Re: Architecture & the Amercan Soul
> Many here (on this list) know how the influence of America on the restCould you comment on those two sentences?
> of the world had to be held back in the past. And then how the influence
> of the potato (in particular), the tomato and tobacco, markedly altered
> the thinking abilties of those in Europe.
> Walter Burley Griffin was born in Maywood, Illinois in 1876. He workedA story which give some idea of the ego of Frank Lloyd Wright, who said,
> for Frank Lloyd Wright.
"Architecture begins with me."
Wright was discussing spiritual issue in relation to architecture with a
young architect. In response to the young man's enthusiasm, he said (quoting
from memory): "Yes, we all do God's work. You in your way and me in His."
When Wright was asked in a radio interview what books a young architect
should read, he of course began with his latest book. The second and only
other book he listed was one by Gurdjieff, whose work he knew well through
his last wife, Svetlana. Before I read that, it struck me while visiting
Florida International University (I think that's the right name -- Wright's
only Florida campus) and Taliesin West that there was a clear connection
between some of Wright's work and Steiner's anthroposophical architecture.
Wright worked for Louis Sullivan. I don't know if Sullivan was a
Theosophist, but in his books there are clear leanings in that direction.
Here's a quote from The Autobiography of An Idea:
"The democratic idea... holds to the good. Its faith lies in the beneficence
of its power, in its direct appeal to life. Its vision reveals an inspiring
vista of accomplishment. Its common sense recognizes man as by nature sound
to the core, and kindly.... It bases its faith upon the heart in preference
to the intellect, though knowing well the power of the latter when
controlled. It knows that the intellect, alone, runs amuck, and performs
unspeakable cruelties; that the heart alone is divine. For it is the heart
that welcomes Life and would cherish it, would shield it against the
cannibalism of the intellect."
Sullivan's biographer was an architect and leading Theosophist named Claude
Bragdon. His name is listed in a brief pamphlet about the Theosopophist
headquarters in Illinois (which is where Sullivan, Wright, the Griffins and
Bragdon all were). See
- Hello John,and all,
Thanks for the references to FL Wright, to theosophists and Gurdjieffians
(smile) in architecture.
Another question on architecture and America: what can you say about
Washington, D.C.'s architecture? Isn't there a strong masonic influence, and
weren't the so called Founding Fathers members of the Masons? Relation to
the dollar bill?
What I notice is the capitol dome, which is perhaps feminine, and at the
opposite end of the mall, the Washington Monument, which is surely phallic
(masculine). And so much is rectangular --in a way that I find very
unpleasant on the subjective level. I've walked that Mall a lot (for I love
to go to the National Gallery) and have participated in many protests or
"marches on Washington" held on the Mall and along Pennsylvania Avenue. I
wonder how the architecture and design is affecting the political activity
we bring there, and the minds of Congress, etc.
Any thoughts here, anyone?
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- --- John Massengale <john@...> wrote:
> From: "John Massengale" <john@...>Potato: Has a numbing effect on the head system, nothing can go deep;
> > Many here (on this list) know how the influence of America on the
> > of the world had to be held back in the past. And then how the
> > of the potato (in particular), the tomato and tobacco, markedly
> > the thinking abilties of those in Europe.
> Could you comment on those two sentences?
remain on the surface and encourage the abstract: this is
shortly an Ahrimanic vegie.
Tomato: Encourage and promote independant life; something to avoid in
case of tumor and everything of the like that wants to
from the whole and live on his own.
Tobacco: Desynchronise breath and heartbeat; the heart beat faster
in should usually do, creates an anxiety, even unconscious.
Sugar should be included also, coffee too, they belong to the same
north american trend; coffee goes in the folder 'abstract', sugar
goes in 'independance and separate'...
There's some kind of earthly 'archetypes' to look at considering
those substances, think to the journalist for example, think to the
living room sportive, oups! we also forgot the substance 'alcool'!...
Observe how the potato grow, how the tomato plant accept other
plants, and the obvious effects of tobacco. The science of
observation shall bring the desired complement of information,
and the science of generosity may also bring other insights,
informations and knowledge...
� la prochaine,
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.-- Henry David Thoreau
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