Architectural writing

A book on architecture and sci-fi should be one of the most wonderful things in print, but when I read the first line of the introduction to Architecture and Science-Fiction Film by David T. Fortin I am left a little cold (I have even chopped out the first third of the sentence here.)

“…he discussed his eminent disdain for avant garde approaches to the house derived from self-referential and over-intellectualized architectural strategies, instead of engaging with the phenomenological position of what it means to be human.”

Huh?

Mies said “less is more” and with architectural books I would say less words and more images would suit me just fine.