BOOKS


 
 

Architectural Ornament: Banishment and Return (New York: W.W. Norton, 2001).
Revised edition of Flight of Fancy. Order here.

 

Review of original edition 


"An important book... beyond reasonable doubt, Brolin acquits ornament of any and all charges that have ever been leveled against it. With breathtaking and impeccable scholarship, he argues among other things, that the modernists themselves committed the heresy. They only disguised the natural human lust for ornament in various ways. 'Flight of Fancy' explodes a tenacious myth that has stunted twentieth-century architectural creativity. As I read the book with mounting excitement, I realized that Brolin has at last provided a sound philosophical foundation for the new architecture we all need and want. Brolin builds this foundation on his brilliant and influential previous books, The Failure of Modem Architecture and Architecture in Context. They shape our vague dissatisfactions with what is being built these days into clear, constructive thought—the kind of logical and historically literate thought that is the essential basis of good design."

Wolf Von Eckardt
Architecture Critic
The Washington Post


Review of revised edition


This book made sense of a great many things for me. In explaining the banishment of ornament, it explores the evolution of the elaborate con-game that makes up our present concept of art, of artistic genius, and of good taste.

I expect many people will find this book incredibly offensive. It is truly a wonderful book.

Paul F. Harrison
(Melbourne, Australia, 2009)
from Amazon.com