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In/Formed by the Land: The Architecture of Carl Abbott (Hardcover)

Carl Abbott

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Hardcover. Abbott's work has a timeless modern quality, yet is also strongly informed by his experience of the sacred architecture of ancient Egyptians and Maya in the manner in which it responds to .Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 252 pages. 1.860. Bookseller Inventory # 9781935935490

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Abbott's work has a timeless modern quality, yet is also strongly informed by his experience
of the sacred architecture of ancient Egyptians and Maya in the manner in which it
responds to the land and the movement of the sun and stars. The spaces Abbott sculpts,
both inside out, are designed to focus on Nature, making buildings that transcend.
This book tells the unique story of Carl Abbott from his youth in the 'low-country' of Georgia
to his acceptance to Graduate School at Yale University. At Yale, Abbott would study under
professor Paul Rudolph, and would lead classmates and future Lords Richard Rogers and
Norman Foster on a pilgrimage west to experience the work of American Master Frank Lloyd
Large images give viewers a strong sense of experiencing the humanistic Architecture with
its connection to the land. The book also illustrates the design process Abbott has
developed by which the building forms evolve from the land itself. Working closely with
photographers and designers, the architect was careful in the planning of this book to
ensure it conveyed the experience of moving through the highly choreographed spaces he
designed. This book presents works, which span the decades of his career, and shows a
range of works including affordable residences, large private estates, as well as inspired
spiritual spaces.
Abbott's buildings are made of wave-like curves, dramatic angular forms, and stepped planes
to enhance the way one experiences nature and its play of light. His buildings, like a
seashell, are made of a solid protective side and a side which opens to the light. The spaces
are intentionally designed not just for looking out at the beauty of nature but for bringing
nature and its dancing qualities into the spaces, creating a unique synthesis of man and

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In/Formed by the Land is ideal for the architectural novice, architects who are interested in seeing award-winning projects, and students. The book covers a range of residential architecture -- from estates to affordable housing. Each project is truly informed by the land, and their design concepts are influenced by the landscape, breezes, and the ever-changing sun angles -- the solstice, the equinox. The book describes the process by which the land itself determines the direction of the design.

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