Update – 12/27/14
Richard Neutra, mcarch’s favorite architect, wrote several books delving into his philosophy of architecture. In a nutshell, humans need thoughtfully designed homes that contribute to their quality of life and well-being. The connection with nature was very important to Neutra. The result was not organic architecture, but homes that supplemented their natural environment. Below is the Ohara Residence, a good example of his philosophy.
If you want to read more,
one two of Neutra’s books, Survival Through Design and World and Dwelling, are online free at OpenLibrary (you’ll need to sign up to be able to read).