Once upon a time, long before notions of ‘green’ and ‘sustainability’ became fashionable, some architects were interested in the question of how to integrate architecture and nature. Their approach was formally architectural, rather than dependent upon technological devices, such as solar panels and geothermal wells. They reasoned that the forms of architecture, very much like the forms of the natural world, embody not only morphological principles of shape and its elaboration, but also those of the origins and meanings of things. Forms could speak the truth. Their approach was to study the forms of a site and of the spaces they wished to create, to collide them, to meld them, and enable new forms that would emerge….
Today’s top item in Book News: Ginny Weasley, the freckly, flame-haired girl who later marries Harry Potter, grows up to be a sports journalist, according to new writing from J.K. Rowling on the website Pottermore. (Login required.) The stories are Ginny’s dispatches from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup for the magical newspaper The Daily Prophet. “Not a single Quaffle thrown, not a single Snitch caught, but the 427th Quidditch World Cup is already mired in controversy,” she writes. “Magizoologists have congregated in the desert to contain the mayhem and Healers have attended more than 300 crowd members suffering from shock, broken bones and bites.”
Also today, Ian McEwan on having dinner with Salman Rushdie during the fatwa, and James Salter remembers Peter Matthiessen. Read more here.