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Fallingwater: The Movie

Cristóbal Vila produced a stunning animation on one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous buildings. Fallingwater {wiki} was designed in 1935 and built in Pennsylvania. This CGI movie shows the building process and takes you on a tour of the home’s angles. Link -via Ursi’s Blog

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Sid--it's even worse than that! FLW had a nasty habit of NOT listening to any of the building contractors working on his "babies". If they dared to suggest that he needed to add more reinforcing to a structure, he would get all indignant and have even LESS put in instead. Fallingwater was literally falling apart because he deliberately sabotaged his own work, rather than condescend to pay attention to a skilled builder!

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Whoops. I just looked it up... I was off by about a hundred years. Brunelleschi’s dome was finished in 1436, which makes it 571 years old! Dang.

Also, I'm a bit curious... Are people outside the U.S. as enchanted by Frank Lloyd Wright as we seem to be? Is he really regarded a a great architect outside our borders? If so, why?
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My arguments against FLW are not that his structures are ugly and don't fit in (although I can see those points), but rather that they require inordinate maintanence & even complete re-engineering at incredible cost to keep from collapsing.

Wright was arguably a talented designer, but NOT a skilled architect. A real architect has to understand building science and materials engineering enough to work within these constraints. Wright either didn't understand these or he just didn't care, and as a result his structures (including the absolutely notorious "Fallingdown Water" shown here) have frequently required major structural re-engineering in just a scant few decaudes following their construction. These were not cheap FEMA trailers intended for short lifespans; rather, they were high $$$ custom design commisions for wealthy clients -- with normal maintenance, they should have been capable of lasting hundreds of years.

If Wright had designed the dome in Florence's cathedral (an enormous engineering challenge) it would have failed in 45 years (I'm being generous). Brunelleschi's dome is still there after 450 years.

Let's stop speaking of Wright like he was a god. The number one rule in architecture is that the building can't fall down. Wright was an artist/designer, not an architect. 'Nuff said.
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Give us a break already! He built this ONE house on hundreds of acres of land. It was thoughtfully and painstakingly planned and built to mesh with the surroundings. Compare that to how neighborhoods are built now.....all the trees, bushes, flowers and grass are completely cleared away. The land is stripped beyond recognition. Then they squeeze as many houses as possible and profitable onto the land. Then they replant tiny trees and generic landscaping. FLW thought about the environment way before it was trendy. Had Falling Waters been built today, the land would have been cleared and a condo complex would be there instead.
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I don't get what the big deal is.

The house doesn't fit the surroundings, the colours clash all over the place, far too manhy flat surfaces that can catch the leaves, debris and rainfall that can all make the place very dirty - and where does all the shit, piss and dirty bathwater go? Down the pristine creek? Nice.

Another way to ruin a perfect natural setting of the forest and the creek.

See the thing about FLW is he is completely misunderstood. He kept building houses and buildings where he shounldn't have - and that's why the buildings seemed so much more than what they were, mostly eyesores to the environment in which he stuck them. He didn't care about the nature surrounding the buildings, otherwise he wouldn't have put them there.

This one in particular is out-dated, ridiculous, and competely wasteful. Why would anyone think that such a thing is beautiful is beyond my comprehension. I suppose that's because I don't like to dirty up nature more than we need to, or already to by doing this sort of thing. Cos in the infrastructure is all we have in the modern world and no one's really going to care when the pipes underneath the house burst and pollutes.
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