Friday, 9 September 2011

Environmental Imagination

For those of you are are interested in Architecture, Environment and Poetry. This is a book I would highly recommend to you. The author is Professor Dean Hawkes, the external examiner of the MArch Environmental Design Course offered by the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Nottingham University. If you are coming to Nottingham to read the MArch Environmental Design, this is a reference book on the required reading list. You can read the introduction and first chapter HERE: Environmental Imagination

Book Review
Environmental poetry, 22 May 2009
Ken Stevens
This review is from: The Environmental Imagination (Paperback)
"Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know" (Roux). In this book Hawkes really gets to 'know' his buildings and communicates their characters in a poetic and vivid manner. He feels and listens to the spaces, revealing new insights about well-known buildings (by architects such as Corb, Mies, Asplund, Aalto, Kahn, Scarpa, Lewerentz, Zumthor, Siza and Holl). The book is underpinned by archival and research work that delivers new insights, quotes and drawings. Hawkes is as eloquent about pipes as he is about light and texture. In this book Hawkes sees what many have seen but thinks what nobody has thought.

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