RIP Charles Jencks

The architect Charles Jencks has died. I first came across him via a book: The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, which fascinated me.


As the book’s blurb said, it was

A unique and compelling narrative of one of the most important gardens in Europe designed by the internationally celebrated architecture critic and designer, Charles Jencks.

About 10 years later, I visited two landscapes designed by him: the Crawick Multiverse and the Garden of Cosmic Speculation itself. Neither disappointed.

I see from his obituary that Jencks included the architect Bruce Goff in his pantheon of Post-Modern architects. That’s another name that resonates with me, and has done so for nigh on 60 years, since I first saw pictures of the Bavinger House, and fell in love with it. Alas, all things must pass – the Bavinger House was demolished a few years ago. Hopefully Jencks’ monumental landscape designs will last somewhat longer. 

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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