Ira Rakatansky: As Modern As Tomorrow



A former student of Gropius and Breuer, Rakatansky's innovative brand of mid-century modernism blew a fresh breeze through staid colonial New England and has yet to lose its momentum. His office, established in 1946, has practiced into the 21st century, and this book captures the full range of his residential, religious, and commercial projects. Original technical drawings, original photography from media coverage, as well as stunning color images beautifully illustrate the work of this brilliant and overshadowed figure of mid-century American architecture.

John Caserta and Lynnette Widder, editors; William Stout, publisher; Lynnette Widder and Joan Ockman, essayists; Thad Russell and John Caserta, photographers; Lindsay Kinkade and Elise Porter, production assistants; video above by The Design Office

News & Press
May 17, 2011 - Harvard’s Loeb Library acquires Rakatansky archive
February 2, 2011 - Book review, The Architect’s Newspaper
December 7, 2010 - “Architect Rakatansky’s Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece”
October 13, 2010 - Book review, Architecture Research Quarterly
August 14, 2010 - “Ira Rakatansky, still Modern at 90"
June 29, 2010 - Book review, San Francisco Chronicle
June 23, 2010 - Book review, Apartment Therapy Boston
June 17, 2010 - Photos from the Rakatansky book launch
June 17, 2010 - Book review, Readymade Online

Events
March 18, 2010 - Lecture with Ira at PPSs 20th Century Buildings Program
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 at 10am - Docomomo tour of Rakatansky residences
October 27, 2010 - A conversation with Ira and the book team at the RISD Alumni Lecture Series
Thursday, June 17, 2010, 5-8pm - East coast book launch at RISD Museum of Art
Thursday, June 24, 2011 5:30pm - Brown Bookstore presentation and signing
Saturday, June 26, 2011 at 2pm - Book presentation and signing at Books on the Square






Berlin-New York Dialogues : Building In Context








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"RISD Department of Architecture", Visions




Widder, Lynnette. "RISD Department of Architecture" Visions. Ed. Marco Brizzi, Paola Giaconia. Florence: Image Publishing, 2009. 42-44.
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New York City, Three Pictures, Three Streets




Lynnette Widder. "New York City, Three Pictures, Three Streets." Kritische Berichte, 1;36, 2008. 62-68.
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The Swiss Way of Building



Lynnette Widder. "The Swiss Way of Building." Architechture Magazine October 1999. 138 - 143.