The Secret Lives of Buildings: From the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories
The plans are drawn up, a site is chosen, and foundations are dug: a building comes into being with the expectation that it will stay put and stay for ever. But a building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation. In this radical re-imagination of architectural history, Edward Hollis tells the stories of thirteen buildings, beginning with the 'once upon a time' when they first appeared, through the years of appropriation, ruin and renovation, and ending with a temporary 'ever after'.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Dreesie - LibraryThing
This book is definitely interesting, but it is also uneven. A major theme throughout several--but not all--chapters is the idea of "restoration." I think if Hollis had made this an overarching theme ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - phoenixcomet - LibraryThing
Loved it! Possibly one of the most intriguing books I've read in recent years. I thought I was picking up a book on architecture, but what it was instead was a fascinating read in history through 13 ... Read full review
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