Guns or Roses

Topics: Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Modernism Pages: 3 (1175 words) Published: December 11, 2012
Min-Feng Lee
Sarah Lauro

Guns or Roses
Industrialization in the modern era created many different views of man and nature. Some people were supportive of nature so they felt men should be attached to animals and plants. In contrast, some people felt modernization was everything and men should have power over nature. Many environmentalists feel men should not destroy the natural world. On the other hand, many industrialists feel nature is unimportant compared to the expansion of factories. A person could see this kind of argument in the work of many different types of artists. Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier were both great modern architects, and they had different views of the relationship between humans and the environment. They displayed their stance through their architecture. Wright’s Robie House showed his style of blending the house into its surroundings, the space of nature. Le Corbusier, in contrast, in Villa Savoye, exhibited industrialization rather than nature. Even though Wright and Le Corbusier’s architecture have a modern appearance, Wright’s purpose was to show human’s harmony with nature, and Le Corbusier’s purpose was to show how humans and machines dominate nature.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House is mainly constructed with bricks. The house’s color, because of the bricks, is red like interiors of oak trees. Also, the visual texture of the building has a natural touch because of the bricks. The house has many sweeping planes; its basic structure is centered around planes. The structure's low-pitched roof is extended dramatically beyond its walls, and it combines with balconies and continuous limestone sills along the length of the house. This is to create an overwhelmingly horizontal appearance. “Steel beams, used for one of the first times in residential architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright, allow the roof to stretch twenty feet beyond the walls at each end of the house.” (Robie House Website) Inside, the living and dining...
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