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LIVE AND WORK: MODERN HOMES AND OFFICES: THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ARCHITECTURE OF SHUBIN + DONALDSON Hardcover – February 9, 2010
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About the Author
Joseph Giovannini is an author, critic, and the principal of Giovannini Associates, a New York City design firm. A Pulitzer Prize nominee, he has written as an architecture critic for The Los Angeles Herald Examiner and The New York Times, and has contributed to The New Yorker, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, and Architectural Digest, among other publications. Mr. Giovannini has received numerous writing awards and has lectured widely. He earned his B.A. in English Literature at Yale, M.A. in French Language and Literature through studies at the Sorbonne, and M.Arch at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He has taught at Harvard University, Columbia University, and at the University of Southern California School of Architecture.
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Published by ORO editions, Live + Work features 23 projects spanning the years 1998 to 2009. The handsome monograph is predominantly pictorial, letting images unaccompanied by text for the first 195 pages of the 252-page volume narrate the journey through environments that highlight Shubin + Donaldson Architects' distinctive intersections of space, movement, light, and texture. The visually immersive format is refreshing, complementing the experience of discovering the architects' expressive work without summarized descriptions that might limit one's perceptions.
The text section opens with a foreword by architect Thom Mayne, founder of Morphosis (where Donaldson started his career). Mayne writes, "At home with the ephemeral the found, the ad hoc, the messiness of reality Shubin + Donaldson's work transmits a distinct immediacy that emerges from the spontaneity of the creative process." An in-depth essay from architecture writer Joseph Giovannini follows, and Shubin and Donaldson's insights are featured in a 30-page section titled "Form Follows Intention." In that section, understanding the projects through the architects' own words rather than via editorial narrations feels fresh and lively. Particularly interesting were the interviews that emphasized process and design philosophy, and ones that featured first-hand commentary from clients.