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Dust jacket notes: "The extent and quality of the loss to America and its architecture may never be known, but this is known: the rarest phenomenon of all in America, a genius in the arts, was not called upon to create or build, but sat idly in his office for the last twenty-five years of his life, sketching, writing, reading, and doing almost no architectural work. As Professor Bush-Brown writes in the introduction to his study: 'Only the heroic scale measures Louis Sullivan....He determined to seek the forces at work in his own society, lead them toward humane ends, and express them in the plastic, rhythmic fluency of buildings. That his vision excelled his accomplishment was a hero's fate; that his prophecy went largely unheeded and unrewarded gave tragic scope, not to himself, but to his purpose....' His ideas highly incompatible with those of his times, Sullivan, single-handed, tried to fight the purveyors of cultivated taste and the misappliers of archaeology. With their architectural display at the Chicago Fair of 1893, they managed to choke off the only creatively original architecture in the United States, developed by the Chicago School of Architects with Sullivan as its foremost member. Interestingly enough, Professor Bush-Brown points out that 'No one realized Sullivan's meaning better than Thorstein Veblen, whose The Higher Learning in America adopted Sullivan's philosophy of architecture as a basis for criticizing the extravagant and wasteful irrelevancies in the Gothic buildings erected for the university of Chicago.' What Sullivan did accomplish is amply illustrated in this essay, and described by Professor Bush-Brown who clearly explains the frequently misunderstood organic principles (- form follows function -) manifest in Sullivan's writings and buildings...." Over 80 pages of reproductions including photographs, plans and drawings, in black and white.
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About the Authors Albert Bush-Brown is President of AB-BA— consultants in organizing, designing and financing residential healthcare and cultural communities. A former director and chairman of Barclay’ s Bank of New York, he currently chairs the Bank’ s Regional Advisory Boards. Dr. Bush-Brown was formerly Chancellor of Long Island University, President of Rhode Island School of Design, and professor at Harvard and MIT. He was Presidential inaugural appointee to the National Council on the Arts, and has been Special Advisor to the Secretary, HUD (Washington); and Managing Director of the Metropolitan Opera (New York). He is the author of numerous essays and books advocating the social and cultural benefits of good design. Dianne Davis founded Hospitality Healthcare Designs— a marketing and environmental consulting firm. Known as an industry catalyst, change agent and futurist, Professor Davis has been a leader in creating products and services for hospitality, healthcare and education. Some of her more innovative healthcare projects include designing the first medical professional center in St. Croix and mid-wifery center in Trinidad; and developing New York University’ s Center for the Study of Foodservice Management. Professor Davis has conducted numerous seminars for national and international organizations, including the American College of Healthcare Administrators, The First Annual National Symposium for Healthcare Interior Design, MUFSO, the American Hotel & Motel Educational Institute, and President Reagan’ s Initiative National Conferences for Women’ s Business Ownership.
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Book Description George Braziller, 1960. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110807601292
Book Description George Braziller, 1960. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0807601292