What makes a house iconic? There are certain houses in the world that have become famous, not for who lives there or for their history, but purely for the brilliance of their design. We're not talking about ancient English castles or Italian villas but houses built during the 20th century by the world's leading architects. They are today considered iconic; trail-blazers in the world of design, often emulated, always coveted. Among them we might count Frank Lloyd Wright's extraordinary house Fallingwater; Mies van de Rohe's Farnsworth house, Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye or Phillip Johnson's Glass House.
9 December 2009
ABC Radio National’s By Design is a program about how we shape our world - a vibrant show about people and the things that surround us.
From the cities and buildings we live in to the cars we drive and clothes we wear, the program deals with architecture and material culture, the politics of the built environment and design - all through the prism of our daily lives.
It explains how, through the creative process, human ideas take on tangible form and designers reinvent the world to keep pace with its changing needs and desires, lifting the quality of our lives.
The program explores how design -- the way things look, feel and function -- reflects social change; what the decisions we make as consumers of architecture and everyday objects tell us about who we are.