GHOST: BUILDING AN ARCHITECTURAL VISION by Brian MacKay-Lyons
Princeton Architectural Press, 2008 First edition, 224 pp., 6 1/2" X 9" Softcover with french folds
For two weeks each summer, architect Brian MacKay-Lyons uses his family farm on the east coast of Nova Scotia for a special event. Among the stone ruins of a village almost four hundred years old, he assembles a community of architects, professors, and students for a design-build internship and educational initiative called Ghost Research Lab. The two week project---one week of design and one week of construction---rests on the idea that architecture is not only about building but also about the landscape, its history, and the community. Based on the apprenticeship environment of ancient guilds, where architectural knowledge was transferred through direct experience, Ghost redefines the architect as a builder who cultivates and contributes to the quality of the native landscape.