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Powers Brown Architecture

Powers Brown Architecture

Commodity and Virtue in Architecture

By (author) Powers Brown Architecture


Publishing 9th Sep 2024
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    • Spans the entire 25 years of Powers Brown Architecture’s practice, including projects not previously covered in earlier publications
    • Carefully curated collection of work evinces the defining characteristic of the firm: singularly disciplined structure over a predominate style or argument about form
    • Explores the notion of ‘marketect’ as opposed to ‘starchitect’
    • Includes compelling foreword by Stephen Sharpe, (editor of Texas Architecture magazine) and thought-provoking essay by Jeffrey Brown, FAIA
    • In-depth interview with Jeffrey Brown, FAIA by architect and professor Donna Kacmar, FAIA
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    This monograph, the firm’s third publication in book form, covers 35 projects — the majority not previously published in book form — in a range of building and problem types. Projects like the Hillel Student Center in Washington, D.C. and the Transit Terminal in Galveston, Texas on the historic Strand span the range in public work. Frank’s International and Seismic Exchange explore the possibilities of corporate architecture to create place as much as to make a statement. Arabella transforms the repetitiveness in the condominium building type to variety in all living units, while the Thompson Hotel & Arts Residences along the River Walk in San Antonio navigates pedestrian scale in a twenty-story tower. POST covers the commitment to resiliency and the future of the planet while MEDDNet™ transforms urban design tactics into a national-scale disaster relief strategy.

    The introduction is written by journalist Stephen Sharpe who has covered the firm’s work for nearly 20 years. An extended essay by Brown situates the firm’s position at the conversational threshold of scepticism about “Starchitecure” and the reality of everyday architecture, or “Marketecture”, while an intimate interview by architecture professor and author Donna Kacmar, FAIA gives insight into the details behind the firm as practice and the work itself.

    About the Author

    Opened in 1999 in Houston by Joe Powers and Jeffrey Brown, Powers Brown Architecture now has offices spread across North America in multiple markets. The firm believes in a commitment to process, standards and the ability to apply their accumulated experience and a depth of experience to concluding architectural projects of all manner of description. Self-described as a professional services firm, they practice award-winning architectural, interior, and urban design both in North America and overseas. Jeffrey Brown, FAIA, is the Founding Principal/CEO for Powers Brown Architecture. Practicing architecture for more than 30 years, Jeffrey has an array of experience working on multiple building types for both public and private entities. He has authored numerous articles on architecture / criticism for various publications, and has led several research projects. Jeffrey has a passion for shaping architecture and the architects of tomorrow. He has taught and been a guest critic at numerous colleges and universities. Joe Powers, AIA was active in the Houston, Austin, Washington, D.C., and Denver markets during his career. In his more than 40 years of architecture, Joe demonstrated the ability to design and document buildings that were attractive, economical, and durable. His familiarity with his project markets and was key in making strategic decisions for the projects, ranging from construction type to building layout issues as they pertained to future flexibility and code compliance. Joe’s focus on balancing project budget issues with durability and quality made him the go-to architecture for clients throughout many markets. In 2017, Joe retired from the firm and architecture to spend time on his Texas farm.

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    Publish date
    9th Sep 2024
    300 mm x 223 mm
    256 Pages
    708 color
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