The Laboratory of Literary Architecture

The joy of cardboard, glue, and storytelling: a cross-disciplinary exploration of literature as architecture

Authored by: Matteo Pericoli

The Routledge Companion on Architecture, Literature and The City

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781472482730
eBook ISBN: 9781315613154
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I graduated from the Polytechnic School of Architecture in Milan, Italy, in 1995. That same year I moved to New York City, and worked in several architectural firms, including Richard Meier’s, where I spent several years primarily overseeing the Jubilee Church project in Rome. Soon after moving to New York City, I began translating my curiosity with the architecture of the city into two 37-foot-long, pen-and-ink, scroll drawings of the entire Manhattan skyline as seen from its surrounding rivers, which were first published in The New Yorker magazine in 1999 1 and subsequently, in the fall of 2001, in an accordion-format book titled Manhattan Unfurled. 2

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