Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Frank Lloyd Wright's City

“The architect must be a prophet... a prophet in the true sense of the term... if he can't see at least ten years ahead don't call him an architect.” Frank Lloyd Wright

In 1935, architect Frank Lloyd Wright proposed a conceptual idea of planning a city in the United States called Broadacre city that proposes four square of a miles of countryside subdivided into one acre to units, holding 1400 families to live in the city, one acre of a land to each person. Frank suggested that his visionary city could cover the United States. The concept was based on semi-rural city that is highly decentralized, semi-autonomous, and performs on modern technologies.

Wright’s idea was supported with enthusiastic but soon with political naiveté the Broadacre city was considered that it requires the abrogation of the constitution of the United States. Frank’s idea was a proposal, a suggestion, not a solution, he identified it as an approach to a better way to address the challenges that the country might face in the future. Wright indicated that the solution to the problem of planning an American city was not in laying the rejection of the suburb, it was in its acceptance.

It was an idea in 1932, then the next three years, a model was built with some intern students, no details were encountered with this concept, but the proposed ideas for the next environmental and social challenges that the country might face were placed on the table by the greatest American architect of all time. It was considered as a strategy that identifies urban problems and a direction of where the future is moving.

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