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.