What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos


Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers


Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge


Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more

The City According to Frank Lloyd Wright

May 25, 2014, 3:30 PM

What's the Latest?

A new exhibition features the dramatic plans that America's most famous architect had for dense urban environments. At the MOMA in New York, viewers can explore Wright's vacillations between remarkable density, such as his mile-high skyscraper called Illinois, and his attraction to dispersal, seen in his "Broadacre City". The former was meant to house one hundred thousand people. The latter was his perfectly planned community in which each family would tend an acre of land and "residential areas would be spaced out between areas for commerce, industry, parkland, and agriculture."

What's the Big Idea?

In Wright's day, the city was still negotiable, still under the influence of human forces. Today, it feels inevitable and all-encompassing. Wright wanted to give people the option to escape the city at a moment's notice, but today there is no escape, at least there is no outside to escape to. But what about escaping to the inside? "That’s a directional metaphor Wright never explored: inward. Perhaps the space and the freedom to be found within cities is within the tangle, in the nooks and crannies, within the density of the hive. Inside the cramped space of the city, one is forced to confront oneself, to figure out who to be and how to be it, from the inside out."

Read more at the New Yorker


The City According to Frank...

Newsletter: Share: