Well, I’ve finished my research paper on Frank Lloyd Wright, and one thing’s for sure: He was REALLY committed to nature. While aesthetically his designs are unmatched and went on to influence nearly every architect to follow him, his sustainability intentions were not always completely realized. But hey, at least he tried, which is more than most architects of his time were doing. My research turned up all sorts of interesting quotes, and today I’m sharing some of them with you in the hopes that Frank Lloyd Wrights words of wisdom will inspire you to do more to connect with your own natural environment.
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”
“Go to the woods and fields for color schemes.”
“The best way to light a house is God’s way – the natural way, as nearly as possible in the daytime and at night as nearly like the day as may be, or better.”
“Now there can be no organic architecture where the nature of synthetic materials or the nature of nature materials either is ignored or misunderstood. How can there be? Perfect correlation, integration, is life.”
“To me air conditioning is a dangerous circumstance. The extreme changes in temperature that tear down a building also tear down the human body.”
“I think it far better to go with the natural climate than try to fix a special artificial climate of your own. Climate means something to man. It means something in relation to one’s life in it.”
“In speaking of integrity in architecture, I mean much the same thing that you would mean were you speaking of an individual. Integrity is not something to be put on and taken off like a garment. Integrity is a quality within and of the man himself. So it is in a building.”
Which quote speaks to you?
Lind, Carla. The Wright Style: Recreating the Spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992).
Spirn, Anne Whiston, C. Ford, Peatross, Long David Gilson De, and Robert L. Sweeney. Frank Lloyd Wright: Designs for an American Landscape (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996).
Wright, Frank Lloyd, and Donald D. Walker. The Natural House (New York: Horizon, 1954).