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Hope Town is a beautiful island community filled with history and hospitable people.
It is the warmth and sincerity of the Islanders that make this “Paradise” a very special place.
Hope Town, originally called Great Harbour settled in 1785, is on the Island of Elbow Cay, and is located in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas.
Hope Town wraps in a crescent shape around the Harbour with the Elbow Reef Lighthouse (Built in 1863) as the focal point to the setting sun. Sailing vessels at mooring in the calm Harbour, the sound of the surf breaking on the white sandy beaches and the quant Older “Loyalist Style” Houses of Hope Town make it a quiet, pleasant and memorable place to live or visit.$15.44–$27.95 Select options
In this book, the drawings of the Sports and Cultural Center in Budapest, Hungary are assembled. If nothing else, it’s enduring ideas –to absorb and emanate Light –and the distantly conducted design process make it special. It was a competition-winning project 20 years ago, partially constructed, then halted, till just recently. It was completed, and opened with a specially composed fairy tale operetta at the last three days of 2014.
Designed by architects Antal Lazar, DLA in Budapest, where at the time he was the dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Budapest, and Dr. Peter Magyar, RIBA, serving in the Pennsylvania State University, as the director of the School of Architecture. Hundreds of ink drawings were exchanged via fax (at that time the fastest tool in distant communication), all preserved on letter-size ecru paper.
Now some photos represent the unique qualities of the environment, which survived the long hibernation, verifying the possibility of creating evergreen architecture.$27.00–$36.00 Select options
“…minimal is the effort we need to restore the cosmic scale of our built environment, its meaning and significance… Every building and our whole environment touch infinity and are capable to interpret and to modify the infinite extent of space.” (From “Thought Palaces.”, p. 11)$21.99–$28.99 Select options
In this second edition of the book, The Fire Escape, A Visual Survey, shows the physical urbanity and human condition of the forms of the cities and its fire escapes from twenty five cities/urban areas in all four corners of America. Specifically, it is a survey of an architectural component which was mostly an afterthought.
The Fire Escape shows the art that was created as a result urban leaders placing more value on their own profit in the creation of buildings, than the lives of the many workers or occupants inside their capitalist machines, leaving legislators to come to the rescue with an external solution. This iconic form is glorified with scenes in movies, but their everyday existence is to hang there as lonely as the wealthy industrialist’s that initially omitted them. They speak of being our savior in an impending doom, and do so in shadows of light and mirrored reflections seen in complex overlapping Cartesian coordinates.
This book shows the beauty of a dying and unique American architecture. The images highlight the fire escape as eerily frozen in time, like they are from a cold war East Berlin, waiting for their removal by a follow on urban renewal that may never come. Their increasing protection due to evolving civic affection for their role in our lives gives them cultural importance. And yet very few architectural forms exhibit this much soliloquy of repetition and rhythm that is so involved with the hieratic form of a life safety function. Function followed form here as expected, but they are ironic and speak of the human condition waiting for us to go down to our eventual end. They hang there like a hovering death eater or a cemetery we pass on the way to work reminding us of the frailty of human life and the inevitable last journey to a final destination that we all must face.
About the author:
Peter Lagomarsino a Senior Architect that has practiced Architecture for over twenty four years. He’s the author of “Confessions in a Crown Vic” a critique of the American “Dream” and the story of what really happened in development this last century. He is an avid photographer of architecture with over thirty six years been behind the camera. He also paints acrylic on canvas for art sales and commissioned work. He has Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from the University of New Mexico, a Masters of Architecture from Clemson University and is LEED Accredited. Part of his Masters, was at the Charles E. Daniels Center for Urban Design at Clemson’s Villa in Genoa Italy where he traveled extensively in Europe, Greece, and the Middle East capturing over six thousand images on slide medium.$2.99–$34.99 Select options