viernes, 11 de mayo de 2012

#books #architecture | Rogers Marvel Architects

Rogers Marvel Architects / Rob Rogers and Jonathan Marvel.
Princeton Architectural Press, New York : cop. 2011.
191 p. : il. col., planos
ISBN 9781568989990
Biblioteca Sbc Aprendizaje A-72 ROGERS MARVEL ROG

New York City-based Rogers Marvel Architects has garnered high praise for its distinctive blend of elegance, technical mastery, and civic consciousness. Rogers Marvel Architects, the firm's first monograph, showcases recent and award-winning work, from large-scale public projects such as their contest-winning entry (along with West 8 from Rotterdam) to the redesign of New York City's Governors Island to institution specific buildings such as the recently completed Westchester Reform Temple.

When doing research for my Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture, just about any project in the five boroughs by Rogers Marvel Architects was in the running for inclusion. Not only are they extremely good architects, but their work is almost exclusively focused on the public realm, from schools and libraries to housing and even streetscapes. Sure, single-family residential projects are part of their oeuvre, but they are outnumbered by the projects that, even if not open to the public, help shape the public realm through their presence. This first monograph, introduced by Michael Sorkin, splits the projects into three sections: buildings, adaptations, and public spaces. Working primarily in New York City, the second chapter makes a lot of sense, as does the fact that the buildings in the first chapter are mainly found outside the city. The public spaces, such as the security streetscapes in Battery Park City and near the NYSE, respond to the militarization of urban spaces, but they do it simply and beautifully. These and other projects are clearly the result of architects caring for the public, not just considering them.


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