Architecture is also built with words, and the broad field of theory, criticism, and history has yielded texts that have indelibly influenced the making of buildings. Here three dozen articles discuss books or mourn the loss of exceptional authors with whom I have been fortunate to walk part of the way, from the Colin Rowe whose centenary it would have been in 2020 to the youngest ones, born half a century later, evoked in a single article with the exception of three friends gone too soon who were closely tied to ‘Arquitectura Viva’ – Vicente Verdú, Juan Antonio Ramírez, and Richard Ingersoll – and are remembered in two essays. Because masters of architecture – presented in other volumes – have sometimes also been masters of the written word, the chronological narrative is preceded by a piece on some books of the leading writers, and followed, to close, by two choral farewells that telegraphically pay tribute to authors not included in the list.
Collection ‘Maestros’, 2021
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