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In his new book Finding the Place of Architecture in the Landscape, Peter Gisolfi asserts that the most successful architecture relates clearly to setting – to landscape. Landscape can be “natural,” “vernacular,” or “designed,” but it is the basis for all architectural and landscape architectural endeavors.

The book examines 40 of the firm’s projects, large and small, with site plans, building plans, renderings, and photographs. Unlike traditional monographs which are organized by project types, Mr. Gisolfi has chosen to organize the book by settings, based on the types of landscapes encountered: • Townscape is the landscape of cities, towns, and villages.

• Campus addresses the interdependence between buildings and
open space that creates a composite designed place, a designed landscape.
• Landscapes and Buildings addresses exurban settings, open green landscapes – designed, vernacular, or natural.
• Gardens and Houses embraces the Italian villa idea and the Romantic landscape tradition.
• Transformation is the adventure of changing a building or a designed landscape that already exists.

“His buildings adjust their style to the place, always unemphatically enhancing the landscape and disciplined by it. This book is filled with examples of the shaping of places, the physical development of architecture’s holistic realm.” - from the Introduction by Vincent J. Scully, Jr.

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