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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Urban and suburban living at the outset of the twenty-first century is
characterized by myriad interlocking images and experiences. Large-scale social
and economic forces lead to a fragmentary daily existence. How can architecture
work with these trends -- rather than against them -- to improve the activities
of everyday life?
Such issues are a constant and ongoing preoccupation in the work of the Los
Angeles firm Koning Eizenberg Architecture. This inventive and in-depth
monograph presents fourteen projects with familiar uses -- museums, schools,
houses and housing, community centers, and hotels. The design solutions draw on
qualities of popular culture and vernacular design, as well as on three
principles the firm brings to each commission: trust, ease, and fit. With these
projects, Koning Eizenberg proposes a new expectation for the contemporary age:
extraordinary experiences on a daily basis.
Julie Eizenberg and Hank Koning established Koning Eizenberg Architecture in
1981. Both partners studied at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and the
University of California, Los Angeles.