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No Place Like Utopia: Modern Architecture and the Company We Kept
by Peter Blake
Writer, museum curator, and practicing architect Blake has numbered among his acquaintances (and occasionally enemies) the major figures of modern architecture as well as many artists. Here are his wonderful stories of Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller, le Corbusier, Jackson Pollock, and others. Photos.
Hardcover, 347 pages
Published October 12th 1993 by Alfred a Knopf
(first published 1993)
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Wonderful anecdotes from Blake about all of the masters of modern architecture with whom he interacted in his days at the Architectural Review and in his early career. Still, I wish it read less like a light memoir and more like a critical assessment on modernism.
While the name dropping grew a little tiresome, Blake for his vantage point of curator of architecture at MOMA and editor I. Chief of Architeture Forum provides provocative insights into the history of modern architecture I the US.
At first I loved this book and was fascinated by the Peter Blake's tales of Architecture in America. As I worked my way towards the end, he started to seem pompous and like the sort of guy who likes to listen to himself talk. Some sections also seemed redundant. Still, an interesting read from start to finish.