Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spotted: Studies in Tectonic Culture: The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture by Kenneth Frampton.

That's Kenneth Frampton the architect... not to be confused with Peter Kenneth Frampton, the musical genius behind "Baby, I Love Your Way."
Where: N-train
Who was Reading: Short hamster-looking dude, 30 (basically everyone is 30 when I can’t tell), with bristly whiskers in an elongated oval encasing his mouth and a blue Patagonia coat encasing his body. The book was large and unwieldy, and seemed difficult to read while standing, but the reader declined to take a seat when it became available.
Steven Holl, architect: "The material, detail and structure of a building is an absolute condition. Architecture's potential is to deliver authentic meanings in what we see, touch and smell; the tectonic is ultimately central to what we feel... Kenneth Frampton's new book is important for architects, students and anyone interested in the secrets of architecture."
I certainly hope the material, detail and structure of the cover isn't an absolute condition. They could totes sell more copies if they showed some random blueprints tattooed across Taylor Lautner's chest.

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