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Usonia is a term used by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright to refer to his vision for the landscape of the United States, including the planning of cities and the architecture of buildings. Wright proposed the use of the adjective Usonian in place of American to describe the particular New World character of the American landscape as distinct and free of previous architectural conventions.

The word itself dates from the 19th century and was used by Samuel Butler, the author of the utopian novel Erewhon, and other futurist British writers in reference to the United States. In this incarnation, it may been the root of the Esperanto word Usono for the United States, although that word may have been created as an acronym for Unuiĝintaj Ŝtatoj de Nordameriko.

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External link

  • Frank Lloyd Wright: Usonian House (http://www.pbs.org/flw/buildings/usonia/usonia.html) at PBS.org
  • Columbia University (http://www.arch.columbia.edu/DDL/projects/usonia/usonia.html) - Usonia: Frank Lloyd Wright's Vision for America
  • Esperanto League of Houston (http://esperantohouston.org/elna2002.html) regarding Usono and Usonia

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About "Usonia" (138 words)
The name "Usonia" is a term popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright and used by him around 1910 when on his first European trip.
Wright made "Usonian" as much his personal word as he did "organic," and indeed, the two came to mean much the same for him.
"Usonia" was his name for the reformed Ameraican society the he tried for the last 25 years of his life to bring about.
JS Online: Usonia stays true to Wright's vision (560 words)
The outcome of their collaborative effort was Usonia, the only residential community developed and supervised by Wright.
Usonia, a blend of the words "union" and "United States," relied on what Wright called an "organic" architectural style that he began using in the 1930s.
The Reisleys were among the original 47 Usonia families who were interviewed to determine whether they were committed to the community's architectural and social principles.
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