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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Scott Johnson is an architect based in Los Angeles who in 1987, along with William Fain, acquired the landmark architectural firm Pereira & Associates and relaunched it as Johnson Fain. Johnson is the author of Figure/Ground: A Design Conversation with Scott Johnson and Bill Fain and The Big Idea: Criticality and Practice in Contemporary Architecture.

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