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Ordinary and Extraordinary

ISBN: 9780998529851
Binding: Paperback
Author: Tibby Rothman
Trim: 9 x 11 inches
Published: 5/29/2018

Working across disciplines including landscape architecture planning and environmental design as well as furniture graphic and interior design Brooks + Scarpa employs a rigorous research process and technological prowess to produce iconic buildings that surprise and delight in their ability to enrich the cultural fabric of our cities. Equally dynamic and accessible is Ordinary and Extraordinary which charts Brooks + Scarpa's history to date methodology and working philosophy through a selection of highlighted projects that come to life through a narrative concerning the practice penned by ex-journalist and Wallpaper* contributor Tibby Rothman.

Ordinary and Extraordinary takes its readers on a journey from Brooks + Scarpa's origins in 1991 as Pugh + Scarpa to its current leadership under Angela Brooks and Lawrence Scarpa who together steer the 25-person team from one successful project to the next emphasizing a collaborative and client-led approach that is further lauded for its sustainability-savvy design approach. Their work ranges from high-density housing in Chengdu China to Downtown Los Angeles boutiques like Aesop's cardboard-coated interiors it spans the iconic Corten-clad facades of the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center at Laumeier Sculpture Park near St Louis Missouri and the futuristic canopy roof of the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh North Carolina. Ordinary and Extraordinary meditates upon the artistry defining Brooks + Scarpa's unique practice in a format equally engaging as an object and a book.

 Working across disciplines including landscape architecture planning and environmental design as well as furniture graphic and interior design Brooks + Scarpa employs a rigorous research process and technological prowess to produce iconic buildings that surprise and delight in their ability to enrich the cultural fabric of our cities. Equally dynamic and accessible is Ordinary and Extraordinary which charts Brooks + Scarpa's history to date methodology and working philosophy through a selection of highlighted projects that come to life through a narrative concerning the practice penned by ex-journalist and Wallpaper* contributor Tibby Rothman.

Ordinary and Extraordinary takes its readers on a journey from Brooks + Scarpa's origins in 1991 as Pugh + Scarpa to its current leadership under Angela Brooks and Lawrence Scarpa who together steer the 25-person team from one successful project to the next emphasizing a collaborative and client-led approach that is further lauded for its sustainability-savvy design approach. Their work ranges from high-density housing in Chengdu China to Downtown Los Angeles boutiques like Aesop's cardboard-coated interiors it spans the iconic Corten-clad facades of the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center at Laumeier Sculpture Park near St Louis Missouri and the futuristic canopy roof of the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh North Carolina. Ordinary and Extraordinary meditates upon the artistry defining Brooks + Scarpa's unique practice in a format equally engaging as an object and a book.



"I did not plan on reading Extraordinary and Ordinary from cover to cover in one sitting but I did. Man it is riveting! Ms. Rothman's writing is the best architectural writing I have ever read. Maybe it's because it is NOT architectural writing. She nailed the architects themselves their work and nailed the emotion challenges pain and elation of architecture. As an architect I hope every student and every architect has the chance to read it." - Eddie Jones

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