How the invention of walls gave rise to eavesdropping – a brief history of personal opacity and public space.
“I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster and leaves less room for lies.” ~ Le Corbusier
“‘Ideas’ that really change the practical art of architecture are not just the relatively few grand philosophical bodies of thought that shape civilizations, but frequently altogether more humble ideas like a brick or reinforcing concrete with rods of steel. Everything that humans make begins, ultimately, with an idea: not, perhaps, those we think of as patentable — the kind cartoonists like to represent as a bulb flashing in a scientist’s head — but as a guiding concept that, for example, tells a stonemason how to shape and place stone on stone to create an arch which, as if by magic, makes it possible to defy gravity and make an opening in a wall.”
RIchard Weston traces the most influential cornerstones of architectural ideology and practice, arranged chronologically, from the fireplace (idea #1) to the term “the everyday” (idea #100), by way of the arch (idea #10), symmetry (idea #25), utopia (idea #32), the elevator (idea #49), empathy (idea #55), “less is more” (idea #74), and sustainability (idea #95).
“An expert is a man who has stopped thinking because ‘he knows.’”
Celebrating the greatest architect of all time with 10 of his most timeless quotes on education and learning, from this lovely pocket tome of 200+ notable FLW quotations culled from his published writings and his famous Sunday morning “sermons.”
An unprecedented look at the iconic architect’s diverse contribution to graphic design — his covers for Liberty (some of which were so radical the magazine rejected them), his mural designs for Midway Gardens, his photographic experiments, his hand-drawn typographical studies, the jacket designs for his own publications, including The House Beautiful and An Autobiography, and a wealth more.