Compression: Steven Holl with Sanford Kwinter
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Please join 192 Books and Princeton Architectural Press in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Steven Holl’s landmark book Anchoring with the publication of Compression. Critic, architectural and design historian, and author of the essay introducing Compression, Sanford Kwinter will engage Holl in conversation.
Compression is the fifth volume in the same format, all by Princeton Architectural Press, following Anchoring (1989), Interwinning (1996), House (2007), and Urbanism (2007). In it, Holl applies concepts from neuroscience, literature, social science, and philosophy to develop the idea of compression: the condensation of material and social forces to create meaningful and sustainable architecture. A diverse roster of international works includes an expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; academic facilities for Columbia University, Princeton University, and the Glasgow School of Art; urban plans; a harbor gateway for Copenhagen; and an extension of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. All demonstrate Holl’s poetic attention to light, space, and water; a subtle and tactile employment of material and color; and an awareness of architecture’s potential to connect people through inspiring public spaces.
Steven Holl is founder and principal of Steven Holl Architects, with offices in New York and Beijing. Considered one of America’s preeminent architects, he has been awarded the Praemium Imperiale (2014), the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal (2012), and the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Jencks Award (2010).
Sanford Kwinter is a Canadian architectural theorist, writer, and editor. He is a professor of architecture at The European Graduate School / EGS, at The School of Architecture at Pratt Institute, New York, and at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he heads the Institute for Theory and History of Architecture.