Altoon and Porter Architects: Selected Current Works

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Images Publishing, 2006 - Architecture - 256 pages
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Ronald Altoon describes the work of his los Angeles-based firm as "contextual," a single word that encapsulates the working philosophy of the firm. Contextualism, however, in the way Altoon uses the word, becomes something fairly complex. He does not use the word in the commonly understood sense, that of designing to conform with existing buildings on the site. His notion of contextualism is far more inclusive.
For Altoon + Porter, context is a value. This approach puts human comfort and well-being at the top of the scale, and addresses plan making as well as building technology to that end. Context, of course, is not a single factor, which is why stylistic contextualism, by itself, is superficial. Context is many factors - culture, climate, building technology, urbanism - working together as a system. Altoon + Porter's contextualism is sometimes quiet, sometimes loud, but always appropriate, despite many diverse locations and project types.
Altoon + Porter treats context as an approach to the entire set of design problems. Rather than concerning itself with self-referential issues of style, Altoon + Porter searches for the best possible relationship among buildings, people, and urban surroundings, from the point of view of human experience. For readers, especially those previously unaware of the technical and geographic range of the firm, this book documents the results of a fruitful search.
 

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Contents

Context is a value not a style by Morris Newman
4
Essence Context and Diversity on essay by Ronald A Altoon FAIA
7
MOVEMENT 10 Sengkang Station
11
Buangkok Station
17
UCLA Parking Structure
23
The Shops at Tanforan
27
MATERIALITY
31
Wilshire Boulevard Offices
33
Yassenevo
149
Buchanan Galleries
151
Capitol Center
153
Adriatico Towers
157
Five Pillars
159
Victoria Gardens
161
City Rooms as Civic Space an essay by William J Sebring
167
CIVICISM
168

South Flower Street Offices
37
MCA Universal Offices
45
Macys Prototype
49
Residence
52
Echo Horizon School
63
Bringing Discipline to Design an essay by James F Porter
67
CLIMATE AND TERRAIN
69
Kaahumanu Center
71
Bighorn Institute
77
The Gardens on El Paseo
79
Warringah Mall
83
Carrara Place Compound
87
Paramaz Avedisian Building
99
Exotic Animal Training and Management Facility Moorpark College
103
Collaboration and Construction an essay by Gary K Dempster
107
TECHNOLOGY
108
Fashion Show
111
UCSB California NanoSystems Institute
117
Central World Plaza
121
Auchan Competition
125
SetuCentre
129
Chodov Centrum
133
COMMUNITY
136
Knox City Centre
139
PacifiCenter
143
Grand Avenue Urban Design Plan
171
Kowloon Station Development
177
Crocker Art Museum
179
Newport Harbor Art Museum
183
CULTURE
184
Taman Anggrek Condominiums
187
Botany Town Centre
189
Nieuw Hoog Catharijne
195
Les Portes de Gascogne
203
Al Mamlaka at Kingdom Centre
205
Defining Legacy an essay by James C Auld
209
LEGACY
210
Dragon Tower
213
Felipe de Neve Branch Library
215
Siqueiros Mural Shade Structure
219
Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center UCLA
223
John Wooden Recreation Center North and West Expansions UCLA
227
USC School of Social Work Center
231
Southwestern University School of Law Library
235
Fractals of Architecture
241
Chronology of Projects
248
Design Awards
252
Consultants and Collaborators
254
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