This is Architecture – Writing on Buildings (eds. Stephen Bayley & Robert Bargery; Unicorn 2022) is a selection of seminal texts about buildings and places. Contributions by Rem Koolhaas, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Guy de Maupassant, Ayn Rand, Tom Wolfe, Aldo Rossi, Steen Eiler Rasmusser, Cedric Price, William Morris, Evelyn Waugh, Robert Byron among others.
We all consume architecture – it’s the one artform we can’t avoid. So it’s hardly surprising that the finest writers have applied their minds to it. Most of them aren’t architects, but their powers of perception are such that what they say gets under the skin of a building – and gives us a lesson in how to look at architecture. You’ll be entertained and enlightened as you find out why Goethe went from being dismissive of Strasbourg Cathedral to being an awed admirer; why Ruskin was offended by decorated shopfronts; why D.H. Lawrence loved Etruscan temples; why Tom Wolfe ridiculed the Seagram Building; why Vita Sackville-West saw Chatsworth as an alien interloper; why Rose Macaulay was passionate about ruins; And what Evelyn Waugh thought of Gaudi. The answers, and plenty more, are all here. Knowing them will transform the way you see buildings and deepen your understanding of architecture.
The text is in English. The book is illustrated with photographs of the related building and places.