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Frank Lloyd Wright, One Tough Architecture Critic

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Frank Lloyd Wright was a man of strong opinions and stronger words. And he often saved some of his strongest for when he was discussing or debating architecture and his fellow architects. Take the 1958 competition to design the Toronto City Hall, which eventually led to the selection of Finnish modernist Viljo Revell's striking plan (evidently, in a case of architectural deja vu, Revell's design was passed on by the judges, only to be rescued from the reject pile by Eero Saarinen, the exact same thing that happend to Jorn Utzon's design for the Sydney Opera House). The Toronto Star recently published archival photos of the submissions from the seven finalists who didn't make the cut, and included feedback from Frank Lloyd Wright, which the paper published in 1958, and the paper's current architecture critic, Christopher Hume. Wright doesn't mince words; his responses vary from questioning ("Why jack the box up so high? What's he afraid of — a flood?") to unflattering comparisons ("a radiator front jacked up for some peculiar reason on top of a building"), quickly and succinctly getting to the point.

Hopefully the architect's weren't too discouraged, especially since Wright gave his honest opinion about everybody's work, no matter how famous. He once called Le Corbusier's Notre Dame du Haut "An angel cake punched full of holes — or should I say a piece of Swiss Cheese?"

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