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Neil Levine
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 12/31/2012

Frank Lloyd Wright's Contributions to Urbanism and Urban Planning

My book on Frank Lloyd Wright’s urbanism will be the first inclusive study of the architect’s contribution to planning the modern city and suburb. The first half discusses the architect’s projects for redefining the system of land subdivision and the idea of community in the American streetcar suburb between the later 1890s and World War I. The second half focuses on his engagement with the automobile, first as a means to combat congestion through decentralization in his utopian scheme of 1929-35 for Broadacre City, and then as a tool for revitalizing the city center by means of large-scale civic, cultural, and multi-use interventions between 1938 and 1958. Aside from Broadacre City, relatively little has been written about this work. Bringing it to light and analyzing its conceptual development in relation to national and international trends will offer important new insights into modern urban history and the creative possibilities Wright brought to shaping the built environment.