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University of District of Columbia William Lethaby Architecture Nature and Magic Essay

I have attached the draft that I wrote on Lethapy book but I focused on both books, I would like you to rewrite my draft and add to it. Lehtaby’s book architecture nature and magic. here are my professor’s comments please read them and follow his explanation. 10 Page paper

There are two very different editions of Lethaby’s book. The earlier one is Architecture, Mysticism and Myth and the later one is Architecture, Nature and Magic. You’ll want to be clear in identifying which text you are using in your writing. I think you were using the second edition.

The first paragraph of your abstract identifies the basic strategy of Lethaby in how he approaches the topic. that is very good, but you could elaborate on it further. What is his conception of “nature” when he uses that word? How is modern architecture to put these ideas to use? There are some good ideas regarding that in Trevor Garnham’s essay in his book Melsetter House: William Richard lethaby (Phaidon, 1993).

Your second paragraph identifies a single example – the tope – and discusses it. You could add how he thought it was meaningful. In the first edition of the book, he discusses it in the chapter titled Microcosmos, where he identifies buildings that are created as small versions of the universe. This is relevant both to the form and the materials that are identified (7 shining materials – 7 planets, for example). You could also add more information about the tope from architectural history – what were one or two significant examples and what makes them unique? Do they relate to Lethaby’s larger message?

Your final paragraph returns to the larger theme where he distinguishes building for physical human needs vs. building for psychological human needs. These in ancient times were magic, etc. but he sees it as a relevant message even for modern times. Why is that? I do, however, really enjoy your ending with ‘a bit of magic’. How do you reflect upon Lethaby’s argument? Is there still a place for “magic” in today’s architecture when we no longer believe in magic?


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