FRANK LLOYD WRIGHTTHE MAN WHO PLAYED WITH BLOCKSBy Pia Licciardi Abate and Leslie M. Freudenheim
With humor and verve this book covers the key aspects of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career. Each page offers a new look at his personality and a new way of understanding his most important buildings. Each chapter tells a story which reveals the egotistical, yet charming, man while simultaneously giving the reader the keys to appreciate Wright’s most important contributions to architecture.
Wright continued to benefit from the blocks that fascinated him as a child while developing the innovative spatial, decorative, and structural solutions that made his architecture unique. Blocks helped Wright see all things in the universe as inter-connected. He created “green” buildings, and taught sustainability long before it became part of our vocabulary. This short illustrated biography is the first book to highlight the humor with which he toyed with clients and buildings alike.
"Abate and Freudenheim's delightful account of the life of America's greatest architect--replete with Frank Lloyd Wright's greatest moments and most entertaining anecdotes--unfolds as organically as his architecture.” Richard P. Townsend, formerly Executive Director, Price Tower Arts Center
“Out of every score of books on Frank Lloyd Wright, usually only one is worth reading. This is one.” William Allin Storrer, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, A Complete Catalog, Updated 3rd Edition
"Who was Frank Lloyd Wright? What were his big ideas, and why do they still matter today? This frisky biography traces the life, work, and sometimes spiky personality of an American visionary in ways that shed light on architecture not only in his time but also in ours.” Matthew Gurewitsch, beyondcriticism.com; contributor to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine
“Engaging and endlessly fascinating, The Man Who Played With Blocks is an excellent introduction for young audiences to Frank Lloyd Wright and his vision for a modern American architecture.” David Bagnall, Curator and Director of Interpretation for the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
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