Tuesday, October 8, 2013

the last book I ever read (Frank Lloyd Wright: A Life by Ada Louise Huxtable, excerpt eight)

from Frank Lloyd Wright (Penguin Lives) by Ada Louise Huxtable:

In truth, the learning experience was largely his. And while it is generally known that a writer transforms experience into art, it is less well understood that an architect process images in much the same way. Instead of reinventing the fabric of life as narrative, like the novelist, the architect is preoccupied with the look and nature of things in the physical world and how they translate into built form. All that Wright learned would be incorporated into the creative process, moving the art of building forward, advancing and changing the way architecture is experienced as a defining factor of life and place. This transformation is the indisputable basis of his genius, a word he never hesitated to apply to himself, usually preceded by the word “misunderstood.”

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