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The Architect Says

The Architect Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom, by Laura S. Dushkes, is full of great quotes about architecture - inspirational, humorous, deep, and/or just plain smart. Most quotes come from well known architects, but some are from lesser known architects or from critics of architecture. There are the quotes that we learned in school from great architects like Mies van der Rohe, Gropius, Kahn, Vitruvius, Sullivan, and Ledoux. There are also quotes from contemporaries like Libeskind, Gehry, Pei, and Zumthor.

The quotations (one per page) cover the gamut of architectural practice and, if read from cover to cover, the words take the reader on a journey that flows effortlessly from one to the next. The book begins with the big picture of design; touches on drawing, nature, the environment, light, materiality; and proceeds to client relations and construction; then finishes with a quote from Leonardo da Vinci that encourages designers to "consider the end first."

Often times, the quotes on facing pages compliment each other. Sometimes the quotes conflict; such as one page reading, "less is more," while the facing page reads, "less is a bore." Each quote includes a portion highlighted in blue text that distills the ideas into a few brief words. The book is bound with a dark blue hard cover with silver text - a great choice that makes it feel elegant and respectable.

This is a great book to have on your desk so you can pull it out when you need some perspective. Dushkes did a fine job of selecting the quotes, while her design team created a classy package that will look great on the shelf or desk.

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