The Secret Lives of Buildings: From the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories

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Abstract

Building on How Buildings Learn (Brand 1994), and the Timeless Way of Building (Alexander 1979), this history of architectural alteration is an experiment in creative writing as a methodology, written as an anthology of ‘folk tales’ which trace buildings as they pass, like stories, through time.
The book was nominated for a Guardian First award in 2009, and the Samuel Johnson prize in 2010. It has been published in the US, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, and China; and has been discussed in academic fora: Interior Futures, Northumbria 2010, Narrating the Built Heritage, Plymouth 2011, and Spatial Perspectives, Oxford 2012.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPortobello
Number of pages448
ISBN (Electronic)9781846274343
ISBN (Print)9781846271281
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

Keywords

  • architecture, history, literature

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