Tradition and Invention in Architecture

Conversations and Essays

Robert A. M. Stern

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February 28, 2012
208 pages, 7 1/2 x 10
123 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300181159
HC - Paper over Board

Among practicing architects today, perhaps only Robert A. M. Stern once contemplated a career as a historian, an interest that has informed both his built work and his writings. Tradition and Invention in Architecture brings together 26 of Stern's essays and conversations from the past five decades. Topics range from modern classicism, American housing, gardens, and New York City to the work of Norman Foster, Louis Kahn, Charles Moore, and Robert Moses. Reminders of Stern's own broad career in architecture are found in his thoughts on his PBS television series Pride of Place, his discussion of the planning of Seaside and Celebration, Florida, and his view on institutional branding through architecture.

Known as much for his candor as for his profound knowledge of American architecture, Stern's observations on the architecture of his time are equally valuable. As he writes, "For an architect, writing is one way of reconsidering history while working in the present—always in search of the best from the past and the present, which allows us to invent for the future."

Robert A. M. Stern, founder and senior partner of Robert A. M. Stern Architects, is dean of the Yale School of Architecture. Cynthia Davidson is editor of the journal Log: Observations on Architecture and the Contemporary City.

Building a New Europe
Portraits of Modern Architects, Essays by George Nelson, 1935-1936

George Nelson; Introduction by Kurt W.

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The Yale Building Project
The First 40 Years

Richard W. Hayes; Foreword by Robert A. M. Stern

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Writings on Architecture

Paul Rudolph; Foreword by Robert A. M. Stern

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Architecture on the Edge of Postmodernism
Collected Essays, 1964-1988

Robert A. M. Stern; Edited by Cynthia Davidson

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The Structure of Light
Richard Kelly and the Illumination of Modern Architecture

Edited by Dietrich Neumann; Foreword by Robert A. M.

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Pedagogy and Place
100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale

Robert A. M. Stern and Jimmy Stamp

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