Saturday, May 23, 2009

Building Brighter Futures
Frank Lloyd Wright Meets Habitat for Humanity

While inspiration might only get about 1% of the credit, it's certainly worth giving some attention to.
A group of high school kids in Springfield has taken on a project to design a home for Habitat for Humanity. The host for the design project will be The Westcott House where the kids will meet for about a month and, hopefully be inspired by Wright's architecture.
The Westcott House was designed by Wright a little over 100 years ago for an automobile manufacturer and has been recently restored as a museum/event/meeting place. This is the second time they have hosted this project.
While Wright is well known for his residential work with wealthy clients, commercial buildings and museums, he also designed a "Common Man's" series of homes he dubbed, Usonian. These were smaller homes designed for efficiency, practicality, maximizing the use of space and fitting into the existing environment. This concept is probably a bit more in line with a Habitat home. Teenagers utter lack of practicality notwithstanding, here's hoping for a successful project !

Noose Son story here.

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