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on 17 November 2013
Gavin Stamp provides us with a selection of his articles for Apollo monthly. Each is about 1300 words and on a different subject. The essays are quite wide-ranging and they are almost all stimulating and trenchant. Some of his views on non-architectural matters are typically academic and bien-pensant, and there is a very silly paragraph on global warming, but never mind: it is his views on architecture and design that you buy the book for. These are consistently in favour of good-quality building which is sensitive to its surroundings and has character; and he calls attention to some unfashionable causes, such as villas and prisons. I enjoyed this and strongly recommend it to anyone interested in architecture and design. It might help if like him (and me) you think the Victorian age produced a lot of good stuff.
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on 25 February 2015
Gavin Stamp is wonderful. If I come back in another life, I'd like to be him. Fascinating, funny, and we hope, influential.
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on 11 February 2015
This is an interesting range of articles from an author whose writing I enjoy and whose views I share, especially on the treatment of neglected buildings.
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on 30 November 2014
Great read One of the bestime authors
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on 12 April 2015
Still working my way through the various chapters, but the book is really changing my views on many elements of architecture and architects. Glad I bought this book, makes you think.
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