|RANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S HOLLYHOCK HOUSE A well-illustrated, carefully researched study of this unique house built in 1920 for heiress Aline Barnsdall.R. Buckminster Fuller, known by his friends as "Bucky", has undeniably been one of the key innovators in the 20th century. He is known as a philosopher, thinker, visionary, inventor, architect, engineer, mathematician, poet, cosmologist, and more. Buckminster Fuller was probably one of the first futurists and global thinkers. He is the one who coined the term "Spaceship Earth", and his work has inspired and paved the way for many who came after him. Bucky was the person most responsible for making Synergy a common term. Much of his work was about exploring and creating synergy. He found synergy to be a basic principle of all interactive systems. He developed a subject called Synergetics, a "Geometry of Thinking". Fuller is the inventor of the Geodesic dome, and was a pioneer in utilizing basic geometical shapes in design. A key goal for Buckminster Fuller was the development of what he called "Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science", which is the attempt to anticipate and solve humanity's major problems by providing "more and more life support for everybody, with less and less resources." Fuller routinely demonstrated his ideas in what he called "artifacts", tangible prototypes or models of designs and principles.|
Buckminster Fuller invented the Geodesic Dome in the late 1940s to demonstrate some ideas about housing and ``energetic-synergetic geometry'' which he had developed during WWII. This invention built on his two decade old quest to improve the housing of humanity. It represents a brilliant demonstration of his synergetics principles; and in the right circumstances it could solve some of the pressing housing problems of today (this housing crisis Fuller predicted back in 1927).
|"No ordinary woman" was how Wright described Aline Barnsdall, a theater
patron and sometime producer, who gave the architect his first major commission in California. Wright thought
her planned arts community for thirty-six-acre Olive Hill in Los Angeles potentially "a generation or two ahead of itself." They embarked
full of optimism on nearly ten years of work together, but an accumulation of delays and disagreements led to a rift between
architect and client, and finally to the abandonment of the project. Of the several completed buildings, the grand house Wright
designed for Barnsdall and her daughter is the only significant one that survives.
Design of the main house had yet to begin when Barnsdall decided
to name it after her favorite flower, the
The public spaces, opening to one another through wide doorways,
wood screens, and
The living spaces and other rooms in the U-shaped plan look outward
|Beles. Residents claim they have found the best of all worlds in one location.|
|What great architects
have not put their signature on this city of the Angels?
On this page we have the names of Frank Lloyd Wright with
his Hollyhock House and the Geodesmic Dome of Buckminster Fuller.