GoArchitect is starting a blog series about the books that influence today's architects and designers. Each week we will interview one person with one question: What 3 books have impacted your life in architecture and why?
The 3 books may be from childhood or just last week, the important element is that they helped define their personal or professional life. If you would like to be considered for a future interview, please let us know.
What 3 books have impacted your life in architecture and why?
Dante Alighieri, 1320
I see this book as a masterpiece from a revolutionary and visionary architect. Dante showed me the importance of creating a story for each space, giving it life and details until it is full of life. Dante taught me to understand the depth of human qualities, every architect must possess and use this in his work for his life; passion, curiosity and love.
Gaston Bachelard, 1958
This book was one of the most important experiences I've ever had. It opened my understanding and eyes towards an architecture that is based on psychology, philosophy, poetry, and sociology. It was a multidisciplinary awakening for me to understand that reality is just a recommendation. It is filled with infinite, invisible dimensions to be discovered in my creative process for each space.
Louis Kahn, 1940-1972
During the long search and development of my creative process, one piece was missing: the spiritual connection and how it becomes a tool.
I learned from Louis Kahn how to use spirituality, ask the right questions, look at the essence of space, and give it a living spirit, rather than just a physical body.
Have any of these books influenced your life or career in architecture? Leave a comment below and tell us how.
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