Rooted in a discussion about the essential processes behind the ways in which our physical environment is actually created, this book explores how the firm of Brooks + Scarpa challenges conventional approaches to design today, to more fully enhance the human experience.
Honored with the 2014 Smithsonian Cooper- Hewitt National Design Award, the firm is a multi-disciplinary practice that includes architecture, landscape architecture, planning, environmental design, materials research, graphic, furniture and interior design services that produces innovative, sustainable iconic buildings and urban environments.
James Steele is the author of more than 50 books and monographs, including Ecological Architecture: Critical History which examines ecological architecture over the past century, and The Architecture of Rasem Badran; Narratives on People and Place, a monograph on the award-winning Jordanian architect. He also wrote the Encyclopedia of Homes through World History which was published in June 2008. In it, his premise is that the house, throughout history, is the three-dimensional record of the cultures that built it and environmental factors that shaped it. He is also the editor of the recently published Future Perfect: A History of the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California by the USC Guild Press. His latest book is Contemporary Japanese Architecture: Tracing the Next Generation, published by Routledge & Kegan Paul.
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This is not a typical architecture monograph. Monographs typically consist of idealized glossy photos and self-congratulatory text from the architect. Through interviews with junior and senior members of the office, as well as contractors and other associated parties, this book provides a peek behind the carefully managed imagery one associates with award winning architecture. The author provides revealing, well-organized snapshots into the process of projects from inception to completion and how the firm grew from a small, critical practice into an AIA Firm of the Year Award winner and internationally acclaimed firm. Oh, and there are plenty of great glossy photos, too. If you want to get a glimpse into the inside workings behind great architecture, don’t miss this book.