The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. - Wm. Blake

Friday, June 16, 2006

Architecture and Autos

This image of a Speedster with a Case Study house - from a semi-interesting Times article about people with famous houses in LA dealing with tourists/architecture buffs (some houses are architecftural landmarks, some are famous from movies, some are both) - reminds me of something I noticed as a student. A very high percentage of the photos published in Sergeant's book on FL Wright's Usonian houses featured a VW bug in the carport. Which struck me as very fitting - just as the Beetle had extraordinarily high design quality for the Peoples' Car, so were Wright's Usonians intended as extraordinary architecture for, if not the masses, at least the middle class (a disproportionate number were owned by youngish professors, who may be an elite danger to the state, but are not very well paid).


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