Deborah Berke

Overview

She has designed banks and hotels, college master plans and retail spaces, galleries, residences, and studios for leading artists. In more than twenty-five years of practice, Deborah Berke has produced an extraordinary body of work that is grounded in the conviction that architecture is not an end in itself, but a setting that is enhanced by its use.

This book is the first to explore Berke’s remarkable career as an architect, designer, teacher, and writer who has forged a strong...

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Overview

She has designed banks and hotels, college master plans and retail spaces, galleries, residences, and studios for leading artists. In more than twenty-five years of practice, Deborah Berke has produced an extraordinary body of work that is grounded in the conviction that architecture is not an end in itself, but a setting that is enhanced by its use.

This book is the first to explore Berke’s remarkable career as an architect, designer, teacher, and writer who has forged a strong and evolving aesthetic. As examined in a series of engaging essays, Berke’s architecture blends tectonic coherence, a keen sensitivity to the intrinsic qualities of materials, and meticulous attention to detail. While all of her work possesses these distinctive attributes, each project is subtly rooted in its context and ennobles the uses specific to that space.

Through newly commissioned photographs, twenty-one of Berke’s thought-provoking projects appear here, including the Irwin Union Bank, Yale School of Art, 21c Museum Hotel, and Marianne Boesky Gallery. Also featured are Berke’s reflections on her growing interest in the “here and now”—an approach to architecture intended to counteract the banal placelessness of much of our environment by designing buildings that are intensely bound to and grounded in their sites.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Since Berke (coeditor, Architecture of the Everyday) founded her architectural firm in 1982, she has produced thoughtful, quietly elegant designs for a range of domestic, commercial, and industrial projects. Her interest in designing works eminently suited to their function and place has found expression in everything from urban lofts and houses to art galleries, hotels, and offices. In this volume, 21 projects by Berke are grouped into three sections prefaced by contemplative essays by author Myers, curator of architecture at Carnegie Museum of Art's Heinz Architectural Center. The text accompanying each project highlights significant features while calling attention to the architect's light touch, and the many photographs encourage readers to linger over the pattern of expansion joints in the cement floor of an artist's loft or the contrast between public and private facades of freestanding houses. A project list and select bibliography complete the volume. Highly recommended for architecture libraries.
—Amy Trendler

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300134391
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/3/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracy Myers is curator at the Heinz Architectural Center of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Amy Hempel is a fiction writer whose publications include Tumble Home (1997) and The Dog of the Marriage (2005).

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Table of Contents

Deborah Berke: "The Ambush of the Ordinary" Amy Hempel Hempel, Amy 6

Here and Now Deborah Berke Berke, Deborah 8

Arresting Architecture Tracy Myers Myers, Tracy 13

Introduction 14

Site and the Body 27

Irwin Union Bank 40

Rabbit Hill Road Compound 50

Darby Lane House 56

Serkin Center for the Performing Arts 64

Halley Studio 70

The James 78

Food & Shelter: Urban Farming and Affordable Homes 86

The Sum of the Parts 91

21C Museum Hotel 102

Marianne Boesky Gallery 116

Howell Studio 124

CK Calvin Klein 130

Liberty Street Loft 136

Sospiro Canal House 140

Industria Superstudio 152

Meaning in Architecture 157

Box Studios 174

Modica Market 184

Hope Branch Library 190

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy 196

Elizabeth Eakins Inc 202

Shelter Island House No.1 212

Yale School of Art 216

Project List 235

Selected Bibliography 247

Acknowledgments 250

Photography Credits 255

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