Figure/Ground: A Design Conversation

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2003 - Architecture - 240 pages
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Figure/Ground: A Design Conversation, is a collection of six dialogs on design between Scott Johnson and William Fain, the principals of Johnson Fain Partners of Los Angeles. Covering a broad range of topics, the conversations center on such themes as the globalization of architecture, the impact of the Internet, the issue of "big architecture" vs. urban design, and the role of historicism in design. Along the way, Johnson and Fain find inspiration in jazz improvisation, Noam Chomsky, Roman urbanism, passive solar heating in China, Catholic monasticism, and Native American spirituality.
With elegant layout of National Design Award winner Lorraine Wild, the dialogs are illustrated with photographs of recent work by the firm, including their plan for central Beijing and the new Native American Center in Oklahoma City.
 

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Donald R. Evans is the senior Electronics/Computer Servicing instructor at Solano Community College in Suisun, California. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, he began teaching in 1966, established his first computer lab in 1983, and is now responsible for all of the computer hardware classes taught at SCC.

Scott Johnson, A+, i-Net+, MCSE, and MCT, is the Education Program Director for PC Training West, a company that specializes in providing education and training for computer certifications. He brings over two decades of experience with computer systems and networks to the A+ Complete Lab Manual.

William H. Fain is the director of urban design at Johnson Fain. His urban design work has been recognized with several National AIA and Progressive Architecture awards. In 2002 he received the Prix de Rome from the American Academy.

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