Peter Collins
Faber & Faber, London, 1998 (second edition); originally published 1965, English
Nonfiction, Architecture
ISBN: 9780773517042
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Witold Rybczynski

Collins was my architecture professor at McGill, and this wide-ranging history of architectural ideologies examines the 200 years from 1750 to 1950. For three years I memorized buildings and architects, assisted by a well-thumbed copy of Bannister Fletcher. Collins’s quirky but razor-sharp intelligence is apparent throughout Changing Ideals, which punctures many modernist dogmas. The “gastronomic analogy” still fascinates.

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