My House is Better than Your House


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SpecificationsSKU: 90885ISBN: 978-1-951541-34-7 Binding: Soft Bound Pages: 120pp Publication Date: Fall 2020 Size: 10 x 10″ Square World Rights: Available

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In the South of France, sited on a hill of olive trees, pinus pinea, and a vineyard, a family retreat was designed with a key mission of maintaining the vitality of the site. A small agricultural plot, the site offered the possibility of amplification. With the introduction of a garden and many outdoor living spaces, the family had the intention of cultivating the landscape as part of their stewardship. In part a response to a programmatic brief, but moreover, a discursive response to architectural predicaments of geometry, typology, and anomaly, the house is also a response to Preston Scott Cohen’s pedagogies on architecture.

NADAAA is a Boston-based architecture and urban design firm led by principal designer Nader Tehrani. NADAAA is a platform for design investigation at a large scale and with a great geographic reach. NADAAA has evolved over three decades as a practice dedicated to bridging between design disciplines: from landscape to urbanism, architecture to interiors, and industrial design to furniture, with a focus on craft, construction, and digital fabrication.

Nader Tehrani is Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union and Founding Principal of NADAAA. Tehrani’s work has been recognized with notable awards, including the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, the United States Artists Fellowship in Architecture and Design, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture.

Preston Scott Cohen is the Gerald M. McCue Professor in Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he served as Chair of the Department of Architecture from 2008 to 2014.

Introduction by Robert Levit

Transcription of ‘my house is better than your house’

Plus a proscript overlay onto transcription by Preston Scott Cohen and Nader Tehrani.

Architect Magazine’s article about Villa Varoise, the creation of Nader Tehrani of Boston-based NADAAA




Soft Bound



Publication date

Fall 2020


10 x 10" Square

World rights