The opposite is happening in the UK. Developers buy up larger houses, which
have decent sized gardens, demolish them and put up half a dozen tiny
boxes which they then sell for ridiculus prices and large profits.
Well, did I suppose, the current finacial situation has left them unable
to sell :-)
Friend of mine used to spend summers at her grandparents' antebellum
Southern mansion that is now a museum. She lives in the
Wright-disciple house her architect father designed and built. Her
neigbors are tearing down all the surrounding houses and putting up
McMansions and they don't have a clue why she thinks they're all
you know, i've heard that wright disciple comment before, but i guess it all
depends on the disciple and how brainwashed they become.
my neighbor house is one such. besides a first floor with exposed beams at
5'10" off the finished floor, and building it directly in a wash that gets
4' of water through it about every 2 years, it was described by the previous
owner as having windows that shook and let the gusts blow through and empty
the dust out when it's windy.
i've toured the nearby wright mansion/school in scottsdale, az. from
uncomfortable furniture (that couldn't be changed out), to low ceilings, to
odd angularities, to thin windows/walls with not much insulation, it's not
i take that type of recommendation with a grain of salt now.
cave creek, az
I know. My wife loves everything Frank Loyd Wright. We have numerous books
etc, that detail his work. Along with various accounts of people who lived
in his houses. Many of the houses were cold and hard to heat. Falling
Water was falling into the creek and had to be rescued with big bucks
because he did not use reinforced concrete for the support beams.
I personally love the way his stuff LOOKS. The function is something else.
I never understood why he insisted on uncomfortable furniture. It is very
much an artist perspective. Beauty is in the visual presentation. The human
needs are not really addressed. And as occupants in his art, we are all
expected to suffer. For art's sake.
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