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Revealing the extraordinary backstories behind architectures both every day and spectacular, Bricks & Mortals is consistently informed, polemical and surprising Owen Hatherley Lively and quirky . It's hard to imagine a history of buildings design being such good fun. You don't have to be a lover of architecture to enjoy this stimulating book with its mix of social and cultural history . Fascinating The Times A stunning assembly of ideas, thoughts and perspectives . It's rare to encounter an accessible book of this intellectual density, and Wilkinson must be given credit for marshalling his thoughts into a relatively brief volume . A brilliantly accomplished series of often provocative and controversial ideas, and its well-paced narrative is beautifully readable Observer Poses the contrarian modernist belief that it's not people and use that make buildings, but buildings that direct the ideas that make societies. He kicks off with the Tower of Babel, races through mud mosques in Timbuktu and the Ford factory in Detroit, before stopping on Pine Street and Finsbury Health Centre AA Gill, Sunday Times Impressive ... Bricks and Mortals is shot through with the conviction that architecture is more than just an art form: if done right, it can improve lives Sunday Times 'Wilkinson ... gleefully sets out to undermine previous generations of historians and critics ... The combination of perceptive architectural observation and licentious historical analysis ... is proof that Wilkinson has looked at buildings honestly and can write about them well ... He uses sex to imply that life is, as Niemeyer said, more important than his subject New Statesman The sheer weight of information imparted is delightful ... Mr Wilkinson's method is to select a building and then see where it takes him. It's an approach that depends on the possession of a vast knowledge and on the ability to make audacious connections Country Life A lively combination of scholarship, cultural history and sharp-tongued social commentary ... A scholarly but swiftly flowing text that glistens with attitude Kirkus A stunning antidote to conventional histories ... Wilkinson's writing is informed by an astonishing breadth of knowledge ... Superb storytelling ... A chance to travel the world with a guide of uncommon wisdom and talent to discover how buildings make us who we are Buffalo News

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Tom Wilkinson is writing a doctoral thesis on art history at University College London, where he teaches an undergraduate course on architectural history. He has lectured on the history of art and architecture at the Courtauld Gallery and the University of Oxford. He has lived in Shanghai and Berlin. Bricks & Mortals is his first book.

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Fascinating way to look at architecture 18. August 2014
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Fascinating! I've just finished the 4th chapter on the Palazzo Rucellai, Florence, which roams from 15th century Italy to ancient Greece and Rome to early 20th century Germany and New York. As the title very cleverly suggests, Wilkinson shows all the human (and thus, political, social, cultural, economic) stories that are hidden and embedded in great architectural structures. I absolutely love this book and only wish Wilkinson were around NYC so he could give a series of talks to accompany the book. Short of that, perhaps Wilkinson could create a website with easy access to photos of all the other buildings he discusses in every chapter. That is the only thing that frustrates me as I read … that there are so few illustrations. I just found a comment about the book, in response to a review in the Guardian/Observer: "He does rather wear his political colours on his sleeve, not the dispassionate historian." His left sleeve, I might add, which suits me fine. Is there really such a thing as "dispassionate history"? Anyway, I'm not sure why no one else on Amazon has reviewed this book yet. Maybe it's too new. I just happened to come across it displayed among the new books in my local library. I hope many readers and many reviewers will soon discover this book.
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Fresh, interesting, intellectual and FUN.... 17. Oktober 2014
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Tom Wilkinson's book was such a delicious read, with so many great allusions that it is helpful to have your computer nearby just so you can savor all the information. The best part about this book is that within 24 hours of reading it, I have referred to it in conversation with five different people who all asked...where did you LEARN that? Why is it so wonderful? First, he's treading on different ground...the buildings are not as well known as other architectural titans: and what you read has twists and turns that take you to interesting places. I knew enough about Mahler to look at his composing "hut" with fascination, and had read some about the Tower of Babel...but then Wilkinson takes me to Bruegel, to the "Beeldenstorm" of the Revolt of the Netherlands to the fall of the Bastille to Baghdad 2003. The chapter of Bayreuth then takes us to the Radio City Music Hall, and the dream worlds of Coney island and Walt Disney. The chapter on E.1027. a villa designed by Eileen Gray, reads like mystery novel. There are a thousand stories in Wilkinson's book, and even though I knew so many of the allusions, some chapters left me gasping with delight at all his ruminations and the vital connectedness between buildings and human beings.
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Five Stars 1. September 2014
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