The BLDGBLOG Book
As a blog in the form of a book is surely interesting, full of suggestions and speculations. As a book only, though, lacks unity, relevance and even utility.
The same can apply to its main argument (architecture): BLDGBLOG is full with theoretical hints, but empty of any practical value.
good for skimming and reading through over a long period, bad to read thoroughly all in one
theory books, this is written in an engaging, relevant, entertaining way - while still going deep. I wish Geoff could teach at my uni!
In case you're not familiar with the source material, BLDGBLOG is one of my favorite blogs out there. The tagline is Architectural Conjecture, Urban Speculation, Landscape Futures; in practice, this works out to be a mix of everything imaginable (and a fair amount of stuff that is barely so).
The organizing feature of this viewpoint is understanding the shape of the world as inescapably tied to its function, the aesthetic as more than just aesthetic. Manaugh asks us to consider the possibilities...more
I'm not sure how much of this collection is repurposed from the website since it's been a long time since I've trawled the archive, but it's a treasure trove nonetheless. Besides the greatest hits articles ...more
That's not really what I am. This could be why I found the book fascinating, if a little hard to grasp.
I like the questions why and how. Especially how. My bias is towards action. I like to figure out how to implement an idea.
So, throughout this book, my brain was swirling with pictures and actions and diagrams that created the stuff the author talks about. The trouble was that his ...more
This has as much to do with architecture as freakonomics has to do with economics. It's not a subject matter, it's a way of approaching the world.