December 12 2012

A Review: Architectural Conjecture, Urban Speculation: The BLDGBLOG Book

The BLDGBLOG Book offers readers an exciting and unpredictable exploration of architecture in the broadest of contexts. Uninhibited by constraints, author Geoff Manaugh follows his line of interests wherever they may lead him, unlocking the possibilities of the future of architecture through his collection of narratives, interviews, images, and more. Ultimately, he challenges readers to join him in re-thinking architecture in a new and exciting way.

In Geoff Manaugh’s first chapter, titled Architecture Conjecture, Urban Speculation, he introduces his unique thinking process. He writes, “Talk about Chinese urban design, the European space program, and landscape in films of Alfred Hitchcock in the span of three sentences – because it’s fun, and the juxtapositions might take you somewhere.” Manaugh understands that architecture is not limited to buildings, and this awareness is transcribed in the content of his book; where nothing is irrelevant.

Within the first chapter you are introduced to concepts of architecture in novels, video games, and nature. You begin to envision the possibilities of zip-lines as a form of transportation in San Francisco, and imagine what undiscovered rooms of Manhattan apartments may hold. You are left contemplating the architecture of tunnels in near death experiences, and wondering why you haven’t considered this before.

The BLDGBLOG Book creates a new and interesting conversation about architecture, bringing ideas and thoughts from individuals all over the world into a visionary forum. Imagine typing architecture into a search query and finding limitless results. This is the conversation that Manaugh has started.

Join author Geoff Manaugh as he speculates about architecture, landscape, and the built environment at BLDGBLOG (The Blog) or on Twitter.

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Alex Riemondy

Alex Riemondy is a recent graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Environmental Studies, and a Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning. Her interests in urban planning first stemmed from a cross-country bicycle trip in support of affordable housing. During the trip she became fascinated with connecting communities through the development of safe cycling routes. On a bike, she is constantly thinking about her urban environment and how it can grow to meet the needs of her community. Although currently living in Hummelstown, PA - having recently returned from working on a permaculture farm in Costa Rica - she plans to pursue a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in Southern California. Finding happiness through connecting with her community and environment, she is most interested in improving citizen quality of life though: bicycle and pedestrian planning, green street design, and increasing citizen participation in the planning process.

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