Download PDF by Timothy J. Brittain-Catlin: Bleak houses : disappointment and failure in architecture

By Timothy J. Brittain-Catlin

ISBN-10: 0262026694

ISBN-13: 9780262026697

ISBN-10: 1461957818

ISBN-13: 9781461957812

The ordinary background of structure is a grand narrative of hovering monuments and heroic makers. however it is additionally a fake narrative in lots of methods, hardly acknowledging the private disasters and disappointments of architects. In Bleak Houses, Timothy Brittain-Catlin investigates the bottom of structure, the tales of losers and unfulfillment usually overlooked via an architectural feedback that values novelty, repute, and virility over fallibility and rejection.

As architectural feedback promotes more and more slim values, disregarding yes types wholesale and subjecting constructions to a Victorian litmus try of "real" as opposed to "fake," Brittain-Catlin explains the influence this superficial criticality has had not just on architectural discourse yet at the caliber of constructions. the truth that such a lot structures obtain no severe scrutiny in any respect has ended in monstrous stretches of grotesque sleek housing and a pervasive public illiteracy approximately architecture.

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Wishful thinking will get you nowhere. The architectural loser is like the rejected lover who remembers a few affectionate hugs from the object of his desire, and tries to persuade himself that these were a sign of real love, only to walk around the street corner to discover that same object engaged in a genuine, hot-blooded passionate embrace with the person they have chosen to prefer. No end of talking or persuading will bring him within a mile of the real thing. He is aware of how sad he is, and he cannot hide it.

Some names will live on only so long as there are firsthand witnesses to remember them. One is that of Edward Reynolds, an outstanding student who joined the fourth year at the AA in 1956 after working on, and contributing to the design of, the Brutalist Alton West estate at Roehampton, southwest London, under Bill Howell. Reynolds died “after a long and painful illness” at the age of 32 on January 1, 1959, his memory surviving in the record of his remarkable Scharounian student scheme (with A.

He has two major achievements to his name. The first is that he designed several fine buildings in a photogenic, lush English baroque which were built as he intended; they still stand and are still admired, even by people who are not generally interested in architecture. 2 Most of these received enthusiastic notices from the professional press. Field’s second achievement was quieter but far more influential. 3 Here he did something novel, which turned out to have a powerful impact on the appearance of every high street in Britain.

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