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Frank Lloyd Wright interviewed by Geoffrey Ellis Aronin and his mother, Mrs. Joseph Aronin.
Begins abruptly with Mrs. Aronin talking about a shopping center in San Francisco designed by Wright that she had recently visited. (The building is not named, likely the V. C. Morris Gift Shop.) Wright notes that Guggenheim building will have a similar effect.
Asked about what architecture has in store for the modern woman, Wright describes how the open floor plan has "taken the hostess out of the kitchen and made her attractive as a hostess and no longer a cook in the kitchen. We made her a feature of her establishment." Wright goes on to talk about how he has been thinking about designing for children (though he believes that the American family should be no more than three). He feels there should be individual space for children without interference from the parents. He talks about youth who request autographs.
Wright discusses the Sydney Opera House and juried architecture competitions. He also gives his opinion on the Air Force Academy building in Denver (not named, likely Cadet Chapel). Wright dislikes that the building was not designed to be in harmony with it's surroundings.
Wright talks about Le Corbusier, saying that he has written most everything that Wright has said.
He states that emerging architects must study nature. He believes New York City needs much more green space. He says that if New York doesn't have more grass within the next three years it will become uninhabitable.
A tribute written by Ralph Walker during a ceremony at the National Institute for Arts and Letters honoring Wright is read.
For more on Frank Lloyd Wright and this interview see: http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/neh-preservation-project/2013/feb/25/frank-lloyd-wright/
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
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And come to the decision that's in life. Not conditioning condition. And by comparison in life and on others so that's the evil done by a competition like this one are you should get a few five or six protection for them. And for it's sure not a day without thinking never an ally couldn't manage the thing I think you do it all for. Nothing to do with architecture it's not a building. It could be constructed of folded paper or blown up but. Some kind of fabric. Is no relation to the plan it's a very bad thing on the side for office and yet. There have been a compact at that optician read up yet and I feel that it doesn't work functionally that shell is a West shape. Well it's nearly as big as per se coming in again but. First a receipt takes the place of thought seems to me that we're going along that direction with a little group. Who think that a peculiar twist or some idiosyncratic. Expression of fall on his artistic. Foot has been in this day I thought we had long ago. Was to me reprehensible and. I felt that this terrible thing. Of course to from the people of Australia and I couldn't help wondering if they had any of it. If they could be. Shown to. Be artistic other beautiful. So it was published in the papers of Australia but I understand it made very little impression there going on just because this had been hard to write. And it was a terrible thing a serious anything can be authorised and once authorised. There you have it you think. Of the F. OSS Academy and. They. Did a wise thing at selecting a group of academics. And. An inspiration for a committed mind. Part three. But. I have one. And. Every song probably never. Would have been such that if they had. Had a better chance of getting something. Which I think. Marc Mero. He was a. Professional. Expert. So. The way. Forward for. Circumstance for the spirit of the American people or their character. Should preserve. Something living according to its nature. Like a factory. Situation. Ceremony. Which is. Another. Meeting of the. Congress and. I want to. I've. Thought of things question. Things. I don't know. Coming. From. Five months and I made another. When I saw pretty much the same. Thing. And I don't think that kind of thing is over. And over because. I think. Like the rest I should call them on. Or I think the recent ones are getting better all the time because they're getting worse the more they get more. Spiritual. Significance I'm all right. I think. Century architecture and the nineteenth. Century. And all. That it has no human significance. Started. When I called. And I took it up. Quite. OK. So there. Are. Something else in my right and. Left. And I. Think that's good. That's right. I don't. I'm not surprised. No there's only. One. Thing. And. I think a. Tree planted one would go a long way. I don't think Central Park. Good. To hear. I think it's wonderful to have. Everything that you do. Because just. In that respect back to you if I may for the benefit of others she wanted a tribute that was paid to you. That was given at the National it's about back. Running Water routers are really. High spirited fun. And I'm sure there's a good writer. Ralph is by no man's a negligible marketing welding I mean. I look at her again Frank Lloyd Wright a true pioneer. Of course from that. Area. If you know what. With proper burial it is as if they were to take their place and a happier. Place. For human beings who are not here. To. What. Is actually. A concept of democracy where we are. In a. Conflict with you on the basis of your idea. You have created an architecture which you thought pretty aware of the powerful forces and protected in the good actions. For the top. You have that it should be displayed because the sheer machine might object but that it can make a world in which function may be controlled to better paid. To increase the possibility that. It is as good as the workers or that beauty of which he has ever sought and which the actor did it to sing. After. Route can express it was so. Perfect. That. It is a lack of the way. That. The our yard. And what way out what that. The Arctic will appear without fail I doubt that any of that I swear they will understand you and justify which of course. Which in the congregate in. Golden letters. Coming. Up and I appreciate the time and I shall appreciate more. I'm sure. I'm seeing room for some. Children. To say the same things. That they do with everything I don't think I know why they could save a drop of lives he said that. He was himself a poet. And. We have a few. Other. Wish that you would like to write here I've exhausted about the time but. Not production car. Or a person saying oh it's me that great pleasure being with you over. There. And we certainly hope that when you return. Baghdad. We will have the option. And I would like to come back and. Of course I. Had a great feeling and sympathy for. I think. Myself. I'm going to take. The same with. Him. And I think a good luck. For you have. That plan. And that. The first principle of architecture was to get the job. Thank you. Today. And with me today. Jeffrey Alicia run it.