Frank Lloyd Wright didn’t just design beautiful individual buildings — he also wrestled with the larger issues around rapidly growing cities. You can see the master’s mind at work at the Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal exhibition, now showing at MoMA through June 1. From the exhibition’s webpage:
Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal celebrates the recent joint acquisition of Frank Lloyd Wright’s extensive archive by MoMA and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. Through an initial selection of drawings, films, and large-scale architectural models, the exhibition examines the tension in Wright’s thinking about the growing American city in the 1920s and 1930s, when he worked simultaneously on radical new forms for the skyscraper and on a comprehensive plan for the urbanization of the American landscape titled “Broadacre City.”
Broadacre City included a famously large model of the design, which is part of the MoMA exhibition. The photo up top shows it being built at FLW’s renowned Taliesin architecture school.
Image: courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York).