The Bookshelf: “Improvisations On The Land: Houses Of Fernau + Hartman”Author:Lindsey Shook
Architects Fernau + Hartman pioneered “green design” long before it was buzzworthy. Founded in 1981, the Bay Area firm is the subject of a new monograph from The Monacelli Press that incudes eighteen of Fernau + Hartman’s light-filled, climate-reponsive residences. From Napa Valley to Newport Beach, many of these projects are located in California and, as showcased by this beautiful volume, they demonstrate the transformative power of region- and site-specific architecture.
Fernau + Hartman looks to vernacular building traditions, not to recreate the past but to plan for the future, uncovering hints on adaptive strategies and sustainability. For Fernau + Hartman, place is all powerful, whether that place be a live/work storefront in a small town in Montana or a communal living, retirement compound in Northern California.
What could-be a straight-forward, chronologically organized monograph entices readers with brief, accessible essays by Daniel P. Gregory, Beth Dunlop and Thomas Fisher and others. Additionally, the illustrations feature models, sketches, floor and site plans and photos of vernacular buildings, which weave a layered and nuanced narrative. This is a rich story about one of our most revered Bay Area practices, whose influence is felt way beyond state boundaries. As Daniel P. Gregory writes in his Afterward, “Radically regional is both a way to belong and [a way] to go beyond.” Grab your copy here.
Out on the Town: 2023 Design Awards Celebration
To celebrate the Bay Area-based winners of the 2023 California Home+Design Awards, McGriff Architects hosted an intimate gathering at this year’s…
- May 25, 2023
Exclusive: Armadillo introduces the Eden and Corsica Collections
The B-Corp certified Australian based rug brand Armadillo just introduced two new collections- Eden and Corsica- that are available exclusively through…
- May 25, 2023
Artist Misha Kahn’s work, now on display at Friedman Benda in Los Angeles, dissolves the boundaries between art and sculpture and…
- May 24, 2023