Frank Lloyd Wright and social & environmental harmony

Solarpunk is about good architecture…

Frank Lloyd Wright used the term “Usonian” in reference to the United States, on the grounds that “American” encompassed other countries of the Americas. I learned this over the holidays, passing through Pennsylvania on a family trip to Ohio. We visited the architect’s iconic Fallingwater… “Usonian” also means “in unison,” reflecting aspirations for social and environmental harmony…

Fallingwater House – Frank Lloyd Wright (1937) | Pablo Sanchez Martin | Flickr

Wright was ahead of his time in his emphasis on sustainability and conservation. “Solarpunk,” a current tendency in sci-fi art and literature that imagines landscapes merging technology with nature, is considered to reflect Wright’s influence. I first became aware of the solarpunk movement through its advocacy on Twitter by commentator Noah K. Smith, and I like the basic concept; though having seen Fallingwater and Polymath Park, I agree with my wife, who’s an architectural and landscape lighting designer, that Wright’s oeuvre is “better than solarpunk.” 

Seeking Harmony in the 2020s |

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Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator who designed more than 1,000 structures. He strongly believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment. He called this philosophy “organic architecture”

Frank Lloyd Wright – Harmony With Humanity and Environment

“The mission of an architect is to help people understand how to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme, and meaning to life”.
Frank Lloyd Wright, 1957

The Harmony of Form and Function: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Organic Architecture – Artland Magazine

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation President and CEO Stuart Graff identifies how Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture translates to the call for a more sustainable built environment.

Organic Architecture and the Sustaining Ecosystem – Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation