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You have to pay for the public life : selected essays of Charles W. Moore
Moore, Charles Willard, 1925-1993.
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Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2001]

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xxv, 395 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Architect Charles Moore (1925-1993) was not only celebrated for his designs; he was also an admired writer and teacher. Though he wrote clearly and passionately about places, he was perhaps unique among modern architects in avoiding the tone and stance of the personal manifesto. Through his buildings, books, and travels, Moore consistently sought insights into the questions that always underlie architecture and design: What does it mean to make a place, and how do we inhabit those places? How do we continue to build upon but respect the landscape? How do we reconcile democracy and private land ownership? What is original? What is taste? What is the relationship between past and present? How do we involve inhabitants in making places? Finally, what is public life? As the world becomes smaller, and the uniqueness of places and landscapes gives way to sameness, Moore's celebration of the vernacular and of the surprising is more relevant than ever. The pieces in this book span the years 1952 to 1993 and engage a myriad of topics and movements, such as contextualism, community participation, collaboration, environmentally sensitive design and historic preservation. The essays in this bo


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Table of Contents

James F. O'GormanAlexander Caragonne
Introductionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxvii
New Hope for Local Artp. 1
Gospel According to Wrightp. 3
The Shapes of Our Timep. 6
Emergency Surgery Was Necessaryp. 8
Environment and Industryp. 9
Commentary for Princeton's Beaux Arts and Its New Academicismp. 21
The Restoration of Old Montereyp. 23
The Architecture of Waterp. 28
Plaster in Architecturep. 37
Review of Louis I. Kahn: L'uomo, il maestro and What Will Be Has Always Beenp. 59
Hadrian's Villap. 61
Sagamorep. 80
Toward Making Placesp. 88
Review of The Earth, the Temple and the Gods, by Vincent Scullyp. 108
You Have to Pay for the Public Lifep. 111
Unposed Questionsp. 143
Ghirardelli Squarep. 146
The Cannery: How It Looks to a Criticp. 148
Plug It In, Rameses, and See if It Lights Up, Because We Aren't Going to Keep It Unless It Worksp. 151
Eleven Agonies and One Euphoriap. 162
Interview with John Wesley Cook and Heinrich Klotzp. 167
Edifice Rexp. 208
Schindler: Vulnerable and Powerfulp. 211
In Similar States of Undressp. 214
Learning from Adam's Housep. 218
From The Yale Mathematics Building Competitionp. 220
Southernnessp. 227
Architecture and Fairy Talesp. 239
Impressions of Japanese Architecturep. 279
Scully's Revengep. 283
Review of Selected Drawings: H. H. Richardson and His Officep. 285
The Master of Allusion: Sir John Soanep. 287
Creating of Placep. 292
Planning the Hood Museum of Artp. 302
Ten Years Laterp. 308
For Don Cantyp. 312
Reflections of a Less Critical Regionalism and Other Burdensome Mattersp. 314
Interview with Leon Luxemburgp. 322
The Qualities of Qualityp. 332
Hispanic Lecturep. 337
Soane, Schinkel, and Jeffersonp. 366
Triple Threat Heritage (Inspiration for a New Architecture)p. 378
Foreword to The Texas Rangersp. 385
Indexp. 389