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Build, Memory Hardcover – April 22, 2014
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"Arguably, this is the most impressive professional memoir ever written by an architect. . . . Fascinating, informative, intriguing, amusing, dramatic, richly illustrative, and highly instructive for all students of architecture and design. For all design libraries and students of postmodernism." —Library Journal
"Architect James Stewart Polshek seems to be able to design in almost any idiom. Rather than impose his own style on a project, he prefers to work within a design language that applies specifically to each one." —Women's Wear Daily
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