Frank Lloyd Wright: The World’s Greatest Architect

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Frank Lloyd Wright © The Library Of Congress

With a brief personalised introduction by John Peter, Frank Lloyd Wright informally discusses his childhood, his experience working with Louis Sullivan, a number of his famous buildings, Taliesin, his life and architectural convictions with both criticism and humour.

This talk was recorded in 1955.

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Richard Neutra: The Most Precious Material Is The Human Material

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House near Hamburg by Richard Neutra, 1966 © Alan Blanc

Richard Neutra is famous for adapting the International Style to Southern California, with domestic projects that included the Lovell House, the von Sternberg House and the Kaufmann House.

Here is a fascinating excerpt of Neutra exploring the psychological and biological approach behind his work – reflective of the intellectual environment of the Vienna of his youth…

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Philip Johnson: Now We Have A Style

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Philip Johnson weekend house & guest house, New Canaan, Conn. 1949 © Tadeusz Barucki

Philip Johnson helped bring modernism to the United States. As the first director of the Museum of Modern Art’s department of architecture and design, he co-curated MoMA’s seminal 1932 exhibition on the International Style.

His own work as an architect, including the Seagram Building designed with Mies van der Rohe, and the Glass House, his own residence in New Canaan, Connecticut, helped to establish the new architecture, while his later work helped move the style on to post-modernism and deconstructivism.

This interview, one of a series conducted by architectural publisher John Peter, was recorded over several sessions between 1955 and 1961.

In this excerpt, Johnson explains his choice of the three greatest modernist works. He argued that with modernism providing the foundation for a new golden age of architecture, it was time to push at the boundaries of the new style.

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