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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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  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: ORO Editions; 1 edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979539552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979539558
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.8 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,690,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Live + Work is a visually immersive monograph of the work of Shubin and Donaldson Architects, whose creative commercial spaces and high-end residential projects draw on the complex vernaculars of Southern California's cultures and traditions. Organized around the organic process of practice, the complex genealogy of projects, and the flow of influence, this monograph examines the contemporary conditions by which we live and work, and how those terms are increasingly blended. Visuals of the select projects are supplemented with drawings, sketches, diagrams, interviews, and essays by Thom Mayne and Joseph Giovannini.

About the Author

Thom Mayne founded Morphosis in 1972. As design director and thought-leader of Morphosis, Mayne provides overall vision, project leadership and direction to the firm. With Morphosis, Mayne has been the recipient of the 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize, 25 Progressive Architecture Awards, 75 American Institute of Architecture Awards and numerous other design recognitions. Throughout his career, Mayne has remained active in the academic world. In 1972, he helped to found the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Since then, he has held teaching positions at Columbia, Yale (the Eliel Saarinen Chair in 1991), the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Eliot Noyes Chair in 1998), the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, and many other institutions around the world. His commitment to the education of young designers has not wavered. Currently, he holds a tenured faculty position at the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture.

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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Format: Hardcover
Architects Russell Shubin and Robin Donaldson launched their firm in 1990. From offices in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, they have built an architectural practice known for designing innovative work environments, primarily for creative companies, and Modernist homes that balance an energetic flow of space with retreat-like serenity. In Live + Work, the first retrospective book of their body of work, the overlap between places to conduct commerce and places to dwell is explored, noting what the architects see as a shift toward people "making living and workplace choices that facilitate creative lifestyles."

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.
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