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Reviews from the 1st edition

“Brolin attempts to liberate the budding architect from the frustrating dogmatism of his grandfathers, who branded all ornamentation as sinful…a provocative book which comes at the right time.” Arthur Koestler

“[Brolin] believes it is not a moral or even an economic imperative that makes PS 41 look like a factory; it is a fashion that we have the right to reject. Well argued and copiously illustrated, the book deals provocatively with questions central to the work of modern designers in many fields; it deserves a wide readership.” The New York Times

“The Sherlock Holmes analogy is only one of the entertaining comparisons that make Brolin’s book something few volumes on architecture ever are—intelligent for architects yet free enough from priestly jargon to be worth the interest of a general readership.” Boston Sunday Globe

“Brolin is an architect with a poet’s vision and a draughtsman’s eye. A special book Buy it!” The Reader

“When I opened this slim volume...I wondered if anyone but a specialist would be interested in what (Brolin) had to say. Now I’m betting that many of us would be...” CBS Radio News

“Brolin does the job with cool and deadly precision. His understated arguments are devastating.” Chicago Tribune

“[Brolin’s) indignation is perfectly justified and in fact long overdue. His proposed remedy...is full of good sense.” The National Review

“For every urban professional, [the book] is an important, insightful, thought-provoking look at the basic assumptions which underlie modern architectural practice...a study that may uncover the key to making buildings more responsive to user needs.” Library of Urban Affairs (Alternate Selection)

“A voice crying out in the wilderness of glass towers...“ Art Gallery

“The final admonition about the rooting of the present and the future in the past will be convincing to all readers—for that is what this book is all about.” Baltimore Evening Sun