Many people have contributed, knowingly or unwittingly, to the preparation of this book, not least the numerous student architects who have been subjected to various forms of teaching related to its development. Some of them have said things, or done things in their designs, that have prompted thoughts which are included here.
The same is true of my colleagues in architectural education, in particular those I work with week by week in the Welsh School of Architecture. Some of the examples were suggested by Kieren Morgan, Colin Hockley, Rose Clements, John Carter, Claire Gibbons, Geoff Cheason and Jeremy Dain.
I have benefitted from many discussions with Charles MacCallum, Head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, and from the encouragement of Patrick Hodgkinson, of the Bath School.
I am also grateful to the Head of Department at the Welsh School, Richard Silverman; and to various visitors to the school who have, unknowingly, stimulated ideas which are included in the following pages.
Some of my colleagues in architectural education have contributed to the evolution of this book by asserting things with which I found I could not agree. My attempts to determine why I did not agree have affected my thinking greatly; so, although I shall not name them, I must also thank my theoretical antagonists as well as my friends.
Some ideas have come from far afield, from friends and opponents I rarely or never see, but with whom I sometimes indulge in discussion across the Internet: in particular, Howard Lawrence, together with other contributors to the 'listserv' group — DESIGN-[email protected].
Thanks are due too to Gerallt Nash and Eurwyn Wiliam at the Museum of Welsh Life for kindly providing me with a survey of the cottage Llainfadyn, on which the drawings at the beginning of the chapter Space and Structure are based.
I am especially grateful to Dean Hawkes, Professor of Design at the Welsh School, who was kind enough to read the material while in preparation and who made a number of useful comments.
And finally, as always, one must thank those who are close and who put up with having someone around who is writing a book. In my case these long-suffering people are Gill, Mary, David and James.
Simon Unwin, Cardiff, December 1996
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