Journalist Fred A. Bernstein's new book takes readers into ten extraordinary private homes designed by the Chicago-based architect and educator Dirk Denison, providing a must-read for anybody curious about the myriad elements informing custom residential design at the highest level. Bernstein devotes the centerpiece to a fascinating portrait of the architect as a young man. Here, Denison reflects on his childhood in the ascendant Detroit of mid-century and early encounters with Mies, both Saarinens, both Kahns, Yamasaki, Bunshaft, Libeskind and Gehry, as well as studies at Cranbrook, the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD)and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where he teaches today. The conversation turns as well to Denison's intense collaborations with clients, offering a look into a purposeful, rigorous, joyful, and sometimes messy process. Suites of photographs, plans and drawings of very different homes, selected from Denison’s larger body of residential, civic and commercial work, document the architect’s mastery of a wide range of modernist vocabularies and intents. "Dirk Denison: 10 Houses" was designed by the award-winning L.A.-based designer Lorraine Wild.
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