I have just finished reading an extraordinary book that I recommend to anyone interested in design and architecture, Makers of Modern Architecture (volume II) by Martin Filler. One of the world’s finest architecture critics, Filler brings to light and examines the legacies of those visionaries who have contributed significantly to the built environment. This volume is no less fascinating than the first one, which was published in 2007, and is meant not only for those with understanding in architecture, but for everyone.
You would learn why R. Buckminster Fuller should be remembered as a fictional personality, or why the National September 11 Memorial by Michael Arad is so great. When reading Makers of Modern Architecture, you would discover that from all 491 titles on Frank Lloyd Wright, the best study was conducted by Donald Hoffmann, that no architect since Le Corbusier has offered a better vision for a brighter future than Rem Koolhaas, that Carlo Scarpa created some of the most poetic and powerful expressions of modern architecture, and that Edward Durell Stone was America’s starchitect of the 60s. Published by the New York Review Books, this is a book you would go back to over and over again.