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Richard Rogers was born in Florence in 1933. He was educated in the UK and then at the Yale School of Architecture, where he met Norman Foster. Alongside his partners, he has been responsible for some of the most radical designs of the twentieth century, including the Pompidou Centre, the Millennium Dome, the Bordeaux Law Courts, Leadenhall Tower and Lloyd's of London. He chaired the Urban Task Force, which pioneered the return to urban living in the UK, was chief architectural advisor to the Mayor of London, and has also advised the mayors of Barcelona and Paris. He is married to Ruth Rogers, chef and owner of the River Cafe in London. He was knighted in 1991 by Queen Elizabeth II, and made a life peer in 1996. He has been awarded the Legion d'Honneur, the Royal Institute of British Architects' Royal Gold Medal, and the Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honour.
Rogers's wonderful new book is part memoir, part manifesto, a vision for how our cities could be more creative, beautiful and sustainable * * Rohan Silva, Sunday Times * * An essential book for anyone interested in our human future -- ANTONY GORMLEY Richard is one of the most profound architects of modern times and this book provides an insight into the man and the legend he has become - a must read -- SIR DAVID ADJAYE In his profession, so in this book: Richard Rogers has brilliantly marked out a generous space where architecture and social justice meet. The master builder is rich in humane ideas and has an infectious delight in cities and their possibilities -- IAN MCEWAN Richard Rogers brings ideas and a fascinating personal story to life with as much flair, passion, brilliance and originality as he has brought buildings to life for over half a century. A simply wonderful read -- STEPHEN FRY This book is part memoir, part architectural chronology but above all it is Richard. A thinker, a generous colleague, a loving family man, a politician, a loyal friend, a man of culture, an architect. Richard's ideas and methodology are generously shared, teaching us how to think beyond architecture and written in language that is refreshingly public -- AMANDA LEVETE The leading architect of his generation . . . a beautifully designed memoir which mixes personal history with polemics and projects for a better society * * Irish Independent * * The greatest architect of his age * * Guardian * * The man who taught us to love colour * * Observer * * [Rogers has designed] astonishing, engrossing, enlivening, original buildings by which the late-20th century will always be remembered * * Independent * * A towering genius * * Telegraph * * [Richard Rogers'] career embraces some of the most fascinating and experimental architecture of the post-war era * * GQ * *