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Reads tagged with “architecture”

A Cenotaph for Newton: The Poetry of Public Spaces, the Architecture of Shadow, and How Trees Inspired the World’s First Planetarium Design
A Cenotaph for Newton: The Poetry of Public Spaces, the Architecture of Shadow, and How Trees Inspired the World’s First Planetarium Design

How a forgotten visionary’s futuristic dream dared generations to reimagine the relationship between nature and human creativity.

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In Praise of Shadows: Ancient Japanese Aesthetics and Why Every Technology Is a Technology of Thought
In Praise of Shadows: Ancient Japanese Aesthetics and Why Every Technology Is a Technology of Thought

“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.”

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Happy Birthday, Chrysler Building Spire: The Story of an Epic Architectural Rivalry
Happy Birthday, Chrysler Building Spire: The Story of an Epic Architectural Rivalry

How an architect’s private rivalry resulted in one of New York City’s most iconic public images.

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The Architect Says: A Compendium of Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom from Iconic Architects
The Architect Says: A Compendium of Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom from Iconic Architects

Gehry, Eames, Le Corbusier, Fuller, Hadid, and more.

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Legendary Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Aphorisms on Education and Learning
Legendary Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Aphorisms on Education and Learning

“You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having.”

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Thoreau on How Silence Ennobles Speech and the Ideal Space for Conversation
Thoreau on How Silence Ennobles Speech and the Ideal Space for Conversation

“There are many fine things which we cannot say if we have to shout.”

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Feisty Critique of Le Corbusier, Philip Johnson, Education, and the NYC Skyline
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Feisty Critique of Le Corbusier, Philip Johnson, Education, and the NYC Skyline

“Taste is a matter of ignorance. If you know what you are tasting, you don’t have to taste.”

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On Beauty, Quality, Poetry, and Integrity: Anaïs Nin Meets Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. (1947)
On Beauty, Quality, Poetry, and Integrity: Anaïs Nin Meets Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. (1947)

“His struggle is against uniformity and wholesale design. If he sounds like a moralist, it is because beauty, quality, and ethics are inseparable.”

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100 Ideas That Changed Architecture
100 Ideas That Changed Architecture

How the art and science of building evolved along the parallel axes of the philosophical and the pragmatic.

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Lesser-Known Contributions to Graphic Design
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Lesser-Known Contributions to Graphic Design

Shedding new light on the iconic architect’s legacy through the kaleidoscope of his diverse design work.

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