Architecture's Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson by Hugh Howard

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Read Architecture's Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson Online Free - In architectural terms, the twentieth century can be largely summed up with two names: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. Wright (1867–1959) began it with his romantic prairie style; Johnson (1906–2005) brought down the curtain with his spare postmodernist experiments. Between them, they built some of the most admired and discussed buildings in American history.

Differing radically in their views on architecture, Wright and Johnson shared a restless creativity, enormous charisma, and an outspokenness that made each man irresistible to the media. Often publicly at odds, they were the twentieth century's flint and steel; their repeated encounters consistently set off sparks. Yet as acclaimed historian Hugh Howard shows, their rivalry was also a fruitful artistic conversation, one that yielded new directions for both men. It was not despite but rather because of their contentious--and not always admiring--relationship that they were able so powerfully to influence history.

In Architecture's Odd Couple, Howard deftly traces the historical threads connecting the two men and offers readers a distinct perspective on the era they so enlivened with their designs. Featuring many of the structures that defined modern space--from Fallingwater to the Guggenheim, from the Glass House to the Seagram Building--this book presents an arresting portrait of modern architecture's odd couple and how they shaped the American landscape by shaping each other.

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ISBN : 1620403757
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


charles petrilla rated it ★★★★★

August 26, 2016

Wonderfully described cantankerous relationship between two of our most gifted and loved architects of the 20th century. I rarely designate a five star rating to anything I read or see on the screen, in this case I was engulfed by this writer's work. The sheer depth of passion, contradiction and l...

Catherine rated it ★☆☆☆☆

December 10, 2016

Did not finish. It's definitive - I really do not like biographies whose substance is 'who did what and when'.

Mike rated it ★★★☆☆

August 17, 2017

I definitely enjoyed many parts of Architecture's Odd Couple but the author's premise of linking Frank Lloyd Wright and Phillip Johnson didn't really work for me. They did meet at times during the late career of Wright and the early days of Johnson but I suspect both men had relationships with ot...

Rj rated it ★★★★☆

October 03, 2017

Howard looks at the intertwined careers of Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson and how the two men fought and agreed about architecture. Both were iconoclasts who tried to remake the world in their own image. A fascinating dual biography.

Julia rated it ★☆☆☆☆

May 18, 2017

DNF - Normally I'm not the kind of person that won't finish a book but I struggled to get even a quarter of the way through the book. The timeline was difficult to follow. I was disappointed because this author made great books before but I just couldn't get into this book.

Glenn rated it ★★★☆☆

October 01, 2017

Fascinating information about one of my favorite people ( Wright) and an lesser known ( to me- Johnson). A good read of a fascinating relationship!

Jill rated it ★★★★★

July 03, 2016

I find the term "starchitect" quite interesting. It's a term that's propped up in the past 10 or so years and is applied to architects who are "stars"; both in their professions and in today's culture. Their museum buildings, for instance, may be more famous than what's housed within. Do people t...

Pierre rated it ★★★★☆

August 02, 2016

Architecture’s Odd Couple is an informative history of trends and personalities in architecture in the 20th century and the enduring influence today. The book is very readable and clear in descriptions. I have read a lot about Frank Lloyd Wright and have visited many of the sites mentioned related...

Lorraine rated it ★★★☆☆

September 21, 2016

for two men who loved architecture they had little in common

Melody rated it ★★★★☆

March 31, 2016

I received this book via Goodread Giveaway. This was a very informative and quite enjoyable book!

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