"Nikos Salingaros is a mathematician who's also a brilliant thinker about architecture and urbanism. 'Solid' doesn't begin to hint at his virtues and talents, but isn't it nice when you encounter 'solid' in the world of the arts? Salingaros has worked closely with Christopher Alexander, and has become a major architecture theorist in his own right." -- Ray Sawhill. "This is an interesting compilation of some of the important roots and evolutions of modernism and its latest development, the Deconstruction style. This new work is a revealing glimpse behind the curtain of the contemporary high-end architectural establishment, and the underlying human motivations and misapprehensions which have brought us to our present disoriented way-point. A lot of psychology, and some remarkable philosophy can be found here. There is also a wonderful and thought-provoking thematic presentation of a viral metaphor, which has far-reaching implications." -- Dirk Visser.