BOOK SIGNING WITH SARASOTA ARCHITECT CARL ABBOTT FAIA

Friday, March 29, 2013 (2pm-5pm)
Barnes and Noble, Sarasota

The work of locally-rooted Architect Carl Abbott FAIA has been published by ORO Editions internationally in a 256-page hard-cover book full of breath-taking photography of selected projects from the Architect’s repertoire.

Friday, March 29, 2013 (2pm-5pm)
Barnes and Noble, Sarasota

Internationally noted Architect Carl Abbott will sign books on his work at the Sarasota Barnes and Noble Friday March 29, 2013 from 2 ‘til 5 pm.

published by O R O Editions
published by O R O Editions

In/Formed By the Land, features the award-winning Architecture of modernist Carl Abbott melding his interests in ancient design concepts, sculptural forms, and the ever- changing dance of light and Nature.

The work of locally-rooted Architect Carl Abbott FAIA has been published by ORO Editions internationally in a 256-page hard-cover book full of breath-taking photography of selected projects from the Architect’s repertoire. Friday March 29th, the Architect will be at the Sarasota Barnes and Noble at 4010 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231, to sign books and speak with fans interested in modern architecture and its local roots in the Sarasota School of Architecture. Abbott’s book ‘IN/FORMED by the LAND: The Architecture of Carl Abbott’ has just been released and will be available for sale at the event.

Abbott received his degree from UF and his Masters Master’s under Paul Rudolph at Yale then worked in Hawaii, in New York with I.M. Pei, and in London with Yale classmates Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. He became part of the recognized Sarasota School of Architecture — for over four decades the firm has been one of the most highly awarded in the Florida /Caribbean Region.

Sarasota Barnes and Noble at 4010 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

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IN / FORMED BY THE LAND – The Architecture of Carl Abbott

June 29-August 3, 2012
Selby Gallery – For the past four decades Carl’s Sarasota Architectural office has been one of the most highly awarded firms in the Florida / Caribbean region. As its youngest and last remaining member of the Sarasota School of Architecture, he has carried on its traditions while also incorporating his own unique design concepts.

June 29-August 3, 2012
Selby Gallery – Ringling College of Art and Design

Selby Galleries I & II: Featuring selections from architect Carl Abbott’s award-winning work; who, as the youngest and last remaining member of the Sarasota School of Architecture, has carried on its traditions while also incorporating his own unique design concepts.

Opening reception: Fri., June 29, 5 – 7 p.m.
Director’s Tour: Mon., July 9, 11:30 a.m.
Bus tour and Exhibition reception: Sat., July 14, 1-5 p.m., $15/person; limited seating, please register by July 10.

[Carl Abbott] For the past four decades Carl’s Sarasota Architectural office has been one of the most highly awarded firms in the Florida / Caribbean region. As its youngest and last remaining member of the Sarasota School of Architecture, he has carried on its traditions while also incorporating his own unique design concepts.

Carl Abbott grew up in a small town in coastal Georgia where his world was Nature — later Architecture became his focus. He studied at the University of Florida under Buckminster Fuller then received his Master’s from Yale with studies under Paul Rudolph and Luis Kahn. He has worked in Hawaii, in New York with I.M. Pei, and in London with classmates Lord Richard Rogers and Lord Norman Foster.

Carl is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. The University of Florida honored him as a Distinguished Architectural Alumnus. The Florida / Caribbean AIA selected him to receive the Medal of Honor for Design and also selected his office to receive the Architectural Firm Honor Award. IN / FORMED BY THE LAND – The Architecture of Carl Abbott is the first book exclusively on Abbott’s design process and architecture. It will be published this year by ORO Publications. For more information go to: www.carlabbott.com.

QUOTES:

Paul Rudolph
‘In Abbott’s work the balancing of solids to voids and the flow of space horizontally and vertically is handled in a architecturally remarkable way.’

Lord Norman Foster
‘Carl Abbott’s work is a rare and impressive combination of architectural clarity and humanistic warmth. Quality is a mark of his total commitment and dedication to Architecture and its process. The ultimate complement is that Carl’s Architecture has a sense of timelessness.’

Robert McCarter
‘Carl Abbott has practiced his craft with a consistency of aesthetic elegance and experiential quality unparalleled by almost any other architect of his generation. Abbott is closer in spirit to the early modern artists and architects of the DeStijl movement—Mondrian, Van Doesburg, and Rietveld—than anyone practicing
today.’

Lord Norman Foster is recognized as one of the most innovative architects of our time. He has received the Pritzker Prize, the RIBA Gold Medal, the Stirling Prize, the AIA Gold Medal along with numerous other awards. His best known projects are the Hearst Tower in New York, the Great Court in the British Museum, the Hong Kong and Beijing Airports and the soon to be constructed Apple Headquarters in California.

Robert McCarter is an architectural historian, author, architect and Professor of Architecture. He has written books on Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn and Alvar Aalto. He was Assistant Dean of Architecture at Columbia University, Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Florida, visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome.

[IN / FORMED BY THE LAND – The Architecture of Carl Abbott, ORO Publications] Focusing on Carl Abbott’s custom tropical residences, this book presents a unique way of experiencing modern architecture. Abbott’s work has a timeless modern quality, yet is also strongly informed by his experience of the sacred architecture of ancient Egyptians and Mayans in the manner in which it responds to the land and the movement of the sun and stars. The spaces Abbott sculpts, both inside out, are designed to focus on Nature, making buildings that transcend.

Large images give viewers a strong sense of experiencing the humanistic Architecture with its connection to the land. The book also illustrates the design process Abbott has developed by which the building forms evolve from the land itself. Working closely with photographers and designers, the architect was careful in the planning of this book to ensure it conveyed the experience of moving through the highly choreographed spaces he designed. This book presents works, which span the decades of his career, and shows a range of works including affordable residences, large private estates, as well as inspired spiritual spaces.

[Bus Tour] Sat., July 14, 1-5 p.m., followed by reception in Selby Gallery until 6 pm and optional visit to Carl Abbott’s Studio Office
The tour bus will leave Selby Gallery at 1:00 pm; participants will travel in comfort on a modern coach to visit three of Carl Abbott’s projects with Mr. Abbott’s as guide: The Artist Family Compound; the former Summerhouse; and the Dolphin House. In addition he will direct drive-bys of several of his other projects. The tour will return to Selby Gallery by 5 pm where participants can enjoy refreshments and the viewing the work in the exhibition until 6 pm. Following the reception, participants may visit Mr. Abbott’s studio Office just a few blocks away on their own. Cost: $15/person; deadline to register: Tuesday, July 10.

[SELBY GALLERY HOURS] May – August: Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

[CONTACT US]
Phone: 941.359.7563 or 941.351.5100
Email: selby@ringling.edu
Web: www.ringling.edu/selbygallery
[LOCATION] Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota.
[ABOUT SELBY GALLERY] All Selby Gallery exhibitions and presentations (and most of our special events) are free and open to the public.


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Kathy Wright – Landscape Paintings

January 27 – March 10, 2012
A landscape painter, Kathy has a Master’s degree in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

January 27 – March 10, 2012
Clayton Galleries, Tampa, FL

A landscape painter, Kathy has a Master’s degree in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She was awarded a 2009 – 2010 Pollock – Krasner Foundation grant in support of her Everglades Project – A Landscape in Flux – a compelling series of paintings based on her experiences with the Artist in Residence in the Everglades Program. Her Current project – Mammoth – an exploration of Mammoth Cave National Park, was funded through USA Projects, an online initiative of United States Artists.

Mammoth Cave 58
Mammoth Cave 61
Mammoth Cave 62

The work can be viewed during regular hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10 – 5 and Saturday 11 – 4.

For more information, please contact (813) 831-3753 orclaytongalleries.inc@verizon.net

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Building Blocks: Interview with Architect Michael Halflants

Architect, Michael Halflants, of Halflants + Pichett Architects in Sarasota interviews with Sarasota Visual Art about his work, Sarasota, collaborations, and much more.

What role does history play in your work?

I regularly lead students abroad and across the country to examine past and recent architectural wonders in such places as Mexico City, Berlin, the Yucatan, Sao Paulo, Rotterdam, Vancouver, or Barcelona. I strive to be a thief of the living architectural history from prehistoric times to more recent decades. A bad architect copies, but a good architect steals. An architectural thief understands the qualities and the essence of past examples and transforms it to make it his own.

Nestor Residence, St Petersburg, FL

What does it mean to you to be an architect living and working in Sarasota FL?

As a Northern European, I relish Sarasota’s climate. As an architect, I try to take full advantage of sub-tropical setting in designing our projects. A few years ago, I started offering a new course at USF called Tropical Design with the aim to better understand how to best build in our climate. We examine the use of materials, key precedents in Brazil and Southeast Asia, and the way a breeze can be directed through a space.

One of the greatest services an architect can offer is to help the users gain a sense of place and connect to their surroundings. Our designs expand to the outdoor to both add usable square footage and improve the quality of life of the occupants. In our mild climate, a well-designed shaded exterior space can be enjoyed for most the year.

Schrock-Solstice, House Sarasota, FL

What is it about Sarasota that is significant in comparison to other places?

Sarasota has a lot to offer. The water, the sky, the mud at low tide, the horizon, the landscape, the orientation to the sunset, and also a rare sense of community that is hard to match elsewhere in Florida. I’ve lived in large metropolitan cities, but Sarasota certainly has its own qualities. I can walk to my office and reach two dozen restaurants. On my way, I may well have a chance encounter with an acquaintance.

I live in the Indian Beach neighborhood, a couple hundred yards from a small bay front park. If I take Claire to see the sunset, I know I will also share a conversation with a neighbor. I enjoy the diversity of interest, age, and backgrounds of the community members I meet. Our three colleges all bring experts from diverse fields to the area. My neighbors include illustrators, a mathematician, entrepreneurs, photographers, a guidance counselor, each of them equally passionate about their endeavors.

Seminole Residence, Sarasota, FL

Have you had the opportunity to collaborate with others? If so, can you describe your experience?

Architecture is the quintessential collaborative profession. I first work on the design of every project with my business partner, John Pichette. Our clients will have input and make positive contributions. We work with structural, mechanical, acoustical engineers. Their expertise will often help guide the design. During the construction process, craftsmen in their respective trades will make suggestions to improve the details. It’s imperative for us to listen, be inquisitive, and understand that all of the diverse participants can make substantial contributions to better the final design.

Finergy, Main Street, Sarasota, FL

What is the feeling of having designs become reality? … seeing your buildings?

I work for that experience. We opened our office in 2006, just at the start of the recession. As such, we went through many projects that never went beyond the design phase. Often, by the time the project was awarded a permit, the market had changed in such a way that the endeavor no longer made financial sense. In a two year period, we had a run of thirteen aborted projects. We poured our heart into them and burned the midnight oil in the studio only to see them remain as digital files.

Accurate renderings, well crafted models, and videos will never match the experience of physically walking through one of our own designs. There are always new viewpoints, surprises, and lessons during construction. To increase the likelihood that our projects actually break ground, John earned his contractor’s license in 2010.

We now have four projects that we are building as a design-build firm. The firm holds both licenses to work as general contractors and as architects. While most design-build firms are managed by contractors, we continue to be centered on design. Members of the office are first trained as architects and can bring to the construction their design background and a more holistic perspective. We receive feedback directly from our subcontractors and can make informed aesthetic decisions on the project at all phases of design and construction.

Wilson Residence, Sarasota, FL

What building are you most proud of and why?

It’s really hard to pick one, just as it would be cruel to ask you to pick a single painting. Our projects are quite different from one another, but in general the projects I am most excited about are always the ones that I am currently working on.

The Nestor Residence in St Petersburg is nearing completion. It will be our firm’s first stand-alone design-build project. The large residence faces Tampa Bay and is elevated to meet the required flood elevation. On the water side, the roof extends a full 30 feet beyond the conditioned enclosure to create comfortable shaded terraces. The roof is held on one side by a pair of exposed concrete columns aligned with the existing dock. The large overhanging roof folds down on the other side to become a wing wall, shielding a distant power plant from view.

The concrete columns, the roof, and the wing wall all taper towards the view. Three linear openings including a long skylight over the double height living space are cut into the roof. They provide framed views of the sky and reinforce the orientation toward the Bay.

Gagliardi Residence, Sarasota, Florida

We are completing a large addition to a residence on St Armands. The existing house was closed off from the view of the Bay. We cut a new 12 foot wide stair into the existing base and created a large outdoor shaded room that doubles the living space. A glass bridge cuts through the house from the foyer to the bay front terrace. We are also starting on designs for residences in Manatee County and Venice and I’m looking forward to developing them further.

What are the most important things to take into account when you’re designing a building? Aesthetics, Function?

In architecture, you cannot separate aesthetics from function. Without aesthetics, the design is not assuming the potential of its function. Without function, the aesthetics are meaningless. Fifteenth century architect Leon Battista Alberti stated that, for an architect, beauty was in the embodiment of an idea. Beauty cannot be found in proportions or materials alone, but in the conceptual response to a given assignment in built form.

The house we are designing in Venice is one lot removed from the Gulf. A very large and unsightly house stands between our lot and the view. Our response was to design a fan shaped house that opens to the view at the corners, to steal glimpses of the Gulf through the setbacks of its better situated neighbors. When built, many will quickly understand the form of the house in relationship to its site and function. Aesthetics and function are two halves of the same shell.

Lumina Headquarters, Sarasota County | 2008

About Michael Halflants

Michael Halflants is a principal at Halflants + Pichette Architects in Sarasota and a tenured professor at the University of South Florida’s School of Architecture in Tampa.

After studying architecture at the St Lucas Institute in Brussels, he earned a master’s degree in architecture at the University of Florida, where he was awarded the Henry Adams Gold Medal, the department’s highest design honor. He earned a separate degree with concentrations in mathematics and structural engineering.

Upon graduation, Michael was first employed as a project designer with the Polshek Partnership in New York. In that capacity, he drew designs for theaters and offices in Manhattan and for the Spencer Museum in Kansas. Working in a joint venture with Arata Isozaki’s Tokyo office, he was on the design team for the Brooklyn Museum addition.

Michael strives to maintain deliberately parallel and mutually reinforcing professional creative activities and educational responsibilities. In Tampa, he teaches graduate design studios, the materials’ course, as well as seminars on fabrication, tropical architecture, and modern housing. He has regularly presents and publishes papers on the topic of tropical design at international conferences most recently in Bangkok and Jogjakarta.

As an architect, Michael received the 2005 AIA Eduardo Garcia Award. In 2006, he cofounded the firm Halflants + Pichette Architects with John Pichette. The following year, the University of Florida honored him with the Young Architect Award. In 2010 alone, the firm was the recipient of eight American Institute of Architects Awards for designs ranging from single family houses to a Korean fellowship hall. The work of the firm is influenced by international modernism and yet is profoundly rooted in the subtropical setting of South Florida.

Website: StudioForModernArchitecture.com

The Goods: Sarasota Visual Art Weekend News (9.30.11)

Sarasota Visual Arts summary report of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2.

Sarasota Visual Arts summary report of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2.

Friday – September 30
Annual Ringling College Faculty Exhibitions – Selby Galleries I & II and Basch Gallery: Presenting work by faculty in the departments of Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Film, Fine Arts, Game Art and Design, Graphic and Interactive Communication, Interior Design, Illustration, Motion Design, Photography & Digital Imaging, and the Liberal Arts Program.

Annual Ringling College Staff, Continuing Studies & Special Programs, Longboat Key Center for the Arts and Englewood Art Center Instructors Exhibition  – Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. Galleries: Features paintings, drawings and sculpture from the Ringling College staff and instructors from each of its divisions.

Saturday – October 1
Out-of-Door’s Community Art Gallery and Black Box Theatre Art Show present short films by Frank and Diana Colson and paintings on by Elaine Murphy and Stacey Goes.  Gallery is open at 10am, short films begin at 7:00pm.

Saturday – October 1, 2011 (5:00pm)
GADZOOKS! Starring Alex the Beck – Solo exhibit at Clothesline featuring Alexander Buckley Beck.

Starts Saturday – October 1, 2011
Reflections on Ringling – Art Uptown – Sarasota’s oldest cooperative fine art gallery, is featuring “Reflections on Ringling,” an exhibition of paintings and other works of art showcasing Ringling Museum’s landscape, architecture, art and history, as part of the Festival sARTée.

Looking Back …
Sarasota Visual Art launched our feature of State of the Art Gallery. David Steiner talks to Tim Jaeger about the gallery and Sarasota.