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Thomas Phifer and Partners Hardcover – November 30, 2010

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“The first book on the work of young architect Thomas Phifer and his firm… examines the firm’s distinct transformation of modernism and his approach to creating timeless buildings.” ~Residential Architect
“Flipping through the pages is like looking at an art book, where each photograph… becomes the focus…the presentation suits Phifer’s buildings to a T.” ~A Daily Dose of Architecture

About the Author

Thomas Phifer has worked previously in the offices of Richard Meier and Charles Gwathmey and is widely recognized among architects as an up-and-coming star. Stephen Fox is an architectural historian and a fellow of the Anchorage Foundation of Texas. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the School of Architecture, Rice University. Sarah Amelar is an architecture writer and a contributing editor at Architectural Record.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Skira Rizzoli (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847835251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847835256
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 1.4 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,421,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Widger on April 4, 2011
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This is one of the most beautiful architecture books available. The layout is clean, simple and rigorously consistent - photos are either surrounded by a wide white field or fill the entire page in a fold-out format. The quality of the photographs is excellent (although there are some areas at the edges of panoramic views that are a bit blurry). Phifer's style is modern and minimal, overlaid with a poetic lightness. The only criticism of the book, and hence, no 5th star, is the inadequate supporting text and drawing information - which was obviously intentional, although, I believe a mistake, since the reader will have a more difficult time understanding the layout and three dimensional character of the work. In contrast, at the other extreme is "Arcadian Architecture" on Bohlin, Cywinski, Jackson's residential work, which is equally well photographed and designed, but also includes a large number of plans, sections and elevations, and even details.
All in all, "Thomas Phifer and Partners" is one of my favorite recent architectural publications and one I would highly recommend for anyone interested in contemporary architecture.
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By K on January 23, 2011
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First of all, the book looks beautiful. Nice clear sleeve cover and some projects have a fold-out that has a panoramic photograph. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful photos that really DO represent the true essence of Thomas Phifer's architecture. There are also drawings, mostly plans, in the back, though I wish they had more, sections, elevation, detail sections, etc).
I've been interested in this firm for a while (ever since the Rice University project) and I have been waiting for this book for a long time (ever since they "promised" on their website saying that "Thomas Phifer Monograph will be published in December 2010") Of course, I forgot about it until last week when I realized that the book had been finally published. All that wait has paid off. This has become of one my favorites already and I'm looking forward to another publication from Thomas Phifer.
Get this book if you area an architect or architecture student or just a person interested in learning about a great "new" architect!
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