Kathryn Gates Moore brings us this story on Frank Lloyd Wright and his ideas about urbanism. Wright is often criticized by planners for his Broadacre City design, a city based on low density and personal vehicles (although he was more focused on helicopters than cars). But this story talks about some little-mentioned ideas on planning from America’s greatest architect. His 1913 drawings for a “model suburb” outside of Chicago includes mixed uses and incomes, and a range of housing types from his well-recognized single-family homes to apartments within walking distance of train stops (an idea that is considered novel today is about 100 years old). And as opposed to the modern practice of building the same or very similar houses in a subdivision, Wright advocated making each house distinct, based on an architect consulting with an owner like Wright did with all his houses.
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