Liberty Bell Center: Bohlin, Cywinski, Jackson

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Oro editions, 2006 - Architecture - 255 pages
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The interior offers one of architecture's great pleasures: the joy of being in a comfortable, well-lit, well-built space. As you stroll among the exhibits, you ascend a gentle brick slope, guided toward the bell by an undulating and sensuously textured granite wall. The brick and granite are used with honest heft to represent the firm foundations on which our democracy is buiIn October of 2003, the Liberty Bell was given a new home. The building, designed by the Philadelphia-based architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson features three architectural elements: a covered outdoor area, an elongated rectilinear exhibit hall, and a tapered cubic volume housing the Bell Chamber. "Liberty Bell Center: Building for Democracy" is the most detailed look to date at the building--presented here is an extensive set of reproductions and photographs, including records of the design and building process which thoroughly document the building and its surroundings. The book also features essays that flesh out a rich context for the architecture, while offering the insiders' account of the design process as well as the critics' map of the constellation of forces that come into play in shaping a building of this significance and quality. "Liberty Bell Center" comes with a DVD and a poster that displays the floor plan of the building with photographs and illustrations of the various vantage points.

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RODOLPHE EL-KHOURY teaches at the California College of Arts in San Francisco. MARK PASNIK works at Machado and Silvetti Associates.

Richard Sommer taught myth and poetry at Montreal's Concordia University for many years. He has long been a volunteer game warden, and led a citizens' environmental group in the battle to save the Eastern Townships' Pinnacle Mountain from developers. He lives in the Townships with his wife of twenty-five years, dance improvisationalist Victoria Tansey, and their three children.

Olin was founded by Laurie Olin in 1976. In addition to Olin, the firm has five partners: Dennis C. McGlade, Robert J. Bedell, Lucinda R. Sanders, Susan K. Weiler, and David A. Rubin. The Olin office is in the historic Public Ledger Building, overlooking Independence Mall in Philadelphia.
John R. Stilgoe, Robert and Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape at Harvard University, is the author of numerous books, including "Train Time, Outside Lies Magic, Lifeboat," and "Landscapes and Images," The author lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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