"John Silber's 'Architecture of the Absurd'...is a thoughtful argument
against the excesses of 'designer' architects and urban-planning
utopians. Mr. Silber, the former president of Boston University,...is
an architect's son and a professional philosopher who, as the president
of a major university for 25 years, directed the construction of
buildings totaling 13 million square feet of floor area...His critique
of today's architectural culture has a hard-nosed clarity that is
seldom found in today's writing about architecture..."
Wall Street Journal article: http://301url.com/eqk
OK, this is available at Amazon.com and it sounds interesting to me.
What my request is, is this:
Would you (the plural form, as in, posters in general) be willing to post
your recomendations of interesting reading for non-architects? I'd be very
interested in compiling a listing of things to get and read for the year,
and woudl really appreciate soem good receommendations.
True, but the recommendations are kind of interesting anyway.
The level I can handle construction-wise is mostly like Construction
Techniques Illustrated (yes, I am a Francis D. K. Ching fan and will
eventually own all of his books). I like to learn how things are done,
but I don't have a technical background, so anything too detailed might
be a bti ebyond my level. I also can't go for any $500 book sets ;)
In the past, tho', people have mentioned several design, arch. ideas, and
general construction books that sounded intresting, but I lost my list of
links during one of my perennial Windows crashes :(
OTOH, after having spent so much time recovering the computer, I'm
feeling an antsy "information junkie" fit coming on (it's a reaction to
the boredom of staring at the registry etc. so much), so I'm looking for
reading recommendations from the folks here becuase I rather selfishly
figure it's one way for me to bypass books that are basicly just claptrap
<L!> No, seriously, I read the references that get made on this group to
various books, and woudl like to get in on understanding more.
The Business books might not be a bad idea, either - I've tried to make a
go of freelancing, and I can't just blame Windows for my, um, er, well
let's just say total lack of business acumen <ahem...>
My interests are wide - science, arts, psychology, gardening/botany - I'm
even reading the Koran, because I keep hearing poeple alk *about* it, but
decided to read it for myself, even if it is only in translation.
There is a structure/form to "it all" so to speak, and the more I learn,
the more fo the structure/form I can discern. What I like about
Architecture is that it's almost a sort of orrory, in an abstract
symbolic sort of way - the Universe has a form, and both Architecture an
dMusic work with analagous forms, with those forms of course including
both space and time.
OK, no, 'm not making any sense, but that's OK, it's almsot bedtime and
I'm having a nip of rum (no cranberry juice tho') - the point is that I'm
just interested in reading recommendations, because people here are
pretty intelligent overall and I live and breathe to be educated. If I'm
not either learning or creating, I get all shrivelly and cranky - which
is how this computer recovery is leaving me feeling :p
Construction is good. Should I read, oh what is his name, ?Vetruvius?,
or is that *too* much...?
Well, I should quit while I'm ahead (or at least before I get
behinder...) and shut this machine down and get some sleep. Thanks in
advance to everyone :)
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