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Living with buildings : and walking with ghosts

By: Sinclair, Iain

Part of the Wellcome Collection series
1788160460 / 9781788160469
Out of print
United Kingdom
23 cm 190 pages : illustrations (black and white)
General (US: Trade)  Learn More Professional & Vocational Tertiary Education (US: College)
"Published in association with Wellcome Collection for the exhibition 'Living with Buildings' curated by Emily Sargent"--Title page verso.

'A remarkable book; surprisingly gripping and often very moving ... stories weave and unweave over the book's course, patterning thought into a complex built environment, at once disorientating and illuminating.' Robert MacfarlaneWe shape ourselves, and are shaped in return, by the walls that contain us.

Buildings affect how we sleep, work, socialise and even breathe.

They can isolate and endanger us but they can also heal us.

We project our hopes and fears onto buildings, while they absorb our histories. In Living With Buildings, Iain Sinclair embarks on a series of expeditions - through London, Marseille, Mexico and the Outer Hebrides.

He explores the relationship between sickness and structure, and between art, architecture, social planning and health, taking plenty of detours along the way.

Walking is Sinclair's defensive magic against illness and, as he moves, he observes his surroundings: stacked tower blocks and behemoth estates; halogen-lit glasshouse offices and humming hospitals; the blackened hull of a Spitalfields church and the floating mass of Le Corbusier's radiant city. And he peels back layers of life. A father and his daughter, who has a rare syndrome, visit the estate where they once lived.

Developers clink champagne glasses as residents are 'decanted' from their homes.

A box sculpted from whalebone, thought to contain healing properties, is returned to its origins with unexpected consequences.

Part investigation, part travelogue, Living With Buildings brings the spaces we inhabit to life as never before.


AMC Architectural structure & design, HBTB Social & cultural history, MBN Public health & preventive medicine, RGC Human geography, WTL Travel writing

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