Modern Beyond Style and the Pursuit of Beauty: Booth Hansen and the Architecture of Laurence Booth
Modern Beyond Style and the Pursuit of Beauty: Booth Hansen and the Architecture of Laurence Booth provides a window into the creative process as one architect sought to renew modern design by freeing it from stylistic rigidity. Laurence Booth’s journey is rooted in careful attention to process and systems including his set of “compass points” that assures the project’s clients and designers are driven by common values. Upon this foundation, Booth’s innovative designs create richness of spirit through shared memory and create beauty through harmonies between form and function. His designs have helped carve a path for original contemporary architectural design of the early 21st century that is marked not by a standard style but by shared values.
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Total Performance Architecture:
The Work of Booth Hansen
Total Performance Architecture: The Work of Booth Hansen is a collection of work from a well‐established architectural firm that has evolved in many directions since the career of design principal Laurence Booth began in 1958, and always with the belief that each commission can meet, through sustained creativity, the highest standards of form and function. The book examines and dissects the process that challenges designers to produce total performance solutions. It is formatted into chapters outlining the fundamental elements of total performance design. Categorically laced in between chapters are examples of the firm’s own work, showcasing the results of their approach. The results are clear: a balance of intervention and respect for character where quality design does not require stylistic domination.