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Plain Modern The Architecture of Brian MacKay-Lyons

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ISBN-10: 1568984774

ISBN-13: 9781568984773

Edition: 2005

Authors: Malcolm Quantrill, Glenn Murcutt, Kenneth Frampton

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It's been our distinct pleasure over the past few years to publish monographs on a select group of young architects and firms whose work represents the best of contemporary design thinking while retaining a distinctive regional sensibility. The Nova-Scotian architect Brian MacKay-Lyons fits neatly into this distinguished list, which includes Marlon Blackwell in the Ozarks, Rick Joy in the Southwest, and Miller Hull in the Northwest. Those familiar with Nova Scotia understand the austere beauty of this Canadian landscape, with its wide-open skies and rugged terrain pushing up against the Atlantic. MacKay-Lyons's work responds to this unique topography and to the vernacular building traditions that define its communities. His houses, commercial buildings, and public projects combine regional forms with local materials, technologies, and building practices to create works that are linked to their environments right down to their DNA: peaked gables, shed roofs, and sliding doors are inspired by local barn types; corrugated metal cladding comes from the buildings used by the area's fishing industry; structural wooden frames are based on local ship-building traditions; layers of shingles adjust to the wet-dry, freeze-thaw cycles of Atlantic Canada like the feathers of the native waterfowl. Together, these elements communicate sense of place that is sophisticated but accessible and free of sentimentality, and suggest a new model of cultural sustainability in architecture and a resistance to the globalization of culture. In his incomparable prose style, novelist and historian Malcolm Quantrill weaves together a bold and intimate portrait of his MacKay-Lyons and his work. With seriousness ofpurpose and playfulness of expression, he examines fifteen commissions, all the while elucidating the "peculiar regionality" of his subject's architecture.
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 7/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Kenneth Frampton is the Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.

Plain Modern: The Architecture of Brian MacKay-Lyons
Residential Projects
Barn House (1996-98)
House on the Nova Scotia Coast No. 12 (1995-97)
Danielson House (1996-98)
House on the Nova Scotia Coast No. 22 (1997-98)
Kutcher House (1997-98)
Howard House (1995-99)
Messenger House II (2001-03)
Hill House (2002-04)
Ghost Laboratory
Ghost Laboratory I-VI (1994-2004)
On the Fringes of Empire
Public Works
Faculty of Architecture Extension, Dalhousie University (1991-93)
Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University (1998-99)
Academic Resource Centre, University of Toronto at Scarborough (2001-03)
Ship's Company Theatre (2001-04)
Office for MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects (2002-03)
Canadian High Commission, Dhaka (2002-05)
Project Credits