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Beginning with an introduction by architectural critic Susan Doubilet and a foreword by the film's lead designer, Michael Farewell, FAIA, the book focuses primarily on FFMG's institutional, cultural and educational commissions. Careful documentation highlights the firm's dual emphasis, which, according to Farewell, is informed by the belief that "both restored historic spaces and expressive new places have the capability to intensify, heighten and make memorable the rituals of use and occupation." The work presented explores the juxtaposition of the old and the new and the inherent dialogue created in the buildings that combine preservation efforts with modern additions. Guided by preservation architect Michael Mills, FAIA, FFMG's meticulous restoration of the Princeton University Graduate College, one of the foremost examples of collegiate gothic architecture in the U.S., represents one end of the spectrum of the firm's work. At the other end, its award-winning addition to the Far Hills Country Day School demonstrates the strength of its vision with regard to new design.
The unusual organization of the book further underscores the architecture's underlying coherence. Five sections -- Brick Works, Stone Works, Wood Works, Stucco Works and Steel Works -- are grouped on the basis of materials, as opposed to building type or discipline. Stagings is now available nationally through major book chains and on-line retailers, as well as specialty bookstores.
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