Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Architecture of the imagination

From The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith:

"From the shade of the tree she had a good view of the back door and the open kitchen window; yet she could not see into the house itself, as it was of the old colonial style, with wide eaves, which made the interior cool and dark.  It was far easier to spy on people who live in modern houses, because architects today had forgotten about the sun and put people in goldfish bowls where the whole world could peer in through large unprotected windows, should they so desire."

 

1 comment:

talilin said...

That quote reminds me of another book, "Classic Cracker, Florida's Wood-Frame Vernacular Architecture" by Ronald Haase, where an architect wrote something similar about modern Florida houses.