Ordinary. Banal. Quotidian. These words are rarely used to praise architecture, but in fact they represent the interest of a growing number of architects looking to the everyday to escape the ever-quickening cycles of consumption and fashion that have reduced architecture to a series of stylistic fads. Architecture of the Everyday makes a plea for an architecture that is emphatically un-monumental, anti-heroic, and unconcerned with formal extravagance. Edited by Deborah Berke and Steven Harris, this collection of writings, photo-essays, and projects describes an architecture that draws strength from its simplicity, use of common materials, and relationship to other fields of study. Topics range from a website that explores the politics of domesticity, to a transformation of the sidewalk in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo, to a discussion of the work of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. Contributors include Margaret Crawford, Peggy Deamer, Deborah Fausch, Ben Gianni and Mark Robbins, Joan Ockman, Ernest Pascucci, Alan Plattus, and Mary-Ann Ray. Deborah Berke and Steven Harris are currently associate professors of architecture at Yale University, and have their own practices in New York City.
"If the short story is an art, then Steven Harris understands that and has made use of a wide palette in creating his ‘New Visions’." Louise Crossley. From the author of "Fiction Burns" comes this latest collection of short stories, New Visions. With the introduction by Louise Crossley, there are twenty eight stories in all, some previously included in his 2009 anthology "And Other Stories", others completely new, but all uniquely Harris. Steven Harris is a human man of slightly less than average height for his size. He plays with words a lot because he retired from being a musician (except for Sundays). The worlds he creates often look like the world you live in mixed with the things you dream of. Or they look like something else, somewhere new. He has never been a member of a heavy metal band. He lives in Devon with an imaginary cat.
There are two types of short story collections; those that have stories loosely related by theme and those that are completely stand alone one from another. Steven Harris' "Fiction Burns" falls into the former type. Twenty-four stories, many involving love and relationships, but framed in an ever-shifting world of realities and perception itself.