It was with slightly crossed eyes that I read today about Richard Saul Wurman and his wife, Gloria Nagy, inhabiting a very large house in Newport, Rhode Island, they not being a swell fit with the community, it seems. Why do I call him Ricky Saul Wurman instead of Richard? Dunno, that was how I heard of him.
I don't remember how I know about him, probably from my time coordinating a land use exhibit, but when I was at the height of my interest in the architectural world, as in just out of school, he was a local hot name. (I'm from L.A.) And then I ran across his Access Guide books, and found his guide book on Rome by far the most interesting, and best laid out. (I'll leave room that the Virago Woman's Guide to Rome was challenging as most interesting).
I leant my Access Guide to Rome to a friend, book gone, and bought another one next time I went. To me, all the glossy guide books are silliness in comparison to his books.
So now I find out much more about him (and his wife) in the article, and about the founding of the TED and TED MED - he is described now as an information architect, but was earlier a protege of Louis Kahn. He has some detractors..
Here's the NYTimes article - tucked into the Home and Garden section.
Anyone here have opinions on TED and TED MED? So far it looks interesting to me. (He sold TED but still owns TED MED)
link - http://www.ted.com/