ARCHITECT an individual who designs and oversees the construction of a building
ARCHITECTURE the art and science of planning and building a structure; the elements of a building
AVANT GARDE from a French military term meaning the “front line,” avant-garde art breaks with traditions and is considered radical and shocking when first introduced to the public
FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION phrase coined by architect Louis Sullivan, an early mentor of Frank Lloyd Wright. This principle states that the function, or utility, of a building should govern its design.
GEOMETRIC SHAPES forms that look as though they were made with a ruler, compass, or other drawing tool, including circles, rectangles, triangles and ovals
NON-OBJECTIVE ART art that uses forms, shapes, and colors that are invented rather than observed
RECTILINEAR consisting of straight lines
REINFORCED CONCRETE concrete with steel rods embedded within to provide additional strength and support.
ROTUNDA a circular room covered by a dome
SPIRAL a curve that winds around a fixed center point at a continuously increasing or decreasing distance from the point.
ZIGGURAT a temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Guggenheim Museum Publications, NY 1994
Art of This Century: The Guggenheim Museum and Its Collection, Tom Krens and Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1993
Towards a New Museum, Victoria Newhouse (Monacelli Press, Inc. NY) 1998. Examines the role of architectural design in contemporary museums. (adult)
Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids, Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen (Chicago Review Press), 1994. Biography and activity book. (middle grades)
Architecture in Education: A Resource of Imaginative Ideas and Tested Activities, Foundation for Architecture, Philadelphia, 1986.
There Goes the Neighborhood:10 Buildings People Loved to Hate, Susan Goldman Rubin
Natural Art Forms: 120 Classic Photographs (Dover Pictorial Archive Series), Karl Blossfeldt.
Frank Lloyd Wright, a film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, documentary 160 minutes, available through http://www.pbs.org/flw