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"Although it contains aspects of both, James Stewart Polshek’s new book, Build, Memory is neither monograph nor memoir. It is instead a kind of quiet, hands-on polemic on the meaning and making of architecture. Polshek looks at 16 of his seminal projects—including among others, the Rose Center for Earth and Space, American Museum of Natural History and the William J. Clinton Presidential Center—tracing their journeys from inception to completion." —Metropolis

"Unlike the typical architectural monograph with spare displays of lavish photography, Polshek's feels more like a scrapbook, with napkin sketches (one for the Clinton library bears the presidential seal). The 'folds' in Polshek's history appear in Nabokovian fashion: the design of the National Museum of American Jewish History overlaps with the architect's recollections of Louis Kahn's work for the Mikveh Israel congregation, and Polshek's history of his student days at Yale and the studio space he occupied in Kahn's Yale University Art Gallery, which Polshek's firm would restore fifty years after its completion. In this comprehensive and highly personal memoir, the architect shows how his architecture is a product of not only a penetrating intellectual reservoir of memory, values, and altruism but also a collaboration with colleagues and clients across a practice that spans more than a half-century." —Constructs

"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

About the Author

James Stewart Polshek founded James Stewart Polshek Architect in 1963 and led the firm, later known as the Polshek Partnership, until 2005. A former dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, he is currently a member of the Public Design Commission of the City of New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press (April 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580933629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580933629
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.6 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,573,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absolutely fascinating review of one professional's architectural accomplishments over a period of 50 years. Written in a way that any laymen will understand and appreciate. After reading Mr Polshek's book, I concluded that if I had to do it all over again, I'd want to choose an architectural career. He should be very proud of his accomplishments.
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