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Submitted by Titan on Fri, 2005-12-09 03:36

Since the Fountainhead have any other fictional books been written about Architecture from an Objectivist or similar point of view?

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Stephen K.'s picture

The Fountainhead itself technically isn't about architecture, and I've not heard of any explicitly Objectivist architecture books. If you're like me and enjoy the objectivist sense of life in fiction, I can name some I like. An architecture student myself, I've read several fictional books. Besides The Fountainhead, some of my favorites are:

The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follet. Set in Medieval England, it follows a mason and the town as they build a great cathedral. It has powerful imagery and great characters. You really get the feel of what an accomplishment such a cathedral was back then.

Invisible Cities, By Italo Calvino. Various fictional cities as told by Marco Polo to the Kahn. Not expressly architecture in the normal sense, but I thought it was an amazing book about the different architypes of cities (Rand might call it the styles of the city's souls).

The Cloud Sketcher, by Richard Rayner. Set in the 1920's, it follows a young Finnish boy who dreams to create sky-scrapers. This book seemed to best mirror the joi de vivre of The Fountainhead, though the protagonist is pretty flawed from an Objectivist standpoint.

I can list some more, less relevant books if you like.

Not that I know of.

stormyeyes's picture

Not that I know of.

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