O is for Organic

| May 4, 2014

The term organic can refer to overpriced food at Fairway that I’m always worried still has chemicals on it due to multiple HuffPo exposes. Here I am planning a short post on organic forms in architecture. The master of organic forms is Frank Lloyd Wright.

Organic forms in architecture is a philosophy of architecture that wants the building and nature to be in harmony, usually by integrating the natural world into the building. Frank Lloyd Wright coined this term. As a child my parents took my family to visit Falling Water. Falling Water is located in PA, a house built 1936-39 over a waterfall for the Kaufmann family. http://www.fallingwater.org/ Falling Water is indescribably beautiful. I remember taking the tour of the house and a picture of me wearing nerdy shorts posing with my brother on a bridge overlooking the water. I guess my parents ARE to blame for the architecture/preservation preoccupations.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s mentor was Louis Sullivan, the famed leader of Modern architecture. Louis Sullivan is famous for saying “form follows function” meaning that the building should only be about the use and the form of the building grows from the needs. Wright said “form and function are one”  to describe his belief in the importance of the integration of (not the imitation of)  nature.

Other famous Frank Lloyd Wright examples include  Taliesin and the Guggenheim. There is a current  show at MoMA http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1448 concerning an acquisition of  his archives with Avery Library at Columbia and focusing on his beliefs about the growth of the American city.