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Christopher Alexander vs. Peter Eisenman

Started by Aurelius. Last reply by Matt B. Jun 27, 2011. 1 Reply

I would like to see what some of the people here think of the debate below. http://www.katarxis3.com/Alexander_Eisenman_Debate.htmContinue

Careers in Architecture: Q&A

Started by Matt B.. Last reply by David Arbogast Jun 22, 2011. 11 Replies

Background:So as I said in the comments, I'm a civil engineering student with a passion for architecture.  When deciding what to go to school for, I was actually torn between architecture and…Continue

Great Nineteenth Century Architects

Started by David Arbogast May 24, 2011. 0 Replies

I would enjoy a discussion of some of the great nineteenth century architects.  A short list would include such luminaries as:Louis SullivanDaniel AdlerHenry Hobson RichardsonFrank FurnessFriedrich…Continue

Frank Lloyd Wright

Started by Steve M. Last reply by David Arbogast May 23, 2011. 12 Replies

This discussion can be about anything about Frank Lloyd Wright, his buildings, houses, and his innovative ideas and how they have changed the way we build things today.Here is my all time favorite:…Continue

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Comment by Jason M Gaines on January 27, 2014 at 9:42am

Kentucky Architecture - Top Buildings

Being from Kentucky, my heart belongs here and with the great structures we have in the Bluegrass State.  The above link lists the top 10 buildings that changed Louisville (as voted by Kentucky AIA and the general public - yes, I did vote) as well as the Best Kentucky Buildings.  

It is my intent to visit (revisit as the case may be) each of the buildings listed during the course of 2014 and post pictures and reviews here.  Enjoy.

Comment by David Arbogast on August 21, 2013 at 11:14pm

Yes, I agree. When I was in architectural school, great architecture was defined for us as being a building we could imagine and that an engineer could design. I imagined a building which levitated, but, sadly, no engineer has yet been able to realize my design, so it must not have been great architecture.

Comment by Liam Strain on August 21, 2013 at 9:57pm

Oh, I don't disagree about the failures of his engineering. I just make a distinction between the design, and the engineering. 

Comment by David Arbogast on August 21, 2013 at 8:54pm

Actually, Wright took great pride in his own engineering abilities and disdained the engineering profession, preferring his own intuitive abilities. To the very end contractors were scrambling in their attempts to prevent premature failure of his designs.

Comment by Liam Strain on August 21, 2013 at 4:15pm

There is a difference between bad design, and bad engineering and construction methods at the time. Plus he was always pushing the edges with what you could do - same with DaVinci - his paintings are much less well preserved than many other painters, because he was always trying new materials and pigments. 

I would love to see what Wright could have done with access to Gehry's chief engineer. 

Comment by Jason M Gaines on August 21, 2013 at 12:29pm

Interior view.  The feeling evoked just by standing inside this home is incredible.  The heated floors and open space is amazing.  

Comment by Jason M Gaines on August 21, 2013 at 12:27pm

Here is another site we visited last year near Fallingwater; Kentuck Knob.  This is probably one of the favorites I've visited thus far.  I could live in this one.  

Comment by David Arbogast on August 20, 2013 at 4:36pm

As a work of art, Fallingwater is truly stunning. Fortunately for the Kaufman family they did not have to live in it more than the occasional summer and fall weekend. Even Frank Lloyd Wright finally had to give up attempting to live at Taliesin during the Wisconsin winters.

Comment by Jason M Gaines on August 20, 2013 at 1:54pm

I can't imagine why this would have so much water damage...absolutely beautiful home though.  I took this last Fall.

Comment by David Arbogast on August 20, 2013 at 11:02am

Did you know that Fallingwater was virtually reconstructed in the 1980's and 1990's as a result of its terrifically bad design? I do not know of any significant Wright buildings now in good condition which have not been virtually reconstructed at one point or another.

 

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