Friends with an old book
The very first step was to reflect on my previous posts. I had to go back to my book to select the keywords.
Because the author of my book, Pierre Patte, is famous for presenting the first “sectional plan”, I thought that would be my first keyword. However, it led me to a book called “Seneca the younger”, which is, among other things, about “The Tragedies” and “The madness of Hercules the trojan women and the
Phoenician women Phaedra.”
Since this has little to do with my book, I entered my next word. I learned that the small bar is a context description, which helps to get a little overview of the subject.
This was Renaissance and thereupon I found the book by Michelet,
The History of France Vol 2.
The reason I chose this book is that both were written in France during the Renaissance.
The content explains the history of France.
As a next step, I tried to google “Urban Organism” which led me to books about collectivism and socialism, for instance, “collected works” from Karl Marx.
I also figured that adding more words to the search of Xenotheka library gives a more spread or wide outcome of books, which can be helpful, but doesn’t essentially help always.
My book by Pierre Patte is a memoir or a collection of elements that have played or still play a very important role in the world of architecture. And as a second book, I came upon the “Eighteenth Century” by Van Eck, whilst searching for Pierre Patte. The book mainly focuses on the period from 1680 to 1820 and discourses the major developments that shaped the architecture of the period, which is very similar to what Pierre Patte discourses for another period.
During the whole searching process, I made small notes, which I summed up in the end to write my experience with Xenotheka.