book is the first to explore Berke’s remarkable career as an
architect, designer, teacher, and writer who has forged a strong and
evolving aesthetic. As examined in a series of engaging essays, Berke’s
architecture blends tectonic coherence, a keen sensitivity to the
intrinsic qualities of materials, and meticulous attention to detail.
While all of her work possesses these distinctive attributes, each
project is subtly rooted in its context and ennobles the uses specific
to that space.
Through newly commissioned photographs, twenty-one of Berke’s
thought-provoking projects appear here, including the Irwin Union Bank,
Yale School of Art, 21c Museum Hotel, and Marianne Boesky Gallery. Also
featured are Berke’s reflections on her growing interest in the “here
and now” – an approach to architecture intended to counteract the banal
placelessness of much of our environment by designing buildings that
intensely bound to and grounded in their sites.
Tracy Myers is curator at the Heinz Architectural Center of the
Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Amy Hempel is a fiction writer whose
publications include Tumble Home (1997) and The Dog of the Marriage
Publisher: Yale University Press (November 3, 2008)
Dimensions: 11.3 × 10.1 × 1.1 inches
Hardcover: 240 pages, 46 b/w 201 color illus.