At the threshold of summer, the sunglasses are on. Running in blue-sky mode, I’ve been talking up some ideas for multiplying the writing workshop times the architecture studio. Their product would be a format for storytelling across media, an alignment of complimentary strengths really well suited to engage the built environment.
This column has coalesced each month around the premise that there exists a reciprocal relationship between works of literature we read or write, and how we inhabit and construct our environments. The premise is intuitive. Man-made environments change constantly, bludgeoned by markets, yes, but also sculpted by cultural momentum and democratic will. In this process of continual renewal and reinvention, it’s possible to think of literary works as vectors for ideas about architectural and urban conditions.