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This collaboration between two distinguished architects and former colleagues is a joyous 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, witty, and anecdotal style extends to the illustrations - the freehand travel sketches, line drawings, and watercolors of places they have remembered and enjoyed. Chambers for a Memory Palace 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 "Axes that Reach/Paths that Wander,"
Lyndon and Moore discuss the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, 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 examples to illustrate the ways in which architecture,
experience, and memory intertwine to help us experience events and places.
The MIT Press
This collaboration between two distinguished architects is a joyous celebration of admired places and a thoughtful consideration of the role that design has played in giving these places their memorable qualities. Discussed are the Taj Mahal, Beverly Hills Civic Center, the Seagram building, and others. 182 illustrations.
|1||Axes that Reach / Paths that Wander||2|
|2||Orchards that Measure / Phasters that Temper||28|
|3||Platforms that Separate / Slopes that Join / Stairs that Climb and Pause||50|
|4||Borders that Control / Walls that Layer / Pockets that Offer Choice and Change||78|
|5||Openings that Frame / Portals that Bespeak||98|
|6||Roofs that Encompass / Canopies that Center||122|
|7||Markers that Command / Allies that Inhabit||148|
|8||Light that Plays / Shadow that Haunts / Shade that Lulls||176|
|9||Rooms that Define / Space that Leaks Up Into the Light||192|
|10||Types that Recur / Order that Comes and Goes||214|
|11||Shapes that Remind / Ornament that Transmits, Transforms, and Encodes||230|
|12||Gardens that Civilize||252|
|13||Water that Pools and Connects||264|
|14||Images that Motivate||282|
|Postscript: The Castillo de Gargonza||296|