The Invention of Wessex

Rem Koolhaas, the Smithsons, Venturi and Scott Brown … and Thomas Hardy? The famed 19th-century author was actually a radical architect whose Wessex novels can be compared with conceptual projects that arrived a century later. Hardy’s notebooks are filled with incontrovertible evidence of his experimental thinking. He was drawing vision itself.

Rem Koolhaas, the Smithsons, Venturi and Scott Brown … and Thomas Hardy? The famed 19th-century author was also a radical architect.

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Aaron Rothman

Aaron Rothman is an artist and writer whose work explores contemporary issues in landscape.

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Barbara Penner

Barbara Penner is a columnist for Places. She is Senior Lecturer in Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

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Simon Sadler

Simon Sadler is a columnist for Places. He teaches the history and theory of architecture, design, and urbanism across several programs at the University of California, Davis, where he is a professor in the Department of Design.

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Despina Stratigakos

Despina Stratigakos, an associate professor at the University of Buffalo, is a columnist for Places and author of Where Are the Women Architects? and other books on architectural history.

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