Synopses & Reviews
Robert A. M. Stern Architects, over its forty-year history and across a wide range of building types, has defined principles common to all projects. Stern articulates the ideas that govern his design process through this rich visual presentation of all types of his work: museums and cultural institutions, colleges and universities, commercial and residential developers, and, famously, private residential clients throughout the United States and Europe.
Evidence serves as a visual synthesis of Stern's methodologies, revealing the firm's vision through juxtapositions of building, material and landscape: "We never think of just the building. We like to think of the next bigger thing—what other buildings will come next to it, but also the siting and landscaping. Abstract compositional principles do interest me but not when I begin a design. I begin with a cultural assessment of the building as a type, the place it is set in, and lastly its obligations to its particular moment in time."
Through 400 illustrations, Stern illuminates key architectural concepts by examining components: stunning windows harmonizing with their views, elegant entryways, meticulous stonework, homes conversing with their settings. On each page, Stern pairs images that challenge the idea that tradition means statis. Rather, tradition can be interpreted to suit all situations in an increasingly complex world.
"I think that all architecture comes from what went before. And how carefully one hews to precedent or how many liberties one takes, in my view, is part of a larger set of judgements as to what is, or could be called 'appropriate.' Appropriate from every point of view, especially from the site, the cultural expectations of the community and of the specific client."
Robert A. M. Stern
About the Author
Robert A. M. Stern is the founding partner of Robert A. M. Stern Architects and dean of the Yale School of Architecture. He is the author of the monumental five-volume history of New York’s architecture and urban development, culminating with New York 2000. Major current architectural projects include the new residential colleges at Yale University and the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.