Chambers for a Memory Palace

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9780262121828: Chambers for a Memory Palace

This collaboration between two distinguished architects and former colleagues is a celebration of admired places and a thoughtful consideration of the role that design has played in giving these places their memorable qualities. It is also an invitation to readers to inhabit the chambers of the book with their own imaginations, to join in the making of the "Memory Palace" proposed. The authors' informal and anecdotal style extends to the illustrations - the freehand travel sketches, line drawings, and water-colours of places they have remembered and enjoyed. The text consists of an exchange of letters in which one author recalls and the other responds to the elements considered essential to the art of successful place-making. Each of the book's chapters forms a chamber, and each chamber is inscribed with personal observations on the composition of places and the architectural elements central to each building, garden, court, monument, or open space described. The examples considered in these dialogues range from classic Western tradition to Asian temples and Islamic tombs, from ancient ruins to modern cities. In the chapter "Axes that Reach/Paths that Wander," Lyndon and Moore discuss the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit, the Taj Mahal in Agra, Vaux le Vicomte in France, the Beverly Hills Civic Center, and the Kimbell Museum in Forth Worth. In "Orchards that Measure/Pilasters that Temper," they consider the rhythmic spacing of elements in the Mosque at Cordoba, the Cathedral at Bourges, the thousand pillared mandapas of South Indian temples, the facades of Schauspielhaus in Berlin, and the Seagram building in New York City. They use these and many other to illustrate the ways in which architecture, experience, and memory intertwine to help us experience events and places.

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An engaging and heartfelt dialog between the two authors, constructed as an exchange of letters in which the architects trade observations on the design of places they love and believe to be significant and instructive.

About the Author:

Until his death in 1993, Charles W. Moore held the O'Neil Ford Centennial Chair in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. An internationally acclaimed architect for over four decades, he received the AIA Gold Medal in 1991. Donlyn Lyndon is Professor of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley and the designer of many award-winning projects, including, with Charles W. Moore and their partners, the Condominiums at Sea Ranch. He is editor of the journal Places and a partner in Lyndon/Buchanan Associates.

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