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What 3 books have impacted your life in architecture and why?
Bernard Rudofsky, 1964
The book prompted a brief period of celebrating indigenous architecture in contemporary forms. An example was Habitat '67. In my own early computer work (1967), I automated a very addative, digital sugar cube approach, that would create highly articulated, habitat-like buildings.
Yona Friedman, 1975
Yona was one the Utopian Architects of the 1960’s. Who did not want to be a Utopian at twenty-one? I sure did. Now, over 50 years later, I find myself seriously exploring and perhaps deploying Yona’s ideas of long ago. Furthermore, his graph theory lent itself to what we called Architecture by Yourself (an homage to Rudofsky).
Seymour Papert, 1980
The book is about thinking about thinking, as well as learning about learning. It formed the basis of One Laptop per Child, as well as a life-long friendship. All subsequent work at the MIT Media Lab related to children and learning was influenced by this book or, in some cases, lead by Seymour himself. Think of it as learning by yourself.
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