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...pseudo-scientific minds, like those of the scientist or the painter in love with the pictorial, both teaching as they were taught to become architects, practice a kind of building which is inevitably the result of conditioning of the mind instead of enlightenment. By this standard means also, the old conformities are appearing as new but only in another guise, more insidious because they are especially convenient to the standardizations of the modernist plan-factory and wholly ignorant of anything but public expediency. So in our big cities architecture like religion is helpless under the blows of science and the crushing weight of conformity--caused to gravitate to the masquerade in our streets in the name of "modernity." Fearfully concealing lack of initial courage or fundamental preparation or present merit: reactionary. Institutional public influences calling themselves conservative are really no more than the usual political stand-patters or social lid-sitters. As a feature of our cultural life architecture takes a backward direction, becomes less truly radical as our life itself grows more sterile, more conformist. All this in order to be safe? How soon will "we the people" awake to the fact that the philosophy of natural or intrinsic building we are here calling organic is at one with our freedom--as declared, 1776?

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known as Lloyd Wright was also a notable architect in Los Angeles. Although neither of the affordable house plans were ever constructed Wright received increased requests for similar designs in following years. In 1909 even before the Robie House was completed Wright and Mamah Cheney went together to Europe leaving their own spouses and children behind.

Wright was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture and developed the concept of the Usonian home his unique vision for urban planning in the United States. Wright believed in designing structures which were in harmony with humanity and its environment a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by his design for Fallingwater (1935) which has been called "the best all-time work of American architecture".

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