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It would appear to be a win-win: The School is now located on an architecturally rich “campus” on which learning by design/build opportunities abound, and Cosanti/Arcosanti get an infrastructure based infusion of fresh effort with an educated, and results oriented group of people.
Hopefully no “old guard” exists at C/A that will resist change.
The Taliesins unfortunately have become too precious, at least in the Foundation’s view, and particularly since their UNESCO HS inclusion, for active use by the school. Besides, most learning by doing was being relegated to personal shelters and restoration work....experimental opportunities seemed limited at the Taliesins despite their necessity for this type of educational program.
Humble student of the Master
"Youth is a circumstance you can't do anything about. The trick is to grow up without getting old." - Frank Lloyd Wright
All but impossible, but restoration to the mid-late forties would convey best the architectural value of TWest. Guerrero's photos, and colored available, of that period document the degree to which TW was very much in simpatico with T1 as far as their origin from Wright's mind...
"Before dying in 1959, he laid out in his will a vision for a community living, working and learning together on the land."
Can someone point me to, or quote or reproduce, the document referred to---a will, apparently ?
Quoting from the article:DavidC wrote: ↑Sat Jul 31, 2021 10:56 amKicked out of Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture school finds temporary homeDavid
"Victor Sidy, a former school dean not bound by the non-disparagement agreement, told the magazine (Architectural Digest) that the heart of the disagreement was that the school is focused on teaching Wright’s philosophy to future generations while the foundation is more interested in 'tourism and workshops.' "
Sidy may be correct ... but I believe there is a bit more self-aggrandizement involved among certain parties. Thus it must have been a shock when the Pandemic virtually destroyed their one great income source: tourism.
Both institutions must make a new start.
I think insisting on exclusive adherence to "Organic" principles of architecture is a mistake. But if you are going to call yourself the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture AND you are not located at Taliesin than what else can you really do?
Arcosanti makes sense because there is land on which students can build their rooms to board - at least.
By most accounts, Wright's system worked and apprentices seemed to get from the program a proportion of what they put into it. Those with egos or talents approaching those of Wright's either chafed and left quickly and abruptly (Soleri, Mills), or they rapidly obtained what they sought and left amicably relatively soon after their arrival (Dow, Jones). Those that didn't like the situation left quickly; those that did, stayed longer. Those with talents that Wright needed or wanted in his studio were encouraged to stay on and often did (Peters, Tafel, Howe, Masselink, Davison, Besinger,....). After Wright's death, Mrs. Wright assumed the role of master, and her predilection for interpersonal intrigue went into overdrive often with unhealthy or troubled results. Following her death, the Fellowship transitioned into an accredited School of Architecture with some remnants of the apprentice/master system played out with the legacy members and the architectural firm, TAA/TA.
Soleri created a commune to build his vision based in part on Wright's apprentice system. I don't know much of his character or practices, but where Wright's program was funded with architectural commissions and apprentice tuitions, Soleri's was funded with tuitions, tourism, and bell/sculpture sales. Apprentices came to learn of the Arcology or have the experience of communal living, and they built the vision and made the art for sale to fund the commune and the master's vision.
The two do seem to have been cut from similar cloths and that relationship could, if merged properly, stabilize one another. The School of Architecture could gain a great site on which to practice its learning by doing, and Arcosanti could gain a serious, educated, and motivated group of workers. Institutional memory can be a good thing or a bad thing. One would hope that with the passing of Olgivanna and Paolo, the respective organizations recognized the unhealthy practices, stopped them, and healed themselves. The simple fact that a singular master is no longer in residence should lead to a more egalitarian existence for the members of both groups.
I still believe this could be a good thing.