Saturday, August 8, 2009

Under the Influence of a Master: Learning By Doing

Learning by Doing, an extension of Frank Lloyd Wright: From within Outward on exhibit at the Guggenheim, is bolting a love of architecture to the joy of fort building one plank, river-rock and solar panel at a time. The exhibit showcases seven decades of projects from Taliesin students and contains drawings, models and photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright inspired shelters. As an extension of the larger exhibition Learning by Doing comments both on the breadth of the master's influence and the notion of an "extension" itself. The shelters function on Frank Lloyd Wright's guiding principles of the intrinsic spatial and environment relation to line, form and building material. The exhibit functions on the same principle as a revelatory compliment to the larger landscape of From within Outward. In a deft play on the idea of extension the Guggenheim has launched its own 3-D design competition for shelters conceived in the same tradition. Check out this exhibit open through August 23rd.
Above, Victor Sidy Shelter, 1999. Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo: Victor Sidy

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