The Look of Architecture

  • Oxford University Press, 2001

    Translated into three languages.

    This little book is based on three lectures that I was invited to give at the New York Public Library. I thought it would be interesting to explore one of the forbidden subjects of architecture: the role of style and fashion. It seems to me that the way we dress our homes, and the way we dress ourselves, are related, and that style—not what we say but the way that we say it—is a key ingredient of any successful building. As Oscar Wilde once said, “In matters of importance, style is everything.”