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Book Signing with Dhiru A. Thadani {Visions of Seaside}

Join us Saturday morning at Pizitz Home & Cottage from 10am-12pm to pick up a copy of the newest Seaside book and get it signed by the author!

Visions of Seaside: Foundation/Evolution/Imagination. Built and Unbuilt Architecture

Written by Dhiru A. Thadani, Foreword by Vincent Scully, Introduction by Paul Goldberger

About This Book

Time magazine noted that Seaside "could be the most astonishing design achievement of its era…." Visions of Seaside is the most comprehensive book on the history and development of the nation’s first and most influential New Urbanist town. The book chronicles the thirty-year history of the evolution and development of Seaside, Florida, its global influence on town planning, and the resurgence of place-making in the built environment. Through a rich repository of historical materials and writings, the book chronicles numerous architectural and planning schemes, and outlines a blueprint for moving forward over the next twenty-five to fifty years. Among the many contributors are Deborah Berke, Andrés Duany, Steven Holl, Léon Krier, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Aldo Rossi, and Robert A. M. Stern.

About the Author

Dhiru A. Thadani is an architect and urbanist who has been in practice since 1978. As a design principal and partner for more than thirty years, he has completed projects the world over, and he continues to provide a broad range of consulting services in architecture and urban design.

Thadani was born to the boisterous urbanism of Bombay, India and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1972 to attend the Catholic University of America, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture. During his forty years in Washington, he has taught, practiced, and worked to place architecture and urbanism in the public eye.

He is the author of The Language of Towns and Cities: A Visual Dictionary, published by Rizzoli in 2010, and co-editor of Leon Krier: The Architecture of Community published by Island Press in 2009.

Since its formation in 1993, Thadani has been a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and has been a member of the CNU Board since 2005. He was a 2001 Fellow in the Knight Program for Community Building, a four-time recipient of the CNU Charter Award for design, and the recipient of the 2011 Seaside Prize.

Thadani has been the principal organizer of numerous design workshops, charrettes, and professional symposia, and his work has been widely exhibited and published. He has lectured throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

His professional work has included new and adapted buildings, new developments, neighborhood revitalization, and urban retrofits and infills. Thadani seeks to support planning at the regional level that provides for coherent open space, transit systems, and architectural environments that are responsive to their culture, climate, and context. His goal has been to to create neighborhoods, town, and city centers that are walkable with a balance of workplace, housing, shopping, public spaces, and civic institutions in proven patterns that are essential for them to endure. 

Vincent Scully is Yale University’s Sterling Professor Emeritus of the History of Art and Architecture, author of numerous books, and recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artists and art patrons. Paul Goldberger is a Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture critic and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He is the author of more than ten books and coauthor of many others.

 Please call Pizitz Home & Cottage if you have any questions about this event. 850.231.2240.

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