Craig Hodgetts

Architect; Graphic Designer / United States / Hodgetts + Fung Architecture and Design

Craig Hodgetts’s Book List

I look to writers, especially those who deal with the form of writing itself, to open doors to the infinite number of ways to structure and assess the world, and particularly the processes and concepts that animate and motivate us as humans. I don’t look at them as “source books” but rather as indicators of how one might think about and relate to the incredibly diverse surroundings with which we interact on a daily basis. I am at heart an eclectic individual, with an appetite for nearly everything I encounter, so this list is likewise eclectic and unstructured.

5 books
Frank Lloyd Wright
Selected and with commentary by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer

Wright’s letters inform us of his practical nature, his unwillingness to compromise, and his supreme self-confidence. But they also tell us of his almost uncanny ability to read his client’s minds, and to spend vast intellectual and creative resources on each of his projects, regardless of the supposed “payback.” Penny-pinching with actual finances, he drove himself and everyone associated with a project to the brink with his desire to realize both principle and result.

Le Corbusier

Surely if Le Corbusier must summon up patience, then we mere mortals must require it in extra large helpings. This book, with its rants, ravings, and alternating scolding and ecstatic tone, helped me, and countless others, to develop a healthy disregard for conventional wisdom and opt, instead, to operate outside the box.

Sigfried Giedion

What a revelation! Giedion weaves the strands of innovation we take for granted into a compelling fabric that helps to explain how and why our cities and towns took the shape they did. Hopefully someone of his stature will do the same for the Information Age.

Norman Bel Geddes

The futuristic, Popular Science magazine-style images created by Bel Geddes were built on a solid foundation of design fundamentals and bravely negotiated the line between fantasy and reality, demonstrating a quick grasp of urban design, aeronautical engineering, and architecture only equaled by Le Corbusier on the other side of the world. His facility in creating a practical, if sadly unrecognized, template for a romantic, heroic environment continues to inspire me.

Barbara Goldstein Editor

Simple, straightforward account of the birth of a new aesthetic. Brave new magazine composition, brave new design principles, brave new technology, brave new lifestyle, all assembled into a slim, almost fragile format that was just this side of self-indulgence—except it wasn’t. It is of course the bible for mid-century aficionados, but don’t let that fool you. It is as deep as you want to go, and I suggest you do go deep.

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