The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Midcentury Personality Study
The story behind a little-known episode in the annals of modern architecture and psychology, a 1950s creativity study of the top architects of the day - Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Philip Johnson, Louis Kahn, Richard Neutra, George Nelson, and more—is now published for the first time. The story of midcentury architecture in America is dominated by outsized figures who were universally acknowledged as creative geniuses. Yet virtually unheard of is this study, conducted at Berkeley, that scrutinized these famous architects in an effort to map their minds. Deploying an array of tests reflecting current psychological theories, the investigation sought to answer questions that still apply today: What makes a person creative? What are the biographical conditions and personality traits necessary to actualize that potential? The study’s original sources, including questionnaires, aptitude tests, and interview transcripts, reveal how these great architects themselves evaluated creativity. This book provides the first look at a fascinating and forgotten...
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