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This is an unbelievably naive book - really, really poor. The author barely understands the meaning of the words he uses never mind the quite complex yet critically important subject about which he is writing. Scale surely concerns aesthetics and needs visual and intellectual sensitivity. Licklider appears to be blissfully unaware of this. He is cynical about great art and important, historic, aesthetic theory. The book was written in the age of brutalism - and this is brutal treatment indeed of a subject which demands subtlety and care. It neither touches nor explains this truly wonderful, rich, intriguing and inescapable aspect of design. He deals with it as if there is no art in architecture. And his knowledge and appreciation of mathematics is even worse. His base arguments and undefined, ill-conceived assumptions would hardly apply to simple building construction never mind great architecture. How could this man have held a key position in Princeton for an entire generation. Who lead him to believe that he was sufficiently talented to even think he could attempt a subject like this? Architectural and design students should avoid this book like the plague - unless they are cynics themselves.
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