Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects, Second Edition (A Samuel and Althea Stroum Boo)

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"Shaping Seattle Architecture reminds us of the responsibility we bear for future generations. Well illustrated and accessibly written, the book is a fundamental work for anyone seeking to understand Seattle." - Seattle City Council President Sally J. Clark, Chair, Committee on Economic Resiliency and Regional Relations "Shaping Seattle Architecture is the single indispensable guide to understanding the built environment of the Pacific Northwest's largest city and the men and women who designed it. Based on meticulous research and enlivened by fresh insights and new discoveries, the book is both an essential resource for students of architecture and history and a fascinating guide for anyone who cares about the city we live in now." -Leonard Garfield, executive director, Museum of History & Industry "Every major city should be so fortunate as to have a historical compendium of the architects who have given form and character to the urban landscape. Jeffrey Ochsner and his colleagues have prepared a book with enduring value as a means of fostering public appreciation of the built environment and this updated and expanded edition should prove no less valuable than the original volume was when it was published twenty years ago." -Richard Longstreth, George Washington University "What defines a city? Through changing times memories of our past can be forgotten and history lost. This updated and expanded edition of Shaping Seattle Architecture provides the most authoritative compendium of architects and their buildings that have profoundly shaped the Seattle we know today - an invaluable resource!" -Peter Steinbrueck, fellow of the American Institute of Architects and former Seattle City Councilmember

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The first edition of Shaping Seattle Architecture, published in 1994, introduced readers to Seattle's architects by showcasing the work of those who were instrumental in creating the region's built environment. Twenty years later, the second edition updates and expands the original with new information and illustrations that provide an even richer exploration of Seattle architecture. The book begins with a revised introduction that brings the story of Seattle architecture into the twenty-first century and situates developments in Seattle building design within local and global contexts. The book's fifty-four essays present richly illustrated profiles that describe the architects' careers, provide an overview of their major works, and explore their significance. Shaping Seattle Architecture celebrates a wide range of people who helped form the region's built environment. It provides updated information about many of the architects and firms profiled in the first edition. Four individuals newly included in this second edition are Edwin J. Ivey, a leading residential designer; Fred Bassetti, an important contributor to Northwest regional modernism; L. Jane Hastings, one of the region's foremost women in architecture; and Richard Haag, founder of the landscape architecture program at the University of Washington and designer of Gas Works Park and the Bloedel Reserve. The book also includes essays on the buildings of the Coast Salish people, who inhabited Puget Sound prior to Euro-American settlement; the role that architects played in speculative housing developments before and after World War II; and the vernacular architecture built by nonprofessionals that makes up a portion of the fabric of the city. Shaping Seattle Architecture concludes with a substantial reference section, updated to reflect the last twenty years of research and publications. A locations appendix offers a geographic guide to surviving works. The research section directs interested readers to further resources, and the appendix "Additional Significant Seattle Architects" provides thumbnail sketches of nearly 250 important figures not included in the main text.

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