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An Architect’s Manifesto
“In this elegant little book, mixing aphorism and example, Robert Geddes argues for theimportance of ‘making it t’ and shows us the many ways of doing this. His manifesto isboth provocation and enlightenment.”—Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study“Robert Geddes has written a lucid, perceptive, and wise book about the fundamental ele-ments of architecture, including the basic needs that it addresses, as well as the wide rangeof architectural approaches and styles available to the designer and practitioner today.”—Neil Rudenstine, president emeritus, Harvard University
is a book about architecture and society that seeks to fundamentally change howarchitects and the public think about the task of design. Distinguished architect andurbanist Robert Geddes argues that buildings, landscapes, and cities should be designedto t: t the purpose, t the place, t future possibilities. Fit replaces old paradigms, suchas form follows function, and less is more, by recognizing that the relationship betweenarchitecture and society is a true dialogue—dynamic, complex, and, if carried out withknowledge and skill, richly rewarding.With a tip of the hat to John Dewey,
explores architecture aswe experience it. Geddes starts with questions: Why do we de-sign where we live and work? Why do we not just live in nature,or in chaos? Why does society care about architecture? Whydoes it really matter?
answers these questions through a freshexamination of the basic purposes and elements of architec-ture—beginning in nature, combining function and expression,and leaving a legacy of form.Robert Geddes is dean emeritus of the Princeton School of Archi-tecture; Henry Luce Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Urbanism,and History at New York University; and a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and the National Academy of Design.
2012. 144 pages. 10 color illus. 4 x 8.Pa: 978-0-691-15575-3 $19.95 | £13.95
Cover image is courtesy of and copyright © Otakar Mrkvička, frontispiece for Jaroslav Seifert, Samá láska (Love Itself). Prague: Večernice, 1923. Also from
Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century
by Derek Sayer on page 5.