Thursday, July 31, 2008

Urban Design: Bonding Humanity and Landscape in a Perfect Circle

[Below]John Lautner’s Mar Brisas House (1973), in Acapulco, Mexico, has a pool that echoes the shape of the beach below it, as if they were created by the same hand
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LOS ANGELES — For those who find consolation in visionary architecture, this city has always been a powerful antidepressant. Its wealth of 20th-century treasures, mostly private homes, reminds us that it is possible to find quiet corners of enlightenment in dystopian times.

John Lautner’s Celebrated Homes

Viewed one after another, the drawings are a powerful expression of a creative mind at work, and of Lautner’s struggle to strike a balance between individual and community, privacy and companionship.

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