Miró Rivera Architects: Building a New Arcadia

Miró Rivera Architects: Building a New Arcadia

by Juan Miró, Miguel Rivera


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Over the course of twenty years, acclaimed studio Miró Rivera Architects has produced an innovative, refined, and imaginative body of work—both modern and respectful of time-honored building traditions—that embodies the particularities of place and blurs the line between art and architecture. The firm’s diverse practice weaves together a commitment to craftsmanship with a honed sense of materiality and space to create structures at once elegant, controlled, and pleasant to inhabit. In all, Miró Rivera Architects has won more than one hundred design awards and represented American architecture at exhibitions worldwide.

The first from the firm, this volume provides critical insight into the studio’s creative process through texts, 95 drawings, and 231 photographs, exploring two decades of work that has helped bring Texas architecture onto the international stage. Featuring essays by Michael Sorkin, Nina Rappaport, Juan Luis de las Rivas Sanz, and Carlos Jiménez—prominent thinkers in urban design and architecture—and new images by renowned photographers Iwan Baan and Sebastian Schutyser, this book examines Miró Rivera’s approach to Austin as a “landscape city” and situates the firm’s work in a global context related to concepts of nature, urbanism, sustainability, and history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477321409
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 11/17/2020
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 290,251
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Juan Miró has lectured and published extensively on the work of Miró Rivera Architects and the role of the architectural profession in civic life. He is the David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor in Urban Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Miguel Rivera is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a recipient of the AIA National Young Architect Award. He has lectured in the United States and abroad, and his work has appeared in numerous exhibitions throughout Europe and Latin America.

What People are Saying About This

Billie Tsien

"The work of Miró Rivera expresses the tautness of modernism, but does so gently. It is always inflected, more subtle. It is an architecture of stability and shimmer."

Rahul Mehrotra

"Miró Rivera Architects: Building a New Arcadia engages nature and the city in a remarkable conversation. The buildings take their cues from their surroundings, exert a quiet but informed presence on their location, and the architecture skillfully accommodates the landscape and often frames it. There is a consciously imposed restraint with no compromise in the rigor with which these buildings are crafted. This book's attention to detail echoes the care the architects demonstrate in their projects. Such care is also captured in the insightful essays and drawings that beautifully illustrate a continuous dialogue with location that makes every project an appropriate response to place as well as the aspirations of both their patron and architect."

Thomas Phifer

"It is through the lens of nature and the verdant landscape of Austin that the work of Miró Rivera Architects comes alive. Their formal strategies frame nature and the sky, intensifying our experience with the ever-changing light. This strong sense of place occupies their work. This is a beautifully designed book, featuring an illuminating interview and essays that will help readers to understand the work within the broadest frames of architecture and its history."

Frederick R. Steiner

"In the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Austin, Texas, emerged as a prime example of the rise of the creative class. Inside its city limits, live music and innovative filmmaking thrive. Miró Rivera Architects are design leaders in Austin’s creative ecosystem. Building a New Arcadia is a beautiful representation of their leadership. Packed full of stunning photographs, splendid drawings, and thoughtful essays, this book illustrates how brilliant architecture contributes to the landscape mosaic of the built environment."

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