Roto Architecture: Still Points

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Since founding RoTo Architecture in 1991, Michael Rotondi and Clark Stevens have demonstrated that the applications of vibrant avant-garde style can be both wide-ranging and successful. The presumptive post-Frank Gehry flag bearer of L.A. modernism, Roto has earned international recognition for its expertise in community planning in rural areas, city parks, and on campuses. Featuring essays by architecture critic Mildred Friedman and design theorist Michael Benedikt, RoTo Architecture illustrates the breadth and ...
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Overview

Since founding RoTo Architecture in 1991, Michael Rotondi and Clark Stevens have demonstrated that the applications of vibrant avant-garde style can be both wide-ranging and successful. The presumptive post-Frank Gehry flag bearer of L.A. modernism, Roto has earned international recognition for its expertise in community planning in rural areas, city parks, and on campuses. Featuring essays by architecture critic Mildred Friedman and design theorist Michael Benedikt, RoTo Architecture illustrates the breadth and depth of the firm's commissions, including a memorial for the L.A. Fire Department, an experimental theater complex in La Jolla, California, a large Buddhist stupa in Santa Cruz, California, and a city planning project in Louisville, Kentucky, where a seventy-acre industrial site was transformed into an extension of the city's center. RoTo Architecture is a testament to the grace and imagination with which Rotondi consistently meets his disparate clients' demand for cutting-edge designs that are sound and skillful.
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This book documents the production of the cutting-edge Southern California architectural firm Rotondi Architects, led by renowned educator and designer Rotondi. Rotondi directed the California architecture school SCI-Arc from 1987 to 1997, and he cofounded, with Thom Mayne, the renowned architecture firm Morphosis. Rotondi and Mayne are the West Coast high priests of cubism in contemporary design. This style articulates the most complex possible interiors and exteriors that budgets will allow by way of folded plates, fractured structures, broken perimeters, splayed walls, and sliced volumes. Paradoxically, like the early 20th-century cubist paintings of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, this style also conveys both the absence and the presence of gravity suspended in light. Each commission is summarized in pictures and text, which makes for an effective narration of the firm's work over the past 20 years. Commissions include a clutch of private residences around the country, a few upscale restaurants in the Los Angeles area, half a dozen nonprofit centers, and one school of architecture at Prairie View A&M School of Architecture, TX. As the book is an advertisement for the firm's work, it belongs only in architecture libraries or in art libraries in Southern California.
—Peter S. Kaufman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847828135
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 9/12/2006
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Rotondi was a founding partner of Morphosis and served for ten years as the director of SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture).Michael Benedikt is a professor of architecture at Arizona State University and at SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture). Mildred Friedman is the editor of Rizzoli's The Architecture of Frank Gehry and Gehry Talks.Clark Stevens leads the design and planning effort for Roto Architecture's conservation projects from his base in Montana.
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