A Frank Lloyd Wright MOOC

GuggenheimMy online course on Frank Lloyd Wright is complete. (It is a MOOC – a Massive Open Online Course.) You can binge watch the whole thing at Open Online Academy (https://www.ooed.org). It is free.

This course is hugely comprehensive, looking in detail at Wright’s buildings, but also looking at his life, the context of his work, and the culture and technology of the 20th century. And Wright’s implications for our emerging 21st century.

The course is in 8 major parts, each part with several bite-sized sub-parts that are about 7 minutes each. The outline follows:

  1. INTRODUCTION

1.1. Survey

1.2. Biography, pt 1

1.3. Biography, pt 2

1.4. Biography, pt 3

1.5. The Chicago School

1.6. Organic Architecture

1.7. Heroic Architecture

  1. EARLY WORK

2.1. Wright before Wright

2.2. Ward Willets

2.3. Prairie Style

2.4. Robie House

2.5. The Open Plan

2.6. Other Early buildings

2.7. Larkin Building, Unity Temple

2.8. Decentering

  1. THE 1920s

3.1. Imperial Hotel

3.2. Millard

3.3. Other Houses

3.4. New Materials

  1. THE 1930s

4.1. Fallingwater

4.2. Fallingwater Structure

4.3. Johnson Wax

4.4. Usonian Houses

4.5. Hanna

4.6. Taliesin

  1. THE 1950s

5.1. Guggenheim

5.2. Guggenheim structure

5.2. Other buildings

5.3. Tall Buildings

  1. PATTERNS

6.1. Andrea Palladio

6.2. Louis Kahn

6.3. Larkin, Unity, Johnson Wax

6.4. Other Buildings

  1. WRIGHT AND THE 20TH CENTURY

7.1. Industrial Materials and Abstract Art

7.2. The Loss of a Privileged Point of View

7.3. Our Emerging 21st Century

  1. ORGANIC ARCHITECTURE AND WRIGHT’S WORLDVIEW

8.1. Approaches to Organic Architecture

8.2. Architecture of Essences

8.3. Wright’s Worldview

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