The Asian, Indian side of Frank Lloyd Wright
“A Summer of Architecture 2014” is a two-part series of Power Point presentations, presented by Frank Lloyd Wright architectural historian Frank Landi in July and August. Due to the success of his architectural programs hosted at the Lake Geneva Public Library, Landi was invited to present a seventh consecutive series this year. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Lake Geneva Public Library and is part of the library's American Classics series.
“Part 1: Frank Lloyd Wright: The Mayan Influence” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in the Smith Meeting Room.
This program explores the influence of Mayan Indian architecture on Wright's designs. Featured buildings include Wright's California homes: The Barnsdall Hollyhock, Millard and Charles Ennis homes; the Bogk House of Milwaukee; and the German Warehouse with the Larkin Administration Building and Wingspread.
The series will continue at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 27 with “Part 2: Frank Lloyd Wright: The Influence of Japan.”
Landi will reveal how the art, architecture, sculptures, fabrics and linens of Japan influenced the architectural philosophy and designs of Wright. The program will feature Wright's Midway Gardens, Tokyo Hotel, Johnson Wax Building, Taliesin and Hardy House.
Delavan resident Landi has built an extensive photograph collection of buildings designed by Wright and has presented programs on Wright's architecture to national, state and local conferences. He also has been a guest speaker at the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Lunchtime Lecture series.
Landi taught science and mathematics for 35 years and developed programs relating geometry to the architecture of Wright. He taught in Australia, UW-Parkside, Gateway Technical College, the Geneva Bay Elderhostel in Wisconsin and at Delavan-Darien High School in Delavan.