Today I sat down and made my reading list for spring break, and discovered that…well, I’m way behind. Before the end of break, I will need to read:
The 6 Architectural Records that have accumulated over the course of this term and last
The remaining half of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Autobiography
Seven Lamps of Architecture
Strange Details (which luckily I finished after discovering the amount of reading ahead of me)
Not to mention I’m still 3/4 through Toward a New Architecture by Corbu, which for the time being I have put on hold, partly because I felt particularly affronted that a recent guest speaker (who I didn’t enjoy, and who subtly let out that she didn’t really like one of my favorite professors) assumed that nobody in the lecture hall had read Seven Lamps, or even heard of it! So basically Corbu just got replaced by Ruskin because my architectural literariness was inadvertently insulted.
“I think that it is a time of our sun on trial, of all our institutions on trial.
I was brought up when the sunlight was yellow, and the shadow was blue. But I see it clearly as being white light, and black shadow. Yet this is nothing alarming, because I believe that there will come a fresh yellow, and a beautiful blue, and that the revolution will bring forth a new sense of wonder.
Only from wonder can come our new institutions…they certainly cannot come from analysis.”—Louis I. Kahn