An Architect's Journey

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Rafique Islam, Mar 25, 2011 - Architecture
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Travelogue about architecture covering Bauhaus, Florence, Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Quito.
 

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I like real stories of travel and adventure, and this book satisfied me in both areas. In addition, I learned a few things about architecture as well. The author gives a true account of what happened to him during his short travels to various parts of the world, and although he sees things with an eye of an architect, he made me feel I was with him on the road living the experiences he encountered and as they happened, especially whenever he narrated in the present tense.
His account of Saudi Arabia is accurate because I was there too, although his experience is of someone who hastily visited the place for pilgrimage, and did not linger long enough to understand the culture of the people there, hence the frustration.
I suspect that most of the author's accounts have this element of haste in them, as they were made during short stays in each place, except some of the Scandinavian countries where he resided longer, but that may be what makes the stories purposeful, to the point, and consequently leaves an immediate impression of a traveler who has just set foot in a new land with unfamiliar people and surroundings, and of course with new buildings.
 

Contents

03From Bauhaus to Lilos House
1
04For Whom the Bell Tolls
9
05Sleepless inStockholm
15
06Architectural Journey of Hope
21
07Library of Culture
27
08Monsoon Honeymoon
33
09Raising Arizona Over Paris
39
10Pay it Forward Salk
43
13Little Mermaid
65
14A Room With a View
71
15Almost Heaven Alhambra
75
16An Architects Pilgrimage
83
17Identity in Black and White
95
18 Red and Blue House
101
19 Solar Equinox
107
20The End
115

11Lessons from Stockholm
53
12Wonderful Copenhagen
59
21BackCoverBook1
116
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About the author (2011)

Rafique Islam is an architect practicing in Arizona. He has traveled extensively to see the landmarks of Modern Architecture.

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