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Read by millions since its launch in 2004, BLDGBLOG is the leading voice in speculation about architecture, landscape, and the built environment. Now The BLDGBLOG Book distills author Geoff Manaugh's unique vision, offering an enthusiastic, idea-filled guide to the future of architecture, with stunning images and exclusive new content. From underground exploration to the ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 10th 2009 by Chronicle Books
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Chris Boette
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I wipe the dust from a printer I bought on Craig's List. A genie appears. The genie says to me, "I am the genie of the printer. You have set me free. I will grant you a wish to show my thanks. Every time the sun rises, I will print for you the newest content from one, and only one, website." I stare at the genie, my mouth slightly agape. "But no aggregate sites," he says. "I may have been trapped in a printer, but I'm not stupid." Without hesitation, I say, "BLDGBLOG! Print me BLDGBLOG!" He ...more
Annick
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all
I received BLDGBLOG Book as a gift from a precious friend and I thank her warmly again and again and again (to indicate my pleasure for this book). I enjoyed reading it. More than a book on blog of architecture, The BLDGBLOG Book is a document on architecture, built and natural environment, on architecture fiction and other landscape futures. Well-written, well-documented, this book is a pleasure to read but also a reference for those with an interest beyond the simple medium of architecture. ...more
Dave
Feb 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a delightfully imaginative collection of essays, interviews and tidbits of, as the title indicates, conjecture and speculation. This was unlike any other architecture book I've read in that the author samples wildly varied ideas that interest him and spins them out into often-surreal "what if" scenarios. I particularly enjoyed the interviews as for the most part the author connected sharply with his subjects and got even their minds moving in new directions. I did find myself rolling my ...more
Patricia
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
So wonderful. I think that in a thousand years from now when robots are, like, disassembling human brains to try to figure out how to build new and elite humanoid models, Manuagh's will be one of the one's they'll take apart and analyse. Seriously, how does this guy's mind work?
Stefano
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
So many stimuli paired with nearly zero content.
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
Jed Herne
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
4.5* . Superb! A wonderful, imaginative mash-up of architecture and science fiction, philosophy and pop-culture, whismy and logic. Full of amazing essays on architectural theories, but unlike most
theory books, this is written in an engaging, relevant, entertaining way - while still going deep. I wish Geoff could teach at my uni!
Jay.FB
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh,

I’ll update this review later.
Greg Brown
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing

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

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Jefferson Tesla
Geoff Manaugh is my favorite non-fiction writer. For those who don't know, BLDGBLOG is his website on "Architectural Conjecture, Urban Speculation, and Landscape Futures." It's a damn good editorial mix of travels, interviews, and general musings on the spaces we used to, do, and could inhabit.

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
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Ian
"I think every piece of infrastructure—every building—is on a trajectory, and you're experiencing it at just one moment in its very extended life. We see things, but we don't often ask how they came about or where they're going to go from here—whether there will be structural deterioration, or if living things will colonize the structure. We tend to ignore these things, or to see them in temporal isolation. We also don't give enough time or consideration to how this infrastructure fits into the ...more
Nathanael
Sep 12, 2010 rated it liked it
This book is about what, not how. I guess that's what architecture is: an exploration of the hypothetical what.

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
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Tom Coates
Jul 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
An unbelievably playful and creative book that challenges you to think outside of your normal preconceptions about what you might consider architecture, building, and non-fiction. More of a collection of flights of fancy and narrative expressions - think pieces - than an academic work, it's a book that (if you'll let it) really lets some air in to an often musty discipline.
Marty
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book, like his blog contains his infectious enthusiasm for architecture in all its forms. I've been reading BLDGBLOG for years and i am stoked that this finally came out. Definitely a worthwhile read for a variety of readers.
Douglas Summers-Stay
Aug 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
An exploration of the fantastic by way of architecture. It makes me remember why I grew up wanting to be an architect.
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.
Michael
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Manaugh thinks about architecture and the world in a completely unique way. His ideas are rarely about the practical, but his methods of making connections and drawing narratives out of ideas makes his writing fun and thought-provoking.
Dan Tasse
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: research
Pretty fun. Like the blog, kind of all over the place, and I'm not going to lie, sometimes that makes it hard to follow, or to remember what I just read. But it's got enough entertaining stories, and entertaining speculation, that it's worth a sit on your coffee table.
Timmytoothless
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a little too whimsical, still a highly original take on the built environment.
Mark CB
Jul 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
a good book to flip through for inspiration once in a while. real review forthcoming...
Abdulwahab
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
A lot of good ideas can be found in this book!

You don't have to study architecture to read it.
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