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In Saratoga (2009), Oscar Riera Ojeda publishers, author/ architect George Ranalli documents the Saratoga Avenue Community Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn -- a city-agency sponsored project to reorganize, renovate, and expand an isolated inner-city housing block. Saratoga looks an in-depth look at Ranalli's innovative approaches to producing a beautiful, durable, adaptable, and sustainable work of architecture, on a rock-bottom budget, that connects an urban community to new green spaces, and light-filled interiors, both functional and lovely. Ranalli provides plenty of contextual and programmatic information alongside vivid color images from photographer Paul Warchol, and reproductions of architectural sketches, renderings, plans, and other details documenting every phase of the life cycle of the project. Acclaimed architecture critic Ms. Huxtable credits Saratoga for breaking every rule of conventional civic architecture. On the architecture itself, Ms. Huxtable writes, "Mr. Ranalli adheres to the logic of modernist practice, integrating its mechanical, material and structural realities with details drawn from earlier sources to create an integral ornament of abstract linear geometry. His purpose is to move modernism into an enriched and more deeply referenced style."  -- Breaking All The Rules With New York's Public-Building Design by Ada Louise Huxtable, WSJ, May 13, 2009

Saratoga by Paul Warchol

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Author
Paul Warchol
Publisher
ORO Editions
Date of release
Pages
112
ISBN
9780981462882
Binding
Hardcover
Illustrations
Format for Download
PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC
Rating
5
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