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Ways of Seeing and Ways of Writing
on November 28, 2014
I like this book a lot.
The book has three weaving threads that bind interesting issues.
The first thread is introduction of multiple writers (Mumford, Huxatable,
Muschamp, Goldberger, Sorkin, Kamin, Sullivan, Jacobs, etc);
The second thread is introduction of diverse urban and architectural perspectives;
and the third thread is, in showing first and second, Prof. Lange was able to show
how each writer's perspective shaped the style of ones writing and
the constructs of ones writing.
I guess good writings help us to shape a new perspective about the subject matter.
This book does this job diligently. Not only does this book help us to write
clearly about architecture, but also it helps us to categorize viewpoints of each writer
and their writing style.
By selecting a certain piece of writing of each writer,
Prof. Lange illustrates her ways of seeing physical environment and
effective ways (paragraph constructs, sentence tones, and vocabulary selections, etc)
of delivering that perspective.
If a prospect reader is an avid architecture reader, all the sample writings
are pretty familiar, hence, such reader will enjoy more about Prof. Lange's
analysis on each critics' viewpoints and their corresponding writing style.
That is the real beauty of this book.
I personally enjoyed Prof. Lange's writings more than the great writers of
past and present.