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Frank Lloyd Wright: Born into Architecture (02:18)


At age 83 Wright talks with Hugh Downs. He said his mother was a teacher who wanted an architect for a son. He says the decision was made before he was born.

Frank Lloyd Wright Discusses Skyscrapers (02:15)

Wright's first job is in designing clips for his engineering professor. Louis Sullivan influences Wright's designs.

Organic Architecture (02:20)

Frank Lloyd Wright discusses the concept of architecture from within, outward. He considers the needs of the family when designing a home.

Fallingwater: Home Location (01:47)

Wright details the materials used and the location of the Kaufmann house. He then explains his choice of location for Taliesin.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin (02:04)

Wright's grandfather cleared the land where Taliesin was built. Wright explains that how he chose the name Taliesin.

Buildings Demand Environmental Conformity (02:55)

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West is built in a harsh and unforgiving environment. Wright explains the difference between organic and conventional Architecture.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Innovations in Architecture (02:01)

Wright details his contributions to architecture including a new sense of space, an open floor plan and streamlining. He also details gravity floor heat.

Box as Fascist Symbol in Architecture (01:41)

Frank Lloyd Wright believes that the architecture of freedom and democracy needs something besides the box. He uses indirect lighting behind shelves.

Frank Lloyd Wrights' Unique Church (02:18)

Wright believes in unity and uses a triangle shaped plan to inspire reverence without a steeple. His church is decentralized by the inward movement of the city.

Frank Lloyd Wright on Creating a City (03:05)

Frank Lloyd Wright discusses creating a city with natural architecture. He points out necessary deliberations for designing factories and the resulting pay off.

Wright Chooses Honest Arrogance (03:16)

Frank Lloyd Wright believes he could have been an influence on positive societal changes. He believes that for architecture to have freedom, it needs a center line.

Frank Lloyd Wright the Teacher (03:00)

Wright does not believe in teaching an art. If you master the inner principle, infinite variety will be the result. He discusses his greatest achievement and greatest disappointment.

Credits:A Conversation with Frank Lloyd Wright—From NBC’s Wisdom Series (00:20)

Credits:A Conversation with Frank Lloyd Wright—From NBC’s Wisdom Series

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A Conversation with Frank Lloyd Wright—From NBC's Wisdom Series

Part of the Series : The Wisdom Series: From the NBC Archives
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Filmed in several locations, this 1953 NBC interview features the icon of 20th-century architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, in discussions of his life, work, and philosophy. Wright divulges two of his earliest influences, one logical (Louis Sullivan) and the other somewhat surprising (his mother). The house in Oak Park is shown and discussed, as is the Fallingwater house and Wright’s homes—Taliesin in Wisconsin and Taliesin West in California. A rural church that Wright designed is discussed as are interiors and exteriors of the Johnson Factory Building. Exploring his public persona, the architect makes no apology for choosing honest arrogance over hypocritical humility. He claims his greatest achievement will always be his next design. (29 minutes)

Length: 30 minutes

Item#: BVL43391

ISBN: 978-1-61733-976-9

Copyright date: ©1953

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