Thoreau. Wrights deep love of nature and his individualism were
formed from the events which influenced him as a child and up until his
days working for Louis Sullivan. In order to fully understand the ideas
which Wright proposed through his philosophy of Organic Architecture,
one must first understand the events and influences which led to their
As a child, Wrights parents always encouraged him to be a free thinker
and individualist. Both of his parents were intelligent and creative
people by nature. They, of all people had the greatest influence on
Wright. Throughout his life they were extreamly supportive of Wrights
dream of becoming an architect, and always made sure that he had books
and pictures of buildings that he could study and learn from. Wrights
parents had little money, but they always found the extra money needed
to support their childrens intrusts.
When Wright became old enough to begin learning about working, his
parents felt that sending him to his uncles dairy farm during his summer
break from school would provide him with the proper work ethics and
morals needed to become a responsible adult. The work on the farm was
rigorous and seemingly endless to Wright. He despised the chores which
he was required to do. Wright attempted to run away almost each summer
that he was sent there. However, his kind but stern uncle promised him
that all of his hard work would make him a better person and would teach
him responsibility. As the years passed, Frank began to dread working
on the farm less and less. He became fascinated with nature and
developed a deep respect for it. It was there, on a small Wisconsin
dairy farm where Wright began to ponder the theory of integrating
architecture with nature. Wright attributed his love toward nature and
his respect toward it, to the many summers which he spent on his uncles
The other major influence in Wrights life, was the collapsing of the
State of Wisconsin Capitol Building. At the time, Wright was only 13
when he witnessed the building collapse upon itself, killing all 40
workers who were inside it. Severely traumatized and unable to sleep
for weeks, Wright kept wondering why the tragic incident occurred.
Weeks later, it was revealed that the cause of the buildings collapse
was a lack of support from the pilars which held up the above 3
stories. The architect and the builder both reglected to test the
pilars before they were introduced into the buildings structural design.
After Wright learned this, he vowed that if he became a architect, he
would thourghly test all of the support membranes used in the
of all the building projects which he oversaw. The greatest factor
which Wright put forth in his philosophy of Organic Architecture was
that of safety. Wright felt that all buildings, whether they were
commercial or residential should be built and designed so that they were
structuraly sound as well as true to nature. Wright illustrates his
feeling toward the importenance of safety