The Writing Architecture Series from MIT Press and the Anyone Corporation has given architects a chance to voice off in formats not commonly associated with architecture. The series is full of literary criticism, philosophy, art history, personal essays. John Hejduk's poetry collection Such Places as Memory is a compilation of his reflections and autobiographical musings on memories and places. Roger Connah, author of How Architecture Got Its Hump offers his "anti-epic" poem in Welcome to the Hotel Architecture, excerpted like this:
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The Waiter's T-shirt exhorted
Whilst Da Vinci's Measure of Man became
Man's measure and flipped this century
Into a romance with dimension
It could ill afford.
The advice came free with the shirt:
Advice Architecture could afford to take
As Frank began cutting up the menu into twelve equal parts
Reconstructing once more
Architecture's own attractive errors.
Deconstruction, forget it! Harry said,
We have always been more than a trend, haven't we Frank?
Still it was obvious if you happened to look around
And the blindness had not stuck that
There was no Time in any real sense left.
The auditorium doors had opened
Architecture was showing at the Hotel Cinema, Aurora.
There was panic all around.
Everyone was given laser spex.
(Look at a light. You won't believe your eyes--
But never look directly at the Sun!)
Sad, Frank said
What is? Harry asked