Olshavsky Writes Forward for Pérez-Gómez
How do you react when someone like Alberto Pérez-Gómez, one of
leading architects and thinkers asks you to write a forward for a collection of
essay’s he’s written over the last 30 years.
Without question, you say yes! “It’s
an honor to be able to write a forward for someone who
has contributed so much to the field through their work and as an
educator,” commented Dr. Peter Olshavsky. “I was
even more excited by the idea that it was for a two-volume set that gathers together three decades of scholarship
that has been personally meaningful to my work and my approach to
architectural education at UNL."
describes the collection as a piece that deliberately blurs the edges of history
and theory; the first volume focuses on architectural theories and practices
both historical and recent, and the second on more general aspects of
Olshavsky entitled his forward, “The Untimely Thinking of
Alberto Pérez-Gómez,” for the collection, Timely Meditations: Selected
Essays on Architecture (2016). Olshavsky’s
forward argues for the “untimely” nature of Pérez-Gómez’s thinking while
introducing this eminent historian’s remarkable collection of essays, which revises
and builds upon his work.
Pérez-Gómez and Olshavsky have known each other for a long time.
In fact Pérez-Gómez was Olshavsky’s doctoral supervisor at McGill University, and
they continued to stay in contact.
Recently, Pérez-Gómez read one of Olshavsky’s essays in the
2015 book Architecture's Appeal where Olshavsky
described Pérez-Gómez’s work, so he reached out to Olshavsky and asked him to submit a text for his new essay collection.
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