7-1 | Architecture on the Carpet: The Curious Tale of Construction Toys and the Genesis of Modern Buildings

Book Review

Architecture on the Carpet: The Curious Tale of Construction Toys and the Genesis of Modern Buildings

Brenda Vale and Robert Vale
London: Thames & Hudson, 2013. Notes, images, acknowledgements, index. 208 pp. $27.95 cloth. ISBN: 9780500342855

by Frederika Eilers

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Professors of architecture and experts in sustainable design, Brenda Vale and Robert Vale place new foundations in the field of twentieth-century toys with their most recent book Architecture on the Carpet: The Curious Tale of Construction Toys and the Genesis of Modern Buildings. The authors take a nuanced approach that leads to few outright conclusions about the subject but rather to more questions about whether architecture inspires the toy or vice versa, about how toys inform child development, and about the extent to which consumer society influences toy design.