“The LEGO Architect” – a preview of my upcoming book!
UPDATE 8/25/2015: I’ve launched a new website and blog dedicated to LEGO Architecture and my upcoming book, The LEGO Architect. For the latest news, bonus features, and links to reviews of the book, visit http://thebrickarchitect.com/book/.
I’m thrilled to announce that I’m writing a book, The LEGO Architect, which will be published later this year by the great folks at No Starch Press. The book explores popular architectural styles like Neoclassical, Art Deco, Modernism, and Postmodernism through LEGO. For each style, you will see beautiful photos of real buildings, a short explanation of the style, a selection of amazing LEGO buildings created by artists from around the world, and instructions to build small LEGO models based on the unique design elements of each style.
The cover features an amazing LEGO model of Unité d’Habitation, the colorful apartment building in Marseille, France, by celebrated architect Le Corbusier. The LEGO model is by Ken Parel-Sewell / Dan Madryga of One World Architecture. Photo by Dean Lavenson. (More info about this LEGO model at oneworldarchitecture.com)
The book is designed to be a “hands on” book that you can spread out while building the models featured in the book, or when building your own LEGO creations. It will have generous 9 x 9 inch pages and a sturdy hardback cover. Many of the models in the book can be built using the parts in the excellent LEGO Architecture Studio set.
Be sure to check out the book when it is available later this year. I hope it inspires your own architectural explorations, and gives you new vocabulary to describe and appreciate the buildings around you. Maybe you will discover a new favorite building or architectural style? I am excited to share more information about the book in the coming months.
I’ve been an architecture enthusiast my whole life, but I’m not an architect. The LEGO architecture series, and in particular the LEGO Architecture Studio set rekindled my interest in both LEGO and architecture. When I realized that I could write a book which expanded on the projects from my LEGO Architecture 30-day challenge, I knew that I had found a unique perspective and had a story to tell.
The research and creative journey in writing the book has been fascinating. I am seeing the buildings here in Seattle and while traveling with a new found appreciation of their history and the architectural styles which influenced them. Along the way, I’ve revisited some of my favorite architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry, and I’ve discovered new favorites as well. The biggest surprise has been learning how much the history of architecture is intertwined with a broader global history: Neoclassical architects revisiting classic Greek and Roman architecture, the exuberance of Art Deco mirroring the decadence of the Roaring 20’s, how Postmodern architecture is a reaction against the sterility of Modernism, and how current trends in High-tech architecture are only possible due to tremendous advancements in computer modeling.