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Thinking Architecture by Peter Zumthor
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Oct 21, 2009

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I read this book expecting something like an enumerated insight into Peter Zumthor's design process and theories, but "Thinking Architecture" is more of an organization of miscellaneous observations and descriptions of Zumthor's architectural experiences. I hesitate to say the book is not useful because it's very well written and his thoughts are unique and intriguing. It's more that the book is useful in the way a fiction book is useful, but not in the way a non-fiction book might be. If Zumthor's work (google: Zumthor Swiss Baths) didn't stand as an unshakable testament to his abilities as an architect then I might have dismissed this book as lots of worthless colorful language.

It's a brief book that can be read in an afternoon ( about 100 pages). I recommend reading it a well designed space.
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Muhammad Wasay Ijaz Did you, later, Tim, find a book on the design processes of popular architects?
I'd like to read too if you don't mind helping me out...

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