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Art Magazine Spring 04 2011

Drawing Parallels: Architecture Observed review by George Ferguson

There is something almost edible about Quintin Lake’s Architectural Photographs which have been arranged in pairs for the viewer to draw associations. This book is all about looking and learning but not lecturing. I am delighted to discover that doors in Iran traditionally have two knockers, one with a heavy loud sound announcing a man’s arrival and one with a lighter sound announcing a woman.

I now know that the lawn, railing and cobbles in an Oxford Square strike similar note as the curved concrete ribs of Oscar Niemeyer’s Copan building in Sao Paulo.

There is much more to discover in this deliciously designed book for which the publisher Alexandra Papadakis, who studied architecture, should share the credit. I am tempted to place it on my bookshelves with food rather than architecture and I am absolutely resolved to get a better Camera. George Ferguson

Buy Drawing Parallels from Papadakis Publisher here

“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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Media and Credit Information

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)
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  3. £25

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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

“When you look at a city, it’s like reading the hopes, aspirations and pride of everyone who built it.”
Hugh Newell Jacobsen

The greatest architectural gestures of our civilisation, the very epitome and physical embodiment of that civilisation, the apparently random and chaotic surge of something intended and planned, the phenomenal paradox of achievement and disaster, the home of ultimate construction and destruction, the Twenty-First century city, is outpacing any attempt to define its nature the very second an image is formed of it. How to represent, how to see, how to know, this most mercurial of forms, that constantly defies notions of what is attainable? As a photographer, the emerging conurbations, the fresh unimagined megalopolises demand a perspective. This is a quest for scope. These horizons, where the patterns and grids of vast populations are assembled out of seeming chaos, are a bright optimistic contribution, a means of attempting to see a future that is happening right now.

Constant sky

left: Downtown São Paulo seen from the top of the Edificio Italiano.With a population of eleven million residents São Paulo is the most populous city in the Southern hemisphere. São Paulo, Brazil, 2008

right: Cuzco seen from Christo Blanco. The city has a population of 350,000 and is located at an altitude of 3,300m. Peru, 2008

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Slicing cities

left: Highway in downtown São Paulo. Brazil, 2008

right: A man ascending an arch of Lupu Bridge over the Huangpu River. Shanghai, China, 2007

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