'Princeton Modern' offers walking tour of post-'50s architecture
The first book-length look at modern architecture on the Princeton University campus has been produced by a local author.
"Princeton Modern: Highlights of Campus Architecture from the 1960s to the Present," was designed, written and photographed by Dale Cotton, a Princeton University Press senior production editor and freelance photographer and writer. It covers signature touches added to the campus by world-famous architects such as Cesar Pelli, Frank Gehry, Rafael Viñoly and Robert Venturi, among others.
"Princeton Modern is the best architectural account of our current campus that I have seen," said Jon Hlafter, University architect emeritus. Hlafter's foreword provides an overview of the evolution of the University's architecture, based on his 40 years of expertise in campus construction and design.
The 64-page, full-color book, published by the University's Office of Communications, is intended to serve as a walking guide.
"Princeton Modern" contains more than 90 full-color photographs of building exteriors and interiors. Each building is numbered in the book to correspond with a color-coded pullout map.
"I've found great satisfaction in exploring the University's buildings inside and out," said Cotton. "My hope is that the campus community and campus visitors will share my fascination and admiration for these exciting designs."
Photographs, sample pages and more information about the book are available on the author's website.
The book is being sold at Labyrinth Books in Princeton, the Princeton University Art Museum Store and the University Store.