Seven Sides: The Pittman Dowell ResidenceMichael Maltzan
GRANTEEMichael Maltzan & Jessica Varner
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
The publication Seven Sides: The Pittman Dowell Residence by Michael Maltzan (edited by Jessica Varner) provides an in-depth view of the residence, a seven-sided architectural form, through the point of view of seven distinct contributors. From architectural historians to photographers, the house has been documented and conceptualized through multiple viewpoints that deconstruct the residence from all angles. The individual sections feature photographs to visually and theoretically convey the character of the Pittman Dowell Residence. Each of the seven contributors explores a different aspect of contemporary architecture: the house's connections or disconnections from the site; its inversion of the modernist romantic ideal of transparency; historical linkage to the lineage of domestic architecture; its creation of effect and simultaneous experiences; the home's material expression; the inhabitants' view of the domestic environment; and the way in which the house's parts lead to the reinvention of domestic space's form in Los Angeles.
Michael Maltzan, FAIA, is principal of Michael Maltzan Architecture. Since founding his firm in 1995, Maltzan has created a practice that engages the increasingly complex reality of urbanization and our information-driven culture. Building on his background in the arts, his work synthesizes the ambiguity of our contemporary world through architecture that acts as a catalyst for new experience and an agent for change. Through a shared belief in architecture's role in our cities, his work, from MoMA to Skid Row, creates new connections across a range of scales and programs. Maltzan is the author of No More Play: Conversations on Urban Speculation in Los Angeles and Beyond and the monograph Alternate Ground. His other essays include "The Model," which was featured in Architecture as a Craft; "Michael Maltzan and Giovanna Borasi," collected in Other Space Odysseys, published by the Canadian Centre for Architecture; and "Transpositions" and "Space and Existing Context," both of which were featured in Lotus International.
Jessica Varner is an architect, professor, editor, and writer. Founder of the publications studio SmallerLarge, Varner works in the realm of architecture, print, and multimedia communication to bring awareness to the role architecture, cities, and infrastructure have in shaping our environment. Varner's prior edited collections include Paul Rudolph: Writing on Architecture and Retrospecta 06/07 (with the Yale School of Architecture); her most recent edited title with Michael Maltzan, No More Play, was produced by Hatje Cantz. Varner received her BA from the University of Nebraska and her MArch from Yale University.
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