The Secret Lives of Buildings by Edward Hollis
From the Ruins of the Parthenon to the Vegas Stri

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HISTORY OF ART / ART & DESIGN STYLES. The plans are drawn up, a site is chosen, foundations are dug: a building comes into being with the expectation that it will stay put and stay for ever. But a building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation. In this radical re-imagination of architectural history, Edward Hollis tells the stories of thirteen buildings, beginning with the 'once upon a time' when they first appeared, through the years of appropriation, ruin and renovation, and ending with a temporary 'ever after'. In spell-binding prose, Hollis follows his buildings through time and space to reveal the hidden histories of the Parthenon and the Alhambra, Gloucester Cathedral and Haghia Sofia, Sans Souci and Notre Dame de Paris, Malatesta's Tempio and Loreto, and exploring landmarks of our own time, from Hulme's legendary crescents to the Berlin Wall and the fibre-glass theme parks of Las Vegas.

About Edward Hollis

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Edward Hollis is an architect and designer who teaches at the Edinburgh College of Art. Trained at Cambridge and Edinburgh universities, he worked for five years in the United Kingdom as a practicing architect, specializing in alterations to historic buildings. This is his first book.
Published November 10, 2009 by Metropolitan Books. 384 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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For Hollis, there is nothing quite so wrong as buildings, or the stories or pictures of buildings, frozen in time.

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