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Secret Lives of Buildings From the Ruins of the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories

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ISBN-10: 0805087850

ISBN-13: 9780805087857

Edition: 2009

Authors: Edward Hollis

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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 11/10/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.51" wide x 9.54" long x 1.24" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

Born in London in 1970, EDWARD HOLLIS studied Architecture at the universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh before joining a practice, working first on ruins and follies in Sri Lanka and then on villas, breweries and town halls in Scotland. He teaches at Edinburgh College of Art and his first book, The Secret Lives of Buildings, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2010.

Introduction: The Architect's Dream
The Parthenon, Athens: In Which a Virgin Is Ruined
The Basilica of San Marco, Venice: In Which a Prince Steals Four Horses and an Empire
Ayasorya, Istanbul: In Which a Sultan Casts a Spell and Moves the Center of the World
The Santa Casa or Loreto: The Wondrous Flitting of the Holy House
Gloucester Cathedral: In Which a Dead Body Brings a Building to Life
The Alhambra, Granada: In Which Two Cousins Marry Each Other
The Tempio Malatestiano, Rimini: In Which a Scholar Translates a Temple
Sans Souci, Potsdam: In Which Nothing Happens at All
Notre Dame de Paris: In Which the Temple of Reason Is Restored
The Hulme Crescents, Manchester: In Which the Prophecies of the Future Are Fulfilled
The Berlin wall: In Which History Comes to an End
The Venetian, Las Vegas: In Which History Is So, Like, Over
The Western Wall, Jerusalem: In Which Nothing, and Everything, Has Changed