Designing Bridges to Burn

Architectural Memoirs by Stanley Tigerman


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SpecificationsSKU: 90230Size: 8 x 10″ Pages: 240pp Binding: Trade Paper Publication Date: November 2011 ISBN: 978-1-935935-07-0 World Rights: Available
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This is the story of how the heir of a middle-class American family after countless differences (many of his own making) found his way through the mine field of architectural practice and education. Filled with innumerable tales of steps not to take, the story is a “page-turner” as the author is not above self-mockery. It literally reeks of unabridged truth.

Tigerman’s exploits, both large and small, represents one idiosyncratic way of challenging convention. It is not recommended as a guide or “how-to” but rather as a “how-not-to” way of penetrating a field, which until now, was not thought of to be permeable. After a series of self-defeating trials, Tigerman arrived at the portal beyond which was architecture theory and practice. The title says it all: Designing Bridges to Burn is about an unnecessarily long and circuitous journey towards professional standing in a field that only after World War II could countenance the way in which the author approached a profession that before was only available to those to the manor born.

Stanley Tigerman received both his architectural degrees from Yale University in 1960 & 1961. AA Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago for twenty-one years, he also served as Director of the School of Architecture for eight years. Founder of the Chicago Architectural Club as well as Co-Founder and (former) Director of ARCHEWORKS, a socially oriented design laboratory (1994), Tigerman remains the “architectural voice and conscience” of Chicago as a commentator on, and critic of, his city’s architecture, fighting to save historic buildings, criticizing bad architecture, condemning public inertia and working with community activists and the local AIA to achieve affordable housing, among other goals.


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