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Paperback | $28.95 Trade | £21.95 | ISBN: 9780262532914 | 208 pp. | 5.375 x 8 in | 67 b&w illus.| June 2007

Strange Details

Foreword by Nader Tehrani

About the Author

Michael Cadwell is a practicing architect and Associate Professor in the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. A former Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the MacDowell Colony, he is the author of Small Buildings.


“"Strange Details follows none of [the] well-worn paths, and is thus the most astonishing example of innovative writing about modern architecture I have read in years." The Architect"s Newspaper”—
“"In the course of his brief book, Mr. Cadwell provides admirably focused, legible, and sympathetic readings of the similar accomplishment of four very different structures, each in its way a milestone of mid-century modernist architecture." James Gardner The New York Sun”—
“"With a forthright and sweeping historical consciousness untainted by ideological proselytizing, Cadwell has invented a new form of architectural writing fusing the personal essay, the journalistic critique, and the academic treatise." Norman Weinstein The Architect's Newspaper”—


“"In our spectacularly enervated age, this brilliant interpretive excursus reminds one that, as with music (to which it used to be compared), one cannot enter a work of architecture without a cultivated sensibility, compounded in equal measure out of knowledge and imagination. These four critical essays on the theme of tectonic estrangement, together with the author's meticulously annotated bibliography, should be required reading and re-reading in every school of architecture." Kenneth Frampton , Ware Professor of Architecture, Columbia University”


Shortlisted for the RIBA Sir Robert McAlpine International Book Award for Construction.

Shortlisted for the 2008 RIBA International Book Awards, Architectural Practice category.