Carl Abbott, In/Formed by the Land: The Architecture of Carl Abbott
Carl Abbott, In/Formed by the Land: The Architecture of Carl Abbott (n.pl.: Oro Editions, 2013).
The influence of Paul Rudolph on the architecture in Southern Florida is not limited to his buildings in Sarasota but extends itself in the work of others such as Carl Abbott. A graduate of Yale’s School of Architecture when Rudolph was dean, Abbott opens his practice in Sarasota in 1966 and is generally considered the youngest member of the so-called Sarasota School of Architecture, of which Rudolph and Twitchell were prominent members. Abbott’s work is beautifully illustrated in his recent book, In/Formed by the Land: The Architecture of Carl Abbott, which includes written contributions from Michael Sorkin, Peter Bohlin and Robert McCarter as well as Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. Rogers and Foster were classmates at Yale and in addition to evocative images of Abbott’s complete work the book also includes various photos of those students days. If the book proves anything it is that modern and modernist architecture can be very beautiful.