Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on the theoretical application of systems engineering process in creating frank lloyd wrights vertical city. Frank Lloyd Wright was a renaissance artist that excelled in architecture, interior design, as a writer and teacher. Although there is no record he graduated from High School, and he left the University of Wisconsin-Madison without a degree he was recognized in his own lifetime as the greatest American architect of all time.
He is renowned for his capacity to innovate and create new styles and architectural movements. He was the leader behind the Prairie School architecture movement that sought to create a truly indigenous North American style that focused on the use of handcrafted materials and craftsman guilds. He also created a new type of home, the Usonian Houses, houses that were designed to be run without servants, and that focused on creating spaces instead of just rooms. These spaces were designed to work around the lifestyles of their occupants minimizing waste, maintenance time, and encouraging families to spend time together in communal areas.
He designed over 1000 projects, more than 500 were completed. His work includes the design of schools, offices, churches, museums, and skyscrapers. In all of his designs injected fresh originality that became a hallmark of his work.
However, this paper focuses on a design that was never built, The Mile High Illinois, the Vertical City. We will now look at the main factors that defined Wrights’ dream, and some of the limitations that impeded its construction.
The Vertical City, or the Mile High Illinois, was the brainchild of Frank Lloyd Wright in 1956. The building was designed to have 528 stories and a height of 5,280ft, 5680ft if you include the proposed antenna. The purpose of the building was to offer an alternative to the urban sprawl that was, and still is, occurring in large cities. Frank Lloyd Wright argued that cities could grow vertically instead of horizontally solving many of the issues that come with urban sprawl like long transport distances, dependency on personal vehicles, inadequate health and social facilities, and a high cost per person for infrastructure.