The Northwest Architecture of Pietro Belluschi

The Northwest Architecture of Pietro Belluschi

The Northwest Architecture of Pietro Belluschi

The Northwest Architecture of Pietro Belluschi

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This book was undertaken at the time when Pietro Belluschi left his adopted section of the Pacific Northwest to become Dean of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Architecture and Planning. It seemed the end of a chapter in his work, with many more sure to follow, as he continues to use the tools he has perfected these past two decades. His influence will always be felt in the progress of an indigenous American architecture in the Northwest vernacular. He has left many buildings and homes as expressions of his ideals and development, as well as many younger architects who have caught his spirit of environmental design.

The purpose of this collection of photographs is to show his versatility, his understanding of the character of the land, its people, its materials, and his application of progressive ideas.

The text of the book is made up of Belluschi's own speeches and published statements describing his philosophy and beliefs. These were made over a long period of time, to a variety of audiences, but hold present-day validity.

If more complete studies of his works are desired, a bibliography of publications, in which technical details are available, is to be found at the end of the book.

My appreciation is hereby expressed to those who have assisted me in the preparation of this material. Mr. Belluschi has given me full cooperation and assistance; his office staff has been encouraging and helpful. In particular, I wish to thank Kenneth E. Richardson, architect and photographer, whose guidance in the selection of photographs was indispensable.

Jo Stubblebine . . .

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