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The Alchemy of Architecture: Memories and Insights from Ken Tate Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B083P11WVC
- Publisher : Pearl Press (January 8, 2020)
- Publication date : January 8, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 20689 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 160 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #300,157 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Lots of interesting thoughts about architecture before and now and many references to beautiful houses in the USA. I'd love to come there and see them all.
Ken Tate has also written a book called Urban Villa. This has a cinematic zigzag layout with inspiration from his favorite contemporary author, Tahir Shah. To read more about houses with souls, read his book A Year in Casablanca, about a house with a soul with a big,big S.
Tate starts his memoir in his hometown of Columbus, Mississippi and the Greek Revival homes with a mixture of influences, and moves along the spectrum of architecture to New Urbanism. With his wife Charme, together they have a classic idea of comfort and beauty. His home designs are inspired by history, cinema, photography, and alchemy (transforming ugliness into beauty; and transforming the past to life).
He describes himself as a ‘true pluralist’ – a lover of all styles. He also discusses his team, their works, the client-architect relationship, and his second love – abstract painting.
Tate closes with epiphanies, advice, and reflections, which are the most interesting passages. Within the book is a list of other references and books that influence his works, as well as many black and white photographs.
The Alchemy of Architecture by Ken and his Son, Duke is a great read.
It gives an insight into the man and his life's work.