“Every building we design begins and ends with a conversation.”
– Morris Adjmi
A Grid and a Conversation is the first monograph on the work of Morris Adjmi Architects, and its publication marks the twentieth anniversary of the firm. Encompassing nearly 30 architectural projects in major cities across the United States, this generously illustrated survey is interlaced with a series of conversations between Morris Adjmi and several long-time collaborators, offering unique insight into MA’s process and providing context for the firm’s work.
A conversation with Bill Higgins, an authority on the preservation and rehabilitation of historic properties, reveals the importance of research when building in historic districts. Adjmi and Charles Blaichman, a developer known for building on unique and challenging sites in burgeoning neighborhoods, discuss the nature of the client-architect relationship. Architect Judith Saltzman, who specializes in historic preservation with a research-intensive approach, illuminates the under-appreciated artistry of restoration work. Fred Bland shares insight from his dual roles as commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and as managing partner of Beyer Blinder Belle, an architecture firm widely recognized for building in urban areas and for the restoration of landmarked buildings such as Grand Central Terminal. Finally, Adjmi discusses the artistic process with painter Lyle Starr, and the influence on his work of artists like Rachel Whiteread, Donald Judd, and Richard Serra. The conversations were led and edited by writer Jimmy Stamp.
An introductory essay by Diane Ghirado, Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Southern California and a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the Guggenheim, spans from Adjmi’s earliest days working with Pritzker Prize-winning Italian architect Aldo Rossi to the historical and cultural relevance of MA’s present-day projects.
9 x 11 inches
240 pages, 400 color illus.
The Images Publishing Group
Pub date: June 2019