Okay. I've been obsessed with FLW for awhile. It's pretty easy to have an appreciation for one of America's most popular architects. The Living City, a dense book spewed on to paper from a mind of a genius, lays out how he envisioned Broadacre - his utopian master plan that never came to be. To me it reads a bit like a radio manual. I guess that's what happens when you are a visionary and you are dreaming up the future. I bet most people had no idea on what he was striving to accomplish until decades later. For example - take a look at the concept drawing below. Instead of street lamps - he wanted to have lights directly on the road for more efficient ground cover. Practical. Smart. Less light pollution. I also can't stop looking at electrical lines and telephone poles. I have heard his, "Form follows Function," mantra a thousand times, but I guess I never noticed the results when humans go against it. We are sloppy. There is nothing elegant about cables draped haphazardly around our cities. This is my opinion, I feel humans trust their egos more than the natural order that exists around them. FLW admits progress has come from this machine evolution - his main worries seem to be at the velocity we are moving. I could talk about this book for hours! I'll spare you. I wonder what he would think about Elon Musk, the state of our democracy today. Guess we can only imagine, which he would approve of. Here are a couple of things that spoke to me from the book:
- Our soul grows more by what we give than by what we take and feed upon.
- All history plainly shows that "force" did not nor can it ever organize the growth of anything but resentment, hatred, revenge, more war - epitome of all ill-will. Anything inorganic never can end fear.
- No, "employment" is not enough! What a man wants, if democracy works, is not so much employment as freedom to work at what he believes in, what he likes to do.