Sunday, October 29, 2017

Dream Storeys by Clara Chow

Dream Storeys by Clara Chow is a book with a refreshing new concept.

Inspired by her friend, the author interviewed a couple of architects and asked them what their dream building were if they had no budget nor space constraints. With their answers, she constructed several different stories based on their descriptions.

She is a talented writer, covering a wide variety of genres and I particularly liked the Sci-Fi short stories she composed.

The Car Park is one of my favourites which chronicled the relationship between a son and his architect father and which had a poignant ending.

The Wheel was another amazing story. It features the world's largest Ferris wheel, the Singapore Flyer, and reimagines it as a political prison housing a large number of inmates in the not so distant future. It was a rather long read, but I was on the edge of my seat all throughout. If The Hunger Games and Survivor married and had a child together, this would be it. I liked how realistic it was and how in a dystopian future, this is a Singapore that I can imagine would turn out.

According to the author, after interviewing the architects, some tales came pretty quickly and organically after the chats. Others gestated a while longer. And some interviews never yielded any stories, yet all the architects had inspiring views which she learnt a lot from.

I thought the book was a really clever idea and the execution was excellent. I'd recommend everyone to read this book, especially aspiring architects.

Get Dream Storeys from Ethos Books today! Click here to go to their online shop.

I also did a YouTube video review on the book, check it out here:

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