& Other Speculations
Edited by Mohsen Mostafavi
Legendary architect, artist, and developer John Portman, Jr., is recognized for radically reshaping the relationship of architecture to city and citizen. He pioneered the role of architect as developer, and redefined the design and function of the American hotel with his trademark soaring atrium.
In Portman’s America, new photographs from Iwan Baan document the architect’s work in bare, candid fashion. Writes The Architect’s Newspaper, the book’s images “reveal a humanism” to Portman’s designs, as “amid the drama, Baan’s work captures the everyday.” Embedded within are essays that offer close readings of landmark Portman projects, with contributions from architects, theorists and historians, including Jennifer Bonner, Preston Scott Cohen, K. Michael Hays, and Alexander S. Porter.