Triangle Modern Architecture documents the rich history and unique cultural significance of the Triangle region in North Carolina, which is one of the most important on the national map of modern design. Over the last 75 years, the architecture in this area has grown to creatively combine innovation and technology with the area’s history, culture, unique landscape, and built context. While the Triangle has seen an increased interest in Modern architecture, the understanding of this design and the reasons and history behind it have not been shared in a clear and meaningful way. There has been an information gap between what is appreciated by architects and by the general public—until now.
Triangle Modern Architecture
In Triangle Modern Architecture, Victoria Ballard Bell tells the story of modernism’s radical emergence in mid-20th-century central North Carolina, resulting in an unlikely hub of progressive architecture. Bell traces the origins of the NC State University School (now College) of Design and the school’s lasting influence on the region’s remarkable architectural culture. The book links several generations of architects—most of whom were born outside of the Triangle region—to an overarching set of material, compositional, and place-based design principles. Beautifully written and elaborately illustrated, Triangle Modern Architecture provides compelling evidence that a new generation of architects is building on the Triangle’s rich design legacy.
—David Hill, FAIA, Head of the School of Architecture, NC State University
Victoria Bell’s new book, Triangle Modern Architecture, is an important one, both for its intense research and insightful writing. Her presentation of modern architecture in central North Carolina not only illuminates and connects important modern work, it does so through the lens of a much wider history connecting Nazi Germany, the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College, and the visionary establishment of the School of Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. It is a wonderful collection of design work representing the energy of a school, its founders, and principles.
—W. G. CLARK
Triangle Modern Architecture provides us a timely insight into the rich history and bold future of modern architecture in North Carolina, reminding us that the modernist project here is alive and well and most vital in its interpretations and adaptations to local places and typologies. The great work being done today is affirming of the talent and virtuosity of the region’s contemporary practitioners. Because of this, the path forward for next generations of North Carolina architects is much brighter and filled with possibility. Triangle Modern Architecture affirms that the best architecture is always a continuum of a material culture.
—Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, principal of Marlon Blackwell Architects and recipient of the 2020 AIA Gold Medal
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