A Place for All People
By Richard Rogers and Richard Brown (Canongate Books, £30)
Reviewed by Lettie McKie
Reviewed in the Journal of the London Society no. 473
There are some architects whose reputation precedes them. And then there is Richard Rogers, the original starchitect.
From the first moment of this excellent coauthored autobiography the reader is plunged into Rogers’ Technicolor world of optimistic, egalitarian, wildly experimental and unapologetically modern architecture. It is impossible not to emerge starry-eyed and breathless.
He and Richard Brown tell the Rogers story in a fun, accessible style that mixes personal anecdote, highlights from his career, a potted history of 20th century architecture, and political commentary. It is readable and enjoyable even for those who aren’t normally interested in architecture.