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Writing and Seeing Architecture – Forward

Author: Deborah Hauptmann
Co-Author: Christian de Portzamparc & Philippe Sollers
Published: University of Minnesota Press, 2008

Writing and Seeing Architecture unveils a candid conversation between Christian de Portzamparc, celebrated French architect, and influential theorist Philippe Sollers that challenges us to see the analogous nature of writing and architecture. Their fascinating discussion offers a renewal of visionary architectural thinking by invoking past literary ideals that sought to liberate society through the reinvention of writing itself.

Hauptmann’s forward begins: “Let us begin at the consciousness of speaking, at this reciprocal contamination of the words and the means, where that which writes must first see (voir ecrire)” .

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