David Sokol & Friends - "Hudson Modern: Residential Landscapes"

Event date: 
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

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Author & journalist David Sokol will discuss how landscape informs design and his new book HUDSON MODERN with architects Adam Rolston, Steve Mensch, Calvin Tsao & Zack McKown

Sokol, Rolston, Tsao and McKown

LtoR: David Sokol, Adam Rolston, Calvin Tsao, Zack McKown

As the birthplace of American landscape painting, the Hudson River Valley has long been a refuge from the city and a laboratory for new aesthetic expression. Today, thanks to its ascendant reputation as a weekend utopia, architects are extending that tradition into the built environment. Designing residences thatrevere local climate, landscape, and history in a distinctly modernist language, these talents are pointing a way forward for rural living in the twenty-first century. Hudson Modern (June 2018, The Monacelli Press) surveys this emerging domestic architecture, featuring houses that integrate with site and region through composition, scale, and materials, and which strike a balance between innovation and rootedness. In addition to a beautifully illustrated survey of almost twenty houses, the book includes conversations with architects and homeowners.

DAVID SOKOL is a New York-based journalist specializing in architecture and design. He is a contributing editor at Architectural Record and Cultured magazines, and he writes regularly for Azure, Departures, and multiple other publications. Before he focused solely on writing about the built environment, Sokol was managing editor of I.D. magazine. Since then he has authored several books, including The Modern Architecture Pop-Up Book and the series Nordic Architects, and taught graduatelevel writing at the Rhode Island School of Design.

ADAM ROLSTON is cofounder of INC, a multidiscipline New York–based studio that launched in 2006, and which likens design to an act of portraiture. This work is routinely covered in the press, with Travel + Leisure magazine most recently naming the INC-designed hotel The Line DC one of the 100 must-visit hospitality destinations of 2018. Hudson Valley–area cow barns inspired Rolston's design of his weekend home in Hillsdale, and Hudson Modern chronicles how he has since explored that agricultural precedent in house commissions across the region. 
STEVE MENSCH is an architect, painter, and educator regarded for his sensitivity to site. A longtime resident of Rhinebeck, Mensch has made a memorable imprint on local culture. Among other praise, Architectural Digest writer Judith Thurman lauded a residential compound bestriding a waterfall as a pairing of "supremely refined main house" with auxiliary buildings "defined by the fluid boundaries between inside and out." Mensch's own River House is spotlighted in Hudson Modern. 

CALVIN TSAO & ZACK McKOWN are the namesakes of a Brooklyn-based design practice whose work spans from skyscrapers to the Pound Ridge house featured in Hudson Modern. Well into its third decade of practice, the studio is known for crafting physical environments that awaken the spirit—urban buildings foster genuine social interaction, for example, and interiors combine rigorous forms with genre-defying artifacts. The architects are proud members of the Rhinebeck community and supporters of Scenic Hudson. 

The Modern Architecture Pop-Up Book Cover Image
By Anton Radevsky, Richard Meier (Contribution by), I. M. Pei (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780789318022
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Universe Publishing(NY) - October 7th, 2008