Week 1\On Creativity\Marian Portugal

Although art and science are two clashing principles of life, they very well go hand in hand together.  I believe architecture is where the integration of the arts and sciences is most evident to the human eye.  The world contains several different types of buildings; all which have their own uniqueness that separates them from one another. After reading “On Creativity,” by D. Bohm, I discovered a few ideas Bohm points out that relate to Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous work of art, Fallingwater. 

Built in the 1930’s in Pennsylvania, Fallingwater was constructed for one of Wright’s clients, the Kaufmann family.  Creating the sense that the house is floating on top of a waterfall, it is amazing how Wright was able to build such an amazing work of art.

There is no doubt that Fallingwater is an original piece of creativity.  In Bohm’s article, he says “one prerequisite for originality is clearly that a person shall not be inclined to impose his preconceptions on the fact as he sees it.”  Anyone who takes a look at the waterfall will immediately doubt the possibility of building such a house on it.  Wright, however, did not follow the norm.  He did not accept that belief of the impossibility of creating a structure on a waterfall, and proved those around him wrong.  Bohm also says “One thing that prevents us from thus giving primary emphasis to the perception of what is new and different is that we are afraid to make mistakes.”  Wright was not afraid to make mistakes.  Undaunted by failure and mockery, he persevered in planning the home so that he could create Fallingwater.

Bohm asks the question of what constitutes for creativity, and I believe it is being able to “think outside of the box,” meaning having the capacity to take your weaknesses and somehow turn it into a strength to give that extra kick.  People who are purely scientific or purely artistic are not creative.  They choose to only focus on their strengths and ignore their weaknesses, but a true genius utilizes both of these in his or her work.  Wright did exactly this, in which he had the talent to build a structured home, but also around a waterfall at the same time; which clearly served as the main impediment to the house’s completion.  Scientifically, however, Wright was able to make precise calculations so that it would maintain its strength and sturdiness throughout the years for the Kaufmann family to reside in.  Artistically, Wright utilized his creativity and originality to produce a unique design for the home.  Together, his strength in science and art allowed him to build this breath taking home.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is one of the many examples of the integration of art and science to produce a creative project.  What set Wright apart from others is that he was unafraid of failure or making mistakes.  This absence of fear is what allowed Wright to successfully combine art and science to build one of America’s national historic landmarks.











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