The woods are all green in the summer. The trees are full of branches, none of which are straight and pushing into it all are these huge ivory colored planks of concrete; concrete isn’t natural. It’s man-made.
Fallingwater is far from “Organic with Nature” It’s a massive intrusion into the green woods. It uses red painted steel. No red in the trees in the woods. It uses layered stone unlike anthing found in nature. The stone is cut and chiseled and glued together into rectangular shapes. Need it be said that nature doesn’t make concrete?
Wright’s Fallingwater is a stupendous design that’s an engineering nightmare full of stupid design flaws from the failure to specify stainless steel for the wet environment to the complete failure of his oversized railings on the decks that caused cracks and a collapse that was only saved because some engineers worked up soloutions to the devilish Wright’s awful engineering failures. . Wright, a bone Fide genius without any competition or contemporaries, was a pretentious and bratty artist probably because he had to deal with so many bratty, pretentious ignorant clients and of course with the stupid media types and the public who could neither recognize nor understand Michaelangelo on Market street.
Look at the Guggenheim. A stupendous almost superhuman effort in the middle of Manhattan that will stop you in your tracks when you come upon it.
In yet another hit piece in a long procession of hit pieces against President Trump Maureen Dowd proves how dense she is. She wrote today that Trump will implode. She’s as dense as Mount Everest.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani calls President Trump and tells him:
“Donald, I had a wonderful dream. I could see all of America and each house had a banner”.
“What did it say on the banners” Trump asked.
Rouhani replied: “United States Of Iran”.
Trump said: “You know Hassan, I’s happy you called because believe it or not, last night I had a similar dream. I could see all of Tehran and it was more beautiful than ever and on each house flew an enormous banner.”
” What did it say on the banners”Hassan asked.
trump replied: “I don’t know. I can’t read Hebrew”.
He’s grinning while dancing in a small plastic swimming pool. Watch him and smile: HERE.
From: Brit Hume ✔ @brithume
“BHO got Nobel prize at start of presidency before accomplishing anything. Biden got medal of freedom at end after accomplishing nothing.”
9:21 AM – 13 Jan 2017 · Florida, USA
From The Federalist: “FBI made a poor decision to gaslight Americans by claiming that the assassination attempt wasn’t premeditated terrorism but a spontaneous “anger management” problem. Or, as Jason Beale put it: (Jason Beale @jabeale) “Their conclusion? Just a down-on-his-luck guy. No planned target. Pix not surveillance. Names lacked context. Jobless. Nothing to see here.”
Really? No. of course not.
The Federalist again: “The FBI’s briefing appears so contrary to the facts as to be insulting. When a man with a history of hating Republicans cases a location, takes pictures, verifies the targets are Republicans before opening fire, has a list of Republican politicians in his pocket, and shoots and nearly kills Republicans, it’s hard to swallow the FBI’s contention that the shooting was “spontaneous” with “no target.” The agency should reconsider whether it wants to troll Americans about something this serious.”
June 23. See the very heated, partly out of control interview by Tucker Carlson of college professor Lisa Durden who was suspended almost immediately from Essex County Community College HERE.
Quoting from the Daily Caller Report: “Durden railed against white people in the Fox News appearance. “Boo hoo hoo,” she said. “You white people are angry because you couldn’t use white privilege card to get invited to the Black Live Matter all black Memorial day celebration. … Black Lives Matter decided to have one day where they didn’t want white folks who were going to be off the rails.”
“This particular day, they said stay your asses out,” she said, when Carlson asked her if it is racist to exclude white people from the event. “We want to celebrate today. We don’t want anybody going against us today.”
“Carlson called her demented and sick, which prompted Durden to call America a racist society that forces African Americans to exclude whites. At one point Durden was so out of control that Carlson threatened to shut down the interview.” Dememted seems about right. Sick fits too because of Durden’s twisted ideas about race and race in America.
Durden made the points that there’s Mothers day and Puerto Rican day which justify to her that excluding white people is not different. She’s wrong. Those days don’t exclude white people as Durden wants done. Essex did the right thing and Tucker should be commended for getting Durden’s views into the public square.
He designed a house on the side of a hill jutting out over a waterfall which hid the waterfall. The house was extremely damp but it was and remains a masterpiece of architectural design. It is said of Fallingwater that no other house has anywhere the connection with nature of “Fallingwater”. The owner was appalled that Wright designed the house on the “wrong” side of the stream but went along with Wright. He bought a masterwork worthy of Michelangelo. Falllingwater is that great.
It has sound. Wright put the house where the sound of the fallingwater is a large part of the charm of the design and provides evidence of the brilliance of Wright. How many buildings come with sound? Fallingwater certainly does and the sound is the name: Falling water.
Yes, it is a damp house because of the stream but dehumidification is rather simple these days with air conditioning in the summer and depending on the type of heating used in the winter the humidity can be completely controlled.
How expensive was the house to design and build? Very. It was worth the money and the owner, Kaufman had plenty. He even had an engineering complay study the design and it was found to be inadequate so Kaufman sent the engineering drawings to Wright who apparently rejected the additional reinforcement so Kaufman had it installed secretely and even the additional reinforcement was insufficient to keep the deflections down. It was strengthened during the recent renovations.
Also, it’s not “connected with hature” as it is so often said. First of all, nature abhors straight lines, at least in the woods where the trees caren’t straight. Next, it is nad of man-made materials by men who purposely constructed it. Nature doesn’t work like that, even with evolution and the sort of predestination that seeds use to grow and reproduce. It’s not, in those senses at all natural.
In the sense of the supreme capability of man, of people to consciously use and change so-called natural things there is a naturalness about Fallingwater. That’s what architects do. they use nature and that’s part of the natural nature of things.
Anyhow, it’s a circular argument that one can use to suit one’s purposes and so rather meaningless. the fact of Fallingwater is a testement to humans everywhere and it’s a spectacular achievement. .