Henry N. Cobb: Words & Works 1948-2018
Title: Henry N. Cobb: Words & Works 1948-2018
Author/Editor: Henry N. Cobb
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
Design Firm: OverUnder
Creative Director: Chris Grimley
Book Designer: Chris Grimley, Shannon McLean, and Anna Driscoll
Jacket Designer: Shannon McLean and Chris Grimley
Production Director: Michael Vagnetti
Other Credits: Edited by Emma Cobb, Mark Pasnik, and Alan Rapp
Henry N. Cobb is a founder, with I. M. Pei, of the firm now known as Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. This is Cobb's first, and the definitive, statement on his remarkable career.
Combining poetic analyses of his works with essays and lectures that cover topics about architecture’s past, present, and future, this small volume offers multiple lenses through which to examine Cobb's remarkable career. His own voice is complemented by interviews and discussions with Michael Graves, Robert A.M. Stern, Hal Foster, Charles Gwathmey, Paolo Conrad Bercah, Cynthia Davidson, Peter Eisenman, Mark Pasnik, and John Hejduk. The compendium includes the previously unpublished transcript of “The First and Last Meeting of the Modernist Reading Group,” which offers rare insight about the transition from architecture’s modern to postmodern movements, and is a remarkable addition to the historical archive.
Cobb approached OverUnder to help organize a manuscript nearly two decades in the making. A two-year effort of editing and refining has produced one of the most important records of architecture's trajectory through the latter half of the twentieth century, while thoughtfully critiquing our current era.
The book itself is conceived as an un-monograph. Its small design emphasizes the equal balance of text and image across the span of Cobb’s career. The book’s diminutive size is balanced by its thickness and heft—a legible and accessible publication that is designed to be held in one hand and read.
The best thing about holding this small but dense book in my hands is the scale: small architecture books make my heart sing. Thank you to the designers! The jacket-less cover approach, with simple stamped typography, is a perfect understated solution, the blessedly thin paper with variations of color is a delight to move through, and the occasional but tasteful use of color in the typography is well done. I love this book in its entirety, and I want to steal it. It packs a punch. — Lucinda Hitchcock
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