Hailed as the "father of skyscrapers," Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), a quintessentially American icon, was an aspiring architect. He believed that educated American society should have a suitable architectural equivalent, and applied his idealism to structures across the continent, from suburban houses to churches, offices, skyscrapers, and the celebrated Guggenheim Museum .
Wright's work stands out for the harmony it establishes with humanity and its environment, a philosophy that he called organic architecture and whose paradigm was the Cascade House , a house in rural Pennsylvania, cited by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest work of all time in American architecture". Wright also left an indelible mark with his use of industrial materials and the simple L or T plan of his house on the prairie, which became a model for American rural architecture . In addition, he was frequently involved in the interior elements of his buildings, such as furniture and stained glass, paying special attention to the balance between individual needs and community activity.
Studying Wright's aspirations to strengthen American society through architecture, this book offers a brief introduction to his response, both romantic and technological, to the practical challenges posed by the American middle class.