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Touchstones of Design: ReDefining Public Architecture

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ISBN-10: 1864703822
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North-Carolina born Curtis Fentress graduated with honours from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He left his position with Kohn Pedersen Fox to found his own firm in 1980 in Denver, where he was awarded the opportunity to design Denver International Airport, which propelled him into the international realm. He is the 2010 winner of the American Institute of Architects' Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest honour in public architecture worldwide.
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Images Publishing Dist Ac (May 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1864703822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864703825
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,104,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Denver International Airport (DIA) has always been one of my favorite airports not only because it is functionally practical but also because of the aesthetics of the external design. Against the backdrop of the Colorado Rocky Mountains lies the DIA blending into its environment. The author of Touchstones of Design is the architect behind DIA, Curtis Fentress. The book explores the creative journey of a master who designed some of the most iconic buildings including the Palm Springs Convention Center, the Marine Corps Museum, and the renovation of the Los Angeles International Airport. It shares foundational concepts of design such as discovering the natural order and being in tune with the culture. The book contains beautiful photographs of how buildings designed by Fentress fits within their environment. I don't work in the design world but as someone who appreciates design I highly recommend this book.
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This book is amazing - from a visual as well as narrative perspective. A great coffee table book or a graduation gift. I received it as a gift and was a bit taken back because this is not "my kind of thing." However, surprisingly I've enjoyed it so much, I had to write a review. The photos are fabulous and I have an entirely new perspective on the design and architecture that I see and experience each day. Congrats to this author.
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This book is a must for everyone who loves design. Not only is it beautiful in its own right, but it explores a design philosophy that is amazing in its simplicity and approach. All architects (and fans of design alike) should read this book!
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If you love art & architecture, this book is great. It is beautiful to look at, & the words read like thoughts of the architect, as if you are having a private tour. This is a gorgeous book & one to keep.
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What a beautiful book!!

From the first page to the last, every photograph and quote eloquently tells the story of an architect's quest to design buildings that serve people and communities.
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