Reviewing a new – and inspiring – acquisition to my architecture library from the regional modernist firm: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. This book will feed your creative sensibility on every level: there are models, sketches, diagrams, historical context and 372 pages of full-color, beautiful photography. It’s a catalogue of possibility that follows the architectural design process from concept to finished product. With more than 150 projects represented, it describes in clear terms what it looks like to study and deeply understand a problem, a climate, and a place.
This is a book that speaks to the architect, the architecture fan and the layperson alike. The work elevates experience above esthetic and the essays included by Pallasmaa, McCarter, Sweetapple, MacKay-Lyons and Frampton highlight how important this line of thinking is to the future of architectural discourse.
As a practicing architect, it’s immensely satisfying to see the diagrams and sketches alongside their finished, formal resolutions. This is a book deserving of a permanent place on the shelf of your architectural library.
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