March 16, 2012 | admin | Uncategorized

Light Reading for the Young at Heart

Mike’s recent experience and subsequent blog post in which he read Iggy Peck Architect to his granddaughter’s first grade class has inspired me to begin yet another series, this one centered around children’s books with archtecture and design themes.  As a new mom I have come to appreciate the thought and drawings that go into some of the books I’ve come across over the past year or so, and I thought perhaps it would be good to share some of my favorites.

For this first installment I want to send a special thanks to Erica Enright for Arlo’s favorite recent library addition, The Three Little Pigs:  An Architectural Tale, by Steven Guarnaccia (professor of design at Parsons The New School for Design).

The story loosely follows the well-known children’s tale, though told through the eyes of three 20th-Century icons, Frank Gehry, Philip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright.  I don’t want to give away the ending, but I will say that this tale will make any admirer of architecture and design consider the age-old dichotomy of visual lightness (modernity) versus historic permanence (tradition).  I’m expecting my little one to graduate directly from this to Frampton or Curtis.

In all seriousness, it’s a really sweet take on the modern classic, and definitely will be enjoyed by the young and old alike.

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