The Feeling of Things Hardcover – 1 Jul 2009
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Adam Caruso is chair of architecture and construction at ETH Zurich.
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As you can tell from those sentences, this book explains Caruso St. John's focus on a more tectonically and emotively focused architecture, one that is less shouty but strives for greater longevity and monumentality. Whilst such ideas are becoming increasingly well received due to the success of architects like Sergison Bates, Peter Zumthor, CSJ, Olgiati and Bearth & Deplazes, Adam Caruso presents his points with eloquence and astute historical metaphor.
In many ways, the essays reminded me of Sergison Bates's Papers 2. Adam Caruso's knowledge of architecture clearly is vast, and I expect far greater than the majority of the people reading this book. Consequently, my one criticism of this book would be that, whilst some of the buildings and spaces that Caruso refers to in the second half of the book are eloquently described, the book may have benefited from a few more, and larger, images for those unfamiliar. With Papers 2, whilst not overflowing with images, I felt Sergison Bates were more successful in keeping the unsophisticated reader (which I very much categorise myself as) with them.
I will probably go through it again whilst googling some of the buildings I don't know as a visual aid.
Essentially, the simplicity of the book's style is a reflection upon Caruso's thoughts on architecture - that it should serve its purpose well, be accessible to all, be free of gimmicks and architectural snobbery and shouldn't try to stand out from its neighbours by being flashy. It reads easily and is nothing like as dry as the cover might suggest.
Neither in favour of inhuman, oversized skyscrapers nor fake historic pastiche, our cities would be better slightly places if more architects and designers read this book.
The writing is very pleasant and follows the same principles of a simple and non snobby architecture. This book states correctly that architecture should be more humanised and less outrageous.
I would recommend it to anyone who loves philosophy and architecture.