“A thought-provoking and beautifully-photographed collection to which I have found myself returning on many occasions.”
William Arthurs, Editor, London Society Journal

Sources of architectural inspiration from around the world

In this fascinating “un-guide book” Quintin Lake uses visual comparisons drawn from his extensive travels in more than 60 countries. From mega cities to the remotest villages, from man-made structures to natural forms, he takes us through series of pairings of photographs that that reveal hidden harmonies in the world around us and challenge our understanding of what constitutes architecture.

Beginning with ‘shape and surface’, comparisons are drawn between forms and textures in the man-made and natural world. ‘Organising space’ reveals the layers, divisions and structure of both vernacular and contemporary urban space. ‘Shelter’ covers all aspects of the home and survival from favela housing to skyscrapers and suburbia. ‘Memory and architecture’ reflects on the powerful aftermath of war and natural disasters and the visible passage of time through weathering. And finally ‘Architecture as Stage set’ examines the use or rather the mis-use of space for personal gratification, political drama or public narrative.

Quintin Lake is a photographer and architect. He studied at the Architectural Association and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. His extensive expeditions include Greenland, Uganda, Peru and Iran; recent solo exhibitions include Cities and Landscapes, Orquideas Interoceanicas and Pripiat: 21 Years After Chernobyl.

General Information

Press Release containing brief description, author biography and technical information from Papadakis Publisher (PDF) here

Book Cover Image (high res jpg)

An Architecture of Looking, Some directions for use. Foreword By Richard Wentworth

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Should you wish to feature any material from Drawing Parallels, I request that the following information be included within your piece:

  1. Book Cover image (high res jpg)
  2. Drawing Parallels: Architecture Observed by Quintin Lake
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Should you wish to include any additional material, I would be happy to provide it on request. Questions may me emailed to me at mail@quintinlake.com

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Chapter Extracts

Summary text and two print resolution (300dpi) sample spreads from each chapter available to download as a PDF .


2. Surface and Texture CLICK HERE FOR EXTRACT

3. Organising Space CLICK HERE FOR EXTRACT

4. Shelter and Home CLICK HERE FOR EXTRACT

5. Memory and Place CLICK HERE FOR EXTRACT

6. Architecture as Stage Set CLICK HERE FOR EXTRACT


All text and images © Quintin Lake. 2009