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Everything by Design: My Life as an Architect Hardcover – October 2, 2007
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Books about architecture can be overly technical, theoretical, and often boringeverything that this delightfully breezy and yet seriously informative memoir is not. Lapidus, the son of the designer of Miami's Fontainebleau Hotel, is perhaps best known as "Donald Trump's architect," designing several of the developer's hotels and casinos in Atlantic City and elsewhere. It's natural, then, that much of the book is an affectionate but clear-eyed portrait of Trump, who comes off as a wily showman, shrewd businessman, and, finally, loyal friend. Lapidus says little about the process of designing buildings except as it relates to the key issue of understanding the clients, who have included everyone from mobsters to Disney. His insider's view of the brass-knuckled world of real estate is both funny and matter-of-fact, given his preference for realpolitik over aesthetic philosophizing. The most poignant parts of the book are about his oedipal rivalry with his father, Morris Lapidus, who suffered critical drubbings and, with one striking exception, could not appreciate his son's success. Nance, Kevin
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An interesting exercise is to read passages in Alan Lapidus' book alongside very different recollections of the same event or design in his father, Morris Lapidus' books.