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Book Review: Under Arizona Skies & Frank Lloyd Wright Quotations

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by Eric last modified Sep 26, 2011

Good things come in small packages. That adage turns out to be doubly true with respect to two new Frank Lloyd Wright-related books recently published by Pomegranate: Under Arizona Skies: The Apprentice Desert Shelters at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Victor Sidy and Frank Lloyd Wright on Architecture, Nature, and the Human Spirit: A Collection of Quotations edited by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer. Read more about each of them after the...




 

 

Books Good things come in small packages. That adage turns out to be doubly true with respect to two new Frank Lloyd Wright-related books recently published by Pomegranate: Under Arizona Skies: The Apprentice Desert Shelters at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Victor Sidy and Frank Lloyd Wright on Architecture, Nature, and the Human Spirit: A Collection of Quotations edited by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer. Read more about each of them after the jump...

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At first glance, Under Arizona Skies: The Apprentice Desert Shelters at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Victor Sidy appears a little small to cover such an interesting topic. However, much like many of the judiciously-sized Taliesin apprentice shelters the book documents, size matters not. Once opened, the intimate size of the book becomes the perfect vehicle to bring the reader into the extremely personal and intimate spaces of the dwellings designed and built by over 70-years of Taliesin students. And what a series of remarkable structures there are, everything from sheepherder's triangular tents to the gloriously Mod "Glass House" with its floating roof and transparent walls.

We are graced with views of the student shelters of both the past (like John Lautner's unique use of angles) and present (like Trevor Pan's glowing desert "lantern") along with copious amounts of striking color photos, floor plan sections and perspective drawings of the various structures. Here are a few shots of what's inside to give you a visual taste:

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In addition to all of the eye-candy, I also thoroughly enjoyed the introductory essays by former apprentices, Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Victor Sidy (now the Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture). Both essay authors provide past and present context to the importance of the student shelter program and its significance in building pragmatic and thoughtful architects that "learn by doing." The best part is after you finish reading the book, you can plan your trip to Taliesin West and take the Student Shelter tour to see many of these structures for yourself to see how beautiful small spaces can be.

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The second small book wonder I read is titled Frank Lloyd Wright on Architecture, Nature, and the Human Spirit: A Collection of Quotations edited by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer. Usually I'm not one for quote books, as they are often a little too kitschy and over-sentimentalized for my taste. But, this particular book is something altogether different. Editor Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer provides a contextual introduction to the book and then gracefully condenses over 200 of Frank Lloyd Wright's views on a wide array of subjects (including Architecture, Nature, Wisdom, Creativity, Beauty, Faith, Government, and among other things, himself!) in a well-designed and approachable pocket-sized edition.

Having read several of Frank Lloyd Wright's own books in his own words, I've often found it a little difficult to read between his often flowery and verbose lines. It's extremely nice to have the "nutshell" version of his ideas in his own words that I can pick-up, enjoy, and put down again without needing the Organic Architecture equivalent of the Rosetta Stone. Here's a peek at some of the pages waiting to be absorbed in this tiny tome:


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Out of 200 choice thoughts from Wright, it's hard to pick just one great quote from the book. I do, however, particularly enjoy the following quote on the topic of Creativity:

"Creation is something within, the nature of an experience moving outward into life with great consequences." 1951

Become inspired yourself by picking up a copy of both of these tiny treasures for your nightstand or as the perfect gift to inspire someone close to you. Get details and order your copies here.

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