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Schwartz/Silver Architects Soliloquies on Architecture from Farrar Pond


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SpecificationsSKU: 60049Size: 12 x 9″ Pages: 192 Binding: Hardcover Publication Date: Fall 2007 ISBN: 978-0-9774672-9-7 World Rights: Available
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Contrary to high modernist residential architecture involving a single creative vision – with figures like Corbusier, Wright and Breuer controlling every aesthetic decision – this house is the inverse. Conceived as a “museum for living,” the Davoli-McDonagh residence is filled with individual expression and varied viewpoints. A work of art that accommodates other works of art, the house is a veritable prism of creativity.

The spirit behind the 14,500 square-foot house is the husband and wife client, he a blues singer/venture capitalist, she a professor / feminist activist. The couple gave Schwartz/Silver Architects of Boston, free reign to develop a compelling architectural idea. Their only insistence was that the overall scheme preserve the natural attributes of the five-acre site, with a rolling topography, heavy trees and ground cover and a steep 80- footdrop-off that leads to a mile-long lake.

Warren Schwartz is an architect and urban designer in Boston, Massachusetts. His work is recognized for possessing the seemingly opposing characteristics of ingenuity and rigor; precision and playfulness. Born in Miami, Florida, Warren earned his B.A. at Cornell University, and his M.A. in Urban Design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In 1980, with Robert Silver, he co-founded Schwartz/Silver Architects. The firm’s work has been recognized nationally and internationally, through numerous publications and honor awards for design excellence. Warren is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a Peer of the General Services Administration.

Joseph Giovannini is an author, critic, and the principal of Giovannini Associates, a New York City design firm. A Pulitzer Prize nominee, he has written as an architecture critic for The Los Angeles Herald Examiner and The New York Times, and has contributed to The New Yorker, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, and Architectural Digest, among other publications. Mr. Giovannini has received numerous writing awards and has lectured widely. He earned his B.A. in English Literature at Yale, M.A. in French Language and Literature through studies at the Sorbonne, and M.Arch at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He has taught at Harvard University, Columbia University, and at the University of Southern California School of Architecture.


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