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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262132039 | 225 pp. | 8 x 11 in | November 1985
Paperback | $35.00 Short | £24.95 | ISBN: 9780262631181 | 225 pp. | 8 x 11 in | July 1988

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The Secret Life of Buildings

An American Mythology for Modern Architecture

About the Author

Gavin Macrae-Gibson is a practicing architect. He has been Visiting Lecturer in Architectural Theory at Yale University since 1982, and has taught and lectured widely throughout the United States and Canada.


“The book contains some of the most acute and memorable architectural criticism I have ever read.”
Sir John Summerson
“Gavin Macrae-Gibson has written an agreeable and civilized book about contemporary architecture. His method is a useful one: it deals with buildings contextually and topographically from the region to the street, and historically in terms of the complex of forms and intentions, present and past, which go to shape them.”
Vincent Scully
“Gavin Macrae-Gibson is as witty, irreverent and insightful as he is informed. He exposes the clay feet of his own elders in a way which might serve as an anchor for a generation of "disoriented" young architects searching for an alternative to the stage-set world of post-modernist consumption.”
Peter Eiseman