The other day I was pretty bored, so I walked down to Borders to try to find a gift for a friend. She’s into photography, so I headed to the photography section, which is right next to the architecture section. None of the photo books were any good for her, so I started looking at the architecture books, for me. Not that I have $80.o0 to spend on architecture books, but I love looking at them. Beautiful buildings are just about the only thing that make my breath catch nowadays.

Anyway, this guy comes up to me, and starts giving me an impromptu modern architecture lesson, pulling out books and piling them on the table, flipping through to show me bridges, skyscrapers, temples, everything. He’s rattling off names, “oh, have you heard of Foster?” “Have you seen any of Calatrava’s stuff?” My knowledge of architects is basically restricted to Frank Lloyd Wright, Gehry, Pei, and Kahn. I don’t even remember the name of the guy who’s doing the new Denver Art Museum.

We stayed down there for about an hour, flipping through books, talking. He had his friend go put another quarter in the meter, even.

I guess the point of this story is that I should hang out more often in the architecture section of bookstores.

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~ by kiranapoleon on January 10, 2006.

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