One of the central
characters of this Tom Stoppard Play is an idealistic architect who begins
a housing project in London with a Jane Jacobs approach. In complying
with a myriad of codes and bureaucratic obstacles, he compromises his
original plans to the point that the end result is a monolithic high-rise.
At the London production
I saw ten years ago, I had the satisfaction of being the only one to laugh
at the "Lettreset" joke, which of course dates the play.
The Real Thing a very
accurate rendition of the architectural process.
"The Maple Stories"
by John Updike
Includes the famous
advice from the main character's lawyer (when Richard the Architect is
considering how to financially survive a divorce): "just design a
few more buildings"
Thomas F. Brown
I commend to you 'The
Nebuly Coat' by John Meade Falkner, out of print alas. Look it up on Amazon.
Wonderful Edwardian murder mystery set in a Dorset town. The protagonist
is a restoration architect, unless you say that it is the magnificent
church....a perfectly possible view.
married to architect John Robins, London
I'm surprised to see
that Ken Follett's 'The Pillars of the Earth' is left off the list. Through
almost 1,000 pages, the story intertwines the struggles of civil war in
12th-century England with the enlightenment of the transition from Romanesque
to Gothic cathedral design. Surely, this is a must read for architects,
historians, and fans of epic novels.
Regarding the list
of publications featuring architects by Thompson E. Penney, FAIA , why
not Carol Shields' "Larry's Party". Larry is a maze designer who also
occasionally designs landscapes.
Prints and Drawings Collection
Centre Canadien d'Architecture