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BOOK REVIEW: In/Formed by the Land

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"In/Formed by the Land"  is a stunner. Carl Abbott's modernist architecture is the star attraction, of course. The clean design of this publication nicely complements the images of his clean structures. There's some beautiful photograph here, but this is more than a box of eye candy for the coffee table. It's an exploration of how Abbott thinks, and the path of thought that led to these designs. The book digs into the sources of his inspiration, from classical design concepts, to the forms of sculpture  to the constantly shifting dance of light in the ephemeral world of nature. But background stays in the background. As the book's title implies, the main running thread is the way the architect integrates his structures with their sites. You can see Abbott's mind at work in the preliminary sketches he made for these buildings. First inspiration sits side-by-side with final result. Sketches, photographs and text are nicely integrated. Like his structures, they form a coherent whole.

 

AUTHOR PREVIEW
CARL ABBOTT will discuss and sign copies of “IN/FORMED by the LAND” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29 at Barnes & Noble, 4010 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
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