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Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure

Works of Carol A. Wilson Architect

Princeton Architectural Press

By Carol Wilson, Introduction by Juhani Pallasmaa, Contributions by Enrico Pinna


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This intimate portrait of eight houses by the Maine architect Carol A. Wilson illustrates how "local" is an idea as close to architecture as it is to food. Focusing on climate, seasons, views, local materials, the ecological history of building sites, and collaborations with local artisans, Wilson crafts exquisitely designed and built houses that celebrate the beauty of New England and the power of architecture to combine modern forms with a traditional built landscape.

Following introductory texts by Enrico Pinna and Juhani Pallasmaa, and a conversation between Wilson and John Leroux, each project opens with a foldout of plans—transitioning from hand-drawn to computer-aided—and information about the house, before culminating in brilliant exterior, interior, and detail photographs. The book closes with an interview in twenty questions that elaborates on Wilson's working principles and the history of her studio for the past thirty years.

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Format: Hardcover
Publication: October 2017
ISBN: 9781616896119
Carol A. Wilson, FAIA, is principal of Carol A. Wilson Architect, in Falmouth, Maine. Her modern and environmentally responsive buildings have been honored with numerous design awards and published extensively. She has taught at the University of New Mexico, Montana State University, Bowdoin College's Coastal Studies Center, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, and Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.