Wright's Utopian Future

The Future Makers: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Utopian Dystopia

In 1928, Frank Lloyd Wright had an idea that was to become an obsession. He was sixty-one-years old. After a very public and tumultuous divorce with his second wife, he finally married Olga Ivanovna, his long-time mistress. He was ready to start anew. He wanted to craft his legacy with the same meticulousness with which he built his houses.

The Future Makers: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Utopian Dystopia

The Future Makers: Broadacre City - Frank Lloyd Wright's Unbuilt Suburban Utopia

Frank Lloyd Wright was arrogant, stubborn, and brilliant. But above all, he was a shrewd businessman who understood the importance of spectacle in keeping his business afloat. Wright put on many shows over the course of his lifetime, but arguably no performance was greater than his utopian plan to create the perfect community: Broadacre City.

The Future Makers: Broadacre City - Frank Lloyd Wright's Unbuilt Suburban Utopia

The Future Makers: Wright’s Lincoln Continental

Wright was not just a great architect and urban planner, he was also a gifted graphic designer, stained glass designer and collector of, and authority on, Japanese Ukiyo-e wood block prints. He fancied himself capable of designing anything, but his arrogance meant that he occasionally wandered far beyond his expertise….

The Future Makers: Wright’s Lincoln Continental