Triangle Modern Architecture

Victoria Ballard Bell's new book, Triangle Modern Architecture, documents the rich history and unique cultural significance of the Triangle region in North Carolina, one of the most important on the national map of modern design. Over the last 75 years, the architecture in this area has grown to creatively combine innovation and technology with the area’s history, culture, unique landscape, and built context. While the Triangle has seen an increased interest in Modern architecture, the understanding of this design and the reasons and history behind it have not been shared in a clear and meaningful way - until now!

Triangle Modern Architecture provides us a timely insight into the rich history and bold future of modern architecture in North Carolina, reminding us that the modernist project here is alive and well and most vital in its interpretations and adaptations to local places and typologies. The great work being done today is affirming of the talent and virtuosity of the region’s contemporary practitioners. Because of this, the path forward for next generations of North Carolina architects is much brighter and filled with possibility. Triangle Modern Architecture affirms that the best architecture is always a continuum of a material culture. -- Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, recipient of 2020 AIA Gold Medal

Victoria Bell’s new book, Triangle Modern Architecture, is an important one, both for its intense research and insightful writing. Her presentation of modern architecture in central North Carolina not only illuminates and connects important modern work, it does so through the lens of a much wider history connecting the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College and the visionary establishment of the School of Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. It is a wonderful collection of design work representing the energy of a School, its founders and principles. -- W. G. Clark, Campbell Professor of Architecture, University of Virginia

Includes 250 pages of rich histories and beautiful photography of buildings in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill designed by Milton Small, Frank Harmon, Brian Shawcroft, Kenneth Hobgood, Arthur Cogswell, George Matsumoto, and many more.

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