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a+u 2020:02 Feature: Toshiko Mori

a+u 2020:02

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English + Japanese / 192 Pages / 219 x 292 mm / 660 g

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The February issue of a+u is our first monograph dedicated to the architectural practice of Toshiko Mori. Based in New York, the Japanese native founded Toshiko Mori Architect (TMA) in 1981. The introductory essay by Fred A. Bernstein, an architecture journalist, demonstrates her design approach and her keen eye for detail. Mori’s works are the result of an in-depth study of the site’s topography, vegetation, and landscape, as pointed out by Edward Eigen, a historian and scholar of European and Anglo-American landscapes in the long nineteenth century. Mori’s designs reflect a sensitive integration of design, materials, and technology with the site. In addition, Sean Kelly, one of Mori’s clients and an art gallery owner, speaks about the process of collaboration with Mori. 18 representative works after 2000, of which 9 are residences, are featured in this issue, alongside site photographs and survey maps.

To Mori, teaching is always in parallel with her practice. Her essay illustrates her career in architectural academia and the several initiatives she introduced while being a faculty member at various prestigious architecture institutions, including the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD).

a+u Feature: Toshiko Mori includes: Essay: The Inevitable Architecture of Toshiko Mori Fred A. Bernstein House in Taghkanic House in Connecticut II Cloudline and Treeline Interview: A Conversation with Sean Kelly House in Ghent House in Martha’s Vineyard House in Bedford House on Maine Coast House in Suffolk County Maier Preston House Essay: Lessons from the House in Taghkanic, and Other Views on the Hudson River Valley Edward Eigen Bob Greenberg Selects: Connected by Design Joseph and Anni Albers: Designs for Living Sean Kelly Gallery Center for Maine Contemporary Art Peter Freeman Gallery Thread and Fass Thread Artists’ Residency and Cultural Center, Fass School and Teacher’s Residence 277 Mott Street Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs Stephen Robert’62 Hall, Brown University Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems Essay: Teaching and Practice Adapted from the 2019 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion Acceptance Speech Toshiko Mori