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Citicorp Center, at New York, New York, 1976 to 1978. * 3D Model *|
Adams Residence, at Concord, Massachusetts, 1950
(b. Birmingham, Alabama 1912, d. Cambridge, Massachusetts July 5, 2006)
Hugh Stubbins, Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1912. He studied at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Like many of his contemporaries, Stubbins shows a concern for space, form and aesthetics within his buildings. Although Stubbins sees good design as essential to good architecture, he also emphasizes enlightened programming and excellence in planning, function and technology as integral ingredients. As a result he has developed a successful firm that consistently produces beautiful buildings.
Although Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Alvar Aalto have each affected Stubbin's philosophy, they have had limited affect on his style. Each of Stubbin's buildings has its own style, and each offers a unique solutions to individual problems. Stubbins has not produced any radical, new overall style and no high-sounding theories, but he has produced a consistently excellent architecture.
The Creator's Words
"I think of architecture not as individual buildings but as the whole fabric of our physical environment. Architecture is the man-made world in its totality. It is everything we have built around us - our cities, our suburbs, our sidewalks, highways, buildings, parks, signs, street-lighting, right down to the houses we live in, and the chairs we sit in - all our physical aids to living. It is seldom, if ever, that one can design the whole fabric. Usually only a small part of it comes within the purview of the architect, and it follows that if order and all great attributes of the art of architecture are to be achieved then an important consideration is the relation of each individual effort to the whole.
"Alvar Aalto in Finland has consistently followed the approach of building within the whole fabric of his environment. He was strongly influenced by the background and geography of his country. I think that he is the greatest living architect. His always fresh, sincere and humble approach has influenced me greatly. Aalto never strives for "newsworthy" architecture. He builds with a thorough familiarity with the problem and its situation, with a palette of homogeneous materials and logical structure. He draws on past experience with an eye to the future. ...
"In the final analysis, the environment of man is the consequence of what he believes to be important, the reflection of his own inner drive towards a greater awareness, and his concern for all human values."
Hugh Stubbins. from Paul Heyer. Architects on Architecture: New Directions in America. p217.
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"Hugh Stubbins, Modern Tower", by Michael J. Crosbie, ArchitectureWeek No. 298, 2006.0809, pN1.1.
Paul Heyer. Architects on Architecture: New Directions in America. New York: Walker and Company, 1966. LC 66-22504. ISBN 0442017510. discussion p300-301. Revised edition available at Amazon.com
Hugh Stubbins. Architecture: The Design Experience. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1976. ISBN 0471834823. Available at Amazon.com
Dianne M Ludman. Hugh Stubbins and his associates: The first fifty years. Stubbins Associates, 1986. ISBN 0961741619. Available at Amazon.com
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