Architectural Narratives

This week in Olga Breydo’s Architectural Narratives, students are reading Frank Lloyd Wright biographer Ada Louise Huxtable’s 2006 piece “A Marriage of Nature and Art.” The Wall Street Journal essay addresses the creation of Fallingwater, in southwestern Pennsylvania, which reveals Wright’s ability to push “far beyond convention to rethink not only design and construction, but also the relationship of built space and the natural world, and even the nature of domestic life.” Of all the house’s complex beauty, Huxtable notes, in the end, the acoustics of the place: “But what you are unprepared for is the sound. You hear water rushing softly, falling steadily, a kind of background music that stays with you as clearly as the image of the building.”

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