Author Archives: Shrikant Rangnekar

Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats: On Attention

Attention is the essence of our powers; it is that which draws other things towards us, it is that which, if we have lived with it, brings the experiences of our lives ready to our hand. If things make impression … Continue reading

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Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats: On Imagination

While we may say that the imagination, in some of its aspects, seems superhuman, in others it is most beautifully human. If it implies the power to receive, it also implies the power to give. If it is as simple … Continue reading

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Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats: An Architect

To half close your eyes is to belittle the creative power of man. Touch not with feeble finger the exuberant pulse of human life. The architecture we seek shall be as a man active, alert, supple, strong, sane. A generative … Continue reading

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Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats: A Function Creates Its Own Form

1. In nature and in man’s work, there is the initiating pressure of a living force and a resultant structure or mechanism whereby such invisible force is made manifest and operative. The pressure, we call Function; the resultant, Form. Hence … Continue reading

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Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats: On Thought

1. Thought is the most rapid agency in the universe. It can travel to Sirius and return in an instant. Nothing is too small for it to grasp; nothing to great. It can go in and out of itself–now focusing … Continue reading

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Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats: Common Sense & Small-Mindedness

1. This time, it is evident, my son, that we are looking at a department store. Its purpose is set forth in its general aspect and the form follows function in a simple, straightforward way. The structure is logical, though … Continue reading

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Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats: Of Rivers & Characters

1. We are at that dramatic moment in our national life wherein we tremble evenly between decay and evolution, and out architecture, with strange fidelity, reflects this equipoise. That the forces of decadence predominate in quantity there can be no … Continue reading

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Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats: An Oasis

[After excoriating the pretentious mangled buildings that fill the city, Louis Sullivan arrives at the Marshall Field Wholesale Warehouse.] Here is a man for you to look at. A man that walks on two legs instead of four, has active … Continue reading

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Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats: the University & the World

1. Louis Sullivan points out to the pupil the mind-numbing consequences of his university education: Having received the conventional college education, you were not taught to observe what was going on in the great world in which your university was … Continue reading

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Atlas Shrugged Movie to Novel Transition Manual

[I was planning to write a more detailed answer to this question--but many people around this world wide web are doing that already, and those efforts should expand after the release of the movie.] A) For those who know and … Continue reading

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Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats: Pathology of a Building

1. Louis Sullivan starts off by analyzing an ill-compounded salad of a building which is a typical example of the kind that mildew our land. He studies it as a scientist studies any pest, with a view to a remedy. … Continue reading

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Atlas Shrugged Movie: Ten Million Dollar Questions

What will be the impact of the Atlas Shrugged Movie on our culture? I am raising questions about the factors that will shape the magnitude of that impact, and am answering them before the release of the movie. It is … Continue reading

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Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats: Foreword

1. This book is about art of expression – about how to grasp the world deeply in a first-hand way, and how to create works based on those insights. 2. The central purpose of this work is to liberate the … Continue reading

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Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats

Louis Sullivan was a giant. Howard Roark’s ideas about his work in The Fountainhead are Louis Sullivan’s ideas. While he has had a profound influence on my life, many of my friends have found his ideas inaccessible, partly because of … Continue reading

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Stew Leonard’s

Stew Leonard joined the family dairy business at a young age delivering milk door-to-door in his truck. In the late sixties, he realized that the milk delivery business was dying and decided to open a dairy store in Norwalk,Connecticut, where … Continue reading

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Sadi Carnot & Thermodynamics

Sadi Carnot reflecting on the success of the steam engines asked and proceeded to answer the question “How can maximum amount of work be obtained from a given amount of heat?” and in the process inaugurated the field of thermodynamics. … Continue reading

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Charles Lyell and the Founding of Modern Geology

When the young Charles Darwin set out on his voyage on H.M.S. Beagle he carried with him a recently published volume called “Principle of Geology: An attempt to explain the former changes of the earth’s surface by reference to causes … Continue reading

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David Attenborough & the Birth of Documentary

In 1965, David Attenborough was given full control of a new experimental television network called BBC2. He was given a large budget and asked to develop any programming he wished. He had an idea that went against the conventional wisdom … Continue reading

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Eli Whitney and the Industrialization of America

In 1803, Eli Whitney had little to show for the last ten years of his life except the name he had made for himself. During the sametime, thanks to him, the production of raw cotton in America had increased six- … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Synthesis: The Three Pioneers

One of the greatest scientific achievements of the last century was the integration of Darwin’s theory of evolution with Mendel’s theory of heredity to form what is known as the “Modern Synthesis” of evolutionary theory or “Evolutionary Synthesis” which is … Continue reading

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