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By Timothy J. Brittain-Catlin

The traditional historical past of structure is a grand narrative of hovering monuments and heroic makers. however it is usually a fake narrative in lots of methods, hardly acknowledging the non-public mess ups and disappointments of architects. In Bleak Houses, Timothy Brittain-Catlin investigates the bottom of structure, the tales of losers and unfulfillment frequently neglected by means of an architectural feedback that values novelty, popularity, and virility over fallibility and rejection. As architectural feedback promotes more and more slim values, brushing aside sure kinds wholesale and subjecting constructions to a Victorian litmus try out of "real" as opposed to "fake," Brittain-Catlin explains the impression this superficial criticality has had not just on architectural discourse yet at the caliber of structures. the truth that such a lot constructions obtain no severe scrutiny in any respect has led to mammoth stretches of gruesome glossy housing and a pervasive public illiteracy approximately architecture.

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