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The Other Side of Eden

Jonathan Ball was born in Bude, Cornwall, in June 1947. After qualifying at the Architectural Association, London, he set up practice in his home town in 1974. In 1992 he was appointed MBE for Services to Architecture. In 1994 he was approached by Tim Smit with an idea to create the largest greenhouses on planet Earth to tell the story of the great plant hunters. Smit and Ball took huge personal risks as co-founders of the innovative architectural and environmental vision that became the internationally acclaimed Eden Project. Ball was removed from Eden against his will. Without due recompense he lost his architectural practice. Three high profile appearances in the Royal Courts of Justice over four years followed to save his name, his family home and his professional reputation. This is the story of one man’s unflinching resolve and success in righting a public wrong, of a Cornishman looking to the glory of his nation and finding that enthusiasm, brilliant ideas and promises are not always enough.

      • Publisher : Footsteps Press (9 April 2014)
      • Language : English
      • Paperback : 216 pages
      • ISBN-13 : 978-1908867247
      • Dimensions : 17.78 x 1.17 x 25.4 cm
        • Best Sellers Rank: 
        • 164 in Architectural Planning
        • 461 in Sustainable & Green Architecture

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A compelling account
As the saying goes, each story has two sides and having read this fascinating and revelatory glimpse into what really happened behind the scenes at the birth of Eden, the reader comes away with the sense that finally the record has been set straight. Jonathan writes with passion and integrity, a compelling story that has waited a long time to be told. For anyone interested in Cornwall, the Eden Project or the tale of an honest, hard working, irrepressible Cornishman and the selfless love for his county that, in the end, transcended everything else.