on 6 October 2000
After reading this book it contains a charting history of the beginnings of architecture, from mud huts, to super-structures of today. It contains many illustrations and at times is a very personal account of architecture by the author. I think it is a good book to read for those interested in the origins of architecture through the ages of evolution.
on 12 October 2003
Patrick, always charming and friendly,has always been concerned as an architect about the individual person and the living space he/she has and needs to inhabit.Being a so called disabled person himself he is needful of the access and facilities always required and now thankfull soon to be compulsory by law to all public and hopefully historic buildings too. Of course to say Patrick is disabled is as if one called the late Douglas Bader powerless but be that as it may there is one similarity between them.What Bader sought for in the air as a Royal Air Force Wing Commander was supremacy of skill and tactics.What he planned in the air had to be first created on the ground. The building blocks of Allied Victory in the Second World War were partly made of superb engineering skills in creating the Spitfire for example:the Whittle effect one might say. No less on the ground Patrick finds appreciable skills in the architectural creations of the likes of Rennie Mackintosh,James Gibb,Charles Cameron,all Scots, as well as Corbusier and others. He writes lucidly,clearly,and with authority on all periods and styles and one might say with some panache.This book is a gem,don't build your home till you have devoured its pages.