30 Sep '17, 9pm

‘It is refreshing to see a 95 year old writing about Gehry’s Louis Vuitton Foundation’: today's read on Ackerman https://t.co/Rra3PKUXQC

‘It is refreshing to see a 95 year old writing about Gehry’s Louis Vuitton Foundation’: today's read on Ackerman https://t.co/Rra3PKUXQC

In the acknowledgements to Origins, Invention, Revision , published one month before he died last December, aged 97, James Ackerman pays tribute to his physicians, ‘Drs. Dale Adler and Tammy Hshieh and their staffs, whose expert and devoted care made it possible for me to continue my work in the last few years’. Readers of this book can share his gratitude. All but one of its eight essays date from after his retirement from Harvard in 1990 and four are previously unpublished. Together they show the range of his work – from the Renaissance studies for which he is best known, to engagement with contemporary architecture and his ‘passage to India’ following a trip there with his wife in 2006, the year he turned 87. It’s worth dwelling on the reasons and implications of this range, which few architectural historians of later generations would dare, certainly before retirement....

Full article: https://www.architectural-review.com/10023032.article

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