Craig Dykers

Architect / Norway; United States / Snøhetta

Craig Dykers’s Book List

During my university studies I read Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s The Worst Journey in the World. In this autobiography, Robert Scott’s trek to the South Pole is described by one of the explorers who accompanied the expedition. As an architecture student I felt a kinship with this hopeless, remote struggle. This led to a number of ice-bound, life-and-death books like Elizabeth Arthur’s novel Antarctic Navigation. In this book, the chapter “The Honest House” suggests that architecture connects the candor of design with the challenge of staging adventure. These are things that I still feel are closely linked.

There are dedicated architecture texts in my list, sandwiched between novels, art, and anthropology. Primarily, I have been persuaded by subjects of the senses, memory, and the realm of place. This is what gets me up in the morning, knowing that we are not what we seem to be and the places where we live are not bound by catalogues of definitions—they are so much more.


7 books
Temple Grandin

You can pick up almost any book by Temple Grandin and be awakened. I like to joke that if you replace the word “cow” with “person” the book still makes sense.

Elias Canetti

Some of the unmentionable aspects of life grow more obvious when we operate as a mass entity.

Matthijs van Boxsel

An artful way to return to our essence.

Michio Kaku

One of the earliest popular nonfiction works that discusses the value of quantum mechanics and physics in our lives. It was my first clarification on the complexity of spatial theory.

Bruce Chatwin

This is an effort to describe the landscape of the earth as it is projected onto the landscape of the mind.

Manuel De Landa

I love the idea that our world is calcifying rather than expanding.

Marshall McLuhan

An essential book for understanding the power of the power of media in our creation of things.

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