To see the world in a Grain of Sand, the poetic insight of William Blake, is to find relationships between the big and small, science and spirituality, the universe and the landscape. This cosmic setting provides the narrative for my content-driven work, the writing and design. I explore metaphors that underlie both growing nature and the laws of nature, parallels that root us personally in the cosmos as firmly as a plant, even while our mind escapes this homes.
Charles Jencks is a world renowned cultural theorist, landscape designer, architectural critic and historian, and co-founder of the Maggies Cancer Care centres.
His best-selling book The Language of Post-Modern Architecture was re-issued as The New Paradigm in Architecture, 2002). He is well-known for numerous other books on contemporary arts and building, including; What is Post-Modernism? (fourth edition, 1995) and The Architecture of the Jumping Universe (second edition, 1997). He is the author of The Iconic Building, the Power of Enigma, (Frances Lincoln, 2005), Critical Modernism, (Wiley 2007), Can Architecture affect your health? (ArtEZ Press/Sikkens Foundation 2011) and The Architecture of Hope on Maggies Centres, revised and rewritten 2nd edition (Published by Frances Lincoln, 2015). The Story of Post-Modernism, Five Decades of Ironic, Iconic and Critical Architecture (Wiley, 2011) brings this resurgent tradition up to date while his recent landscape work is summarised in The Universe in the Landscape (Frances Lincoln, 2011).
His celebrated garden in Scotland is the subject of his book The Garden of Cosmic Speculation (Frances Lincoln, 2003) and in 2004 the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, won the Gulbenkian Prize for Museums for his design, Landform Ueda. He has worked on Landscape design projects in Europe, including an iconographic and green project for Cern, and projects in China, Turkey and South Korea. With his late wife Maggie Keswick, he co-founded the Maggie Centre Cancer Cares centres which provide free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families. Since 1996, twenty centres have been built by distinguished architects, encouraged by Charles, and two awarded the Stirling Prize for architecture.
Scotland is home to two of his most exciting landscapes: Jupiter Artland, outside Edinburgh, where the adhoc sculpture Metaphysical Landscapes was exhibited 2011, and his most recent project The Crawick Multiverse, commissioned by the Duke of Buccleuch, opened in Scotland in June 2015. This year Charles received the prestigious Soane Honours in America for his visionary work and contribution to Architectural history.
Charles has lectured at over forty universities throughout the world including Peking, Shanghai, Paris (École des Beaux-Arts), Tokyo, Milan, Venice, Frankfurt, Quebec, Montreal, Oslo, Warsaw, Barcelona, Lisbon, Zurich, Vienna and Edinburgh; and in US at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Yale and various public museums. He is married to Louisa Lane Fox, who published an Anthology of Letters and Diaries from Parents to Children: Love to the Little Ones in 2009.