Among the many things for which iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was known was an enthusiastic acceptance of the social and technological changes that emerged as a result of the Industrial Revolution.
The late pioneer would no doubt support the groundbreaking effort to turn Taliesin West — FLW’s combination home/studio/campus in Scottsdale, AZ, now a National Historic Landmark site everyone can visit — into a “net zero” energy customer, meaning it will produce as much energy as it consumes. The multiyear project now under way will mix energy-efficient lighting technologies (including LEDs) with solar power. As an added benefit, this will allow the lighting design to better match Wright’s original ideas.
FLW once said, “Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun.” With this upgrade, their kinship will be a little closer.