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Architecture Book Club

“All architects want to live beyond their deaths.” – Philip Johnson.

SCCI Founder and Executive Director, Dr Gene Sherman AM, is joined by respected cultural leader and author, Dolla Merrillees, for a deep dive conversation exploring the relationship between architecture, words and human subjectivity.

Taking three texts – each unique in approaching architecture or the architect as subject, as makers of meaning, or as author – this in-conversation event examines the way in which narrative can focus on, borrow the structural devices of, and write the cultural histories for, architecture.

In particular, the speakers chart how the use of architectural locations can shift in narrative from producing setting to acting as character; how architects and their work have been harnessed by writers as the site from which plot can spring forth; and how the imaginarium of the architectural world presents a tumult of intrigue, pathos, heroism, tragedy, humanism, injustice and epic.

Merrillees and Dr Sherman will discuss three core texts, including Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (2007), The Man In The Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century by Mark Lamster (2018) and The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure (2013).



20 Goodhope St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia


Sunday 13 October 2019 from 10am to 12pm


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