Harwell Hamilton Harris

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University of Texas Press, 1991 - 252 páginas
As a young sculptor, Harwell Hamilton Harris longed for a means of expression to liberate his emotions, an artistic voice in which to communicate his feelings and connect them to the lives and sensibilities of others. This longing was answered when he visited Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House in Los Angeles and realized the power of architecture for the first time. He saw that Wright's creation functioned both as a home and as shapes that moved into and out of nature, creating sculpture on a monumental scale. This revelation inspired Harris to become an architect and to create homes that would speak to people as Wright's creation had spoken to him. Harwell Hamilton Harris is a biography of this important American architect. Lisa Germany traces the development of Harris' life (1903-1990) and career, assessing his place in American Modernism, in the development of regionalist architecture, and in the interpretation of a modern California lifestyle that would have admirers throughout the world. This discussion opens a window into the complexities of Modernism in America during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Harris, his regionalism, and his emphasis on the democratic single family home, are seen against the backdrop of dispute and dissension among modern architects in this country. Germany explores Harris' career in its entirety, from the dawning of an artistic spirit through the heady days of world recognition and celebrity to leaner years when, first in Texas and later in North Carolina, he taught and practiced, forgotten by the fashionable magazines but still revered by those who had seen and felt his architecture. Throughout his life, Harris remained true to his vision of architecture, a vision still relevant today, as this biography amply demonstrates.

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Great source on this lesser known but influential American architect. Excellent for those interested in American residential architecture. I really love the Japanese influence in Harris' work. Leer comentario completo

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It is appropriate that this study was published in association with the Center for the Study of American Architecture in Texas. Harris's architecture is entirely American, drawing on the concepts of ... Leer comentario completo

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Forsaking the Formula 19031921
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Form in Clay and Color 19221925
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Of Organisms Machines and the Illusion of Architecture 19261931
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Lisa Germany has written widely on American architecture for "Architectural Record, The New York Times, Harvard Design Magazine, Landscape Architecture, House and Garden" and other journals.

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