My Beautiful City - Austin
by David Heymann
978-0-9903714-0-3, Hardback Edition
David Heymann crafts seven masterful tales of a young architect who fails again and again to dissuade his clients from their bad decisions. So the houses he designs aid and abet the ongoing erasure of Austin's ambrosial charm.
These sharp, humorous stories explore consequences of Austin's rediscovered allure. Fueled by the dubious intentions of its inhabitants, this is a town growing madly while ignoring the pain of a thousand small cuts.
Stephen Harrigan, author, The Gates of the Alamo
"An opinionated, observant, and unexpected little book. The architectural eye that David Heymann trains on Austin and its landscape provides a sharp new view of a beloved city and its vulnerable soul."
Nancy Levinson, editor, PLACES
"David Heymann´s portrait of Austin yesterday and today is tender, funny, keen and merciless. My Beautiful City Austin is a marvelous book."
Michael Sorkin, architect, author, Twenty Minutes in Manhattan
"How infuriating to discover that David Heymann is not simply a wonderful architect but a marvelous writer. Although he claims this book is fiction, it is lambent with truth about building and its culture. I downed the delicious—and hilarious—thing at a sitting. So should you."