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Book Review: The Architecture Of Alfred Browning Parker

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 03:00 AM
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by Eric last modified Sep 16, 2011

Unless you are deeply interested in Organic design and are steeped in the history of America's important Modernist architects, it is a sad fact that you probably have not heard of Alfred Browning Parker. Luckily, the new book by Randolph C. Henning, The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker: Miami's Maverick Modernist, places the life, philosophy and work of this mid-twentieth-century architectural icon squarely into the spot light where it belongs. Read more after the jump......




 

 

Parker1 Unless you are deeply interested in Organic design and are steeped in the history of America's important Modernist architects, it is a sad fact that you probably have not heard of Alfred Browning Parker. Luckily, the new book by Randolph C. Henning, The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker: Miami's Maverick Modernist, places the life, philosophy and work of this mid-twentieth-century architectural icon squarely into the spot light where it belongs. Read more after the jump...

Published by the University Press of Florida, this compact hardcover tome beautifully showcases for the first time the panorama of Parker's career, influence and impact upon Modern Architecture. Simply, yet sumptuously designed, the book is peppered with never-before-published plans and drawings, plus plentiful photos of Parker's amazing work. All of this visual candy is contained within four sections covering Alfred Browning Parker's career arc from 1942 through 2011. Here's a brief glimpse at some of the materials you can marvel at in the pages of this book:

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Henning's writing is as informative as it is approachable, lending insights to Alfred Browning Parker's specific works that give context to the larger picture of the architect's career. Additionally, author Henning includes a section at the end of the book with selected writings by the architect that reveal Parker's forward-thinking ideas about ecology and building as a consort to the environment, instead of consuming it.

I read a lot of design and architecture books, and I can honestly say that I learned so much more about this remarkable architect from this book than what your typical monograph would usually deliver. The fact that this book was 20 years in the making shows the passion and dedication by the author to tell Alfred Browning Parker's story and unique contribution to American Modern Architecture in the most thoughtful way possible. The beauty of Parker's work deserves no less.

Discover the surprising and bold world of Alfred Browning Parker for yourself by getting your own copy today or plan on giving this book to the architecture lover on your holiday gift list--I promise it will not disappoint! Order it here.

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