Christy Hale wrote a book about architecture for kids that we admire greatly – titled Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building, here – with illustrations showing kids actively playing with different materials to build structures. On the opposite page of those illustrations there are fine illustrations showing real buildings in the world that are amazingly related to the kids’ structures.
The featured buildings are not the ho-hum ones we usually see. No instead we see the Vitra Fire Station by Zaha Hadid, built in 1994, a Bamboo Church built in 2007 in Bogota Columbia, designed by Simon Velez, and the Sclera Pavilion designed by David Adjaye and built in 2008. The book aims at a young audience, but there is a good deal of information here and it is worth reading and informative for people of all ages. And the sweet illustrative portraits of the architects in the back of the book with short biographies and building descriptions is a great little reference.
This is the newest book that we wish we had written ourselves. We are so happy that it was written and done so very well.