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Native Places

Drawing as a Way to See


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SpecificationsSKU: 90696Binding: Hardbound ISBN: 978-1-940743-45-5 Pages: 168pp Publication Date: Publication date forthcoming Size: 7″ x 9″ Landscape World Rights: Available
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Native Places is a collection of sixty-four watercolor sketches paired with mini-essays about architecture, landscape, everyday objects, and nature. The sketches relate the delight found in ordinary places. The short essays, rather than repeat what is visible in the sketch, illustrate ideas and thoughts sparked by that image and offer a fresh interpretation of ordinary things. The goal of Native Places is, in part, to transform the way we see. Through its pages, barns become a guidebook to crops and weather; a country church is redolent of the struggle for civil rights and human dignity; a highway rest stop offers a glimpse of egalitarian society. Also exploring the belief that hand drawing and writing are not obsolete skills, both disciplines offer us the opportunity to develop a natural grace in the way we view the world and take part in it.

Frank Harmon, FAIA has designed sustainable modern buildings across the Southeast for 30 years. His work engages pressing contemporary issues such as placelessness, sustainability, and restoration of cities and nature. His buildings are specific to their region, such as the use of hurricane-felled cypress and rock from local quarries to connect the structure to its landscape. Airy breezeways, outdoor living spaces, deep overhangs, and wide lawns embody the romanticism of the South while maintaining a distinguished modernism. Frank is recognized as a purveyor of good design by his students, peers, and clients. In 2013, Frank received the F. Carter Williams Gold Medal from the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANC), the highest honor bestowed upon a North Carolina architect. Holding numerous awards recognizing his contributions to design and sustainability, his firm, Frank Harmon Architect has been named to Architect Magazine’s “Top 50” list three times. A graduate of the Architectural Association in London, Frank is a professor at the NC State College of Design, has taught at the Architectural Association, and has been a visiting critic at Harvard, the University of Virginia, and the Rural Studio at Auburn University. A noted writer and illustrator, Frank uses hand-drawn sketches and mini-essays to examine the relationship between nature and built structures in his online project: Nativeplaces.org

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 2 in






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7" x 9" Landscape

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