Travel meets biography in Jonathan’s first book – a highly personal exploration of some of the world’s most provocative, revealing and beautifully built structures.
Readers get to explore a global spectrum of extraordinary built spaces, journeying from Lanzarote, home of César Manrique’s Jameos del Agua grotto, a James Bond-style fantasy, to India and Nek Chand’s Rock Garden of Chandigarh, a realisation of a childhood dream; and from Arizona where Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti, a vision for a utopian community, shimmers in the desert, to China’s Forbidden City, conceived by the Ming emporer Young Le to assert his authority over a vast empire.
Useful travel advice accompanies each piece, giving readers all the information they need to experience these extraordinary places for themselves.
BBC Radio 4, Excess Baggage, December 3, 2005
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‘One of those books for people who have already been everywhere. Takes you from underground chapels in Polish salt mines to the Birmingham branch of Selfridge’s, by way of a giddying range of architecture around the globe.’
Observer, December 4, 2005
Author: Jonathan Lee