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.

 

5 books
Patrick Suskind

Thank you, Mr. Suskind, for reminding us that scent is a sense.

Italo Calvino

A lovely insight into the imagination’s role in the image of the city.

Edward Rutherfurd

The is a vast novel that begins 40,000 years ago and ends somewhere around the time I was born.

James Joyce

Any random page—this a test of language that is non-directional.

Umberto Eco

History is artfully revealed as mystery.

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